Updating windows xp professional with sp1
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.Microsoft has announced an upcoming Windows XP Service Pack 3. The Windows XP SP3 is primarily a package of previously released updates, security updates and hotfixes.However, a test run by Devil Mountain Software, says it boosts performance.Alternatively, since the file is so huge, you can download SP3 on a fast Internet connection and use it to update a PC with a slow or non-existent connection.
Windows XP SP3 will update whichever Internet Explorer you have on your system. Basically what Windows XP SP3 will do for you, is to allow you to catch up on any updates, security updates and fixes you may have missed or too busy to download.
Internet Explorer 7 is also not included in this package.
Conclusion: It does pretty much what is said on the tin and in our own humble experience, download and installation was pretty simple.
SP3 contains significant security enhancements, in addition to stability and performance improvements.
This update also includes a small number of new functionalities, which do not significantly change customers experience with the operating system.