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Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 Resources

Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 has been officially released and is a a recommended upgrade according to Microsoft. It includes a collection of fixes in the following areas: application compatibility, operating system reliability, security, and setup. Windows 2000 SP3 includes the updates contained in Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows 2000 Security Rollup Package 1. 
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Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 Official Site
Microsoft's official home page for Service Pack 3. Source: Microsoft.com

Download Windows 2000 Service Pack 3
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Source: Microsoft.com

Checked Build
System administrators: the Windows 2000 SP3 Checked Build is a separate version of Windows 2000 SP3, and should not be installed in addition to the Windows 2000 SP3 Web download or the Windows 2000 SP3 CD. The Checked Build is a set of files that include debugging information to provide administrators with program functioning details. The Checked Build files are not required for proper operation of your computer. Source: Microsoft.com

Customer Support Diagnostics Update
System Administrators: Download the latest debuggers and the symbols for diagnosing Windows 2000 system problems. The Microsoft Debugging Tools web site also have information on how to use the Internet symbol server to automatically download symbol files when the debugger needs them. Source: Microsoft.com

Deployment Tools
System Administrators: Download the Windows 2000 Resource Kit Deployment Tools (deploy.cab) for assistance in installing Windows 2000 on multiple computers. This file contains updates to the deployment tools and documentation. Source: Microsoft.com

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Get answers to common questions about Windows 2000 SP3. Source: Microsoft.com

HOW TO: Use the Set Program Access and Defaults Feature in Windows 2000 Service Pack 3
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 327931 - This article describes how to use the Set Program Access and Defaults feature that is included with Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows 2000. This information is intended for advanced users and IT professionals. 

Installation and Deployment Guide (printer friendly version) 
The Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 Installation and Deployment Guide provides instructions for administrators installing Service Pack 3 for Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, and Windows 2000 with Server Appliance Kit. This guide includes information for advanced users, technical details, procedures, and recommendations for successfully installing the service pack on multiple computers in a small business or corporate environment. Source: Microsoft.com

Hotfix Deployment Guide (printer friendly version)
This guide provides instructions for administrators installing hotfixes for Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, and Windows 2000 with Server Appliance Kit. This guide includes technical details, procedures, and recommendations for successfully installing Windows 2000 hotfixes on multiple computers in a small business or corporate environment. Source: Microsoft.com

Readme File (printer friendly version)
This Readme file explains how to install the service pack, describes the issues addressed in the service pack, and provides specific information that might apply to your setup. Source: Microsoft.com

Release Notes for Windows 2000 Service Pack 3
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article:
321295 - This article contains a list of article numbers for release notes and known issues with Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3). To view any of these articles, click the article number. NOTE: This article is not a listing of all fixes that are included with... Source: Microsoft.com

Security Updates
Visit Microsoft's Security Advisor Web site for the latest security bulletins. Source: Microsoft.com

Service Pack 3 Includes Updates to Several Windows 2000 Deployment Tools
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 325094 - The Windows 2000 Resource Kit Deployment Tools assist system administrators with installing Windows 2000 on multiple computers. Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Microsoft Windows 2000 includes updates to the following Deployment Tools: Sysprep.exe Setupcl.exe.  Source: Microsoft.com

Service Pack 3 Adds Updates to Several Windows 2000 Support Tools
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 322271 - The Windows 2000 Support Tools help support personnel and network administrators to manage their networks and troubleshoot problems. Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) includes updates for several of the Support Tools. The tools that have been updated  Source: Microsoft.com

System Requirements
Review the system requirements for Windows 2000 SP3. Source: Microsoft.com

Additional Documentation

List of Bugs Fixed in Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (Q320853)
This article provides a list of the bugs that were fixed in Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3). Service packs are cumulative. This means that the bugs that are fixed in a service pack are also fixed in later service packs. Source: Microsoft.com

List of Application Compatibility Fixes in Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (Q324936)
Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) fixes the following application compatibility problems: 

