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Filed Under: Windows XP   

Microsoft has recently released Service Pack 3 (SP3) for its popular Windows XP operating system. This service pack includes the updates and patches that were released for Windows XP over the years. In this article, we are going to cover the solutions for various errors that you may receive while installing SP3 on your Windows XP computer.

Note: When any of the errors discussed below occur, you may find the following error is added to the installation log file of the service pack usually located at C:\Windows\svcpack.log:

8007F0F4 - STATUS_PREREQUISITE_FAILED

Error Message 1: "This Service Pack requires the machine to be on AC Power before setup starts."

Cause of the Error

This error message is usually displayed on laptops if you are trying to install SP3 while running the system on batteries. The error is displayed to ask you to switch to AC power and minimize the chances of update failure if the battery power fails.

Solution

To resolve this issue, ensure that your PC is connected to AC power before you start the SP3 installation.  

Error Message 2: "Service Pack 3 Setup has been canceled because Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP is not compatible with this version of Windows. Before you can continue, you must:

1) Uninstall Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit

2) (Optional) Install Windows SteadyState, the newer version of Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit.

For more detailed information, go to the Shared Access page on the Microsoft Web site.

Cause of the Error

“Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP” is not compatible with Windows XP SP3. So, if the toolkit is already there, Windows XP SP3 installation will generate the above error.

Solution

To resolve this issue, first uninstall Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit from your computer. To do this, you may either use the Windows Add or Remove Programs (appwiz.cpl) utility or a third-party program uninstaller tool, such as Perfect Uninstaller.

In case you want to retain the Shared Computer toolkit feature, you may download and install Windows SteadyState on the system.

Error Message 3: "Service Pack 3 Setup has been canceled because Windows XP SP3 cannot be installed over RDP 6.0 MUI PACK (Update for Windows XP (KB925877)). Before you can continue, you must Uninstall KB925877."

Cause of the Error

The error is displayed if you have Multilingual User Interface Pack (MUI) for the Remote Desktop Connection 6.0, which is installed with Windows XP KB925877 update on your XP computer.

Solution

To resolve this issue, uninstall the KB925877 update. To do this, open the Add or Remove Programs window, and then select the Show Updates checkbox. Select Update for Windows XP (KB925877), and then click the Remove button.

Error Message 4: "Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 cannot be applied to Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs (WinFLP). A unique SP3 update package for WinFLP will be made available at download.microsoft.com."

Cause of the Error

You are attempting to install on Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs (WinFLP), which is not supported by Windows XP SP3.

Error Message 5: "Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 cannot be applied to Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS). A unique SP3 update package for WEPOS will be made available at download.microsoft.com."

Cause of the Error

You are attempting to install on Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS), which is not supported by Windows XP SP3.

Solution for Errors 4 and 5:

Download WinFLP and WEPOS compatible Windows XP SP3 and then install it on your computer.

Error Message:Setup cannot continue because one or more prerequisites required to install Service Pack 3 failed. For More details check the Log File Drive_Letter:\windows\svcpack.log."

Cause of the Error

You may encounter this error message if you are trying to install Windows XP SP3 on Windows XP Media Center Edition or over Windows XP Media Center Edition 2003.

You may not encounter this error on Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004.

Solution

To resolve this issue, you first need to install Windows XP SP2 on your Windows XP Media Center Edition or over Windows XP Media Center Edition 2003 computer. After you are done, install Windows XP SP3.

Additional Recommendations...

Driver Update: Many errors are related to driver problems such as obsolete, outdated or incompatible drivers. A driver update tool is recommended to scan your system for corrupted and outdated drivers and to ensure that all your drivers stay up-to-date.