Windows XP SP3: The Critical Need to Upgrade

By Jim Roberts | Microsoft

Isn’t it ironic how after years since the XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) was released by Windows, people are still holding on to the old XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)?

Thankfully on July 13 — Microsoft is finally going to pull the plug for those users who have over-enjoyed the Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2000 Professional.

It is very clear why Windows 2000 Professional should be stopped: after providing support for this operating system for the last ten years, shouldn’t people have had enough? I’d say stop it buddies! Yea, right now!

If you want to continue using Windows XP SP2, then sorry my readers, you won’t be able to get patches to keep your system secure. After July 13, you’ll have to find another way to seek the Extended Support for Windows 2000 Professional, which you will never find. Go ahead, I dare you.


I don’t understand the resistance to which some people display in continuing to patronize their old systems. If you’re being cheap and would rather try your chance with fate, then I’d be glad to inform you that the XP SP3 is free. Yes, there are no hidden charges and other catches.

What’s your reason for not upgrading? Upgrades are called ‘upgrades’ for a reason: they increase the level of a program’s efficiency. Windows XP SP3 is far superior to the old SP2. SP3 is faster, more stable, and works best with other Windows software.

Perhaps you don’t depend as much as I do on your computer. I mean, I work using my computer. I earn a living using my computer. I buy things online using my credit card. If I continue to use SP2 after Windows said that they will not release security patches is just plain stupid. It’s like handing over my house keys to a burglar and saying, “My car keys are in the kitchen. Feel free to eat everything then get whatever you want.”

In my house I take particular care to close the windows and bolt the doors. For my computer, using XP SP3 is the safest, sanest route I can take to security.

About the Author

Holding a dual degree in both Management and IT with 13 years of business experience, I am Jim F. Roberts from California, USA. Needless to say, I am a techy guy and I love exploring, checking out the latest gadgets and sharing my thoughts on a lot of things.

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Not Really October 20, 2010

…upgrades…thats a mis nomer. XP3 like many for Windows 7 often don’t improve performance at all, or increase efficiency, BUT slow the system down (more bloat). Most are patches to help prevent more viral etc suseptability. ie poor design in the first place. When I foolishly do the recommended upgrades I usually end up doing an install or reverting due to speed issues (I have late model computers but can tell the difference in boot up, operation etc).

If people are concerned they should consider another OS such as UBUNTU (installs quickly, free, and isnt riddled with privacy invading updates etc). The only reason to stay with microslop is that you have some favorite programs that are not matched on other OS’s.

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