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How to download Windows XP SP3
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This article was previously published under Q322389
To continue receiving security updates for Windows, make sure that you're running Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3). For more information, go to the following Microsoft website: Support is ending for some versions of Windows
You can help keep your computer current, safe, and working correctly by installing updates for your operating system. To make it easier to install Windows XP updates and fixes, Microsoft collects these files in service packs. Service packs help extend and update the functionality of your computer.
To make sure that your service pack installation runs smoothly, follow these steps:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/889100/ )How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003
How to get Windows XP SP3
Use any of the following methods to get the latest service pack:
Download the service pack manually
You can download the stand-alone Windows XP SP3 package from the following Microsoft Download Center page. Although this page says that the installation package is intended for IT professionals and developers, you can safely download and install this package.
Important These service packs apply only to 32-bit versions of Windows XP.
Download the Windows XP Service Pack 3 package now
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For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to go to the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591Security notice You can be assured that this file has been scanned for viruses. Microsoft uses the most current virus-detection software to scan files that are posted to the Download Center. The file is also stored on security-enhanced servers that help prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/119591/ )How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
Turn on Automatic Updates
You can get Windows XP SP3 automatically if you turn on the Automatic Updates feature. To have us turn on Automatic Updates for you, go to the "Fix it for me" section. If you would rather turn on Automatic Updates yourself, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.
Fix it for me
To fix the problem automatically, follow these steps:
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Let me fix it myself
To turn on Automatic Updates yourself, follow these steps:
Order Windows XP Service Pack 3 on a CD
To order Windows XP SP3 on a CD, click the appropriate link for your region:
Europe and Africa
For more information about what is fixed in Windows XP Service Pack 3, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
946480For more information about issues with Windows XP Service Pack 3, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946480/ )List of fixes that are included in Windows XP Service Pack 3
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936929/ )Information about Windows XP Service Pack 3
Article ID: 322389 - Last Review: April 18, 2013 - Revision: 52.0