List of Base Operating System Fixes in Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (Q324939)
Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) addresses the following base operating system bugs and update scenarios

List of Directory Services Fixes in Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (Q324941)
Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) fixes the following directory services problems

List of Internet Information Services and COM+ Fixes in Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (Q324942)
Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) fixes the following Windows 2000 Internet Information Services (IIS) and COM+ bugs

List of Management and Administration Fixes in Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (Q324943)
Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) addresses the following management and administration bugs and update scenarios:

List of MDAC Fixes in Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (Q324944)
Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) includes the following Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) fixes

List of Networking Fixes in Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (Q324947)
Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) fixes the following networking problems

List of "Other" Fixes in Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (Q324948)
Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) addresses the following bugs and update scenarios

List of Security Fixes in Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (Q324953)
Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) fixes the following security problems or adds the following updates

List of Setup Fixes in Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (Q324954)
Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) fixes the following setup problems:

List of Shell Fixes in Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (Q324955)
Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) fixes the following shell problems

List of Terminal Server Fixes in Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (Q324956)
Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) fixes the following Microsoft Windows 2000 Terminal Server problems

Change in Default Behavior for SIS Groveler
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 324447 - When you install Remote Installation Service (RIS), the Single Instance Storage (SIS) service and the Single Instance Storage Groveler service are installed. By default, in versions of Windows earlier than Service Pack 3 (SP3), SIS manages and grovels the whole volume where you locate the RemoteInstall folder. In SP3, this behavior has changed. This article discusses these changes.

Improvements in the Post-Service Pack 3 Release of Ntfrs.exe
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 811217 - This article describes changes to the File Replication service (FRS) in a Windows 2000 post-Service Pack 3 (SP3) hotfix that improves the robustness of the service. You must install Windows 2000 SP3 before you install this hotfix.

Know Bugs and Issues

Top Issues:

"Explorer.exe Has Generated Errors and Will Be Closed By Windows" Error Message When You Try to Install Service Pack 3
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 326612 - If you start the Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 Setup Wizard from Windows Explorer (start Windows Explorer, and then double-click w2ksp3.exe), you may receive the following error message after the Windows 2000 Setup Wizard is complete: explorer.exe has generated errors and will be closed by Windows. You will need to restart the program. An error log is being created

The Installation of Windows 2000 Preliminary Hotfixes Causes a Conflict with Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 309601 - If you install a preliminary version of any of the Windows 2000 hotfixes that are listed in the "More Information" section of this article on a computer on which Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows 2000 is installed, or if you install SP3 for Windows 2000 on a computer on which these preliminary hotfixes are installed, you may experience either of the following symptoms: You lose some of the functionality of SP3 for Windows 2000. -or- You lose the functionality of the preliminary hotfix.

The Latest Batch of SP3 Fixes
Paula Sharick provides a summary of five new Win2K SP3 bug fixes, including a fix for a DHCP reservation problem, a workaround you can use to force a domain controller (DC) to immediately replicate an account you disable, an update that corrects a blue screen that occurs when you close a file on a network share, a solution for a Win2K Server Terminal Services client printing problem, and a code fix that eliminates Perflib error messages in the Application Event Log. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine


Specific Issues:

How to Suppress the Warning That Appears When You Install SP3 on a Computer on Which Previous Versions of Post-SP3 Hotfixes Are Installed
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 810077 - This article describes how to disable the warning message that appears when you try to install Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) on a computer on which previous versions of post-SP3 hotfixes have been installed.

"Nothing to Do" Error Message When You Try to Remove Service Pack from Add/Remove Programs 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 315141 - Prior to Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3), when a Windows 2000 service pack was deployed by using Update.msi and then manually uninstalled by using the Add/Remove Programs tool, an entry would remain in the Add/Remove Programs list for that service
pack. However, you could run Winver.exe to see that the service pack was uninstalled. When you try to remove the service pack entry from the Add/Remove Programs list, you may receive the following error message: Nothing to Do 

Redirected Printing Through a Terminal Services Session May Not Work with Windows 2000 SP3 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 328020 -
After you apply Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) on a computer that is accessed by using Terminal Services, you may sporadically not be able to print to redirected local printers if the document that is being printed is opened from a mapped network drive. The document seems to be printed, but if you view the event log entry for the print job, you see that the UNC path of the mapped drive is added to the typical Terminal Services port. If you view the network folder that is the mapped network drive, you see a file that is named with the port number. 

