Beware installing XP service pack 3

by lgibbon Banned 13 replies
Had an update earlier from windows update advising me
to install service pack 3 for XP
Never had a problem with updates before
so went ahead as normal.
Then spent the next hour and a half trying to do a system restore.
I could do almost nothing before the restore.
Just a heads up for anyone wanting to avoid a major headache.
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  • Profile picture of the author DrC
    Originally Posted by lgibbon View Post

    Had an update earlier from windows update advising me
    to install service pack 3 for XP
    Never had a problem with updates before
    so went ahead as normal.
    Then spent the next hour and a half trying to do a system restore.
    I could do almost nothing before the restore.
    Just a heads up for anyone wanting to avoid a major headache.
    Same thing here. I started to panic at first. . . Then I did my usual technique when my computer isnt working . . . Leave the room, grab a drink, and come back 30 minutes later. . . Somehow things always work when I get back!
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    • Profile picture of the author Skynex53
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      • Profile picture of the author GarrieWilson
        Ive been using SP3 w/ no noticable difference. It could be that I have xp pro though.
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        • Profile picture of the author Richard Tunnah
          Thanks! Just had a 'aha' moment. My main laptop wouldn't load properly the other day and took me ages to get it running (like half a day). Once I loaded it I found windows had done an automatic update (in the night). And yes just checked and it was SP3. Scared the **** out of me!


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    • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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      Originally Posted by DrC View Post

      Same thing here. I started to panic at first. . . Then I did my usual technique when my computer isnt working . . . Leave the room, grab a drink, and come back 30 minutes later. . . Somehow things always work when I get back!
      Did you get it working with service pack 3 or do a restore?

      The restore worked a treat, the problem was everything was
      locking up, there was a skype error, a zonealarm error
      a rundll error, whatever that is.
      I had to reset about 6 times before I could do anything.
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      • Profile picture of the author MoaddinFM
        Well, you just got unlucky, but only because you had this problem you can´t deduct that everyone will have it.

        The topic´s name should be:

        Beware from not installing XP SP3

        Do you know what the SP are for? Do you know what will happen, when you don´t install them?

        Just my 2 cents ...
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        • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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          Originally Posted by MoaddinFM View Post

          Do you know what will happen, when you don´t install them?
          Yes, I get to use my PC again.

          I just turned off the auto install.

          I'll take my chances Lol.
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        • Profile picture of the author GailTrahd
          I know the Service Packs and updates are a good thing but I do understand the nervousness that comes from having a remote site update your computer with the potential that you'll lose hours of time restoring. When you work for yourself you just never get those back. And if you haven't backed up the data - well - the word panic comes to mind!

          My sister put together a site a while back that helps people with PC's to keep their computer clean and working well. It's all free or I wouldn't post it here - most of her readers find it really helpful. She did it because of the number of times her computer had problems.

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          • Profile picture of the author bobsstuff
            I tried to install SP2 (yes two) twice and it messed up my computer, similar sounding experience to your SP3 problems.
            I gave up and am still running SP1 or whatever it is called.
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        • Profile picture of the author deejones
          Originally Posted by MoaddinFM View Post

          Well, you just got unlucky, but only because you had this problem you can´t deduct that everyone will have it.

          The topic´s name should be:

          Beware from not installing XP SP3

          Do you know what the SP are for? Do you know what will happen, when you don´t install them?

          Just my 2 cents ...
          There are definite advantages to installing SPs, but they can definitely screw up your computer. They even tell you before you do the installation that it can screw up your computer...and it's not their fault if it does. :rolleyes:

          So I don't think there's anything wrong with telling people their might be more problems than usual with SP3.
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          • Profile picture of the author WinsonYeung
            Well, my laptop prompt me to update to service pack 3 too. But even thought i updated it, "they" still prompt me to update it again. Maybe the upgrading fail for some unknown reason. Anyway, this updating thing persist me for more than a week.
            Now, my laptop is totally dead, but i don think is related to the service pack 3. My laptop is 1 and a half year plus old, time to go maybe...
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            • Profile picture of the author KimW
              I have installed SP3 on at least 50 computers so far without a hitch. One thing I have run into is that a lot of times people forget to turn off their anti virus software before doing the updates and that can wreak havoc on a system.
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              • Profile picture of the author mmurtha
                Hey Less,

                I had the same problem. I didn't do a system restore to get it to work right though.

                My PC locked up (everything) and I forced a shut down, then left the computer to sit for about 3 minutes and rebooted. It's worked like a charm since.

                I do know that other people hqave had this problem because I saw it posted in the MS forum somewhere. They've since updated that service pack 4 times.

                Hope this helps ...


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  • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
    Just thought I would post to say I'm on service pack 3 right now.

    Since I read this thread first, I did the precaution of creating a restore point right before I installed it.

    It's been a smooth ride so far. No issues as of yet.

    If you're having problems with the upgrade, I suggest rolling it back, and making triple sure your hardware drivers are up to date before doing it again (those are usually the problem). Don't trust MS to keep those updated, get those straight from your vendor.

    That is all.
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