Hack Attack : Get Windows XP SP3 Through Windows Update

by Karthik on November 22, 2007 · 195 comments


Well If you have read my previous Hack Attack on How you can download Windows Vista SP1 through a Hack and it worked for you then here is another Hack that will allow you to download Windows XP SP3 RC1 directly from Microsoft. Windows XP SP3 will be the final service pack that we will see for the World’s biggest Operating System from Microsoft. SP3 will bring a host of bug fixes and some new features borrowed from Vista.

Well here is how you can download SP3 straight from Microsoft. Follow the instructions carefully and you’ll be running Windows XP SP3 in no time. Grab yourself a cup of Coffee as you do this..

Don’t fret too much, this won’t take much time. I can assure you that..

  • Download this file ( WindowsXPSP3Hack.cmd ). Once you have downloaded the file, login as administrator and run the file by double clicking it. Wait for the Confirmation Message on screen.
  • The Above file adds a few entries to the Windows Registry that makes Microsoft think that you are a part of the Private beta program.
  • Check for new updates on Windows Update. You should now see Windows XP SP3 listed in the available updates.
  • Download and install it. Reboot whenever necessary.

Please note this hack is the exact way Microsoft expects its beta testers to try Windows XP SP3 out, so you don’t have to worry too much about Microsoft catching hold of you.

I tried this on Windows XP Machine and this hack worked like a charm. Let me know if this works for you.. If you can’t wait for Microsoft to release SP3 officially then this hack is for you.

Spread the word around, so that many more people can download the 3rd Service Pack.

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{ 182 comments… read them below or add one }

Emilio November 22, 2007 at 8:06 pm

Tried but it didn’t work AT ALL…

Logged as administrator but once the ‘dos’ windows closes and I check the windows update, there is no Windows XP SP3 listed.


Mike R. November 22, 2007 at 9:14 pm

worked great on WinFLP, which I was not expecting at all…


Urael November 22, 2007 at 10:55 pm

One question: why? What’s in this pack that makes it worth the hassle of installing it, even without the added hassle of tricking MS’s servers into thinking you’re on the Beta programme? New features? Or is it just bug-fixes for bits and pieces of Windows we’re never likely to even notice?


Cazi November 23, 2007 at 7:21 am

Worked fine here, upgraded from Windows XP SP2. Ran the .cmd and then went to windowsupdate with IE7, clicked ‘custom’ and then picked SP3.


Innovations & interesting Ramblings November 23, 2007 at 9:52 am

Yes does SP3 has anything interesting?


Germs November 23, 2007 at 3:20 pm

Worked like a charm, this is gonna be fun to play with.


Karthik Kastury November 23, 2007 at 6:00 pm

Its great to hear that its working great for you guys..


she November 23, 2007 at 10:57 pm

i think MS first has to convince me to use that …
XP is decent enough, i just reinstall it a lot (i mean every few months anyway) and most of the admin tasks i do with ruby and a little C glue code…


eagle_vis November 24, 2007 at 3:09 am

Seems that SP3 isn’t availible for non-english XP. At least this method doesn’t work on my polish version.


me again November 24, 2007 at 4:27 am

works perfect… clicked express and there it was…. thanks


mcnasty November 24, 2007 at 4:36 am

how do i add the file? theres nothing there it takes me to a site that says this,

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\XPSP3 /v RCPreview /t REG_SZ /d 1c667073-b87f-4f52-a479-98c85711d869

i tried turning that int oa registry key but nothin works, any help?


Domino November 24, 2007 at 4:47 am


Rightclick -> save link as, or save target as, on the link he provided, and save it as ‘whatever.cmd’, then run that.


Kevizz November 24, 2007 at 4:52 am

Works great, really don’t see much of a difference though… I guess thats why its a Beta?


Angel November 24, 2007 at 4:58 am

From what I hear the only thing SP3 allows microsoft to do is let them reuse some of their serial numbers because sp1 and 2 were so popular that they ran out of serials. but sp3 should be the exact same with all the same updates as sp1 and 2.


JR Sylvan November 24, 2007 at 5:00 am

Working fine for me!


Soren November 24, 2007 at 5:23 am

It shows up in the registry file, but when i went to goto windows update it didn’t show up.

I have windows xp 64bit, and it might not be supported, or it might use a different key.


steve November 24, 2007 at 5:25 am

doesn’t work on xp pro x64 edition.


Kevin November 24, 2007 at 5:36 am
Stian November 24, 2007 at 5:46 am

Does it work on non-English Windows XP?


james November 24, 2007 at 5:54 am

so why a batch file and not a .reg file?


Danny November 24, 2007 at 6:38 am

I am using a highly-altered version of Windows XP at this point. Are you certain that they won’t be able to tell?


Alex November 24, 2007 at 6:54 am

Hey this is great, i don’t even know how SP3 will help me but i know i want it! Thanks M$ for lousy security and free software!


x November 24, 2007 at 7:23 am

now who is dumb enough to turn on admin privileges and run a .CMD file they know nothing about?

I say if you have waited this long for SP3, you can wait a little longer and get the real deal from the source.


Rachel November 24, 2007 at 7:26 am

I downloaded SP3, but the update failed.

error code: 0x8007F0CC


Dodge November 24, 2007 at 7:37 am

Is there a way that I can get a fully operational XP starting from Vista?
Vista has done nothing but suck as for me and I want to go back to XP!


demos duran a November 24, 2007 at 8:10 am

Quisiera conocer el SP3 para Windows XP. Por eso deseo bajarlo


Carl J November 24, 2007 at 8:13 am

Interesting, but why would you want to download an RC1?

For those of you who are unfamiliar with RC, it’s a Release Candidate, one of several that will be released, so there will be problems with it that still need to be ironed out.


Rachel November 24, 2007 at 8:14 am

Disabled my boot screen–seems to be downloading now :)


Armada November 24, 2007 at 8:17 am

You should add in the following:

wuauclt.exe /detectnow

So that it immediately looks for the updates after applying the hack.


Thai Dang Vu November 24, 2007 at 8:21 am

I second that: Yes does SP3 has anything interesting?


Bob November 24, 2007 at 8:45 am

SP3 installed and is working fine on my laptop. 1.8 ghz and 2GB ram.


Orrin November 24, 2007 at 8:59 am

I agree with James, I’d think it would be a .reg file. I also wouldn’t advise running any old .cmd file you find online everywhere.


swean November 24, 2007 at 9:08 am

This aint working, some one provide me with a working link to the cmd file at swean.kimerson@gmail.com


Paul November 24, 2007 at 9:28 am

this doesnt work for me. can this be done manually or by a .reg file?


Paul November 24, 2007 at 9:37 am

ok. found a workaround. Instead of saving it as a .cmd file I copied and pasted the text in the command prompt. Worked like a charm/


Jimmy November 24, 2007 at 10:04 am

Just downloaded and it picked up SP3 perfectly fine for me so now it is downloading and i will see what happens after the reboot grrr damn reboots…


Bill November 24, 2007 at 10:09 am

For the people saying it didnt work wat you need to do is run regedit and then navigate to
then make a new key for XPSP3 then make a new string entry named RCPreview with a value of 1c667073-b87f-4f52-a479-98c85711d869


norco shore November 24, 2007 at 10:20 am

The link for Windows XP SP3 Through Windows Update .cmd didnt work and was wounder if i could get a link for the CMD so that i could get the update.



MIKEY November 24, 2007 at 10:28 am

cant believe this is working, and with such ease.. thank you so much!!


Aaron November 24, 2007 at 11:18 am

sweet way too easy


Vash November 24, 2007 at 11:56 am

i downloaded the .cmd
ran and it worked
opened windows update, (made me run WGA.. ugh)
selected SP3, clicked install……
The Following updates were not installed: SP3

Tried it 3 times and i give up but my question is now that my registry is changed and i didnt install SP3, will it mess w/ anything?


al leong November 24, 2007 at 1:00 pm

since this is is beta, what’s the point? there are probably still some glitches in it, why not just wait?


Anon November 24, 2007 at 1:32 pm

Thanks :D


Markus Diersbock November 24, 2007 at 9:59 am

Be sure to backup your data before installing this beta service pack.

Another option is to install SP3 in a Virtual Machine to play around with it before committing to your base system.

Markus Diersbock


Pamela Greene November 24, 2007 at 4:01 pm

This sounds GREAT!!!


Daan Rohaman November 24, 2007 at 4:52 pm

If you have pirated version of Windows you shouldn’t download this coz it will pop up with the WGA window everytime you try to start up windows…


Karthik Kastury November 24, 2007 at 5:44 pm

Good to hear its working for most people. For those of you who are having trouble downloading the cmd file, just right click on the link and save it on your desktop and run it from there.


Chris November 24, 2007 at 7:51 pm

VASH: I get the same thing. SP3 shows in Windows Update but failed to download :-( I got normal XP SP2. Grr. I tried restarting. Any ideas Karthik Kastury? No problems with adding the registry, just SP3 doesn’t download?


john cannon November 24, 2007 at 8:01 pm

took an age to download onto my laptop then complained i had to be on ac power and when i plugged it in it said service pack 3 failed to complete


jdub58 November 24, 2007 at 8:11 pm

DL SP 3 dont see a distinct improvement in speed, all seems normal


Digo November 24, 2007 at 9:36 pm

How do i revert back to my previous registry settings?


Anh November 24, 2007 at 11:01 pm

Installing as we speak


Scott F November 25, 2007 at 12:24 am

I Just installed this and its working fine, my computer isint even top of the line either. My specs are P4 2.6 ghz processor with 256mb of ram and im running sp3 fine but i really see no difference in it.


irwin a November 25, 2007 at 12:41 am

worked like a charm…even got it to display on the windows update page


Alan November 25, 2007 at 1:13 am

Umm… why bother??

It’s Microsoft’s own bugfixes for XP, why not wait until they decide they’re ready to release the final version before slapping this or any beta of an update onto your system?!


Saman Sadeghi November 25, 2007 at 3:04 am

Worked great form me, thanks! I’ve been poking around a bit, but I can’t find anything new…

Anyone else?


threEchelon November 25, 2007 at 6:00 am

Microsoft invalidated installs of Windows Vista that had the SP1 installed through the registry hackery. I wouldn’t suggest doing the XP SP3 registry hacks in light of this.


Amit November 25, 2007 at 6:40 am

Works like a charm on my laptop with WinXP Sp2. Great work. Thanks


ALAN November 25, 2007 at 7:20 am



william November 25, 2007 at 3:39 pm

Appears in the list of available updates.When selected it fails to install ?


Andrew November 25, 2007 at 6:25 pm

Well said Alan……I agree 100% Why use it before the final version is released.


Haris November 25, 2007 at 9:02 pm

Cool! Going to try it tonight! :D


Zen Monkey November 26, 2007 at 6:37 am

Honestly, I would wait – there are several unresolved issues with this RC, including the failure to install on some machines.

Some installs of XP are missing .NIS files required to apply service packs. SP3 will fail to install if they are missing (some normal patches fail as well). This is due to previous patches removing them, various language packs installing or removing them, or the version of XP is not EN-AU, EN-UK, EN-US, EN-CA etc for the RC. I’ve run into this issue on Win2k Pro, XP and Win2k3.

There are other issues as well – if your patch installer and Windows Update Installer logs and cache have been cleared by a cleaning program like CCleaner or similar function removed via nLite or XPLite,
the service pack will fail to install. It point blank will not install until you reinstall Windows and update it. This is caused because those programs delete the local patch catalogs, etc that the service pack installer reads to know what patches you have previously applied, etc.

Then there are the various hang issues and whatnot that plagued SP2 (guess what folks – still here for SP3!).

Another issue – when it comes to the final release, uninstalling the RC1 so you can install the final release will more than likely not be possible unless you created a system image before the installation of the service pack. System Restore doesn’t cut the mustard folks.

RC1 is the first step out of Alpha Testing – you really, really don’t want to install it unless you are willing to sacrifice your current install of Windows.

As for the person who commented on switching to Vista: I’d rather install WinME. At least that wouldn’t be spying on everything I did on my computer and reporting it back to Microsoft and their “approved 3rd party business associates, affiliates and other organizations.” Vista does not “rock”. It’s not the “future”. It’s a steaming pile of FAILURE.


jason November 26, 2007 at 9:58 am

Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool (KB892130)

-_- WTH …..

anyway. Thank you!

i will try again


William November 26, 2007 at 10:16 am

Thank you ZEN MONEY for your practical thoughts.May be it is advisable for the official release.


Kim . November 26, 2007 at 2:36 pm

I Think, this program is ” why made it? ”
They said ” This program is make up for the weak points in computer”
But, MS made Window Vista.
so, I use W.V
by the way…


Kelvin November 26, 2007 at 2:41 pm

Ran script and rebooted, in admin screen, but doesn’t seam to have worked, then rebooted in my normal profile, still can’t see anything.

Might be that I already have a prerelaese version of sp3 on the machine.


zach November 26, 2007 at 3:38 pm

hey i was wounding if this would work with windows XP tablet edition?


HONG November 26, 2007 at 5:23 pm

It doesn’t work on Windows XP SP2 Korean Edition.


Mike November 26, 2007 at 10:54 pm

Really don’t do this. Just don’t.


Deano November 26, 2007 at 11:30 pm

thx man work great for me still downloading atm
going on to vista after this if it works


coyo7e November 27, 2007 at 12:04 am

JASON: The WGA update has to be installed, then run update once more, and SP3 will install normally.

I’ve heard (via slashdot) that users are gaining 10% benchmark gains when running the Office Suite, among other things.

And numerous BSOD fixes sounds awesome to me, I get to deal with bluescreens all day long at work. ;)


brian November 27, 2007 at 1:36 am

@ Kevin:

Most of those have already been released and you probably already have them installed. What’s the point in getting this any earlier? It’s a beta. It means it can kill your system dead.


p November 27, 2007 at 3:32 am

im downloading now for media center 2005 sp2 so should work for tablet


Peter November 27, 2007 at 4:10 am

it work here on my WinXP SP2 and now its downloading the SP3 Easy to use Thanks


Flow November 27, 2007 at 8:40 am

For those who have found nothing when running the updater… run the .cmd, run the updater, on the left choose “change settings” and select beta updates.
Restart XP, log in as an Admin. Run the updater, choose custom, you’ll probably see the validation tool as your only available download. Download the tool and let it install successfully then shut down the browser. (Possibly restart XP, don’t remember this exact step) Run the updater and you should then see more options on the left. Choose “select by product”, “Windows XP” and voilla, there it is. That’s pretty much what I can recall on how I did it and currently installing the 75MB patch on my legit XP SP2 Home lapbox.

Hope that helps someone…



chada November 27, 2007 at 11:09 am

nothing happan for me,,,


JASON November 27, 2007 at 12:58 pm

coyo7e : Thank you!!!!!


too much free time November 27, 2007 at 3:56 pm

ooooor you could just look on TPB or another torrent site and get the standalone installer, no win update hassles…

I highly doubt its significantly faster, I’m only interested in seeing what backdoor DRM crap they try to sneak in…

Anyone with WMP11, try playing a movie and taking a print screen, tell me what you see = P


Alice Clark November 27, 2007 at 5:04 pm

Can anybody get a direct link from microsoft?


jujin kim November 27, 2007 at 7:36 pm

I can’t find SP3 update.


Markquito November 28, 2007 at 6:05 am

I had the same problem with downloading it successfully and then installation failing, my solution, was to run the WGA again, and now it works perfect!!!


skeeter1 November 28, 2007 at 10:29 am

Hack worked like a charm for me. Downloaded fine, installed fine, and is now running fine. I haven’t seen any changes yet, so I have to do some more poking around. Never having used Vista, I don’t know what to expect along those lines, but I figure 1K+ patches can’t be a bad thing.


Mike November 28, 2007 at 3:34 pm

The hack seemed to work for me. I’m not downloading it until I get things backed up, but I do have the option to update with the RC1 of SP3.


Alex Nicolescu November 28, 2007 at 7:13 pm

Why Wont It StaartAAAAA!!!!
Seriously now, is saying “preparing for download” for about 10 minutes already….



Nate November 28, 2007 at 10:12 pm

It didnt work at first, and then after i installed framework 3, re-ran windows update, it worked just fine.

so, i guess make sure you are already patched up to date, and it should work.

and, i would agree with the random .cmd running… i would change this to a howto, and just have people copy and past the commands into their cmd prompt.. you will end up having all these horrible cmd scripts flying around with people thinking they are sp3 hacks or something.



cardso November 29, 2007 at 1:01 pm

after update need re activation !!!


DADA November 29, 2007 at 8:09 pm

anyone succeeded in winXP korean edition??

can’t find SP3 on win update


lior ISRAEL November 29, 2007 at 11:01 pm

Its didnt work for me
no update


Diefenbaker November 30, 2007 at 12:26 am

The download is available at The Software Patch


Diefenbaker November 30, 2007 at 12:44 am

Excuse other post hit enter too early.
The software patch doesn’t have the actual download but, it does have information about the download. The patch itself doesn’t contain anything significant and will not change XP too much. Also it’s only a Beta release.

Read a post on Neowin which states this:

On top of these new features, XP SP3 Beta Build 3205 also comes with an overhauled product activation process. Essentially, XP SP3 will no longer require users to introduce a product key during the setup process of the operating system. Instead the installation experience will be similar to what Windows Vista has to offer, permitting users to deploy the operating system and test-drive the product throughout the Initial Grace period. In addition, XP SP3 will also feature a redesigned Security Options control panel, with extra information associated with the settings offered to users. The final service pack for XP, currently planned by mid 2008, after the release of Windows Vista SP1, will also deliver enhanced security for Administrator and Service policy entries.

Will it deliver the same kind of problems that Vista has? And no mention of DRM!


Chad November 30, 2007 at 7:46 am

Thank you for the info! I tried out the Vista one to fix some Media Center bugs. I’ll try this out too.



ghimau November 30, 2007 at 2:25 pm

Hmm.. is there any ‘real’ new features in thi SP3?


fcry64 December 2, 2007 at 11:17 am

WHAT IS THE SIZE OF THAT SP3 RC1 FILE? currently getting only 20kpbps so asking…


band-aid December 3, 2007 at 7:40 am

The file is clean, it makes two registry changes and echos a message. Its literally two lines. Heres the contents.
@echo off
reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\XPSP3 /f 2> NUL
reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\XPSP3 /v RCPreview /t REG_SZ /d 1c667073-b87f-4f52-a479-98c85711d869 /f
echo XPSP3 registry key has been set. Please check for updates in Windows Update – Kudos to dailyapps.net

I’ll pass though… no need for SP3


farooq December 3, 2007 at 10:12 pm

thats gr88…thats fr shairing..
love u for this…


Bill Vincent December 4, 2007 at 10:42 am

I viewed the CMD file, indeed all it does is change the reg entry to re-identify yourself to WinUpdate. It worked well, running SP3 now.



steven December 4, 2007 at 6:11 pm

ok I did the reg hack went to the windows update website and I see nothing for sp3 what so ever I got the confirmation in the command window saying it was patched.


