This article was previously published under Q293312
Service packs are the means by which Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) bug fixes are distributed. Service packs keep the product current. Service packs may include updates, system administration tools, drivers, and additional components. All are conveniently bundled for easy downloading.
Service packs are cumulative; each new service pack contains all the fixes that are in previous service packs, as well as any new fixes. You do not need to install a previous service pack before you install the latest one.
Service Pack 3
Release Date: December 17, 2002
How to obtain
MDAC Service Pack 3 (SP3) is available from the following Microsoft Web site:
Doing so automatically installs MDAC 2.5 SP2 and protects this MDAC release using System File Protection. This means that you can only remove MDAC 2.5 SP2 from Windows 2000 by uninstalling Windows 2000 SP2.For more information about the problems fixed by MDAC 2.5 Service Pack 2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
293311 List of bugs fixed in MDAC 2.5 Service Pack 2
Service Pack 1
If you are running Windows 2000, you must install Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 (SP1) from the following Microsoft Web site:
Doing so automatically installs MDAC 2.5 SP1 and protects this MDAC release using System File Protection. This means that you can only remove MDAC 2.5 SP1 from Windows 2000 by uninstalling Windows 2000 SP1.
For Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT 4.0, MDAC Service Pack 1 is available at the following Microsoft Web site: