When I try to install update service pack 3, the access is denied.
It says the service pack 3 installation did not complete. How can I stop the update appearing? Obviously my computer can't load it, so how can I stop it appearing......cheers Heather
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Re: Update service pack 3 access is denied.
When you launch Windows Updates, don't choose the Express Updates but choose Custom. Then when you are presented with Service Pack 3, there is the option to not select it and then choose to continue to see what other updates there are. Personally, I do not recommend Automatic Updates or Express, always do it manually and always select Custom so an unwanted update doesn't get in under the radar and cause further problems. The rule of "if it isn't broken, don't fix it." really goes well with PC's.
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The best solution is to use Windows Update to automatically download and install the service pack. Note that you should also install Service Pack 3 when it is offered, as it fixes a number of bugs and security problems, and will be needed to run some even newer programs.
If you do not have Internet access on this computer, you can manually download and install the service pack here:
You will need to update XP to Service Pack 3. Just Google "XP Service Pack 3" and follow instructions, OR go to http://www.microsoft.com/update - this will also update your browser to Internet Explorer 8.
You can install Firefox with no special updates, but it would be better to update to SP3 anyway.
Open Windows Update (located in the Windows XP Control
Panel), and see if SP2 is on the list of available updates. If you don't
have Windows Update installed or turned on, visit the Windows Update
website in order to get the latest Windows Update software.
Select the Windows XP SP2 item from the list of available
updates, and click the "Install" button. Windows Update will begin
downloading Service Pack 2 (a process that may take up to 20 minutes or
longer, depending on how fast your Internet connection
is), and will then launch the installation program once downloading is
Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the Windows XP
Service Pack 2 installation. You will be asked to accept the terms of
the licensing agreement before the actual installation takes place.
Installation may take up to 20 or 30 minutes, after which you will be
required to reboot your computer in order for the changes to the
operating system to take effect.
Should you have problems installing XP Service Pack 2 through
Windows Update, download the stand-alone executable from Microsoft in
order to install the software update manually. The Service Pack
executable is designed to make it easier for IT professionals to update
multiple computers without having to download the Service Pack onto each
one. Run the installer program once you've finished downloading it, and
follow the on-screen instructions as mentioned above.
Great so far you have excellent work in analyzing the problem now, to stop a paitcular update from being installed you have to
1.Go to Control Panel
2.Open Security Center
3. Click Automatic Updates
4. Choose the Option saying "Notify me but dont autoamtically download or install them"
By doing so the update manager will evrey time ask you which updates to download and install you simply have to click on the chekbox to accept or reject them. (But do read the instruction with the updates that, what will be the changes otherwise you may miss some imporatant update?)
This is what i have been doing over the years any till now I dont have problem with the update manager.
Are you logged in as an administrator on your PC? Access Denied is almost always an indicator that the current logged in user does not have sufficient permissions to install applications. Let us know if this is not the case. Hope this helps!
OK, do you wish to install further updates? if you dont, then what you can do is disable automatic updates
To do this, then right click on the desktop the icon My pc and select properties. The sub menu Automatic Updates you will find on the top, click that and check the box disable automatic updates
Some Automatic updates are dangerous and can cause your computer to stop working correctly. I would recommend you disable them. Once this is disabled, restart your computer and the access denied messages will disappear. This is because its most likely you have automatic updates set to download and install automatically. But once you disable this, problem should be solved.
If you have any more questions, please let me know