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When you install Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), significant changes are made to many files and processes to improve the system security, reliability, and functionality of Windows XP. However, these changes can affect some third-party programs. This article contains a list of known third-party programs that may experience a change in functionality after you install Windows XP SP3. This list includes only tested and reported programs, and should not be considered comprehensive. To view the list, go to the "Known programs that experience a loss of functionality after you install Windows XP SP3" section.
If one of these listed programs is installed on your computer, we recommend that you contact the software vendor for more information before you install Windows XP SP3. If you have already installed Windows XP SP3, the vendor may be able to give you an update or another solution.
Note Some third-party programs are written specifically for files and services that may be changed in future versions of Windows.
Known programs that experience a loss of functionality after you install Windows XP SP3The following table lists programs that are known to experience some loss of functionality after you install Windows XP SP3 and describes the symptoms that occur. If you use any of these programs, we recommend that you contact the program vendor for the latest versions or workarounds using the links provided in the table.
If you are experiencing a loss of functionality for a program that is not on this list, go to the "What to do if your third-party program is not listed" section.
If you do not have these programs installed on your computer, and if you have already checked with your third-party vendor to make sure that your programs are compatible with the service pack, you can download and install Windows XP SP3. For more information about how to obtain Windows XP SP3, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322389/ )How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack
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What to do if your third-party program is not listedIf you have already installed Windows XP SP3 and are experiencing functionality issues with a program that is not listed in the table, first try step 1. If step 1 does not work, try step 2 or step 3.
Note If you do not know the vendor Web site or contact information, you can use the links provided in the "References" section to find it.
For information about how to contact a particular software vendor, click the appropriate article number in the following list to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/65416/ )Hardware and software vendor contact information, A-K
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/60781/ )Hardware and software vendor contact information, L-P
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/60782/ )Hardware and software vendor contact information, Q-Z
Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.
The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, about the performance or reliability of these products.
Article ID: 947309 - Last Review: October 29, 2008 - Revision: 3.4