First off, uninstall IE8 and stick with your previous IE version until you
get everything else sorted.
Did you install SP3 manually, via Windows Update website, or via Automatic
Updates? Is the machine now fully-patched at Windows Update? Assuming
Windows Update, not Microsoft Update, is your default update source, is your
computer fully-patched at Office Update, too? =>
What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your
subscription 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 SP3?
Has a Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on this machine
(e.g., a free-trial version that came preinstalled when you bought it)?
WinXP SP3 - Read all prerequisites for a successful installation
The free unlimited installation and compatibility support for WinXP SP3 has
been extended (but certainly not indefinitely) beyond the original 14 April
2009 cut-off date. Open your browser to
Windows XP | select Windows XP Service Pack 3
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002
> Ok, I updated to SP3 (win xp home it came with sp2 installed) and now my
> programs load extremely slow, Outlook 2003 gets half way loaded then I get
> the (not responding) I downloaded IE8 it takes 45-50 seconds to load
> counting the web page, the program itself) this is BS what the heck is
> on? so far every program I open takes twice as long to load as before and
> keep getting (not responding) blank title bars everywhere. Before I undo
> update, what can I try first?