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    Default Windows xp service pack 3...

    This one is for any tecies amongst us.

    I'm running Windows XP home edition with service pack 2 installed,but i keep getting a reminder to say that updates are available and that is service pack 3...not at all sure wether to update my pc..i have no means to back up any of my saved files....??

    ?The question is ...will my system be undermined in any way if i DONT go ahead and install the update..and also has anyone had problems when they have installed.

    I'm confused

    What do ya mean "it does'nt take a lot to confuse me"

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    I keep getting the update notice for this as well, but when iI try to download it, the download stops and tells me there is another installation running. It is driving me nuts.
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    It shouldn't hurt your sytsem not downloading now,but will have to do it one day,i'm running with no probs and have been for a few weeks.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnsdutton View Post
    I keep getting the update notice for this as well, but when iI try to download it, the download stops and tells me there is another installation running. It is driving me nuts.
    I think you have to disable your anti virus programme first m8 or anything else that may be running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenboy View Post
    It shouldn't hurt your sytsem not downloading now,but will have to do it one day,i'm running with no probs and have been for a few weeks.....

    i'm worried about losing any current programme files m8..or am i being too cautious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macdad View Post
    I think you have to disable your anti virus programme first m8 or anything else that may be running.
    Will give that a try cheers
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    Look for the Microsoft setup cleaner, or words to that effect. It searches for failed installs and cleans the relevant files / regristry up... and SP3 does improve it a litte is is worth doing.

    Its a free tool some where on the MS site its self.

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    Sp3 has been on mine a little while now without any problems, mainly more security updates, also installs IE7 which is supposedly more secure than IE6, IE7 also brings the Tabs browsing facility which can be useful.
    I also think IE7 maybe a touch faster in use. I have Vista and XP but prefer XP.

    3Dmark benchmarks are the same, so SP3 doesn't slow the system down at all, and my ghost images are near enough the same size, a indication its not added too much extra crap in there, so yes... its worth installing it. No issues at all with it.

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    If you've no backups, you've pretty much lost all your files anyway, so you've no excuse not to upgrade.

    Hard-drives now don't give any warning they're about to expire. We've had 4 in the last two months at work die, user was working at PC and PC either locked up or suddenly rebooted. Drives were totally goosed.

    As for SP3 itself, it does upset some older antivirus and firewall programs, but I think it'll tell you during install.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macdad View Post
    i'm worried about losing any current programme files m8..or am i being too cautious.
    Not at all... just do a Ghost image of the drives partition, only takes a few minutes. I take frequent images (naming them with the date) , and always take a image prior to installing anything major. Much easier and quicker to put the image back on than having to clean all the crap out after, if whatever you were playing with doesn't work out. Also of course a life saver if something drastic occurs.

    Thats why I wear a BELT and BRACERS to hold my trousers up.... to be sure, to be sure.

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