Why win xp SP3 isn't popular?

March 30, 2012 at 08:58:32
Specs: Win xp SP3, pentium 4 3ghz HT
I asked my self this question every time i see people stuck using SP2, and here at CN i see alot of post's where SP2 is still used. May be alot of people don't care about updating soft on their aging PC all they care is shifting to the new OS. What do have in mind?

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#1
March 30, 2012 at 10:43:07
I would guess there are two main reasons for that. First is that users may not be aware or care that SP3 is available.

Second is that they may not have Windows Genuine Advantage installed.


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#2
March 30, 2012 at 11:07:59
There may be some who don't like updating anything if it is working.
If so it is unfortunate because much relies on SP3 now and it seems to work out fine.

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#3
March 30, 2012 at 17:30:34
There were (as usual) quite a few bugs in updating to SP3:

http://windowssecrets.com/top-story...

and it came to the game late (2008)---by that time those who were thinking of updating an OS were thinking of upgrading to Vista (or better yet, holding out for Win7). I still use an nLited version of XP-SP2 on my Dell Optiplex (866MHz-512MB RAM) and have very few problems. I don't see SP3 as being necessary.

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#4
March 30, 2012 at 20:37:20
SP3 didn't add much to the OS, and iirc it borked certain configurations (reboot loop). I think I was already on Vista SP1 by the time MS rolled out XP-SP3.

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#5
March 31, 2012 at 05:33:08
Much of MS stuff stipulates SP3.

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#6
March 31, 2012 at 14:09:54
"Much of MS stuff stipulates SP3."

But I don't use "MS stuff". Even IE isn't on the Dell. OpenOffice works fine for an office suite, Firefox is the default browser, Avast! is the anti-virus package. It's quite easy to survive without entirely relying on Microsoft...

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#7
March 31, 2012 at 16:00:45
I think USB performance was tweaked in SP3.

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#8
March 31, 2012 at 16:02:36
Re #6
Sure thing, but a lot of the general public do, and many of them probably always will.

Going back to the original question, it was also a way to ensure all MS security updates (up to that date) were present. I have also noticed stacks of MS docs which refer to "the issue being fixed in SP3".

Maybe the majority of XP users did install SP3. Without doing some sort of trawl it is hard to be certain. The others might just happen to stand out on here.


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#9
March 31, 2012 at 17:16:30
I get a few friends and family mostly that just want me to clean up their system for them about once a month or so. I do so for a small fee. I get some spending cash and they don't have to learn simple things. Anyway part of this service is checking for any updates I can find for them. I don't know why but I always ask them if they want something as major as a service pack update. I guess it was because when I went from XP to XPsp1 to XPsp2 I had a few issues myself. Anyway they all usually tell me "Yeah whatever it needs" because they know I don't charge extra for it. I haven't had to do one in a while since I have them all on SP3 now.

I take any updates MS puts out for the OS. A few I have had to go back and get rid of but just a few. Everything else I get from the hardware manufacturer. If AMD hasn't put out an update why would I trust one from MS?

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