What We Need to Learn from the XP SP3 Upgrade Fiasco

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Cassandra Morrison

What the article says is not precisely accurate. If you happen to have Windows Live OneCare installed (as I did) then it kept trying to shove the upgrade on me even after I had had to reformat back to SP2 because of the "problem" (this was pre-patch). But I kept seeing it right up until the patch was issued and I was finally able to let SP3 install again. Then OneCare was happy, I was Happy, HP and Microsoft were happy and all the little birdies were singing.

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Marcus_Soperus

It sounds as if WLOneCare hasn't 'gotten the memo' yet. We appreciate hearing about how it works - and does't work.
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It's amazing how illogical a business built on binary logic can be.

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Cassandra Morrison

Yes, they do. I downloaded and installed the SP37394 patch just two days ago..went to the Microsoft Update site and downloaded and installed Service Pack 3 without problems. Don't know where you got the idea they weren't letting people with AMD processors download SP3 because they ARE. (Wouldn't do it without the fix, though).

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Marcus_Soperus

Glad to hear that MS is providing SP3 via WU if your system is patched. However, if you hadn't installed the patch or run the VB script, you wouldn't have seen SP3 offered (see http://blogs.technet.com/mu/archive/2008/05/15/more-on-windows-xp-service-pack-3.aspx for details).
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It's amazing how illogical a business built on binary logic can be.

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