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How 2 upgrade my WIN OS from SP2 2 SP3?


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#1 Triprajul

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 05:10 PM

Greetings:

I use Windows XP SP2. Although, I do use (I hope) a genuine edition of Windows, I have automatic updates from Windows turned off on my computer. Unfortunately, perhaps because I live in the Middle East, and particularly Saudi Arabia, automatic updates from Windows have only caused me trouble in the past. I purchased my copy of Windows in a local shop and even though I was assured it was genuine, I now think it was some sort of near perfect copy (not unusual, unfortunately, in the Kingdom) perhaps from the Far East. Even though, my computer is working fine now, everything I read on-line tells that I should upgrade to Win XP SP3 for security reasons alone. In fact, someone even gave me this link http://www.homepc-security.co.uk/Microsoft...SP3-X86-ENU.exe
where I could upgrade from SP2 to SP3 without any input from Microsoft all. I am very tempted to do this but is it possible to do it this way and finally is this course of action really, really necessary? Any information is greatly appreciated in advance.

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 05:42 PM

<<...automatic updates from Windows have only caused me trouble in the past...>>

It's immaterial...whether a user employs auto updates or does it manually by going to the WUS...the important thing is to get all critical updates installed in a timely manner.

I dual-boot (XP and Win 7) on this system...I do auto updates for Win 7 and manual updates for XP. Both O/Ses have all critical updates issued thru today...installed.

You can download SP3 directly to your desktop, like any program...and then install it from your desktop.

http://www.microsoft.com/DOWNLOADS/details...;displaylang=en. Just push the Download button.

Your link does not lead anywhere. I would never suggest downloading Microsoft updates...from any website other than Microsoft.

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 05:46 PM

Triprajul,

yes you can download the Network Installation of Windows XP SP3. Unfortunately Microsoft only has it available on Windows Update or a Network Installation. (http://www.microsoft.com/DOWNLOADS/details.aspx?FamilyID=5b33b5a8-5e76-401f-be08-1e1555d4f3d4&displaylang=en)

Service Pack 3 is recommended download and necessary in order to receive more important updates for your computer

Edit: Sorry for the Duplicate post

Edited by coxchris, 15 June 2010 - 05:49 PM.

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 07:00 PM

I would think that if you have SP2 then getting SP3 should not be any problem for you. You can check this guide first before you do so it can go smoothly as possible for you
http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/spackins.htm




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