A check of Microsoft Update from Windows XP-based systems this morning shows that new components belonging to XP Service Pack 3 have not yet been made available.
SP3 was made available to MSDN subscribers on schedule last Wednesday.
However, due to a last minute problem, the official release to Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center was delayed.
A company blog post last week stated SP3 would be released for manual download today.
A Microsoft technician responded to my plea for help well within their 24 hour goal.
My problem was particularly annoying because there was no error code, thus nothing to search the net for.
Windows Media Player 11 must also still be downloaded separately.
Good news: Microsoft offers free technical support for Windows Update and that support provided a solution to my problem.While consumers are conditioned to call their hardware manufacturer for technical support, Microsoft offers free support for Service Pack 3 for Windows XP, IE7 and Windows Update.Support for SP3 and IE7 is offered on the phone (866-234-6020), although, I had The best way to do this is with Internet Explorer on the computer with the problem.The error message simply referred to "a problem on your computer".In addition, a review of the update history (click on "Review your update history" in the left side gray stripe) showed no failures at all.This fix is also offered here, for a similar Windows Update problem. There's no way for me to know how widespread this problem is.