> I have been having problems with SP 3 for MONTHS--I am not kidding.
> I have an older Gateway, and they will not even talk to me for less
> tham $50. If I try to install SP3--my pc freezes and logs me off. I
> have to SR. (8 times the other day) So I turn off Auto. Updates. I
> also turn it off on my Trend NMicro Virus--which makes me uneasy.
> But, just yesterday, my pc apparently tried to instll SP 3 4000
> times. I could not make this stuff up. I have changed the firewall,
> I am out of answers. By email, I keep being told to alter the
> registry--I am just not comfortable with that. WHY cant I just get
> it to stop installing? Is it that important to security? Thanks....
I assume you mean *Gateway* will not talk to you for less than $50?
Turn off automatic updates if you feel you can handle your own computer
updates and begin visiting http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/
*after* the second Tuesday of every month.
Sounds like a bit of an exaggeration, in any case. 4000 times. *shrug*
Like it or not - Windows XP SP3 is something that you probably should
- You are currently running Windows XP (32bit).
- You care about keeping your machine current and running its best.
- You wish to continue running Windows XP for some indeterminate time into
- You want to free support if you have any trouble installing it (SP3 that
Service Pack 3 is mostly all of the updates released after SP2 and until the
release of SP3. You may think to yourself that you have been keeping your
PC updated - so you probably have all those updates - fact is, you'd be
incorrect. You may have all the publically released ones, but SP3 contains
1179 previously released updates - guaranteed you do not have them all
installed without it. ;-)
Most of the issues people have had with SP3 have to do with their particular
configuration or a problem caused by a third party change/mis-configuration
on their system - and almost all have a relatively simple fix.
Before starting, know where you can get help:
A place to get FREE support for SP3 installation issues *from Microsoft*
until April 2009...
Other than "Automatic Updates" or the Windows Update web page - how can you
Windows XP Service Pack 3 - ISO-9660 CD Image File
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals
Do a little reading - to ensure you are ready...
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."
Did all that and have some issues you believe might be related to SP3?
Check these out:
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...
[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:
5. You receive a "Stop 0x0000007E" error message after you upgrade to
XP Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3 on a non-Intel-processor-based computer
(Revised 06 May-08): http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888372
Some people have gotten an "Access Denied" message when trying to install
SP3... I suggest going straight to Method 3 of this article:
Beyond that - some simple maintenance might be needed - like installing the
latest hardware drivers from your hardware vendors...
Good luck to you! You shouldn't need it, however, with just a little
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