Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Rectifying Problems In Installing Windows XP Service Pack 3

Installing a Service Pack for Windows XP ensures that the operating system is updated with all the latest patches and helps it run without any flaws due to obsolete software components. Microsoft also includes numerous security updates in the Service Pack to keep the system protected against new vulnerabilities and aid in its proper functioning.

Some users cite problems in downloading the latest Service Pack 3 for Windows XP and installing the software in their computer. Windows tech support site highlights that such issues usually occur due to low hard disk space, incompatible wireless network adapter, and outdated patches like Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit or Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) 6.0 MUI pack. Sometimes, the antivirus protection installed in Windows XP also restricts the Service Pack 3 installation.

Follow the below given set of instructions to troubleshoot the issues while installing Service Pack 3 on your Windows XP computer.

Steps to follow
  • Open a web browser in your computer and go to the Windows Service Pack website. Verify whether you already have the latest Service Pack version installed on your computer. If there is no updated version of the Service Pack for your system, close the web browser and install all the recommended and important updates via the Windows Update Center.
  • You can also check the Service Pack version installed on your computer by viewing the details in the System Properties dialogue box. Right click on the My Computer icon on the desktop of your computer and click on Properties for the purpose, move on to the General tab, and check the information listed under the System section.
  • If there is no Service Pack installed in your Windows XP system, download any of the previous versions of the software, as installing the latest Service Pack requires the system to be already equipped with any previous version. 
  • Disable the anti virus protection and Windows Firewall on your computer temporarily and download the Service Pack 3 on your computer. The latest Service Pack software is compatible with a 32-bit processor. 
  • Make sure that your network adapter is compatible with Service Pack 3, and you have at least 1.5 GB hard disk space free on your computer before downloading the software.
Follow the on-screen instructions to install the Service Pack on your computer and complete the procedure. Restart your computer and enable the anti-malware software, after verifying that the Service Pack has been successfully installed. If you still face troubles in installing Service Pack 3 on your Windows XP computer, contact our Windows tech support team for assistance.

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