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'Automatic updates' will automatically install the latest software for Windows XP. I need to install XP SP3 update. How can I tell 'Automatic update' utility to tell I need XP SP3 update ? Or should I wait until the PC decide itself :( ? Its OK if I download the installer file.

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Here's a guide: Learn how to install Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) –  Ali Mar 28 '12 at 15:02
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Just run Windows Update... –  Ramhound Mar 28 '12 at 15:59

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If you don't want to wait, you can manually download and install Service Pack 3 from Microsoft.

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"In order to install SP3 manually, you must first have Windows XP Service Pack 1a (SP1a) or Service Pack 2 (SP2) installed" –  Moab Mar 28 '12 at 20:30
    
@Moab - That's very true, but it's been so long since I've seen a machine that didn't have at least SP2 on it that I'd honestly forgotten about it. Good to note, despite that –  Shinrai Mar 28 '12 at 21:15
    
You never know what old XP install disk they grabbed, bugs me I even remember it, Vista is similar. –  Moab Mar 28 '12 at 21:23

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