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  • Disable AV software

It seems that some antivirus (AV) software causes the SP3 install to
hang, while the installer seems fine with others. Disable AV software
before beginning the install process.

  • Uninstall beta/RC versions of SP3It’s a good idea to get rid of these earlier versions. If
    you’re having problems removing them, try ininstalling previous
    versions through Safe Mode.
  • Uninstall IE8SP3 won’t play nicely on systems that have IE8 installed.
  • Update driversMight help, especially if your system is running really old drivers.
  • Disable unnecessary startup applicationsIt’s not just AV software that can cause SP3 problems. If
    you’re having problems getting SP3 to install then disabling as
    many unnecessary startup applications as you can might help.
  • Possible solution to endless rebootsWindows blogger Jesper Johansson offers some advice for thiose suffering endless reboots when trying to install SP3.

After multiple attempts on installing XP3 on my system, the trick for my computer was to disable my antivirus software.

If you are getting any of the following errors then this page on the Microsoft KnowledgeBase site might help:

 

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  • Service Pack 3 Setup Error

You do not have enough free disk space on %SystemDrive% to install Service Pack 3.

  • Service Pack 3 Setup ErrorYou do not have enough free disk space on %SystemDrive% to archive the uninstall files.
  • Service Pack 3 setup error. Access is denied.
  • Service Pack 3 setup error. Service Pack installation did not complete
  • You do not have permission to update Windows XP. Please contact a system administrator.
  • Digital Signature Not FoundThe Microsoft digital signature affirms that software has been tested
    with Windows and that the software has not been altered since it was
    tested.The software you are about to install does not contain a Microsoft
    digital signature. Therefore, there is no guarantee that this software
    works correctly with Windows.Name of software packageIf you want to search for Microsoft digitally signed software, visit
    the Windows Update Web site at http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com to
    see if one is available.

    Do you want to continue the installation?

  • Microsoft WindowsThe signature on the software package you want to install is invalid. The software package is not signed properly.
  • Name of Update PackageThe cryptographic operation failed due to a local security option setting.
  • Name of Update PackageSetup could not verify the integrity of the file Update.inf. Make sure the Cryptographic service is running on this computer.
  • Failed to install catalog files.
  • The software you are installing has not passed Windows Logo testing
    to verify its compatibility with Windows XP. (Tell me why this testing
    is important.)This software will not be installed. Contact your system administrator.
  • The software you are installing has not passed Windows Logo testing
    to verify its compatibility with this version of Windows. (Tell me why
    this testing is important.)
  • Service Pack 1 Setup could not verify the integrity of the file. Make sure the Cryptographic service is running on this computer
  • The software has not passed Windows logo testing and will not be installed.
  • Service Pack 3 installation did not complete
  • An internal error occurred
  • This Service Pack requires the machine to be on AC Power before setup starts.
  • Service Pack 3 Setup has been canceled because Microsoft Shared
    Computer Toolkit for Windows XP is not compatible with this version of
    Windows. Before you can continue, you must: 1) Uninstall Microsoft
    Shared Computer Toolkit 2) (Optional) Install Windows SteadyState, the
    newer version of Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit. For more detailed
    information, go to the Shared Access page on the Microsoft Web site.
  • Service Pack 3 Setup has been canceled because Windows XP SP3
    cannot be installed over RDP 6.0 MUI PACK (Update for Windows XP
    (KB925877)). Before you can continue, you must Uninstall KB925877.
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 cannot be applied
    to Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs (WinFLP). A unique SP3 update
    package for WinFLP will be made available at download.microsoft.com.
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 cannot be applied
    to Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS). A unique SP3 update
    package for WEPOS will be made available at download.microsoft.com.
  • Setup cannot continue because one or more prerequisites required to
    install Service Pack 3 failed. For More details check the Log File
    Drive_Letter :\windows\svcpack.log.
  • Setup has detected that another update is in progress. Please complete that installation or removal and try again.

 

Does anyone else have a different experience? We would like to hear from you.