Microsoft released the 3rd service pack for Windows XP about three months ago. Microsoft packages many operating system updates and fixes into one large package and then releases it as a service pack. Because these are extremely large files that apply many updates and changes to our systems, they can sometimes have trouble.
Initially Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) did have some issues that seemed to be mostly resolved. However, I have not had a lot of hands on experience with SP3 yet. In three cases that I have seen, all three installed ok and the installation can take up to one hour. Microsoft even warns that some installations may reach 90 minutes. The update should come across to your system as an automatic update (high speed users only), but then it asks your permission to install.
Today, I picked up a relatively new laptop from a customer who attempted to install XP SP3 and after the computer attempted to restart, it froze and could not get to a desktop.
My question to all of you who use Windows XP is whether or not you have installed SP3 and what your experience with it has been so far. Let me know by leaving a comment below. Thanks.