Windows XP is the most used Operating system in the world; unanimously it’s the most stable OS due to its ripe age. Recently the Support for Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 2 was dropped by Microsoft; this means that if you’ve got Windows XP SP2 on your computer on your computer you are more vulnerable to security threats since you will not receive further security patches from Microsoft.
You can still continue to use your favorite Windows XP by upgrading to SP3 (Service Pack 3). Moving to SP3 makes your computer more stable and resolves almost every driver issue you may have. If you have had the Automatic Updates ON all these days, you’ll probably be on SP3 now, if not, you will have to install the patch manually. The installation is not a difficult process and must be very easy for most users. Be sure to create a system restore point before you proceed with the installation just in case something goes wrong.
Download – Windows XP Service Pack 3
Now, What about the Windows XP CD you currently have? It must probably be SPless or SP1/2. There’s another download from Microsoft which can make your future XP deployments a lot easier. This involves the downloading for an entire CD image of Windows XP SP3. After downloading, Burn the Image onto a CD and every time you use this CD to install Windows XP on a computer, you will be directly on SP3 and above that the System drivers will be installed automatically like in Windows 7. (This is the most important feature of SP3).
Download – Windows XP SP3 Download ISO
Remember that this is a very important upgrade if you are an XP user, software vendors will stop supporting SP2 soon and you will be left high and dry if you don’t act fast. I would strongly recommend you move to Windows 7, but, If you love XP make sure you are on SP3.
P.S. If you’ve got a Windows XP computer without Service Packs, install SP1a before installing SP3.
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