XP SP3 - Downloaded and installed

XP SP3 - Downloaded and installed

Summary: I've just carried out my first Windows XP SP3 install and I'm pleased to report that things went just fine.


I've just carried out my first Windows XP SP3 install and I'm pleased to report that things went just fine.

XP SP3I downloaded the XP SP3 bits from TechNet (if you're a subscriber look for it on the top downloads page - it's also available on MSDN). The download is 544MB and the MD5 hash (for those of you interested in such things) is 308245853e5b231343ee17b36ffda1e6. Final build identifies itself as Version 5.1 (Build 2600.xpsp.080413-2111 : Service Pack 3).

Note: The above is the .ISO download from TechNet/MSDN. The official .exe download available from Microsoft is a 316MB download. The MD5 hash for this download is bb25707c919dd835a9d9706b5725af58.

For my first install I applied SP3 to a VMware virtual machine running a fully patched XP SP2.

There's very little to the install (as you can see from the installation gallery here) and for me the whole process took 20 minutes. However, this was on a high-spec system and Microsoft recommends that you allow up to two hours to complete the install.

If things go wrong and SP3 causes problems, the service pack can be uninstalled. However, in the interests of safety it might be a good idea to have a backup.

Later on I'll have some detailed benchmarks, along with a better idea of how long the update process takes on low-spec systems.



Topics: Windows, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software

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  • RTM

    Am on the RTM final build--no issues found here. Schweet.
    D T Schmitz
    • Cave man simple Dietrich ;)

  • RE: XP SP3 - Downloaded and installed

    I installed it on one of my PC's and it also took only about 20 minutes.
  • What version does "help" -> "about windows" show?

    I see the following:
    version 5.1 (Build 2600.xpsp.080413-2111 : Service Pack 3)
    Can anyone confirm this is the RTM version?
    • Yep ...

      You got it!
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • download doesnt work for me

    I'm trying to download from the Top Downloads page on MSDN (I am a subscriber through my employer). I click on the link, it goes to the download page but the akamai download doesn't start. Instead, the page reverts back to Top Downloads page.
    • Yeah ...

      ... that happend to me a few times ... keep refreshing the page.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • surprisingly

    I kept refreshing and tried re-starting the browser with a clean cache and it still didn't work. I then decided to use Firefox (which I rarely use) and this time it did work - Akamai works really strangely in Firefox btw but it is working right now. Thanks for the help.
    • Other sites too

      You see this same thing on other sites to boot. I've seen where you cannot get a clean (or complete) download of the RS Rapiduploader exe (small as it is) until you abort from IE. And this from different machines. Fire up another browser and down she comes. Even the RS support peeps recommend that end-around when this is experienced.

      Strange as all heck. One day I gotta take the time to figure out why this is, or what exactly is causing the hiccup.
  • RE: XP SP3 - Questions to See and Answer

    Questions that should be clearly out in the open and answered:

    Can XP SP3 be installed from any original XP, SP1 or SP2 release?

    Another way of saying or asking can the XP be any original XP, SP1 or SP2 release, or does SP3 have to first see SP2 present, or does SP3 incorporate or make moot SP2, and is capable to bring any original XP, SP1 or SP2 release up to SP3
    • SP3 *is* all-inclusive

      you can put it on top of a "Service Pack 1" installation, or an original "Gold" installation WITHOUT doing the intermediate Service Packs.

      (Yes, this is different from MS-Office, where MS makes you SP1 first, *THEN* SP2.)
      Rick S._z
      • Not exactly ...

        SP1 is a minimum requirement for SP3 according to the release notes.
        Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
        • Here's the wording from the Readme

          To install SP3, your computer must meet the hardware and operating system requirements listed below. In addition, your computer must at least be running Windows XP with Service Pack 1 installed.

          We recommended that you have Service Pack 2 installed before installing SP3. You can download Service Pack 2 at the Windows XP Service Pack 2 website.
          Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
          • Slipstreaming

            Does that mean that I need to slipstream SP3 on top of a slipstreamed SP2 CD?

            Or even better to ask, has anybody successfully slipstreamed it yet? If so, did you use a vanilla XP Gold or SP2?
  • Document Imaging must not be essential!

    With SP3 installed on a machine running Office 2003 comes another unexpected 'bonus'! Within Outlook, if you open any large file name TIFF attachments from your email (e.g. faxes, consent forms that need signing with tablet PCs, etc) with Microsoft Document Imaging, as soon as you hover or try to click "File", your application will crash with the message "Microsoft Document Imaging has encountered a problem and needs to close." No signing, forwarding, or printing will be possible and despite the 68,000 hits throughout different forums when you Google the above error message, Microsoft has been slow coming in a patch or hotfix for a problem at least 5 years old! So good luck with your SP3 install, I only hope it was worth it...
    • Office 2003 SP3

      Office 2003 SP3 was a nightmare for our office. Once installed we could no longer work with our Tiff images, all of the "fixes" Microsoft suggested did not help. SP3 could not be uninstalled. Uninstalling Office 2003 and a reinstall did not fix it. The only solution was a roll-back to an earlier saved point. We have specifically refused Office SP3 on our machines. If Windows XP SP3 does the same thing we will have to block it, too.
    • Just reset the association for TIFFs and TIFs

      Saw that happen today. Open Windows Explorer, Tools/Folder Options/File Types tab. Scroll down and select TIF and TIFF (separately) and click 'Change' and reset them both to 'Microsoft Office Document Imaging File.'
      Too-Tired Techie
      • Alternatively, run a batch script...

        I have this script included in our domain login, since it seems more than SP3 resets TIF/TIFF associations...., and we need Imaging Professional to be the default app for our document imaging application.

        ------- kixtart script ----------

        IF setconsole("hide")

        ; John Croson - 06/2007

        ; Purpose: Reset registry key that determines default
        ; application that opens TIF files. If this
        ; fails to get reset, the next patch that MS
        ; releases for Imaging Preview resets this to
        ; it, instead of the Imaging program used for
        ; Aquarius Web.

        WriteValue("HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.tif", "", "Imaging.Document", "REG_SZ")
        WriteValue("HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.tiff", "", "Imaging.Document", "REG_SZ")
  • RE: XP SP3 - Downloaded and installed

    I encountered that problem on systems that do not have SP3. I corrected it very easily, open:

    "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\MODI\11.0\" The (11) is the version of office so you may have as low as say 8 or as high as 12 which I believe is 2007 versions. Open up Microsoft Office Document Imager without anything open, click Tools>Options>Other>Click Reset it should reset file associations. That doesn't always work, no problem, it's when you hit file right? Click the icon for save instead (little disk icon), it should work.

    All the glitches I got were related to two things:

    1. Sharepoint 2.0 would not recognize MODI as default Tiff app and would crash

    2. Hitting "File" in MODI in a tiff would cause a crash.

    MODI is just tempermental but useful, also uninstall it from add and remove programs and reinstall may also work. Click Microsoft Office under Add and Remove Programs>Remove or Change parts of Office>Remove MODI under I believe Imaging software or other at the bottom of hives that expand, click deinstall. Go through again and reinstall.
  • RE: XP SP3 - Downloaded and installed

    I downloaded RC2 and I got the dreaded BSOD. Had to run a SP2 repair install to get it back.