sevice pack 3 update

since i have aqquired this computer it has been trying to update  a service 
pack 3 for windows xp and always fails, anything i can do
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"daniellez" <> wrote in message
> since i have aqquired this computer it has been trying to update  a 
> service
> pack 3 for windows xp and always fails, anything i can do

Yes.  First, you can tell us the symptoms of the failure.  For instance:

1. Are there any error messages displayed on the screen?

2. Are there any events in the event log related to this?

3. Are there any errors near the end of the the SP3 installation log (which 
can usually be found in C:\Windows\svcpack.log)?

4. Have you read the Release Notes for SP3?  There are two of them:, and

5. Are any of the symptoms of the failure discussed here?

This information will help you and will help us to help you solve your 

David Dickinson
eveningstar at mvps dot org

11/14/2009 4:21:57 PM
First tell us why SP3 wasn't installed over a year ago?

Free unlimited installation and compatibility support for WinXP SP3 was 
available from 14 April 2008 thru May 2009.  Such support will cost you 
US$59 per incident now.

How to troubleshoot an unsuccessful installation of WinXP SP3

WinXP SP3 - Read all prerequisites for a successful installation
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002

daniellez wrote:
> since i have aqquired this computer it has been trying to update  a 
> service
> pack 3 for windows xp and always fails, anything i can do 

11/14/2009 4:39:10 PM
daniellez wrote:
> since i have aqquired this computer it has been trying to update  a
> service pack 3 for windows xp and always fails, anything i can do

Assuming you are quoting the message correctly and not 'reading into it' and 
it is indeed "Windows XP Service Pack 3" you are attempting to install...

First - before anything else - answer this:

Do you have an HP branded computer with an AMD processor?
(If so - answer and wait.  If not, answer and continue with the steps.)

Fix your file/registry permissions...

Ignore the title and follow the sub-section under "Advanced Troubleshooting"
titled, "Method 1: Reset the registry and the file permissions"
*will take time
(** Ignore the last step - you'll install SP3 shortly, but not now.)

Reboot and ...

Download/install this:

After installing, do the following:

Start button --> RUN --> type in:
  "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Installer Clean Up\msizap.exe" g!
--> Click OK.
(The quotation marks and percentage signs and spacing should be exact.)

Download, install, run, update and perform a full scan (separately) with the
following two applications (freeware versions are the ones to use for this):



After performing a full scan with one and then the other and removing
whatever they both find completely, you may uninstall these products,
if you wish.

Download and run the MSRT manually:


Download/Install the latest Windows Installer (for your OS):
( Windows XP 32-bit : WindowsXP-KB942288-v3-x86.exe )



Download the latest version of the Windows Update agent from here (x86):
.... and save it to the root of your C:\ drive.  After saving it to the root
of the C:\ drive, do the following:

Close all Internet Explorer windows and other applications.

Start button --> RUN and type in:
   %SystemDrive%\windowsupdateagent30-x86.exe /WUFORCE
--> Click OK.

(If asked, select "Run.) --> Click on NEXT --> Select "I agree" and click on
NEXT --> When it finishes installing, click on "Finish"...


Then follow the instructions here:

How do I reset Windows Update components?


Now for SP3...

1) Download the full SP3 installation file.

  Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for
  IT Professionals and Developers (works just as well for you.)

  You are just saving it right now - not running it yet.

2) Ensure (as well as plausible) you have no spyware/malware by doing a full
    scan with SuperAntiSpyware and MalwareBytes.  If you are following
    along, you have already done this!

 How to scan your disks for errors
 * will take time and a reboot

4) Defragment
 How to Defragment your hard drives
 * will take time

5) Ensure your hardware drivers are up to date (from the hardware
    manufacturer's respective web pages.)  Never get hardware drivers
    for hardware that was not created/sold by Microsoft from Microsoft.

6) Reboot right before you try to install SP3.

7) Disconnect from the internet before installing (physically disconnect -
    pull the network cable or disable the router/modem.)

8) Disable your antivirus and antispyware applications when you are about to
     install SP3.  Usually right-click on the icon in the taskbar gives you
     a choice to do so.

Install SP3 by running the downloaded executable.  Reboot when requested to
do so.  Logon and let the machine 'settle' for about 10 minutes.  Reboot.
Give it 5 minutes after logon to 'settle' - reboot.

After that - there will be more updates.

Log on as an user with administrative rights and open Internet Explorer
and visit and select to do a
CUSTOM scan...

Every time you are about to click on something while at these web pages -
first press and hold down the CTRL key while you click on it.  You can
release the CTRL key after clicking each time.

Once the scan is done, select just _ONE_ of the high priority updates
(deselect any others) and install it.

Reboot again.

If it did work - try the web page again - selecting no more than 3-5 at a
time.  Rebooting as needed.

The Optional Software updates are generally safe - although I recommend
against the "Windows Search" one and any of the "Office Live" ones or
"Windows Live" ones for now.  I would completely avoid the
Optional Hardware updates.  Also - I do not see any urgent need to install
Internet Explorer 8 at this time.

Seriously - do all that.  This is like antibiotics - don't skip a single
step, don't quit because you think things will be okay now - go through
until the end, until you have done everything given in the order given.  If
you have a problem with a step come ask and let someone here get you
through that step.  If you don't understand how to do a step, come back and
ask here about that step and let someone walk you through it.

Then - when done - let everyone here know if it worked for you - or if you
have more issues.

Shenan Stanley
How To Ask Questions The Smart Way 

11/15/2009 6:07:45 PM

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