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Old 09-14-2008, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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Default Service Pack III

When Windows XP-Service Pack II came out, people in my local computer club said to wait until all the problems were fixed. I downloaded it when they said it was OK. Now, my computer wants me to download SP-III.

My question is..... is SP-III good, or does it have quirks like the former ?

I haven't been attending my computer club so I don't know who to ask?
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Old 09-14-2008, 11:44 PM
 
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Any time you do something as major as install a SP (which replaces most of the system files in Windows) you never know what's going to happen. Waiting isn't going to do much good. Just backup your data, install it, and hope for the best. It'll probably be just fine.
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Old 09-14-2008, 11:59 PM
 
Location: ɐpɐʌǝu 'sɐƃǝʌ sɐl
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95% chance you'll be fine. Backup your data and have at it.

If you have an external drive or another machine on the network you can access, you can use a program such as Ghost to create an image of the hard drive that can be restored if everything blows up on you.
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Old 09-15-2008, 02:05 AM
 
Location: Greenfield, Mo.
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There is nothing wrong with installing SP3. I've installed it on 8 of my own pcs and many others for customers.

Hit the ok button and install it.
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Old 09-15-2008, 06:50 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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There are a few minor quirks with SP3, but I'd recommend that it be installed. It is much easier to do that than to install the dozens of updates that will be recommended without it. Besides, it makes an entry in the Add/Remove programs list, so it can be uninstalled.
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Old 09-15-2008, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Meeami
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No real problems with it here. We upgraded 800+ or so over the summer to it.
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Old 09-15-2008, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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THANK y'all for the response.

If I make a system restore date before the download, and I have problems with the SPIII, would I be able to go back to before the installation ?
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Old 09-15-2008, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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THANK y'all for the response.

If I make a system restore date before the download, and I have problems with the SPIII, would I be able to go back to before the installation ?
Yes. As long as you use the restore command and choose a date earlier than the date you ran the update.
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Old 09-16-2008, 06:39 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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When Windows XP-Service Pack II came out, people in my local computer club said to wait until all the problems were fixed. I downloaded it when they said it was OK. Now, my computer wants me to download SP-III.

My question is..... is SP-III good, or does it have quirks like the former ?

I haven't been attending my computer club so I don't know who to ask?
Microsoft Service Packs don't change. Once a Service Pack is released, any problems discovered are addressed by additional updates, with those updates accumulating until they become so numerous that someone in Redmond decides it is time to gather them all up in another Service Pack.
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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mensaguy............. AHha.. now I understand

Thanks again for all comments !
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