Lu��s December 4, 2007 at 8:49 pm

I followed the 4 steps, and ta-ra it worked, currently downloading and installing it on a Mac Os X Leopard Parallels Virtual Machine. There is no safer way to do it ;-)


Youkai December 5, 2007 at 9:24 am

Thats Shit…Sorry

But the Crack don`t work.
Windows Update found the SP3, but the download break up at ~48% with an Error.
I make the Update 3times, but all 3times the Update is break up :(
I think:
1) i am to stupid for this Crack *lol*
2) the Crack don`t work because my XP is a German Version?

I think, better I waiting for the official Release of the SP3…this few months ^^
I delete the Registry Hacks from the *.cmd-file, because my Windows Update at this time don`t found any other Updates ��.o

PS.: Sorry for my bad englisch…i am only speak German ^^””


mitsouklas December 7, 2007 at 7:48 am

it closes ALL UDP ports!fucks up torrents


moon December 10, 2007 at 5:13 am

Need Help!
the patch worked perfectly but after the download during installation when it verified the windows product key error appeared and installation canceled automatically
my window is genuine and passed through the validation but y does the error appeared?
any suggestions?


Sirbobbinhood December 10, 2007 at 6:58 am

Worked fine for me I couldn’t download the .cmd thing but I just opened up command prompt and typed in the second and third line and then run update.


Raditz December 10, 2007 at 11:30 am

hmm that’s funny mitsouklas, I use BitComet and have no problems using it after installing XP’s SP3… nor did I have any problems finding and installing SP3 on my machine


moon December 10, 2007 at 3:06 pm

Need Help!
the patch worked perfectly but after the download during installation when it verified the windows product key error appeared and installation canceled automatically
my window is genuine and passed through the validation but y does the error appeared?
any suggestions?


Rouge December 11, 2007 at 3:43 am

i have downloaded all the lastest updates with sp2, and i have runned the “registery-hack” but i cant find it in the wiondows update list… i have even tried with both of my computers… i run XP home Norwegian… answear me via mail thank you… rogue_Spear_2@hotmail.com


Doomsdayrock December 13, 2007 at 3:35 am

All in all a good working copy of xp but it took away an important option in a p2p program I like to use .So needless to say I downgraded .back to sp2.


kartikay December 13, 2007 at 11:33 pm

i did according to ur instructions and that security update also came but it shows downloading and it dosent strt downloading.Then in the end i have to cancel it. i have done it 3 to 4 times.


kartikay December 14, 2007 at 12:38 pm

man its working it showed in my MY COMPUTER properties that microsoft windows xp professional version 2002 and service pack 3 v.3244


SUCCESS December 16, 2007 at 1:28 pm

Hey it’s working…………Just turn off your computer……..press the shut down button.and it will update it’s self


Help December 18, 2007 at 4:58 am

I ran the cmd file and said it was avaliable from windows updates now…yet how do i get to it in windows updater…only thing i can find is options to turn updates off/on and to change the time they happen


Goodone December 19, 2007 at 1:14 am

I tried this, but the installation always stalled, and the last time, my mom turned off the comp during the rollback, so Windows is damaged. Can someone give me the Software Update Removal Wizard?


Craig Simpson December 20, 2007 at 12:31 am

I have installed xp service pack 2 but am having problems capturing video from my comcorder so want to go back to service pack 2. I have uninstalled it from add/remove programs but when I reboot it shows as being xp service pack 2 installed but when i go to windows update service pack 3 is there and nothing else and it always prompts me to install it which is annoying can I go back to how it was before I installed service pack 3? I cant use system restore.


ashik December 21, 2007 at 1:33 pm

It did not work for me.When I tried windows update it just searches and searches. It does not stops


newbie December 22, 2007 at 9:34 pm

hey guyz can i ask if this hacked need a genuine os of windows xp to be work???


Dave December 23, 2007 at 11:36 am
city December 23, 2007 at 6:15 pm

great,its working…


Josh Rath December 23, 2007 at 6:28 pm

I ran the file, went to microsoft update. It showed. Installing now, ill post an update when it is done.


shaf December 23, 2007 at 9:11 pm

Hey, i installed the service pack and it worked but when i restarted the computer, it says that it needs to activate it, i put my serial key in and it says it is invalid?????

can sum1 help me out here?

Maybe because my xp is not genuine or sumin


Sandar December 27, 2007 at 3:59 am

Received an “access denied”error about 75% through the install. :( Anyone else having this problem? Any thoughts on how to get it to work. I shut down everything including my antivirus and still get the error.


