> I updated my Thinkpad with XP SP2 - hadn't done for a couple of years...
Why? What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your
subcription current? What anti-spyware applications (other than Defender)?
What third-party firewall (if any)? Were any of these applications running
in the background when you installed WinXP SP3?
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> I updated my Thinkpad with XP SP2 - hadn't done for a couple of years, so
> waited patiently while 47 updates went in. Then I was advised to install
> SP3. After having done so the Thinkpad was damned hard to get started.
> Eventually I managed to get XP up in safe mode, but as soon as I plugged
> USB device into the port it bolted!
> Eventually I had to opt - while in safe moce - to deinstall SP3. So after
> another long time it now works ok! And I have my 47 SP2 updates installed
> ok! Thank you, Microsoft!