Is it completely safe to install SP3 for office and windows XP?

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Is it completely safe to install SP3 for office and windows XP?

Postby RGFubnk » Sun, 16 Aug 2009 04:46:09 GMT

I've read quite a bit of bad news about downloading and installing SP3 
upgrades for Office and Windows XP.

Is it completely safe to install SP3 for office and windows XP?

The upgrades have been sitting in my Windows upgrade shield for months now.
Should I download these or request the most recent SP3 versions?

We use different computer brands.
Is there different problems that can occur depending on the computer brand?

-- 
Danny

Is it completely safe to install SP3 for office and windows XP?

Postby RGFubnk » Sun, 16 Aug 2009 04:47:02 GMT

Is it completely safe to install SP3 for office and windows XP?
-- 
Danny

Is it completely safe to install SP3 for office and windows XP?

Postby RGFubnk » Sun, 16 Aug 2009 04:48:01 GMT

Is it completely safe to install SP3 for office and windows XP?
-- 
Danny

Is it completely safe to install SP3 for office and windows XP?

Postby RGFubnk » Sun, 16 Aug 2009 04:48:04 GMT

Is it completely safe to install SP3 for office and windows XP?
-- 
Danny

Re: Is it completely safe to install SP3 for office and windows XP?

Postby LVTravel » Sun, 16 Aug 2009 05:21:30 GMT







Yes and no.  Now to clarify.  Always have a full image backup of the hard 
drive before attempting any major update such as these.  **it can happen and 
frequently does.

I have had no issues in installing SP3 for Office 2003 on 5 different 
systems.  All programs work as expected.  Just follow all instructions as to 
proper installation.

SP 3 for Windows XP may cause issues for some systems.  I have upgraded 
three systems (Sony desktop (Intel) , Averatec laptop (AMD), Dell laptop 
(Intel) and all three came up with the same blue screen error on reboot 
which all were related to a .dll file that became corrupted.  Two were Intel 
systems and one was AMD with various video cards.  All systems had the 
latest drivers, had AV and add-on firewall removed, and all other 
maintenance had been done as recommended prior to the update being installed 
from the latest download of the SP for standalone install. The fix was the 
same for each.  Had to use the CD disk recovery console to replace the .dll 
file with an older version.  Since then the systems all work great.  There 
is also a known issue with cloned hard drives on some AMD computer systems 
(normally HP systems.) 


Re: Is it completely safe to install SP3 for office and windows XP?

Postby Sky King » Mon, 17 Aug 2009 22:56:07 GMT

Hi, Danny;

First, you posted 4 messages here, each about 1 minute apart.  Please 
realize this is a newsgroup, not IM, so responses may take a few hours to a 
full day or so to appear.  Please don't keep posting hoping for a faster 
response, as that just isn't going to help.

Next, on to your questions.  Please see below:






Naturally you will have read of some bad experiences.  Please realize that 
out of the millions (yep, really) that have installed these updates, the 
ones who have no issues at all will likely never post online about the 
non-issues. :)


Well, that word "completely" is hard to deal with.  Given that you have used 
the computer more than a couple of hours, the answer for "completely" has to 
be no.  But in general, with a well maintained and protected system, it is 
safe to install Service Pack 3 for both your Office and operating system. 
In fact, it is more dangerous not to install those service packs.


Despite the MS push to install service packs online, I feel that it is more 
reliable (safer, if you will) to download the package that fits your system 
then install manually from that download.  The main reason for this is a 
simple one:  while being "online" these days is much safer than in the days 
of the 14.4 modems, there is still a greater chance for something to go 
wrong during updates of this size than if the install is started from a 
locally downloaded file.  Microsoft Update is excellent (and I highly 
recommend it) for installing the regular security and other appropriate 
updates, but for very large updates (service packs, the .NET Framework 
updates, as examples) there are too many variables to make MU completely 
safe.


Yes, but more than the brand name is the components that make up the system. 
For instance, your network card, modem, sound card, graphics card, monitor, 
and printer will change what gets installed and what is bypassed during the 
install process.  Once again, having a local install set of files rather 
than a la carte downloading live while online is much better; and you will 
only have to download one file to fit all the brands you own, assuming of 
course that all are x86 systems.

BTW, you several times use the phrase "SP3 for office and windows" so wish 
to clarify (and no insult to your intelligence intended) that these are two 
separate critters.  Generally speaking it is best to install these in the 
order released, so for Office XP you would install SP3 then after a reboot 
(even if one is not requested) install Windows XP SP3.

Hope the above helps to answer your concerns.

-- 

...Sky
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