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Apparently two weeks XP Service Pack 3 was released. I do what you might consider IT jobs for our small business, and for some reason, none of our computers auto-installed this update. I had to manually go to update.microsoft.com and updated the Genuine Advantage Validation Tool (the little spy that verifies that you haven't stolen Windows). My auto updater hadn't done anything for a month. Isn't that nice?

This is the last major update for Windows XP.
Some users with HP computers and AMD processors have reported errors installing SP3. Microsoft says that this is because HP installed the Intel version of XP on those computers, which uses the wrong driver, and that is the reason for the problems. Someone details how to get past those problems at http://msinfluentials.com/blogs/jesper/archive/2008/05/08/does-your-amd-based-computer-boot-after-installing-xp-sp3.aspx .

Another possible issue is that if you have IE7 on your computer before you install SP3, you won't be able to remove IE7 later without first uninstalling SP3. So if you want to be able to remove IE7 in the future, you have to first remove it now, then install SP3, then reinstall IE7. Similar issues exist if you've installed the IE8 beta.
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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.08
    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo
    Apparently two weeks XP Service Pack 3 was released. I do what you might consider IT jobs for our small business, and for some reason, none of our computers auto-installed this update. I had to manually go to update.microsoft.com and updated the Genuine Advantage Validation Tool (the little spy that verifies that you haven't stolen Windows). My auto updater hadn't done anything for a month. Isn't that nice?

    This is the last major update for Windows XP.
    Some users with HP computers and AMD processors have reported errors installing SP3. Microsoft says that this is because HP installed the Intel version of XP on those computers, which uses the wrong driver, and that is the reason for the problems. Someone details how to get past those problems at http://msinfluentials.com/blogs/jesper/archive/2008/05/08/does-your-amd-based-computer-boot-after-installing-xp-sp3.aspx .

    Another possible issue is that if you have IE7 on your computer before you install SP3, you won't be able to remove IE7 later without first uninstalling SP3. So if you want to be able to remove IE7 in the future, you have to first remove it now, then install SP3, then reinstall IE7. Similar issues exist if you've installed the IE8 beta.


Your computers didn't auto update because MS didn't put it up for Auto update at the time. They only released it as an optional update, and then pulled it because of a bug. Then put it back up again finally.

I don't even know that's it's set as an auto update yet, as they had planned to wait until June I thought to force it to everyone.

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Yeah, it's still not an automatic update. That's a good thing. Gotta let the early adopters evaluate first...how would you like it if all the machines in your company pulled it down and installed overnight, and due to some unforeseen incompatibility, wouldn't boot the next morning?

That being said, I've been running SP3 since before the first time they pulled it back, and it works just fine for me.



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