I know that downloading updates on dial-up can be painful at best. Fortunately, Windows XP users can now obtain Service Pack 3 on CD. I do not know the cost of the CD for other regions. For the United States, it appears to be $3.99 USD.
Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)Before installing SP3, I recommend reviewing the following:
Updated May 6, 2008
Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) is now available for download and install via Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center. Windows XP SP3 includes all previously released updates for the operating system, in addition to a small number of new updates. Windows XP SP3 will not significantly change the Windows XP experience.
Installation media and documentation on disc for Windows XP SP3 may sometimes refer to Windows XP SP2. Windows XP SP2 installation guide instructions apply to Windows XP SP3.
- Recommendations before you install Windows XP Service Pack 3
- Windows XP SP3 - Read all prerequisites for a successful installation
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