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my dad wants to get windows xp pro for his laptop, he currently has vista home premium. he wants to downgrade because he has a few programs for his engineering work that do not run on vista. which is better, sp3 or sp2? if i buy sp2 can i just upgrade to sp3?
    
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Sp3 is better and you can upgrade sp2 to sp3.
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alright, so from sp2 i can upgrade to sp3 for free? lol, if i can save 10$ i might as well
    
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I still haven't put SP3 on, I tried one of the RC's and it seemed to be faster but once they took it off the updater and I read about people having problems, I have stuck with SP2.
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Service Packs Are Free to download
from microsoft
u can buy xp with no SP and download and install sp3
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now another question, 64 bit or 32 bit?
is a dual core AMD of some sort, i cannot quite remember off the top of my head, so it does support the 64 bit, but is it worth it?
Edited by TrueNoob - 6/24/08 at 6:55pm
    
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now another question, 64 bit or 32 bit?
is a dual core AMD of some sort, i cannot quite remember off the top of my head, so it does support the 64 bit, but is it worth it?
Any computer can support 64bit OS, That's only if you do a clean install it should be fine.
 
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win xp x64 is a joke, I have it and support for it sucks, get 32 bit, if you want true 64bit get vista.
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I still haven't put SP3 on, I tried one of the RC's and it seemed to be faster but once they took it off the updater and I read about people having problems, I have stuck with SP2.
I had a very massive issue with SP3. Seems the SP3 install replaced my nVidia nForce RAID0 drivers thus rendering the entire stripe inaccessible and non bootable.

Repair did not work, recovery was a joke since it would load the proper drivers and kept giving BSOD about 2 seconds into XP's load.

I've not re-installed from scratch, reloaded all software and have promptly removed SP3 from Automatic Updates so I don't get that crap again.

Thoroughly ruined an entire weekend trying to undo what Microsoft stated would make better.. Right.
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I'd stick with SP2 to be safe.
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