Cannot get Windows XP Pro to update


Dale Fye

I've been trying to update to SP3, but I keep getting a message that Windows
XP Pro SP3 was not able to complete the update, or something like that.

I have removed my virus checker but this has not resolved the problem.

Would it help if I tried to boot in safe mode and do the installation from




How to troubleshoot an unsuccessful installation of Windows XP Service Pack

Release notes for Windows XP Service Pack 3

The hard disk space requirements for Windows XP Service Pack 3

Steps to take before you install Windows XP Service Pack 3

Some third-party programs may experience a change in functionality after you
install Windows XP Service Pack 3

How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack

Where to get assistance from MS -
Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 (All Languages)

Free unlimited installation and compatibility support is available for
Windows XP, but only for Service Pack 3 (SP3). This support for SP3 is valid
until April 14, 2009. For more information about this policy, visit the
Windows XP Support Lifecycle page located at Chat and e-mail support is
available only in the United States and Canada. For all other Windows XP
issues, visit the Help and Support site at, and then choose
your product.

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• Other:
select Windows XP | select Windows XP Service Pack 3


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Dale Fye

Worked like a charm.

With your help, I finally found a site to actually download the installation
file and that worked great.

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