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SP3--Which one to install?


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#1 whatdoesthisbuttondo

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 07:33 AM

Last time I was here I was having trouble downloading Norton Anti-Virus 360. In the end, I decided to get a new computer, since I've been having so much trouble with this one for the past year. I'm still looking into it, but have decided to download SP3 to see if it makes a difference or if it's a major problem with my hard drive.

I noticed that Automatic Updates never downloaded SP3. Is the download for IT Professionals the one I should download or should I buy the installation CD?

Computer is a Dell Opti-Plex GX 260 running SP2.

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 09:05 AM

Either version is good...whichever you prefer. Same files are downloaded/installed.

You could also manually do the install via Windows Update.

I see no point in paying for something (CD) that can be downloaded and installed immediately, as opposed to awaiting a CD via mail...but that's the way I look at things.

The advantage of the network install package (as I see it) is that it makes it easy to slipstream a new XP CD with SP3 included...and it precludes network problems of any type interfering with the install (potential nuisance with using the WinUpdate site).

Frankly...if you suspect hard drive problems, the time to check such is now, not later.

No SP3 or Windows update has a beneficial effect on hardware situations.

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 10:03 AM

Dell OptiPlex GX260 runs on P4 at 2.5 GHz but has only 256MB RAM (from DELL website).

For better performance, you might want to upgrade your RAM to around 1 GB or more.

Also, now you have another computer, so why not download SP3 on newer computer and slipstream it with XP CD. That way you can install XP with SP3 right from the beginning.

How to slipstream SP3 :
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/slipstreaming-windows-xp-to-create-bootable-cd/

#4 whatdoesthisbuttondo

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 12:58 PM

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/

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Thanks. I tried installing the Diagnostic test for Maxtor, but got a "The Windows Installation Service could not be accessed..." message, which means I have to work on that first.


Also, in my OP I misspoke--I haven't figured out which computer I should get yet, which is why I'm working on this faulty one.




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