Do I need XP Sevice Pack 3?

  thewasp 16:22 18 Dec 2009

I am currently running Windows XP SP2 with no problems.

My computer has an AMD Athlon XP 2600+ which I have heard can cause incompatibility issues with SP3.

Would you advise upgrading or staying as I am?


  Technotiger 16:27 18 Dec 2009

If it aint broke, don't fix it!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:31 18 Dec 2009

Yes it has security updates

  GaT7 16:40 18 Dec 2009

If you don't update with SP3, you will not be able to download important security updates & enhancements.

Solution at click here if it goes wrong . G

  john bunyan 17:14 18 Dec 2009

I am now on W7 and switched from XP a couple of weeks ago. You may like to read this as well:
click here
I agree with the others , best to keep up with the security issues.

  bremner 17:20 18 Dec 2009

It could be said that your operating system is broken and needs fixing as many security breaches have been identified that have been fixed in SP3 and it later updates.

  Michael_R 17:33 18 Dec 2009

Hi, I have sucessefully updated 4 HP AMD computers to SP3 but you have to use this little .exe from HP's website. click here

I hope this helps.

  GaT7 17:50 18 Dec 2009

Good suggestion & link Michael_R.

Just discovered that Microsoft have their own fixes too click here. G

  karmgord 21:25 18 Dec 2009

BEWARE a lot of people have issues with USB devices not working after upgrade to SP3 !
Just Google "USB SP3"

  thewasp 17:20 29 Dec 2009

Just a quick update, after doing a system backup I decided to install sp3.

Took a while but no issues so far.

Almost 1gb hard drive space gone though.

  GaT7 17:48 29 Dec 2009

Glad that went well :-).

Don't forget to re-visit Win Update for post SP3 updates. They will most probably be offered in batches, so expect to pay a few visits before exhausting them all (there are over 100 of these). Reboot the PC whenever it asks you to. G

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