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Windows XP2 to Windows XP3? HELP!

I have service pack 2 and im thinking to upgrading it to server pack 3 because I have lots of problem with service pack 2. For ex. My control panel in the add and remove program. All programs don't show. And other things I am having problems with. If I update will it be better and fix my problems? Also I'm kinda confused. Well I tried to check the update thing and it tells me to close all open programs and back up my system. If I don't back up my system, will my files,games, etc. be there still? Thanks

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  • sunningblaze Sep 16, 2008

    Thank you guys.

    Link doesn't work and when I do install and run what do I do after?

    It says SP3 is 66MB-100MB something. Will it really take up space? Also I have tried this one program but It only shows programs installed on Add/Remove Programs and does not show hidden programs. So CCleaner must be the same. But I'll give it a shot.

    Thanks again guys.

  • sunningblaze Sep 18, 2008


    SP2 will replace SP3 right? So it will take out SP2 space and add SP3 MB space into my system?



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Well I can tell you your issues with All programs and Control Panel not displaying are only caused by 2 things. One is a corporate IT department preventing you from accessing that functionality of your system and two is a virus known as "Virus Alert". Check out next to your time and instead of AM or PM it will show "VIRUS ALERT!!!". Download Dial-a-Fix ( and run the Fix Policies in the bottom left hand corner. This will fix your control panel and your ability to install/uninstall programs. The All Programs is a bit trickery but let me know if you want to try to fix it.

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Just close all your programs and then do the update, I did it few days ago on another computer and it went just fine. All your files will be there. try CCleaner to uninstall those programs that don't show up n there

Posted on Sep 15, 2008

  • Ekse Sep 16, 2008

    yeap the download is what you said, I didn't take note how much space it took.

  • Ekse Sep 18, 2008

    don't know about that, most likely it wont delete the changes made by sp2



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