Solved will installing sp3 wipe xp of pc

September 14, 2014 at 13:36:29
Specs: Windows XP
I'm just wondering ...I' just downloaded sp3 on my pc... -I' have XP home sp2 at the moment- I'm about to install it but its warning me to back up my system? am I' to interpret this as a warning that if I' install sp3 it will wipe my operation system i.e. xp of my pc, - and if so do I' go to C; program files and copy contents to different drive before installing sp3

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September 14, 2014 at 18:20:19
The short answer is "no" it won't wipe your system but it is always wise to backup the system before an upgrade!


#1
September 14, 2014 at 13:43:11
I've never had a problem. I've always done the regular XP install (using an old disk that doesn't need to be registered) then do the sp2 update followed by IE 7 install then sp3 then IE 8. I believe prior to updating it sets a restore point. Also I think if the update for some reason fails it will revert back to sp2.

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#2
September 14, 2014 at 14:17:10
When I updated my old XP to SP3 from the MS download it all went fine.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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September 14, 2014 at 16:17:54
It is generally wise though to safeguard all your personal stuff first. Copy the file to external media - typically dvd, but an external hard drive to if possible.

If sp3 fails for whatever reason, likely it will undo the attempt, remove its files, and reset your installation to as it was previously.


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September 14, 2014 at 17:01:04
Yes, always backup your own stuff when doing any major update. In fact it should always be backed up because you never know when the HD might fail or some other major issue might arise.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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September 14, 2014 at 18:20:19
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The short answer is "no" it won't wipe your system but it is always wise to backup the system before an upgrade!

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