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Article ID: 956894 - Last Review: September 22, 2008 - Revision: 1.1

SYMPTOMS

When you try to install Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), you may encounter one of the following scenarios.

Scenario 1

When the files from the SP3 package are being extracted before installation, you receive the following error message:
Unable to find a volume with enough disk space for file extraction.
Scenario 2

When installation of the SP3 package starts, you receive the following error message:
There is not enough disk space on System drive to install Service Pack 3. Setup requires a minimum of Number additional megabytes of free space or if you also want to archive the files for installation, setup requires Number+330 additional megabytes of free space. Free additional space on your hard disk and then try again.

CAUSE

This problem occurs if there is insufficient free space on the system drive to extract and install the Windows XP SP3 package. To install the Windows XP SP3 package, the computer must have the following amount of free disk space:
  • One gigabyte (GB) of free space to make sure that the SP3 package files are extracted correctly
  • Another 1 GB of free space on which to actually install the SP3 package

    Note This includes space to create an archive folder that can be later used to uninstall the SP3 package.

RESOLUTION

If there is insufficient free space on the system drive, you can use a USB flash drive to install the Windows XP SP3 package. If a dialog box is still displayed when you use this method, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
956324  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956324/ ) How to free disk space on the system drive for Windows XP that has 4 GB or less space
Important
  • Make sure that you back up your existing Windows XP installation before you perform the following procedure. When you install the Windows XP SP3 package, and you decide not to create a backup, no archive of the files is created on the system drive.
  • Make sure that you back up your existing Windows installation before you perform the following procedure. Also, make sure that you test the Windows XP SP3 package on one computer before you perform a mass deployment of the package.
To use a USB flash drive to install the SP3 package, follow these steps:
  1. Obtain the Windows XP SP3 package, and then copy it onto a blank removable media device such as a USB flash drive.

    Note Make sure that the removable media device can hold at least 2 GB of data.
  2. Click Start, click Run, type cmd in the Open box, and then press ENTER.
  3. Change to the USB flash directory. To do this, type the following at the command prompt, and then press ENTER:
    D:
    Note The D placeholder represents the drive letter for the USB flash drive. This flash drive may be represented by a different drive letter on your computer.
  4. To create a folder that is named "SP3Files," type the following, and then press ENTER:
    MD SP3Files
  5. To extract the Windows XP SP3 installation package to the SP3Files folder, type the following, and then press ENTER:
    WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU.exe /extract:D:\SP3Files
  6. To change to the D:\SP3Files\i386\Update folder, type the following, and then press ENTER:
    cd D:\SP3Files\i386\Update
  7. To run the Windows XP SP3 installation package, type the following, and then press ENTER:
    Update.exe /nobackup
    Note The /nobackup switch enables the option to not create backup files on the system drive.
After you install the Windows XP SP3 package, keep the USB flash device that contains the Windows XP SP3 installation files, or copy the SP3Files folder to another location. You may require these installation files for the following purposes:
  • So that Windows File Protection can restore a corrupted SP3 file on the system after you install the Windows XP SP3 package
  • So that you can install a Windows XP feature that is not installed by default
If you copy the SP3Files folder to another location, make sure that you edit the registry so that it contains the correct location.

For more information about how to edit the location in the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
271484  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/271484/ ) Files and folders are added to your system after service pack is installed

MORE INFORMATION

Make sure that you use a version of Windows XP SP3 that matches the language version of Windows XP that is running on your computer.

APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
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