ToolBox December 27, 2007 at 10:03 pm

It’s not working on my Leopard OS x


Will_3rd December 30, 2007 at 9:29 pm

works fine :)


Megharaju January 8, 2008 at 12:59 pm

I’m waiting for this for a last 10months


johnny feelgood January 9, 2008 at 6:37 pm

To make the registry change using a .reg-file you could cut the following
text between “- – -” into a .reg-file and double-click on the file to enter the info into the registry.
- – -
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


- – -


beckybyrd1488 January 15, 2008 at 7:21 pm

well if you find it dodgy then get off the website as for me its going swimmingly norton has casted this site as fraud free i am running norton 360 by the way and would have picked this site out if there were anything wrong nothing wrong did the cmd file ran it and when i went onto updates it came up right on express and RC1 is now installing :D cheers!


beckybyrd1488 January 15, 2008 at 10:29 pm



Harold Climer January 18, 2008 at 10:46 pm

I am running a HP Pavilion A1520 N computer with 3Gigs of RAM an AVI X 1300 graphics card and XP MCE 2005 with SP2 installed.
Last week I downloaded XP SP3 from Microsoft’s site and installed it.
When I rebooted my computer it kept recycling from the boot up screen(info about drives,shadowed RAM etc), then the XP boot up screen andfinally back to the boot up info screen( over and over)
I was able to get into the safe mode and try to recover from a restore
point, but it was not able to restore the computer to a the Pre SP3
I used ADD/REMOVE program and uninstalled SP3, but the problem still existed. Not able to get Windows to boot normally
The only way was able to get things back to normal was to reinstall
the OS from my recovery partition.
I tried to install SP 3 again with a fresh install of the OS and the
same thing happened.
Any ideas as to what might be going on? I did not have this problem
when I re- installed SP2 this AM from another fresh install of the


paul 1952 January 18, 2008 at 11:50 pm

hi could anyone please inform me if it will down load from a windows 2003 instalation
sp2 already installed on this laptop..ps the win 2003 it a non genuine version…


Winhack January 20, 2008 at 11:55 am

I have a Athlon 64 3200+, 60 GB IDE HD, 735 MB RAM machine with WinXP Home SP2. Service pack 3 appears without a problem, but it fails to install.


Winhack January 20, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Hey Paul 1952, enter “javascript:void(window.g_sDisableWGACheck=’all’)” (no quotes) in the address bar when you get to the Windows update before clicking express or custom to stop it from checking for a valid Windows.


Jay-Z January 31, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Not tried it yet, but the .cmd file looks legitimate…. just left click on the link to read the contents of the file. once you are satisfied, proceed to downloading it (Right-click, Save-as) and then run it


CaSpEr February 11, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Works better if you copy and paste it into the CMD window i find…

Cool release cheers dude


GENNERIC February 24, 2008 at 6:01 am

thnks it is working fine for me

BUT wht is th difrens between SP2 nd SP3


Bru cifer February 26, 2008 at 6:14 am

I got it working on my laptop. I had a load of trouble with my laptop before hand due to running Reason 4 Beta tests. The debug program really slowed my machine down even after I had uninstalled it.
Since installing this service pack, my machine has speeded up. I was a bit worried about the install, because it took 9 hours to install and a couple of errors came up concerning Run.dll. It also had trouble closeing a couple of processes when it was time to reboot.


KJM February 26, 2008 at 8:22 pm

Installed it today and it is running fine. XP Home edition SP2 updated to SP3. One thing that sucks is I have Style XP with a Vista taskbar skin and a pop-up said Style XP is not compatible with this version of Windows. I could have sworn I read yesterday in a SP3 related article that Microsoft has a similar “theme” built in or available for download. I forget the name they mentioned but I don’t see anything similar to that when I search the download center on Microsoft.


nonya March 13, 2008 at 11:30 pm

everytime i try and install this service pack 3 for windows xp media edition it won’t reboot. the only way i can get into my computer is if i go in undere safe mode and delete it all together. could someone please help me with this.


Glen aka LAZE March 14, 2008 at 8:46 am

THERE is a better way…. download it directly. don’t install thru his lame batch file or what not bull- sh*t( not to affend) but heres the link…. enjoy!



Rasheed March 19, 2008 at 3:35 pm

In need of windows xp sev pack 3 serial code


Daniel March 24, 2008 at 12:06 am

I want window XP service Pack 3. Please send me a copy and key for window XP service pack 3. I don’t have the money to buy it, kindly help me by sending it to my mail danielkorode@aol.com


Marnus March 27, 2008 at 5:16 pm

My pc froze during the installation and now it can start up anymore!!


FLIPKE March 29, 2008 at 10:55 pm

Works Great !!!
Also Suck My Dick ..


