Can Service Pack 3 cover lack of SP2 and SP1 on Windows XP?
Thank you very much!
To re-iterate, according to their site, SP3 requires a minimum of SP1, or can also be installed over SP2.
SP2 does NOT depend on SP1, so the Microsoft suggestion is to apply SP2 (if not already at SP1), then SP3. I would suggest turning off auto-updates, or setting to notify only, otherwise it will attempt to apply a lot of "in between" updates which will be obsoleted by the service pack.
It is also possible, if you are seeing high CPU, that you are suffering the "update jam" cause by a pending Internet Explorer Cumulative - if so, then apply the current cumulative.
The XP update system does not seem as refined as for W7 - on XP, it seems you often need to visit the windowsupdate site to get things moving.
Looks like SP2 is called KB835935
SP3 is KB936929
AH, looks like this is useful
Has links to SP3, SP2 (big) or SP1a express (online install?)
After SP3 Update, I'd still keep updates off, then manually apply IE8 and Window Media player 11, then find the latest IE Cumulative for XP + your IE version (8 if you did it, otherwise whatever you have) - since the autoupdate bugs badly when there is an IE Cumulative pending, as it checks a HUGE supersedence chain dating back to something ridiculous - the windows update 100% CPU bug that's been annoying XP users for a while
Please tell , the download link works for xp?
The link for SP1a express appears to be ok - [BROKEN LINK REMOVED]
The "express install" being the one that downloads what it needs as it goes.
Cannot find an "express" for SP3, other than going through Windowsupdate, but the larger packages are:
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] - the "full package" - you CAN use it on just one, but it's a bigger download than an "on the fly" updater.
The biggest, is the "burn to CD" update - [BROKEN LINK REMOVED] - this is to make a SP3 Updater CD, not sure what else that includes over simply sticking the other download on CD
I am sorry, I thought the discussion was about Windows XP from what I read on your question??????
Yes , question is for xp. The link in your answer is for windows greater than xp?
Yes you need SP3 for the latest version of Skype.
The system requirements can be found here: https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA10328/what-are-the-system-requirements-for-skype
You mean for newer versions of windows or even for xp?
Microsoft says that you must have at least SP1 installed first and recommends that you have SP" installed as well although its not necessary.
Please tell , whether Skype newest version requires SP3 to work on XP?
well if you try it then perhaps you will get alert message inviting to install the other services
Thanks. You mean 'other services' = SP1? or like microsoft essentials..?
I mean SP1 if anything else is required then you should be prompt to execute.
According to Technet (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc507836.aspx), to install SP3, Service Pack 1 must be installed. However, there's no need to install SP2 before SP3.
Thanks. If after switching on 'Automatic Updates' in xp , there is no indication of alerts of updates installed , does it mean the automatic update is not functioning? or
it would show only on next reboot when updates would get installed? If so , then how can one verify prior to next boot which updates through automatic updates are installed?
There are many updates that will need to be installed after SP3, so it can take Windows quite some time to bring up the message. I usually run Windows Update from the start menu to kick-start the process.
SP3 contains all the updates,bug fixes that its predecessor service packs have.It's economical way for those who cannot afford to download updates.
Other than microsoft page , where can one download SP3 ( and SP2 ) directly , for XP?
It might be illegal to download updates other than form MS site,you can visit the below link and it'll serve the update file from MS server -
Thanks. Please note , I had to ask because even on selecting 'automatic update' and even 'notify but download manually' no new notification has been seen on two instances of using computer. Is there a way to know whether in background which updates have been downloaded , or selected for notification , in xp?