Re: SP3 will not install but no error message

Why wasn't SP3 installed two years ago?

Are you currently running WinXP SP2?

What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your subscription current? What anti-spyware applications (other than Defender)? What third-party firewall (if any)? Were any of these applications running in the background when you attempted to install SP3?

Has a(another) Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on the computer (e.g., a free-trial version that came preinstalled when you bought it)?

How to troubleshoot an unsuccessful installation of WinXP SP3

WinXP SP3 - Read all prerequisites for a successful installation

Free unlimited installation and compatibility support for WinXP SP3 was available from 14 April 2008 thru May 2009. Such support will cost you US$59 or higher per incident now.

Note: Extended Support for WinXP (x86) SP2 ends on 13 July 2010. After that date, computers running WinXP (x86) SP2 will NOT be offered any further critical security updates, Automatic Updates will not work, and Windows Update website will not be accessible until SP3 is installed.

What does it mean if my version of Windows is no longer supported?
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002

LewB wrote:
I', trying to install SP3 for my XP professional program, I used the
express method and the files were downloaded to the computer and
installation started Wizard. The program gets "stuck" very early on at the
part "updating your system, creating cabinets, etc. details says Running
Process Before Install". 5 progress bars come up and that is it!! But
there is no error message, etc. Just stuck. Thanks everyone