Sidgy March 31, 2008 at 8:19 pm

Install routine worked flawlessly on a home build with WinXP OEM SP2. Biostar mainboard the basis of the contraption. What it does
for me only M$ will know.

Have to point out launching a .cmd string is risky business that’s why
we need SP3 in the first place. Can anyone say ” L-I-N-U-X ” – always
cloak yourself in protection. Be safe Stay safe.


mano April 4, 2008 at 10:50 pm

cosovo is serbia? what kind of reply is in a sp3 hack thread? you are fanatics, no wonder, kosovo wanted to separate from you…

btv. it works flawlessly … thanx


Tech Guru April 5, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Good tip// I even have SP3 installed .. but could you please tell me what are the additional features of SP3 … please mail me if anyone has any thing about SP3 @ this address :
techguru ( a t ) gmail ( . c o m )


Enzo Matrix April 8, 2008 at 5:23 am

I’m curious, if we have the newest beta version via the hack does that mean we can’t receive normal updates any longer? For example I haven’t seen anything on the windows update site for quite some time. I know that RC2 is available to the public but do we reverse the hack to resume normal windows updates?


Tomas April 15, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Hi, I ended up on this site while trying to find a release date for SP3. I probably won’t end up here again, so don’t bother responding to this message.
Anyway, I feel really sorry for a lot of the people who have posted here. Why were you so eager to install a release candidate of the service pack on your machines. If there are changes to the public release of SP3 (most likely), you probably won’t be able to install them. I wouldn’t be surprised if your xp installation stops updating automatically in the future. Congratulations, you are now running a non-finished version of the operating system and you will probably need to re-install windows.
RC and beta releases are meant for beta testers and system designers, who need to test the compatibility of their company’s applications. These releases are not meant for everyone. When the release is ready for the public, Microsoft will release it to the public.
… You poor souls.


Manuel April 16, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Ditto as the polish guy, my XP in spanish is not pickng up SP3.
too bad :D


Justin April 22, 2008 at 11:13 am

WARNING!!! Be Aware of XP SP3 RTM!!!

Who thinks Microsoft is introducing out of the kindness of their good hearts, a new feature which I’m sure everyone wanted in XP SP3? It’s called “Network Access Protection”. Which Microsoft claims it basically enforces compliance with system health requirements.

What that means is in that NAP can deny network access, until you install Microsoft’s own proprietary draconian stipulations source code which the public isn’t allowed to review. Who wants Windows to tell Microsoft what networks your trying to gain access, unless for national security interests by the NSA, CIA or FBI? As if already having all communications spied upon, wasn’t enough?

This is just another attempt of Microsoft’s strategy to extend, embrace, and then extinguish all other competition. All Microsoft needs is just some excuse to show how their networks are better protected using NAP than those who don’t use NAP. Then, everyone ends up installing their dependent monthly security patches. Haven’t you noticed that it’s become easy for Microsoft like others to run hash checksum values of your files and then take appropriate action, to report back or by claiming the file was a threat. Anyone finding the so called glitch would just hear, that the software which had accidentally corrupted your data/files or had accidentally deleted the offending data/files, was indeed just a bug. Denial from Microsoft will be the first response here, etc…

The point I’m trying to make known, is to remind everyone NOT to become dependent upon Microsoft. Especially, when Microsoft has been convicted, with it’s long history of antitrust violations, for monopolistic business practices. Microsoft has frequently sought to establish proprietary monopolies–and then leverage its dominance into new, adjacent markets. There is no win-win situation here other than for Microsoft’s own short sighted economic benefits.

Let me remind everyone, Microsoft���s strategy has been focused upon entering product categories involving widely used standards, extending those standards with proprietary capabilities, and then using those differences to disadvantage its competitors.

Another marketing strategy of Microsoft is a sale of Fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) tactic! In addition, Microsoft creates the environment in which networks of social fanboyism employees and followers utterly devoted with obsessions work actively behind the scenes to orchestrate “independent” praises of their technology. While at the same time are bashing any perceived threats, competition or anything that prevents their dominance. If all the above doesn’t work, Microsoft has a habit of killing off competitors by either buying them or their technologies.

And let’s NOT forget how Bill Gates obtained a cloned design of Gary Kildall’s CP/M, QDOS, from Tim Paterson of Seattle Computer products and MSDOS/IBMDOS was born.

Did you realize 486′s are still usable machines if you’re running something other than Microsoft’s latest software?

And who wants their XP operating system to be turned into Vista DRMed machine by installing Vista like code which could lead to your computer being disabled?

What are the benefits of applying XP SP3? No real new features, only a whole lot of patches… Is this anything to get excited about?


CBnNormal April 22, 2008 at 8:41 pm

Those who have tried to do this should read the contents of SP3 BEFORE they start fooling around.

I googled “xp sp3″ and the first link was to a Microsoft site that explains the contents of the SP.

