Windows® XP® Patches
What are Windows XP patches and what are the differences between the patches for Windows XP, Vista and 7?
As people start to use a software program with frequently, they might note glitches or problems that were not faced during beta testing of the program. In additions to this, if the system contains any of the older versions of the software, then there is a chance of conflicts between these two updates, or newer software might be incompatible with older systems. In these cases, to increase sales or use of the software, developers might create what is called a software patch. Patches are designed to fix small bugs, glitches, or address software-to-hardware or Operating System compatibility issues. In case of Windows OS, you can install different patches to the system. You could install these patches from the Microsoft website. These patches are needed to avoid the chance of error messages. You could improve the system performance through the installation of patches to the system.
Following are comparison between the patches of Windows XP with Windows Vista and Windows 7 patches:
- Windows XP patches
- Windows Vista patches
- Windows 7 patches
Windows XP patches
To obtain Windows XP patches, you need to check the system first. For this, just right click on My Computer, select Properties. In the window, it will be showing the General tab. If not, click the General tab at the top. On the right side, you could see the System options, under the heading General. This option will state your version of Windows XP. The last line under the System heading will state which Service Pack you have, Service Pack 1a, Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3. If you could not see any such mentions, then you have the original release of Windows XP.
Windows Vista patches
The patch selection for Windows Vista is similar to Windows XP. You need to select the Windows patches before installing them in to the system. The installation of patches to a system which already contains any of the previous updates will arise conflict issues. So, you have to check this from the My Computer option. if the system already contains the original release of Windows Vista or the Service Pack 2, then you need to install the Service Pack 1. If the system contains Service Pack 1, then you need to install Service Pack 2.
These patches are similar to the Windows XP and the Windows 7 version. You need to install any of the security updates from the system. You need to download optional updates if needed - these patches improve Windows or fix a specific error. You could install the most recent updates for the system such as, games etc.