Windows XP SP1 back to factory settings - unable to download SP3. any suggestions?

I just got back my computer to factory settings.  The operating system is Windows XP Home Edition with Service pack 1 installed.  I need to download and install Service Pack 3.  Can someone tell how can I do this?  Microsoft advises me to use automatic updates, but these work only after that service pack 3 is installed.  Any help would be appreciated

Before installing Service Pack 3, you must have at least Service Pack 1 installed on your machine.  If you have installed SP1, you must install SP1A or SP2 before installing SP3.  You can download these service packs as a single installation package to the link provided in the following article.  Ignore the verbiage that says 'For IT professional and developers' and others.  They put that it in order to reduce the bandwidth download when service packs were first relesed:

"How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack"
  <>http://support.Microsoft.com/kb/322389 >

HTH,
JW

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