It applies mainly to Network Administrators who have to deal with Vista on the same network as XP.

I’d forget about it, even after it becomes public


Andres April 25, 2008 at 7:13 pm

does anybody knows if I can use this ‘hack’ in a non-english distribution of the sp2?


blazeu April 26, 2008 at 12:28 am

this is fast, but be patience installing it as at times it seams to lock up the system just let it do its biz and job done. And if you use a torrend downloader reinstall it afterwords and it should work fine. My system is a lot faster after this download.


Ricardo April 29, 2008 at 7:23 am

Will this hack work in other languages ??

Thank You


absolut-desing May 2, 2008 at 11:28 pm

thank you for this dowload


jpg91 May 9, 2008 at 3:07 am

worked perfectly! thankyou sooooo much for this! hope this fixes some issues iv been having.


George Riling May 13, 2008 at 3:43 am

Needed to uninstall Norton 360, install SP3 and then reinstall Norton 360. Otherwise SP3 will hang during installation.


ron May 24, 2008 at 3:27 am

tx good


dong June 9, 2008 at 7:42 am

thanks you very much


SOLID July 2, 2008 at 4:58 am

:( i dont know how u guys made it work, but for me i did download the file and then open it “but its seems that the windows advatage tool is making the problem” i could’t see the update otherwise when i click on my Windows Registry Editor Version 5 file it does but an error accures when the instalation reaches ‘validating keys’ ”
can anyone help!!!!


david taylor July 11, 2008 at 1:01 am

Does anyone know a patch for sp2 so it will install sp3 update. I have already downloaded it successfully using Windows_Genuine_by_Nawzi which works a treat to overide wga updater online. But I need a patch to qualify the license key check which is contained in the sp3 install/package. This happens once it is downloaded and run. Once it identifies it is not genuine it stops the instilationl. cheers….


kmng vd July 12, 2008 at 8:48 am

How to download Windows SP3 To Windows XP Pirated


Gravity August 23, 2008 at 11:27 pm

awesome… works amazing. thnx alot.


Ibrahim Rabbani August 23, 2008 at 11:34 pm

i haven’t upgraded yet out of nothing but sheer laziness and because of the fact that i simply gave up on microsoft and lost interest.. i’ll give this a shot.


MOin September 7, 2008 at 1:50 am

oh really nice tip.


David September 23, 2008 at 2:50 pm

I installed service pack 3 normally, If I rolled back the update and did this would it work?


Ibrahim Rabbani September 27, 2008 at 11:03 pm

Works like a charm!!! thank you


JK October 13, 2008 at 7:19 pm



Imtiaz Latif November 2, 2008 at 3:47 pm

Good Day,
I am using windows XP Professional with SP3. I am facing a problem from last few days; my system date is automatically changed to 2002. Can anyone please help me to solve this problem?


Imtiaz Latif


bobby November 4, 2008 at 9:53 am

i got sp3 for free without hacks so i have no idea what you are doing. they have it as a free download on the microsoft website. i cannot believe how people are really quick to hack these days.


Sidgy November 4, 2008 at 10:03 pm

The hack to obtain SP3 for XP was developed well in advance of
Microsoft posting it on their website. The author did some justice
by making it available for us peeons and stitching up our OS
vulnerabilities early. It worked well for me and I appreciate the effort and concern. In many cases I support monetarily these
efforts. But I am a happier camper now that I have decided to migrate to various flavours of LINUX.


the cool dude November 5, 2008 at 1:58 pm

@Imtiaz Latif

check your motherboard’s battery, it should help.


Deltalaughcom November 14, 2008 at 9:46 pm

(view certificate) how can i resolve this error?


Brandon January 9, 2009 at 7:53 am

the file saves as a text document when right click and save file as. if not then it just opens up a new window with some registry blabber


[_Deftoner_] April 13, 2009 at 7:50 pm

This method is no longer working due to change validation program in windows update servers :(


allaudhin June 13, 2009 at 6:15 am

tanx man i love it


bills70cut August 8, 2009 at 12:07 am

does this work on media center?


bills70cut August 8, 2009 at 9:37 am

does this work on media center?


Jack February 11, 2010 at 4:05 am

I downloaded the Windows xp sp3 hack and it didn't work. The windows update is still asking me for Genuine Windows Validation. Perhaps Hack Attack has an update


yusef February 19, 2010 at 8:55 pm

engeneer man


James_simpsons June 26, 2010 at 2:01 am

To Get Windows XP SP3 You need to Update from Microsoft Website
And Once you Updated on the Website you Had to Download Windows XP SP3
Have Fun


Example October 29, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Now you too can have a 9 year old OS!


Best Registry Cleaner December 20, 2010 at 7:32 am

Its great to hear that its working great for you guys..


mbt shoes March 14, 2011 at 12:36 am

change validation program in windows update servers :(


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