Updating windows xp service pack 2
Microsoft today released software updates to fix at least five security vulnerabilities in computers running its Windows operating system and Office applications.
Today also marks the planned end-of-life deadline for Windows XP Service Pack 2, a bundle of security updates and features that Microsoft first released in 2004.
I've been asked to update some computers running Windows XP (without any service packs) to Windows XP SP3.
The computers don't have an internet connection (only a small intranet) and have never been updated since first install.
Windows XP is a personal computer operating system that was produced by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems.
It was released to manufacturing on August 24, 2001, and broadly released for retail sale on October 25, 2001.
Do I need to install SP1a first, then SP2, then SP3, or can I install SP3 immediately? If it doesn't work for some reason, I'll still have the service packs.
Service Packs for Microsoft Windows were cumulative through Windows XP.
This means that the problems that are fixed in a service pack are also fixed in later service packs.
For example, Windows XP SP3 contains all the fixes that are included in Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2).
It is estimated that at least 400 million copies of Windows XP were sold globally within its first five years of availability, Sales of Windows XP licenses to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) ceased on June 30, 2008, but continued for netbooks until October 2010.
Windows XP remained popular even after the release of newer versions, particularly due to the poorly received release of its successor Windows Vista.