As a result, I got to spend a wonderful day and half restoring Windows to its former glory.
I saw your -ible on SP3, and it proved very helpful.
In my 2008 dell desktop the original HDD died a year or two ago so I replaced it and reinstalled Win XP from my original CD, but it is only SP2.
Here's what I know about Windows XP Service Pack 3.
Some ppl seem to be trying to keep XP alive and well.
I don't want to end up killing the computer trying to update it.
A: Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) is the final Windows XP service pack, a collection of previously-released fixes and product enhancements, as well as a few new features that are unique to this release.
A: Though XP SP3 aggregates all of the previously-released XP fixes, Microsoft now says that you will need to install at least SP1 on XP before installing SP3.
Conclusion: It does pretty much what is said on the tin and in our own humble experience, download and installation was pretty simple.