You should not be connected to the net and you should stop your Antivirus and stuff from running or it will be checking every file of SP3 for viruses and spyware whilst SP3 is installing. That'll slow it down
I downloaded the SP3 update from the above link rather than installing from Automatic Updates. Turned off or exited all programs & initially things looked good. The installation was quicker & progressed further than before. It reached the 'Finishing Installation/Running Processes After Install' stage & has now apparently stopped having been at this point for about an hour now. Additionally I have a continuing series of Application Error message windows popping up & no amount of clicking OK or Cancel gets rid of them.
i downloaded the full sp3 when it became available then ran it from disc without stopping av firewall internet or anything it installed fine what i did notice whilst it was installing it was getting updates from MS which were also needed & had no problems with it at all
Well, I've given up trying to install SP3. I can live without it so the 64 million dollar question is how do I disable that extremely annoying Windows Update shield system tray icon from appearing at boot up telling me that the SP3 is ready to install?
No need to turn off automatic updates. Visit the Windows Update page online, and under each download is an option to "ignore this download"...
I'm not certain you can do it with SP3, but I suspect so. Can't check, 'cos SP3 installed on all my machines OK... after a bit of a battle with Realtek 888 integrated sound on one, AMD chip on another, RAID array on another and something else on the office machine!