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SP3 nightmare install

I have tried everything for months to install SP3. It cannot be done by me. SP37394 is a joke. I try to install and it says my system does not have the minimum requirements installed. I could go on and on but what I need is a program or simple step by step process to install SP3 . By simple I mean something short of line after line of meaningless computer speak.

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Http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=bph07159&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=1127351&rule=24868&lang=en#

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On March 6, 2008 Microsoft released Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows XP. Service Pack 3 contains all of the important Windows updates from previous service packs as well as additional updates that were released after Service Pack 2. To install Windows XP Service Pack 3 from the Internet on a home desktop computer use the Windows Update feature. CAUTION: If you have an HP Pavilion, HP Media Center or Compaq Presario desktop computer that has an AMD processor, your PC might encounter a startup problem after installing SP3 (or SP3 will not download from Windows Update). Before attempting to install SP3, install sp37394 - Microsoft Windows XP SP3 Upgrade Utility for systems with AMD processors . For more information, the following support articles from the Microsoft Web site can help: 322389 - How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack (in English) 936929 - Release notes for Windows XP Service Pack 3 (in English) NOTE: One or more of the links above will take you outside the Hewlett-Packard Web site. HP does not control and is not responsible for information outside of the HP Web site.

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