Fixit: Internet Explorer 8 installation fails on Windows XP with SP3
My initial attempt to install IE 8 was met with failure. The installation complained that it could not install a required update and that I had to do it manually. Sure, always glad to help.
The error was something on the lines of “Could not install because your computer failed to install a required update”. Sorry, forgot to capture the screen shot.
The installation redirected me to the download page for an update that I downloaded (KB932823-v3). But when I tried to install it, the installation told me that I was not required to install this update as I had a later service pack. Great! Now I was stuck.
Ok, so here is how I fixed the problem. Incidentally I had XP SP 3 installed. I went ahead an uninstalled it. Restarted the machine. Installed the update that had failed earlier. Restarted again. Then ran IE8 installation.
The installation completed like a charm.
PS: The installation can fail due to various reasons and this is just one of them. Follow the above instructions only if your symptoms match the ones I have mentioned above.
Click to enlarge the above screenshot. This is the screen where the installation fails. If your problem is the same as mine, there will be a checkmark next to the first item but everything else in the list will fail (there will be a cross mark next to it). Subsequently it will show the error screen I mentioned earlier.