Before updating to xp sp3
Zone Alarm Firewall (Free version 7.0.483.000): No other Microsoft or third part applications such as MS Office, Windows Defender, Windows Live One Care, Anti-Virus or Spyware applications, IE 7 or IE 8 beta, Etc. The intent is to exclude Office or other product updates from being installed or interfered with during the Windows update process.
Note: Because some time has passed since the release of Windows XP SP3 I had to determine what was the last SP2 update that is included as part of SP3.
At this point there was now a C:\WINDOWS$Nt Uninstall KB898461$ folder (Software update 898461 installs a permanent copy of the Package Installer for Windows version 220.127.116.11).For these tests I used a PC with a fresh install of Windows XP Service Pack 2.The test pc also had a couple of utilities installed.At this point Windows should now include all the SP2 updates that were available prior to the release of SP3.Just to be on the safe side I decided to run Windows Update one more time to see if anything new popped up on this update list after installing the 85 initial updates.