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Windows 7: Installing final XP3 onto my XP2 Home Edition PC Question?.

11 Jun 2016   #1
bluesjunior

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 
Installing final XP3 onto my XP2 Home Edition PC Question?.

My main PC is my Win7 desktop PC on which I am writing this. My question regards an old PC I had stored and unused for the last few years and which I have recently installed in my workshop. I had the original Windows XP Home Edition SP2 disc and I used it to reinstall the OS just to see if it was all working. Anyway to cut a long story short it was fine and now I have it working and connected to my home network.

Problem as you probably know is that as Windows XP has been unsupported since 2014 I cannot just update to SP3 from Microsoft anymore. What I did do though was download a copy of the final updates edition of SP3 to my Win7 downloads folder. I found an article online on creating a bootable (slipstream) disc from my original SP2 disc and the final SP3 file but this I believe would mean a complete reinstall of the OS and if possible I would like to avoid that in order to retain my files/installed programs etc. Is it possible to create a bootable disc just from the final SP3 file which I downloaded, and use that to update the existing install of XP SP2 or is there another way to do this?.


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12 Jun 2016   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

No you don`t have to do that, just do some digging with google and you`ll find SP3, trust me it`s out there

But if you ever decided to reinstall, here`s a link to XP Home SP3

Windows XP Home Edition SP3 Free Download
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12 Jun 2016   #3
bluesjunior

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
No you don`t have to do that, just do some digging with google and you`ll find SP3, trust me it`s out there

But if you ever decided to reinstall, here`s a link to XP Home SP3

Windows XP Home Edition SP3 Free Download
Thanks very much for the reply. I think the file (windowsxp-kb936929-sp3-x86-debug-enu) which I have on my hard drive after downloading it yesterday is the file you mean but not 100% sure. Is the file in the link you gave above, a complete copy of WinXP up to and including SP3 and can I run it from that link into my Win XP Home PC or do I have to burn it to a disc first?. Excuse my ignorance but I am a pensioner and didn't grow up with computers. I would ideally like to find just the SP3 package and a way to update my PC from SP2 but am not sure if I can do that so maybe I will have to reinstall the lot?. If it helps I have a burning program called ImgBurn which I used to create an ISO file of something a long time ago, just forgotten how to use it now and lost the wlkthrough.
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12 Jun 2016   #4
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

The link above looks like a complete install disk with the SP included

Have a look here for data and file for just the Service pack ...

Download Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 - MajorGeeks

Should be a "clean" version of just the SP (there are others out there but some are on sites I find Dubious in my experience)
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12 Jun 2016   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes the link is to create a completely new Windows XP Home SP3 install dsic.

Nigel has dug up the SP3 update for you, as stated, very simple to find

Good job Nigel !!
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12 Jun 2016   #6
bluesjunior

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Thanks very much but there were no installation instructions. Do I just install it as a regular install or do I need to burn it to a disc?. Sorry for being such a pest, I just like to be sure I am not making a wrong move.
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12 Jun 2016   #7
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Didn't check the actual format but general rule is .ISO files need to be burned to CD/DVD using the appropriate software (to make a bootable media). If it's a.EXE file you can just run it either from a CD/DVD/USB Stick or from the hard disk.

Updates are generally .EXE but you never know

Edit

Just checked and the Major Geeks file is an EXE file so what I would do is download it to my desktop and run it (after a quick scan with Malwarebytes Pro - I scan everything even from sites I trust)
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12 Jun 2016   #8
bluesjunior

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Thanks for all the help guys. Problem has now been resolved and PC updated to Win XP SP3.
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13 Jun 2016   #9
cornemuse

Windows 7 Home Premium bit
 
 

If you copy the (sp3) EXE file to your computer first, then run/install it, it installs much faster, I have found.

You can 'slipstream' sp3 into your XP/XP sp1/sp2 install disk for next time, , ,

-c-
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