Some Windows 2000 Hotfixes May Cause a Conflict with Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 309601 - This issue does not affect any Windows 2000 Hotfixes that are available from the Microsoft Download Center or on the Windows Update Web site, including Windows 2000 Security Updates. This issue affects only a small number of post-Service Pack 3 (SP3).

Stop Error or Error Message After You Install Windows 2000 SP3: Winlogon.exe has Generated Errors and will be Shut Down
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 812431 - When you try to install Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3), you may experience one of the following symptoms: When you restart your computer, you receive the following error message: Winlogon.exe has generated errors and will be shut down The computer...

The Installation of Preliminary Version of Shell Hotfix Causes a Conflict with SP3 for Windows 2000 (Q326799)
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 326799 - If you install a preliminary version of any of the Windows 2000 hotfixes that are listed in the "More Information" section of this article on a computer on which Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows 2000 is installed, or if you install SP3 for Windows

The Installation of Preliminary Version of Windows 2000 Active Directory Hotfix Causes a Conflict with SP3 for Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 326797 - If you install a preliminary version of any of the Windows 2000 hotfixes that are listed in the "More Information" section of this article on a computer on which Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows 2000 is installed, or if you install SP3 for Windows

The Installation of Windows 2000 Kernel Hotfix Causes a Conflict with SP3 for Windows 2000: 1 of 2
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 326935 - If you install a preliminary version of any of the Windows 2000 hotfixes that are listed in the "More Information" section of this article on a computer on which Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows 2000 is installed, or if you install SP3 for Windows

The Installation of Preliminary Windows 2000 Post-SP3 OLE Hotfix Causes a Conflict with SP3 for Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 326803 - If you install a preliminary version of any of the Windows 2000 hotfixes that are listed in the "More Information" section of this article on a computer on which Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows 2000 is installed, or if you install SP3 for Windows

The Installation of Windows 2000 Spooler Hotfix Causes a Conflict with SP3 for Windows 2000 (Q326801)
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 326801 - If you install a preliminary version of any of the Windows 2000 hotfixes that are listed in the "More Information" section of this article on a computer on which Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows 2000 is installed, or if you install SP3 for Windows

The Set Program Access and Defaults Feature Is Not Available in Windows 2000 Server
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 327883 - You may experience any of the following symptoms if you are using Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3): 

The Windows 2000 SP3 DHCP Tool May Show an Empty Reservations List 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 328636 - The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) snap-in in Microsoft Management Console (MMC) may not show any reservations in a scope. This may occur after you install Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) on an administrative workstation if there are more than 100 reservations in a scope.

Windows Service Pack 3 Files Are Removed When You Remove Windows 2000 Compatibility Update (March 2001)
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article If you remove the March 2001 package of the Windows 2000 Application Compatibility Update from your Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3)-based computer, you may unintentionally remove all Windows 2000 SP3 files that are located in the %Windir%\AppPatch folder, except for the Shcmn.dll file

Windows 2000 SP3 Setup Error Message: The Application Failed to Initialize Properly (0x80000003)
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 316605 - When you apply Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) on a debug version of Windows 2000 that has been upgraded to Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 (SP2), you may receive the following error message: The Application failed to initialize properly (0x80000003)

Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 Supports the Detection of Multiple-LUN USB Storage Devices  
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 316857 - Before you install Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3), some Universal Serial Bus (USB) mass-storage devices with multiple logical unit numbers (LUNs) may not be detected properly. A change in SP3 causes Windows 2000 to detect multiple-LUN USB devices correctly. This functionality is present in Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me). 


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