On Tuesday, May 6, 2008, Microsoft released Windows XP Service Pack 3 (32-bit) to Windows Updates and on the Download Center.
This articles does not show Windows XP Security Updates. Please review MSFT Security Updates blog category for Windows XP Security Updates.
Most customers are recommended to use Windows Update to install Windows XP Service Pack 3 because the download size is much smaller than the download on the Download Center.
How Do I Get Windows XP Service Pack 3
- Launch Microsoft Update or Windows Update icon in the Start Menu
- Visit Microsoft Update using Internet Explorer.
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Overview, Release Notes, and List of Fixes
List of Fixes
Internet Explorer and Windows XP Service Pack 3
Before you install Service Pack 3 for Windows XP, you should read the Internet Explorer blog article "IE and Windows XP Service Pack 3". The blog article describes the different scenarios if you have Internet Explorer 6 or Internet Explorer 7 installed when you install Service Pack 3 for Windows XP. My recommendations can be found at "Internet Explorer and Windows XP Service Pack 3 " blog article.
Updating your Windows XP System
Please keep your computer up to date with Critical and Important updates by using the Windows Update feature in Windows XP or by visiting Microsoft Update. If you experience any problems with Microsoft Security updates then please call Microsoft support for help. There will be no charge for support on Security Updates.
Microsoft has set up newsgroups for self-support. If you need help for Security updates or any other updates that is issued by Microsoft then please visit the Windows Update newsgroup at using your newsreader news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.windowsupdate.
Edited: May 13, 2012