Can I go directly from SP1 to SP3?

  SP2chicken 17:49 22 Apr 2008

Hi all,

I am one of the dolts who never installed SP2 (for XP) due to the extremely high volume of scare stories put out there about what can happen if you do. Now with word of SP3 coming, I'm wondering if one can just go from SP1 to SP3 (I'm still scared of an SP2-caused lockup... can't really explain why I'm not scared of the same from SP3).

In case anyone's wondering, I haven't had any significant problems by not having SP2, but I anticipate having some if I don't go to SP3, since I now plan to stay with XP longer term.


  iscanut 18:35 22 Apr 2008

I may be wrong, but I think you have to have SP2 installed.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:41 22 Apr 2008

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  Switcher 20:09 22 Apr 2008


  SP2chicken 21:49 22 Apr 2008

Thank you Fruit Bat, that answered it. For anyone else needing the answer, this is what the linked article said:

Q: Does SP3 include everything from SP1 and SP2 or do I need to install those first?

A: 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. The company recommends installing SP2 first as well, though that is not required.

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