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Forum Thread: Unable to install WinXP SP3--Will I be still protected by PSI?

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pjg111 Unable to install WinXP SP3--Will I be still protected by PSI?
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Last edited on 17th Jul, 2010 13:04

Hi everybody,

First plse accept my apologies if my flwg question was answered somewhere else on any of these forums.

As you may be aware, Microsoft ended supporting SP2 for Windows XP on July 13.
So I tried to install SP3 but to no avail. I keep getting a 'denied access' message. I'm not seeking to get help about this matter here.

My question is the flwg:
If I keep using Windows XP Pro SP2, will I be protected (receiving warnings from PSI about Microsoft latest security updates) anyway?

Many thanks in advance for any help.

Best regards


ddmarshall RE: Unable to install WinXP SP3--Will I be still protected by PSI?
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Microsoft will not issue any security updates for XP SP2. It will, therefore, be impossible for Secunia to notify you about vulnerabilities affecting it. As far as I know, you will still get warnings for other products. The updates for SP3 will undoubtably reveal vulnerabilties in SP2; so it will be a bonanza for malware writers. The best advice I can give you is to avoid using Internet Explorer as it will be impossible to update it in SP2.

Good luck.

Update.

Here's the first reported security vulnerability which won't be fixed in Windows XP SP2.
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory...
http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2010/07/16...

That didn't take long.


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pg111 RE: Unable to install WinXP SP3--Will I be still protected by PSI?
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Thanks for your answer.

So I successfully tried again to install SP3 by using a MS-FixIt utility provided by MS on their support Web site.

Problem is over.

Best regards.

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Member 19th Jul, 2010 09:36
Hi,

The PSI uses Windows Update to check for Microsoft product patches, so a succesful connection to Windows Update is a requirement for successfull use of the PSI.

Installing SP3 is the only solution in this case, which is what you did. With XP SP3, the PSI should continue to function as normal.

hope this helps.
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