But I can't understand why Windows 10 is trying to install an XP update on a machine that has never has XP on it. That was a naming convention 'screw-up' of Microsoft with the naming of Windows XP and Office XP, tried to tie them together.If you have ANY portion of Office XP on your computer that can be identified as part of Office XP/2002 such as Power Point Viewer, Word Viewer, Excel Viewer, etc., it probably is picking it up and offering that update.
Windows XP is now over ten years old and Microsoft made the decision not to support the ageing operating system any longer for the average user and are now focused on newer technologies.
It can't come a moment too soon: XP SP2 (see my review) shipped over three years ago at this writing, and the company has since shipped hundreds of hot-fixes for the OS, giving users a painful updating experience, with multiple reboots.
XP SP3 will consolidate all of these fixes into a single package and, surprisingly, add a few new features, including some that--go figure--debuted first in XP's successor, Windows Vista.
However, due to the general tightening of security, there is the potential that some security measures interfere with special functions you had been using on your computer, and you may have to loosen some security settings accordingly.
Given the complexity of some Windows XP installations, there is also always some potential for some other defect to show up.
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