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    Default Should I install XP Svc Pack 3?

    I'm running XP Svc Pack 2, and it runs ultra smooth and reliably. I've heard of some preliminary negative things about Svc Pack 3...

    Should I install it? Anyone here run it and have problems?
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    Default Re: Should I install XP Svc Pack 3?

    I did when it was first released, no problem so far, in fact noticed no difference during use.

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    No problems here either. Been running it since the day it came out.
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    Default Re: Should I install XP Svc Pack 3?

    Ditto, had to check to make sure I had installed it. So I guess I really haven't noticed any difference. (:
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    Default Re: Should I install XP Svc Pack 3?

    I read that some AMD machines had problems. I've got it on 3 Intels with no problems.

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    Default Re: Should I install XP Svc Pack 3?

    DO NOT INSTALL!


    I tried it 3 times and it freezes at about 75% completion on the step that says "Finalizing installation" Good thing I did an Acronis backup before installation, it saved my butt!

    I would wait a bit so MS can get rid of the bugs.

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    Default Re: Should I install XP Svc Pack 3?

    Thanks, I use Acronis religiously which has saved my butt several times...

    I am thinking I should hold off even if there is the slightest risk...
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    Default Re: Should I install XP Svc Pack 3?

    Quote Originally Posted by eluminator View Post
    I read that some AMD machines had problems. I've got it on 3 Intels with no problems.
    Seems to be mainly AMD based machines from HP.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Win...-SP3,5334.html

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    Default Re: Should I install XP Svc Pack 3?

    Running just fine on my MSI Wind Notebook. But then again, it came with XP Home SP3 pre-installed...
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    Running it on an AMD xp3000 with no problems.

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    Default Re: Should I install XP Svc Pack 3?

    Quote Originally Posted by LED-holic View Post
    I am thinking I should hold off even if there is the slightest risk...
    Go ahead and install it. I have not personally seen any issues, but as you see above, some people have.

    With any updates from any operating system, there is always the chance there will be a problem. Of course, there is a chance I could have a flat tire, but it doesn't stop me from driving to work everyday.

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    No problems on AMD AthonX2 home built system.
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    Default Re: Should I install XP Svc Pack 3?

    I always do a Ghost image backup before any major upgrade.

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    No problems on my Intel core 2 duo system. ASUS motherboard with Intel chipset.

    As always, back up before trying it.

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    Default Re: Should I install XP Svc Pack 3?

    Installed it last night on my Toshiba laptop, Intel Pentium M Processor. Working fine ....

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    Default Re: Should I install XP Svc Pack 3?

    I installed it on my work laptop. No real differences except one. I use PL/SQL Developer for Oracle queries/development. Before the update 2-3 seconds to start. After the update, 22 seconds. Uninstalled SP3. PL/SQL Developer starts within 3 seconds again.
    Microsoft will begin "pushing" SP3 to Win XP machines soon. So it will be delivered via the Automatic updates. There is a "SP3 Blocker" that will work for a while.

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    Default Re: Should I install XP Svc Pack 3?

    no real noticeable differences IMHO...

    but hey why not?
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    Default Re: Should I install XP Svc Pack 3?

    I just performed a clean XP install slipstreamed with SP3. Very stable, recommended.
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    Default Re: Should I install XP Svc Pack 3?

    No problems on my Core 2 duo rig either.

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    Default Re: Should I install XP Svc Pack 3?

    Does service pack 3 install the "windows genuine advantage" thingy?

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    Default Re: Should I install XP Svc Pack 3?

    I would say more than likely.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wattnot View Post
    Does service pack 3 install the "windows genuine advantage" thingy?

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    Default Re: Should I install XP Svc Pack 3?

    I had Auto Updates turned on and it installed. The next time I turned on my computer and tried to use WORD and EXCEL it asked me to put my OFFICE PRO CD in the drive, it pulled a couple of files and has been running fine.

    I'm running a Dell Pent 4 laptop with XP PRO and OFFICE PRO.




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