Solved How to properly Update Win XP SP2 to SP3?

December 8, 2019 at 20:40:09
Specs: Windows XP Pro, SP3, 1.67 gigahz Intel Atom N450 || 988 Megabytes
Having recently clean installed Win XP on my IBM ThinkPad, I note that it only has SP2. Attempting to install Belarc Advisor version 9, I receive the message "Unsupported Windows Version" confirming that my Win XP does NOT have SP3 and the Belarc installation quits on me.

Assistance on how to proceed with updating Win XP from SP2 to SP3, and how to add an attachment to a post would be greatly appreciated!

PAL in Thailand


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December 14, 2019 at 16:54:16
"are there any caveats that should be taken"
Nope, it installs just like any other program.

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#1
December 8, 2019 at 20:56:17
If you're comfortable with editing the registry, there's a way to "fool" most software into thinking you have SP3 installed:

https://www.techrepublic.com/blog/t...

Remember, YMMV...it worked for me when my Canon Printer wouldn't install.

Otherwise, if you're not comfortable with this, here's the link to SP3:

https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/de...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
December 8, 2019 at 22:06:49
Please explain what purpose is achieved in "fooling" the OS to believe it has SP3. Doesn't each Service Pack have something special to benefit the user's OS?

Just wondering...

Thanks,
PAL in Thailand


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#3
December 8, 2019 at 23:11:40
"how to add an attachment to a post"

File Convoy ( no time delays/Captcha-I'm not a Robot/account/registration needed ) Give us the links please.
http://www.fileconvoy.com/index.php
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Directupload for images. No account needed. Give us the link/links please.
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#4
December 9, 2019 at 02:34:33
"...what purpose is achieved in "fooling" the OS to believe it has SP3"

Simple...for some software that checks the registry before installing, it's far safer than a +300MB service pack install (which I had trouble with....resulting in a non bootable system). I lost a good deal of data with that attempt (after reformatting the HDD), so I'm simply not going down that road again. My Canon drivers required SP3 (though the package only mentioned XP, and not a specific service-pack). I knew there was little reason to apply SP3, so the registry-hack worked for me and the multi-function printer works fine with it.

https://www.techspot.com/community/...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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#5
December 9, 2019 at 03:00:05
Thanks to Johnw, I provide the error message I mentioned in my original posting:

https://i.imgur.com/ZS0ZOwq.jpg

Hopefully, that may make the problem a bit clearer.

And for T-R-A, the above .jpg may help confirm if I too can simply "fool" the Belarc Advisor for its installation.

Thanks to both of you for the timely help,

PAL in Thailand


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#6
December 9, 2019 at 04:37:42
Like I mentioned, it may or may not work...wouldn't hurt to try; you could reset the registry's setting back to SP2 if it doesn't.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#7
December 9, 2019 at 05:27:02
Sound like it should be tried out. I like new ways of doing things. I'll report on Tuesday as it's time to hit the sack over here in Thailand.

Many thanks,
PAL in Thailand

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#9
December 9, 2019 at 05:31:17
"it's time to hit the sack over here in Thailand"
Ditto here.
https://www.timeanddate.com/worldcl...

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#10
December 9, 2019 at 06:49:37
I don't know why you would want to run WinXP in 2020, but you should actually install SP3, not try to fool software into thinking it's installed. Numerous sites still have SP3 available for download. You can use the link at the bottom of response #1 or you can get it directly from Microsoft.

https://www.catalog.update.microsof...


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#11
December 9, 2019 at 15:06:36
Good top-of-the-morning with 7 degrees centigrade registering on my outdoor thermometer, Gents,

For T-R-A: As Johnw has provided some alternatives to Belarc Advisor which I have been using for ages with good results AND as riider has suggested that it would really be better to install SP3, I've decided to check out the 3 alternatives to Belarc before attempting to either 'fool' the software or going Full Monty and installing SP3 for real, which is what, deep down inside of me, would be better than make- believe 'fooling'.

So today's tasks are to give Free PC Audit, Speccy, and ESET SysInstaller whirls of their own to compare their results with what Belarc has provided in the past.

Will report on Wednesday. Thanks to all for the help and ideas.

PAL in Thailand


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#12
December 9, 2019 at 15:21:41
Definitely install SP3, T-R-A 's link provides 3 choices, one of which is a direct MS link.

