Where is SP3?


J

John

I have Auto-update set for "Notify me but let me choose when to
download." A month or so ago, SP3 was offered and I didn't dl it
right away, just left the shield sitting there.

About two weeks ago, I decided I had the time to install it so I
clicked on the "Download." The shield went away and I assumed the
update would be available for installation shortly. But two weeks
later it still hasn't shown up.

Is it normal for the SP3 update to take so long to download?

Reply-to address is real
John
 
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Bruce Hagen

John said:
I have Auto-update set for "Notify me but let me choose when to
download." A month or so ago, SP3 was offered and I didn't dl it
right away, just left the shield sitting there.

About two weeks ago, I decided I had the time to install it so I
clicked on the "Download." The shield went away and I assumed the
update would be available for installation shortly. But two weeks
later it still hasn't shown up.

Is it normal for the SP3 update to take so long to download?

Reply-to address is real
John


Right click on My Computer. Does it show Service Pack 2 or 3?

If you go to Windows Updates, does it show in your history?

Is it available when you click Custom, (not Express)?

If no to all of the above:

Steps to take before you install Windows XP Service Pack 3:
http://support.microsoft.com:80/kb/950717

WinXP SP3 - Read all prerequisites for a successful installation
http://msmvps.com/blogs/harrywaldro...requisites-for-a-successful-installation.aspx

Release Notes for Windows XP Service Pack 3
http://download.microsoft.com/download/c/d/8/cd8cc719-7d5a-40d3-a802-e4057aa8c631/relnotes.htm

Download Windows XP Service Pack 3 here:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...A8-5E76-401F-BE08-1E1555D4F3D4&displaylang=en
 
P

PA Bear [MS MVP]

[Crossposted to Windows Update newsgroup]

Check your WindowsUpdate.log (%windir%\WindowsUpdate.log) for errors
associated with the download/install.

How to read the WindowsUpdate.log file
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/902093

Absent any serious numerical Errors in your WindowsUpdate.log, you may be
seeing a delay caused by excessive demand on the servers ("Update is not
allowed to download due to regulation"). It can take quite a while for AU
to download a Service Pack when so many updates were released on that
month's Patch Tuesday.

You can try downloading/installing WinXP SP3 via Windows/Microsoft Update:
Understand that by doing so, you're pushing all the Automatic Updates users
further back in the queue (which may explain, at least in part, why
Automatic Updates hasn't brought them in for you yet).

WinXP SP3 - Read all prerequisites for a successful installation
http://msmvps.com/blogs/harrywaldro...requisites-for-a-successful-installation.aspx

Free unlimited installation and compatibility support is available for
Windows XP, but only for Service Pack 3 (SP3), until 14 Apr-09. Chat and
e-mail support is available only in the United States and Canada. Go to
http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?gprid=1173 | select "Windows
XP" then select "Windows XP Service Pack 3"
--
Windows Update-specific newsgroup:
news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.windowsupdate

~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience - since 2002
 
A

ALan

DONT INSTALL SP3 IT IS A DISASTER MY COMPUTER IS DEAD WON:T REBOOT< MICROSOFT
CANT HELP WHAT A MESS.
 
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Robert Aldwinckle

(posted from WU)
John wrote:

See if you have the same symptom that I noticed.
You need to use bitsadmin.exe from a cmd window.
That utility is available from the XP Support Tools download.

So, if you find that

bitsadmin /list /allusers /verbose

shows you that a download was suspended
you could /resume it (referencing its {GUID} jobid).

Depending on how far along the download is, resuming it
may get the whole thing downloaded or it may just clear the job queue.
In the latter case though it seems to let AU/BITS start a new job normally
and possibly finish it normally. In one case that I did, a second (automatic)
retry also got into a suspended state, so I did the same /resume procedure
on that piece too. I don't know if BITS is ever told by AU to get out of
that state automatically but I didn't want to wait another month before
trying to force it along that way. ; )

BTW others I have suggested this procedure to have found that they
apparently had jobs which were not in such a clean state as the one
that I am referring to. The procedure for dealing with those is less clear.
Diana [MSFT] suggested in one case to clear the queue by deleting BITS
..dat files.

http://www.microsoft.com/communitie...cddd2c-a2b6-44d9-89b0-f37067b985d9&sloc=en-us


HTH

Robert Aldwinckle
---


PA Bear said:
[Crossposted to Windows Update newsgroup]

Check your WindowsUpdate.log (%windir%\WindowsUpdate.log) for errors associated with the download/install.

How to read the WindowsUpdate.log file
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/902093

Absent any serious numerical Errors in your WindowsUpdate.log, you may be seeing a delay caused by excessive demand on the servers
("Update is not allowed to download due to regulation"). It can take quite a while for AU to download a Service Pack when so many
updates were released on that month's Patch Tuesday.

You can try downloading/installing WinXP SP3 via Windows/Microsoft Update: Understand that by doing so, you're pushing all the
Automatic Updates users further back in the queue (which may explain, at least in part, why Automatic Updates hasn't brought them
in for you yet).

WinXP SP3 - Read all prerequisites for a successful installation
http://msmvps.com/blogs/harrywaldro...requisites-for-a-successful-installation.aspx

Free unlimited installation and compatibility support is available for Windows XP, but only for Service Pack 3 (SP3), until 14
Apr-09. Chat and e-mail support is available only in the United States and Canada. Go to
http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?gprid=1173 | select "Windows XP" then select "Windows XP Service Pack 3"
--
Windows Update-specific newsgroup: news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.windowsupdate

~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience - since 2002

I have Auto-update set for "Notify me but let me choose when to
download." A month or so ago, SP3 was offered and I didn't dl it
right away, just left the shield sitting there.

About two weeks ago, I decided I had the time to install it so I
clicked on the "Download." The shield went away and I assumed the
update would be available for installation shortly. But two weeks
later it still hasn't shown up.

Is it normal for the SP3 update to take so long to download?

Reply-to address is real
John
 
F

Frank-FL

John said:
I have Auto-update set for "Notify me but let me choose when to
download." A month or so ago, SP3 was offered and I didn't dl it
right away, just left the shield sitting there.

About two weeks ago, I decided I had the time to install it so I
clicked on the "Download." The shield went away and I assumed the
update would be available for installation shortly. But two weeks
later it still hasn't shown up.

Is it normal for the SP3 update to take so long to download?

Reply-to address is real
John

<http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...A8-5E76-401F-BE08-1E1555D4F3D4&displaylang=en>

Just download it and install it. Windows update leaves a lot to be desired especially with
one this big.
 
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Skyman

My laptop does auto updates and when I did the update and came back to my
laptop after a few minutes, my laptop went dead. It has power, but the screen
is "black" and my mouse doesn't even come on. Why did this update distroy my
laptop? Have have no clue how to make it even work. I push the power on and
all I get is my green lights saying I have power and the Disk drive is being
read. I have important music editing software on this laptop and this worries
me A LOT!!!

Skyman
 

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