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    Windows XP SP3
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

    I'm about to install parallels and was wondering how to go about doing things. I get the impression that I need to burn a Windows installation CD with SP2, so when I went to download it I came across the SP3 installation. Do you think I should take this instead or just stick with SP2?

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    Windows XP SP3
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    I would stick with SP2 before it is officially supported.

    There could be a few bugs. But I didn't the SP3 came out till next week.

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    This file is less than a 1MB. SP2 is 100MB+. I'm sure you will have to install SP2 anyway.

    You can also install XP in Parallels and then download SP2 from the Microsoft site from within parallels using IE. You will have to select "download and install on multiple computers" or something to that effect. This allows you to save the SP2 file to your XP desktop. Once it's saved, you can run it from it's saved location.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajwr View Post
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

    I'm about to install parallels and was wondering how to go about doing things. I get the impression that I need to burn a Windows installation CD with SP2, so when I went to download it I came across the SP3 installation. Do you think I should take this instead or just stick with SP2?
    You don't need to install any SP with Parallels, that's only for a bootcamp installation.

    Just install the Windows version you have available, and let it go through its updates when completed. It will be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoolook View Post
    You don't need to install any SP with Parallels, that's only for a bootcamp installation.

    Just install the Windows version you have available, and let it go through its updates when completed. It will be fine.
    I may be wrong about this, but I think the automatic update feature was part of SP2. You might have to install SP2 to get the automatic updates to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaygray View Post
    I may be wrong about this, but I think the automatic update feature was part of SP2. You might have to install SP2 to get the automatic updates to start.
    I did a reinstall of XP recently when I rebuilt my VM, and I have the original retail release of XP. The best thing to do is to open IE6 and go to Windows Updates in the menu. The 1st thing it will do is update the windows update! Then it will ask you to download about 200 things, but do it in this order

    - SP2 (nothing else until this is done)
    - .NET next (if you want this)
    - IE7

    Only then any others.
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    Windows XP SP3

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryphotoguy View Post
    I would stick with SP2 before it is officially supported.

    There could be a few bugs. But I didn't the SP3 came out till next week.
    It seems WU was posting it for some pc's as a release candidate a few weeks ago. I got it on my computer at work, but one of my pc's at home was never offered the opportunity.

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    Installed with parallels but I have a seemingly common problem, it's saying my product key is incorrect. So basically I can't install SP2 or any Microsoft updates. The first time I have a problem with my MBP and it's because of Microsoft! Guess I'll have to give them a ring. Cheers for the advice guys.

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    Windows XP SP3

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    Yeah, XP SP3 is still in beta.....and I being the WIndows lover I am, am staying away from it on my production machines until it's finished and I can test it on mule machines/VMs.....still pretty shakey and yes, it's not good enough yet.....stick with SP2 and all post SP2 fixes for now.
    This is a multiplatform home !

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    Stick with SP2 for now...
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    Windows XP SP3

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    Non of my XP machines, real, virtual or otherwise, are getting SP3 until I'm reasonably certain it has not introduced new annoyances. I just wasted a day getting my home work group network intercommunicating again after a Windows update. The most obscure things sometimes get changed.

    My Parallels (on Leopard) seems to be less finicky after I updated it a few days ago. I'm using Win2000 as my guest OS.

    --- CHAS

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