In tip 5577, I documented how the Installation of Windows 2000 Preliminary Hotfixes Causes a Conflict with Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows 2000.

To prevent the subject message from appearing when you install SP3 for Windows 2000:

1. Obtain and install the updated versions of these hotfixes prior to or after the installation of SP3.

2. Expand the W3ksp3.exe network installation file by running w2ksp3.exe -x.

3. Delete the Updtblk.inf file from the expanded service packs I386\Update folder.

4. Run the Service Pack update by running Update.exe from the expanded service packs I386\Update folder.