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upgrade from XP with no SP's to SP3


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#1 chayden

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 04:17 PM

Hi:
I have an old toshiba portege laptop that came with windows xp. I had to reinstall windows xp from scratch and now I need to bring it up to date all the way through SP 3. Do I have to download and install all 3 service packs, or is there a way to download and install all 3 at once? Does SP 3 contain SP 2 and 1 for the computer that has none of the above?
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Posted 24 July 2011 - 04:35 PM

Hi chayden,

You can download an ISO from here and burn it to a CD.

Once burned, you can then install the CD with SP3. Then be sure to update windows again with the windows update page to fill in the blanks and get the latest software.

Hope this helps!


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Posted 24 July 2011 - 04:39 PM

Service Packs for XP are cumlulative. You just need to install SP3 - that will include the previous service packs. You can download it to your computer from the link below and install it. No need to burn it to cd.
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=24

Edited by Allan, 24 July 2011 - 04:40 PM.


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Posted 24 July 2011 - 05:18 PM

Just make sure all your drivers and software is updated before downloading any Service Packs.

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 05:48 PM

Just a note...I believe that you need SP1a already installed...before you can install either SP2 or SP3.

SP3 contains SP2.

Quote from http://www.winsupersite.com/article/faqtip/windows-xp-service-pack-3-faq, "Though XP SP3 aggregates all of the previously-released XP fixes, Microsoft now says that you will need to install at least SP1 on XP before installing SP3."Frankly, that what Microsoft has always said, it's not a change :).

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 05:53 PM

Yep, you're correct. They now say sp3 wants sp1 installed.

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 01:10 AM

I find the requirement of "now" having SP1 installed before SP3 quite interesting.
It has been over a year now that I slip Streamed original XP Home CD with SP3.
I did this twice, on a friend's laptop, and my Desktop. Both installations went well.
Feel free to ignore my comment, just another user !

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 03:26 PM

Just another note:

The above instructions in this thread are correct.

I just find it safer to have a CD burned for the installation of Service Packs so that you do not have to download anything from the internet with an unpatched system.

CD's are easily burned with any decent software nowadays, and you can burn whichever SP's you like.

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 03:45 PM

Good idea...I just download the network installer packages...and save those along with any programs that I routinely use and backup to another drive. Some problems with Windows can be overcome by just reinstalling SP3, IME.

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