A service pack (SP) is a Windows update, often combining previously released updates, that helps make Windows more reliable. Service packs, it includes security and performance improvements and support for new types of hardware. Make sure you install the latest service pack to help keep Windows up to date. Service packs take about 30-40 minutes to install. The latest service pack for Windows XP is Service Pack 3 (SP3). To install Windows XP SP3, you must first have SP1a or SP2 installed
The latest service pack for Windows XP is Service Pack 3 (SP3). To install Windows XP SP3, you must first have SP1 or SP2 installed.
How to check which Windows XP Service Pack is installed on your computer?
- Click on Start and then Control Panel.
- Click on the Performance and Maintenance link.
Note: If you're viewing the Classic View of Control Panel, you won't see this link. Simply double-click on the System icon and proceed to Step 4.
- In the Performance and Maintenance window, click on the System Control Panel icon at the bottom of the window.
- When the System Properties window opens it should default to the General tab. If not, choose it manually.
- In the System: area of the General tab you'll find the operating system version and the service pack level. See the screen shot on this page for an idea of what you're looking for.
Note:If you don't have any service pack installed, you won't see "Service Pack 0" or "Service Pack None" -there will be no reference to a service pack at all.
- The latest Windows XP service pack is Service Pack 3 (SP3).
- If you only have SP1 or SP2 installed, It is highly recommend that you install Windows XP SP3 immediately.
Set up Automatic Updates to upgrade to windows XP SP3.
Applies to Windows XP.
With the Automatic Updates feature, Windows XP can automatically download and install the most important updates for you (including most security updates). Automatic updating can help protect your computer from new and emerging security threats. However, many updates require some user feedback before they can be installed.
To enable Automatic Updates.
- Use Microsoft Internet Explorer to visit Microsoft Update Website http://update.microsoft.com.
- On the right side of the page, Internet Explorer displays the current status of Automatic Updates:
- If Automatic Updates is turned on, your computer is protected. Windows XP will automatically install updates. You don’t need to follow the rest of these steps.
- If Automatic Updates is turned off, click Turn on Automatic Updates.
- In the Automatic Updates window, click OK.
For complete details for the above requisites you can click on the Article number below view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
950717 Steps to take before you install Windows XP Service Pack 3