Windows XP Service Pack 3 Command Line Options

When running the SP3 install from the command line, choose the following options:

Service Pack 3 Setup
[/help] [/quiet] [/passive] [/norestart] [/forcerestart] [/warnrestart] [/promptrestart] [/overwriteoem] [/nobackup] [/forceappsclose] [/integrate:] [/d:] [/log:]

/help Displays this message


/quiet Quiet mode (no user interaction or display)
/passive Unattended mode (progress bar only)


/norestart Do not restart when installation is complete
/forcerestart Restart after installation
/warnrestart[:] Warn and restart automatically if required (default timeout 30 seconds)
/promptrestart Prompt if restart is required


/overwriteoem Overwrite OEM files without prompting
/nobackup Do not backup files needed for uninstall
/forceappsclose Force other programs to close when the computer shuts down
/integrate: Integrate this software update into
/d: Back up files into
/log: Create log file at

My Install
Command line:
D:\WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU /nobackup /quiet /forcerestart /forceappsclose

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Outlook XP / 2002 limit of 2 gigabytes on .PST and .OST files

Using Office XP, also called Office 2002, could limit you to a 2 gigabyte file size for postoffice .PST and offline storage .OST files.

Microsoft has posted an article addressing this problem, and it recommends updating to the latest Office XP Service Pack. This was performed on a system today, and the successful SP3 update did not remove the 2 gig limitation.

Posted under Microsoft, Office

This post was written by Content Curator on October 10, 2006

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