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Unable to install Windows XP Service pack 3 - PC Desktops

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  • jmilne-f Nov 05, 2008

    SP3 Setup Error message reads:-
    You do not have enough free disc space on C: to archive the uninstall files. To install Service Pack 3 with backup files for uninstall, an additional 103MB is required.
    I have transferred from C: to D: all the folders that I can without getting a warning that the move may compromise the operation of my computer and do not see how it is possible to free an additional 103MB.
    My Eee PC 900 is the standard Windows version with a nominal 4GB SSD (designated as C:) and a nominal 8GB SSD (designated as D:) CPU is Intel Celeron M 90 MHz; RAM is shown as 0.((GB
    Free space on C: is shown as 895MB only; free space on D: is shown as 4.67GB

  • jmilne-f Nov 05, 2008

    RAM should read 0.99GB ie. a nominal 1GB

  • cleverclad Mar 08, 2009

    i have a dell dimension 4600 that reads the sp3 starts updating and near the middle of the update a smaller screen pops up and reads "access denied" and i have to undo everything i did this has happened numerous times. any one know how to fix this??

  • jmilne-f Mar 25, 2009


    These notes have been written to record
    the problems encountered and the final solution to installing Windows
    Service Pack 3 on my Asus Eee PC 900 net-book computer.

    After a number of unsuccessful attempts
    to install SP3 when each attempt was terminated with a message to the
    effect that a lot more space was needed on Drive C to permit of
    installation and accompanying archiving, eventually Asustek was
    contacted and advice was supplied which recommended installation of
    AUTOC2D and Eee PC Shrinker. Asus did not provide links to the
    download sites and initially referred me to two sites which were
    discussion forums containing conflicting information (or
    disinformation). In a follow-up enquiry I provided details of the
    contents of my Drive C but no comment or advice was provided! It was
    after considerable trial and error that I managed to download AUTOC2D
    and I did not manage to download Eee PC Shrinker.

    After installing AUTOC2D there was no
    improvement in the amount of free space and an attempt to install SP3
    again failed. Asus has not earned any kudos for its technical support
    of this product.

    To install Windows XP Service Pack 3
    there needs to be nearly 1 GB of free space on Drive C and to obtain
    this much free space it is my experience that most of the
    applications must be moved from C to an alternative location.
    Transferring to Drive D will reduce the amount of space there for
    accumulated data files and a better solution is to install a 4GB SD
    memory card* in the card reader slot and run the applications from
    that location.

    After transferring various folders
    totalling 2 GB to Drive E (the removable “disc”) and uninstalling
    from Drive C some programmes which I do not use I carried out a disc
    clean and defragment routine (including the file compression option)
    a successful attempt was made to install SP3.

    *I obtained one from Tandy for

  • Robert Ryding
    Robert Ryding May 11, 2010

    What error do you receive when attempting to Install SP3? Also, give us details on what you have for CPU, Ram, Video and such, because that can also have an effect if you do not have enough in one area to handle the new memory intensive update

  • Frank
    Frank May 11, 2010

    any error or prblem reported????


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Then you need to take your computer down, have someone install a new hard drive that is larger and transfer a perfect copy of everything on your C Drive. Its the only way. drives are cheap these days

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  • Robert Ryding
    Robert Ryding Nov 05, 2008

    you will also need to have more ram installed to properly run Win XP SP3 I would suggest doubling what you have


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Microsoft Support for Windows Vista (with no service packs installed) ended on April 13, 2010, while support for Windows XP (without Service Pack 3 installed) ended on July 13, 2010. Windows 2000 support ended on July 13, 2010 as well.
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