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#13
December 9, 2019 at 15:30:40
Even though XP hasn't been officially supported for over 5 years, Windows Update should still work. By running Windows Update over & over again, SP3 will eventually be installed.

If you intend to surf the internet with this system, you're going to have to find a browser & AV software that are still supported. Do NOT use IE8.
https://windowsreport.com/browsers-...


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#14
December 9, 2019 at 16:07:29
Haven't used any of MS Internet browsers for over 10 years! I'm fond of Mozilla's FireFox.

Thanks for reminding me, though!

PAL in Thailand


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#15
December 9, 2019 at 16:11:32
XP compliant browsers. I haven't checked for about 6 mnths, if they still are, so double check.

CLIQZ
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Inter...
https://cliqz.com/en/desktop
Download YouTube videos in the Cliqz browser
https://cliqz.com/en/magazine/cliqz...
Dooble
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Inter...
http://dooble.sourceforge.net/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dooble
https://sourceforge.net/projects/do...
https://github.com/textbrowser/dooble
https://textbrowser.github.io/dooble/
Epic Privacy Browser
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Inter...
http://www.epicbrowser.com/
Maxthon
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Inter...
http://www.maxthon.com/
Mozilla Firefox ESR
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Inter...
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firef...
Opera Web Browser
http://www.freewarefiles.com/Opera_...
http://filehippo.com/download_opera/
http://www.freewarefiles.com/screen...
http://www.opera.com/?ref=home
http://www.opera.com/computer
http://my.opera.com/community/forum...
Otter Browser
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Inter...
http://otter-browser.org/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/ott...
ZIP package for Windows XP or later, 32 bit (67.1 MiB)
https://sourceforge.net/projects/ot...
Forum
http://thedndsanctuary.eu/index.php...
Pirate Browser
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Inter...
http://piratebrowser.com/
Slimjet
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Inter...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/Slimje...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/screen...
https://www.slimjet.com/en/dlpage_x...
SRWare Iron
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Inter...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/SRWare...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/screen...
https://www.srware.net/iron/
http://www.srware.net/en/software_s...
Portable
http://www.srware.net/downloads/Iro...
Chrome vs Iron
http://www.srware.net/en/software_s...
FAQ
http://www.srware.net/en/software_s...
Extensions, Themes and more:
http://www.chrome-plugins.info/en/
http://www.chrome-themes.info/en/
Forum
http://www.srware.net/forum/viewfor...
Tor Browser
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Secur...
https://www.torproject.org/about/hi...
Vivaldi
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Inter...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/Vivald...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/screen...
https://vivaldi.com/#Home


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December 14, 2019 at 15:55:47
Dear Friends,

I've checked out the three alternatives to Belarc and find that they certainly do a great job of providing technical information on my laptop and its systems, such a great job that it's even a bit ovewhelming!

I have decided to go along with the suggestions that installing SP3 on my IBM ThinkPad is the right and proper thing to do. Before I jump into this, are there any caveats that should be taken of before actually running the SP3 version found at The Geeks MS SP3 32-bit, final version?

Peter in Thailand

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#18
December 14, 2019 at 16:54:16
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"are there any caveats that should be taken"
Nope, it installs just like any other program.

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#19
December 14, 2019 at 19:53:38
Thanks for the confirmation. I'll let you know how this new addition will support several small headaches I've come across.

Peter in Thailand


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#20
December 15, 2019 at 22:11:47
Dear Friends,

Having received the confirmation that no caveats were required before attempting to install SP3, I went ahead and after a goodly amount of time, I was rewarded with the message that SP3 had been properly installed. Snoopy person that I am, I went back to the installation of BelArc which had baulked at the process of installing earlier, but this time, it went right to work and installed itself. I then used each of my new system inspectors to see if they too saw the change to SP3. They each did! So I am very happy about the whole process and wish to thank all the kind folks who guided me along in this process as well as for the suggestions for some new software which I am now using as well.

It is always comforting to know that there kind 'angels' out there in cyberspace to help us poor mortals of some age (like 76 y.o.) to smooth over the little bumps we run into with our preferred software(s). Please keep up the good work!

Peter in Thailand

I suppose it's time to confirm that this post and thread have been solved!


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#21
December 15, 2019 at 23:02:23
"time to confirm that this post and thread have been solved!"
Nice work Peter.

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#22
December 16, 2019 at 04:30:36
Basically, it was 'nice work' thanks to your guidance....

Many thanks, once again!
Peter in Thailand


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