You'll be asked if you want to install and run three small plug-ins. The scan will take a while, but it is well worth the wait.
If Symantec says your virus status is safe, continue on to step three.
I have tried twice to update to SP3 and both times it has failed.
I have tried via the windows update method and also downloading SP3 from your site and installing it.
By waiting to install XP SP2 until today, you’ve given the folks in tech support enough time to figure out what computers upgrade well and what computers have issues. If media and blog reports are any indication, you should be able to upgrade to XP SP2 without any major problems. Wait at least five minutes after you restart your computer before you proceed.
Spyware seems to be the number one cause of problems when upgrading to XP SP2.
What if the XP SP2 installation doesn't go so smoothly on your computer?
As I hinted at earlier, that's what the local guru is for.
Hence my recommendation that you find a guru who can help you if anything goes awry. Welcome to the wonderful world of Windows XP Service Pack 2.
Again, if you follow steps one through eight, finding a local guru is probably completely unnecessary. After you have successfully installed XP SP2, immediately run Windows Update.