> Silly me. Microsoft Update suggested I install SP3 on my SP2 system
> and I actually did it. Now I get the unwanted "specify user" dialog
> when I boot. How can I get rid of that (I did it once, long ago)?
> Or maybe even better - what's the easiest way to restore to SP2?
> I've been installing all updates so I don't think I really need to
> put SP3 on. I foolishly thought it would do something (good) for
> me. Arrgghh.
I personally believe that if the only issue you have with SP3 is that you
now have to choose a user to logon as when you power on - which is more
secure (if you also password protected them as you should) - uninstalling
it would be the unwise move.
What you seem to be describing is an automatic logon.
(Essentially the same... but different place:
Microsoft Method 2:
control userpasswords2 method:
1) Go to the Start Menu and the Run box.
2) Type in the following:
now click OK
3) In the new Windows that appears select the account you wish to make the
Now uncheck the "Users must enter a username and password..." box.
4) Hit Apply and a dialog box will appear asking you to confirm the selected
Click OK when you are done...
Hopefully that gets you where you are wanting to be.
It is a *good* thing in the user arena to:
1) Have strong passwords.
2) Have more than one administrator level account (with strong passwords).
As for removing Service Pack 3 - same as other applicvations and decent
installed applications: Control Panel --> Add or Remove Programs...
Before you uninstall SP3 (knowing one day you will have to install it anyway
to continue receiving the latest updates) - you may want to look over these
common SP3 issues and corresponding solutions. Also - although I am sure
you stayed up to date after SP3 - you do not have the 1170+ updates it
contains ... without it anyway.
A place to get FREE support for SP3 installation issues *from Microsoft*...
WinXP SP3 - Read all prerequisites for a successful installation
Steps to take before you install Windows XP Service Pack 3
Release Notes for Windows XP Service Pack 3
Key things to note:
"If you have installed Windows Internet Explorer« 7 or a beta version of
Internet Explorer 8, and then install Windows XP SP3, you cannot uninstall
Internet Explorer. To avoid this, ensure Internet Explorer 7 or a beta
version of Internet Explorer 8 is not installed before installing Windows XP
SP3. If you have already encountered this issue, uninstall Windows XP SP3,
uninstall Internet Explorer, and then reinstall Windows XP SP3."
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2002:
"If you install Windows XP SP3 on a computer running Windows XP Media Center
Edition 2002 with SP1, Windows XP Media Center Edition may malfunction. To
avoid this, install Windows XP SP2 before you install Windows XP SP3. If
this issue has already occurred, uninstall Windows XP SP3, install Windows
XP SP2, and then reinstall Windows XP SP3."
It seems some people are unable to get further updates after installing
SP3... Seems some have experienced a symptom similar to doing a repair
installation on Windows XP - and the same fix seems to work for them for
Updates are not installed successfully from Windows Update, from Microsoft
Update, or by using Automatic Updates after you repair a Windows XP
Some people experience an "endless reboot" issue...
From PA Bear [MS MVP]:
[NB: The above has been updated many times and now includes "a small tool
that will detect the IntelPPM problem and mitigate it before installing
1. Boot into Safe Mode and rename INTELPMM.SYS to INTELPMM.OLD.
2. After booting into Safe Mode:
Start --> Run --> (copy/paste)
sc config intelppm start= disabled
--> OK --> Reboot into normal (Windows) mode.
Other references include:
.. You receive a "Stop 0x0000007E" error message after you upgrade to Windows
XP Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3 on a non-Intel-processor-based computer
(Revised 06 May-08)
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