Updating windows xp sp3
However, you must have installed either Windows SP1 or SP2 before SP3.* Keep in mind that new patches made available after Service Pack 3 was released (mid April 2008) will still need to be applied.
Important notes: Microsoft advise uninstalling any beta or Release Candidate versions before installing this final release.
The error message simply referred to "a problem on your computer".
In addition, a review of the update history (click on "Review your update history" in the left side gray stripe) showed no failures at all.
While consumers are conditioned to call their hardware manufacturer for technical support, Microsoft offers free support for Service Pack 3 for Windows XP, IE7 and Windows Update.
Support for SP3 and IE7 is offered on the phone (866-234-6020), although, I had Windows Update in IE6 and IE7) and click on the "Get help and support" link in the gray stripe on the left. The best way to do this is with Internet Explorer on the computer with the problem.
The file is a large download and can be applied to any version of Windows XP Home, Professional, Tablet PC or Media Center (32 bit only).The thread includes an email from Microsoft technical support with three possible fixes.One of them, involving re-registering DLLs, was my fallback if the first suggestion didn't work.It was included in the debugging information sent to Microsoft and revealed that my problem was an error 0x80004002.The Fix Windows Update was resuscitated with the oldest trick in the book, re-installing the software.