View Full Version : Where to download plain vanilla XP-SP3?

Billy T
16-02-2012, 04:24 PM
Hi Team

I was checking through my back-up discs an hour or so back and discovered that SP-3 was missing. I last used it to update my son's computer and there is no hope of ever finding it again if I left it in his room for more than 5 minutes unaccompanied.

I've since been looking for another download, and that is not great problem, except that just about every site I find wants a payment. MS offers it free, but won't download via any other browser but Windows Explorer, and I'm using FF. It looks like MS will download a network update package via FF, but when I identify as a personal user it shunts me to the 'sorry, IE only' site.

I know there is a suitable source, because I've used it, but where the heck is it?


Billy 8-{) :illogical

16-02-2012, 04:30 PM
Why can't you use IE? There is a add-on for Firefox that makes it looks like IE to websites, so that may work.

16-02-2012, 04:31 PM
Just tried it from firefox, no problems at all. http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=24 316MB full install.

Otherwise try this -- its the download link/trigger from that site: http://xpsp.dlservice.microsoft.com/download/d/3/0/d30e32d8-418a-469d-b600-f32ce3edf42d/WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU.exe

Speedy Gonzales
16-02-2012, 04:38 PM
Or download the ISO then burn it (http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/confirmation.aspx?id=25129)

16-02-2012, 06:27 PM
I know you will have checked already, but I have been known to search my shelves & drawers for a missing Cd - XP system or SP2 or SP3 - and eventually find it still lurking in the CD drive several weeks after it was used!

17-02-2012, 06:15 AM
Part of the Window Genuine Advantage process involves allowing an updated version on IE to run an ActiveX component that will investigate for pirated copies of Windows before allowing all of XP SP3 to install with all the recent updates.

I just resign myself to updating the otherwise unused IE for this one purpose, and still continue to ignore IE from then on.

17-02-2012, 09:20 AM
Grab it from here if you don't want to jump through the genuine advantage hoops:

Speedy Gonzales
17-02-2012, 09:25 AM
You dont have to validate to get the network install, or the ISO

17-02-2012, 09:28 AM
You dont have to validate to get the network install, or the ISO X2

It only checks when installing, not downloading unless doing it Via windows updates.

17-02-2012, 10:03 AM
I have a copy of XP Pro w/SP3 if you need Billy. Of course that requires your own legit XP Pro key, but I can provide the disc for you at least.

EDIT: Wait a sec are you wanting JUST the service pack? Not the install CD?

Billy T
18-02-2012, 02:24 PM
Wait a sec are you wanting JUST the service pack? Not the install CD?

Yes, I just needed the SP thanks Chill, I have three genuine MS copies of XP Pro, two still in their shrinkwrap. The were supplied at a very good price direct from MS via a senior staff member friend. The other two were for my kid's computers, but my Daughter elected to stay with W2K at that time and Son bought his own XP notebook and XP desktop box.

I have since downloaded SP3 from the Majorgeeks site and the file is an exe. I assume that I just burn it to a CD then run the exe to install it (if and when the need arises)?


Billy 8-{)

Speedy Gonzales
18-02-2012, 02:32 PM
Just run it.But you can copy it to a cd then run it. If you want to save space on the hdd

18-02-2012, 06:13 PM
And if you slipstream it, then you don't even need WGA to install it.