> After installing SP3 and restarting the computer the normal
> Windows screen comes on and the horizontal slidimg bar starts to
> move. After 3 complete slides the screen goes blank black never
> to come on again. The only way to get into the computer is to
> restart Windows in safe mode. that is when I can restore back to
> a point before SP3. I there a rrason for this, do I really need
> You don't really need a computer - but that is only to point out
> your second question is one only you can answer.
> It is recommended you get SP3 installed. Sounds like one of your
> hardware drivers may not agree with SP3 - so you might want to
> revert back to a point before SP3 (uninstall SP3 in Safe Mode) and
> then boot into normal mode and update all your hardware drivers
> from each hardware manufacturer (not Microsoft - it is doubtful
> they made much of any of your hardware.)
> Then try your Windows XP SP3 install again.
> A place to get FREE support for SP3 installation issues *from
> WinXP SP3 - Read all prerequisites for a successful installation
> Steps to take before you install Windows XP Service Pack 3
> I installed a new driver for NVIDIA, but after installing SP3 again
> I had the same results.
Updated your BIOS?
Installed the latest chipset driver for your motherboard?
Installed the latest driver for your network card?
Installed the latest driver for your sound card?
Turned off (during the install) any AntiVirus software?
What method of installation are you using? CD, Executable File, Automatic
updates or http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/
I suggest you download the full executable and save it to your desktop.
Update *all* hardware drivers. Disconnect (physically) your computer from
any network/Internet. Disable your Antivirus software. Run the executable
to install SP3. Reboot.
Otherwise - please read through the links I gave on what to do to prepare to
install SP3. If my suggestion does not do it for you and the suggestions on
the web links don't - use the first web link to open a free support request
(only good through April 2009 - use it if you need it ASAP!)
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