Re: Windows XP Home SP3 update failed
- From: Paul <Paul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2009 17:38:01 -0700
This will be a marathon. I have been doing fine without the SP3 while getting
the other updates automatically for a long time. Will the other regular
updates fail because of the botched-up SP3 upgrade? If not, I may go for
living without SP3.
"Shenan Stanley" wrote:
When I tried to update my Windows XP Home SP2 to SP3, it continued<snip>
for over one hour before coming to a screeching halt. I have pasted
below the last portions of the svcpack.log. Though the error prompt
said that Windows may not work properly, so far it seems to work
two days after the failure. Any help will be appreciated.
Let's walk you through the install of Service Pack 3 and take into account
the most common issues people come across (handle them before you
come across them.)
Fix your file/registry permissions...
Ignore the title and follow the sub-section under "Advanced Troubleshooting"
titled, "Method 1: Reset the registry and the file permissions"
*will take time
(** Ignore the last step - you'll install SP3 shortly.)
Reboot and ...
Download, install, run, update and perform a full scan (separately) with the
following two applications (freeware versions are the ones to use for this):
After performing a full scan with one and then the other and removing
whatever they both find completely, you may uninstall these products,
if you wish.
Download and run the MSRT manually:
Download/Install the latest Windows Installer (for your OS):
( Windows XP 32-bit : WindowsXP-KB942288-v3-x86.exe )
Download the latest version of the Windows Update agent from here (x86):
.... and save it to the root of your C:\ drive. After saving it to the root
of the C:\ drive, do the following:
Close all Internet Explorer windows and other applications.
Start button --> RUN and type in:
--> Click OK.
(If asked, select "Run.) --> Click on NEXT --> Select "I agree" and click on
NEXT --> When it finishes installing, click on "Finish"...
Then follow the instructions here:
How do I reset Windows Update components?
Now for SP3...
1) Download the full SP3 installation file.
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for
IT Professionals and Developers (works just as well for you.)
2) Ensure (as well as plausible) you have no spyware/malware by doing a full
scan with SuperAntiSpyware and MalwareBytes. If you are following
along, you have already done this!
How to scan your disks for errors
* will take time
How to Defragment your hard drives
* will take time
5) Ensure your hardware drivers are up to date (from the hardware
manufacturer's respective web pages.)
6) Reboot right before you try to install SP3.
7) Disconnect from the internet before installing (physically disconnect -
pull the network cable or disable the router/modem.)
8) Disable your antivirus and antispyware applications when you are about to
install SP3. Usually right-click on the icon in the taskbar gives you
a choice to do so.
Install SP3 by running the downloaded executable. Reboot when requested to
do so. Logon and let the machine 'settle' for about 10 minutes. Reboot.
Give it 5 minutes after logon to 'settle' - reboot.
After that - there will be more updates.
Log on as an user with administrative rights and open Internet Explorer
and visit http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ and select to do a
Every time you are about to click on something while at these web pages -
first press and hold down the CTRL key while you click on it. You can
release the CTRL key after clicking each time.
Once the scan is done, select just _ONE_ of the high priority updates
(deselect any others) and install it.
If it did work - try the web page again - selecting no more than 3-5 at a
time. Rebooting as needed.
The Optional Software updates are generally safe - although I recommend
against the "Windows Search" one and any of the "Office Live" ones or
"Windows Live" ones fornow. I would completely avoid the
Optional Hardware updates. Also - I do not see any urgent need to install
Internet Explorer 8 at this time.
Come back - let us know if that worked.
.... Really - come back and let everyone know if that worked.
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