Subscriber Nola from New Zealand wrote this week to ask:
Hi Terry, The sp3 update has come through on my computer to be installed, I have declined it in the mean time. I have read several reports of problems that some people have had when they have installed it. Being a computer norvice I do not know if I should do this or not as being a novice if I experience any problems I would have no idea what to do. Could you please let me know your opinion. thanks for your help with this matter. regards, Nola
We’re all going to have to do it sooner or later. I suggest doing a good backup of your data. Actually, I recommend that you do a full image backup of your C: drive (or whichever drive is your Windows drive) using a program like Acronis True Image. Acronis True Image can back up an image of the drive to an external hard drive.
Then, if you’re one of the few (but loud) people who have problems when you install Windows XP Service Pack 3, you can restore to your earlier Windows version from the backup, if you need to.
You should have all your data backed up any way, not just because you’re going to make a change in the operating system.
The advantage of an image backup is that it’s like a restore CD — except with YOUR programs and YOUR data, too, instead of just restoring to the computer like it was when it was brand new.