It's far better to call a couple months later when the problem and the solution are well known and grooved in.Deciding when to install new software involves balancing the risk vs. While the risk with SP3 should be small, so too is the reward.The suggestion to wait on installing SP3 is not based on specific problems, issues or incompatibilities. Just today, Computer World noted that Mac users need new versions of Apple's Boot Camp and VMware's Fusion to be compatible with XP SP3.On The Personal Computer Show this week, the host, Joe King, told of problems using a Trend Micro anti-malware suite of software with SP3. I'd give SP3 at least a couple months, maybe three or four. On April 29th, Ina Fried wrote that Windows XP SP3 has been delayed to a newly discovered software incompatibility. As XP SP3 gets distributed to more and more people, we can expect still more software incompatibilities to surface. May 9, 2008: From Computer World: XP SP3 cripples some PCs with endless reboots.Though these are mostly in favor of the users , but there are some cases when the user doesn’t want to patch up their software.Take an example of me ,recently I bought a new computer game CD which need windows xp service pack 3 (SP3) to run , but as my copy of XP was SP2 I couldn’t install the game in my computer. Is there a way to install the game without Installing SP3? So thanks to my searching skills , I have found a way to install the game without installing a new copy of XP SP3 or updating SP2 to SP3 and I would like to share it with you .To do so go to windows run command (Using windows key R) and then, type regedit to open Registry Editor.So now when your registry editor is opened , browse to the following key and modify “CSDVersion” from “0×00000200” (SP2) to the Windows XP SP3 value of “0×00000300” and reboot your computer.
Fellow CNET blogger, Robert Vamosi, recently wrote "Starting April 29, all Windows XP SP2 users should upgrade to SP3..." If this is my last posting, you'll know why. With Windows XP SP3, the reason to wait is software incompatibilities.
I've upgraded old XP machines before and while it's a pain, it's not a terrible process (and with a pile of spare Windows 8 licenses I bought for each, it's a lot cheaper than a new machine).
Now, back when I wrote , a bunch of you were pretty hard on me for not having all my XP machines already updated to SP3 -- which is needed to go to Windows 8.
"Microsoft will continue to make all patches and fixes made to Windows XP up until April 8, 2014, available to users via Windows Update.
'There are no current plans to remove existing Windows XP security updates from Windows Update after end of support on April 8, 2014,' a spokesperson confirmed." The fact is, none of us will have looked everywhere and we will find some forgotten machines.