Xp not updating to sp3


20-Oct-2015 00:44

So I've gone ahead and downloaded a copy of the "professionals and developers" installer for SP3, which is a self-contained downloadable executable. Go ahead and let me know what you think in the Talk Back section below.I've backed that up in the same place I've backed up all my other patch files and installers and now, if I someday need it, I have it. Here's the link on the Microsoft site to download it.

The fact is, none of us will have looked everywhere and we will find some forgotten machines.

I thought I'd found all our VMs and critical machines, but I had forgotten one machine that happened to be buried behind a box of cleaning supplies in the garage.

Like many of you, I have a lot of old machines and parts scattered around, used for certain projects and discarded or placed into the limbo we call the garage shelves.

As it turned out, that machine had a solid motherboard and a 10,000 RPM (! My wife needed a spare box to use as a scanning workstation and rather than run out and buy a new machine, I scoured the boneyard, finding this beast.

But it had XP on it, and since it hadn't been run (or dusted) since before the days of SP3, it wouldn't upgrade until I first upgraded it to SP3.

I've upgraded old XP machines before and while it's a pain, it's not a terrible process (and with a pile of spare Windows 8 licenses I bought for each, it's a lot cheaper than a new machine).