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by hojo11779 / July 26, 2009 3:02 AM PDT

My daughter just brought a game but it requires sp3.I never downloaded sp3 because of initial reports of problems.Is it safe to download sp3 now?We have a 2.8 ghz pentium 4,running xp home.

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by Jimmy Greystone / July 26, 2009 3:21 AM PDT
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Yes, it's as safe now as it was the day it launched. The only people who had problems brought it on themselves by buying a Compaq system. It was HP's fault in the end anyway, not Microsoft's.

Service packs should ALWAYS be downloaded within a week of being released unless there is a good reason to hold off, such as Compaq owners with AMD CPUs had in this case. If you are not among the affected systems, you should download service packs sooner rather than later.

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by stu9999 / July 26, 2009 8:53 PM PDT
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I have a similiar problem when trying to install SP3 on a Dell SX280 running XP Pro 2002, P4 3GHz, 1GB RAM. These are work computers and have tried several of them and the same problem occurs on all of them, I have checked Dell website and can't find anything that would suggest SP3 should not work.
It appears to install SP3 ok but when it reboots it is stuck in a reboot cycle no matter what option you choose in the boot menu you get the initial starting of windows, then a flash of a blue screen and it reboots.
Have had to rebuild back to SP2.

Any ideas on this would be great, or may just be easier to leave as SP2?


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Two things
by Jimmy Greystone / July 26, 2009 11:52 PM PDT
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Two things

1: Don't hijack someone else's thread. Start a new one.

2: Sounds like malware damage was your problem. If you don't clear out malware before installing the new service pack, you will likely wind up having problems. Sometimes even if you clear out the malware, it's too late and the damage is already done. If you install SP3 on a fresh install of SP2, before you install anything else, it should take just fine.

And finally, I've had to work on a couple SX280 systems in my time, and my condolences on being saddled with a POS like that. That is a seriously massive power brick those things have, and good luck if you ever suffer a power related problem with that thing. It's virtually impossible to tell whether it's a power brick or motherboard issue. You usually have to just guess, because there's just no way to diagnose it with the power supply split between the brick and motherboard. A tip for the future would be to stay away from any ultra small form factor Dell systems. The small form factor systems are generally bad enough.

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xp sp3
by stu9999 / July 27, 2009 12:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Two things

I have tried to install sp3 after rebuilding and the same thing happens, which seems rather strange to me?!

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Sounds Like An HP/Compaq Comp With An AMD Processor?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / July 27, 2009 7:17 AM PDT
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May Help and May Not - But it can't Hurt
by High Desert Charlie / July 27, 2009 11:22 AM PDT
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I've loaded hundreds of systems with SP3 without problems, and a few with problems. No one really wants to own up to being responsible for the problem but it does, and still does exist. I recommend following the steps recommended by Microsoft BEFORE INSTALLING SP3.

If you've already installed SP3 - I would do a system restore to before you installed it, and start over again.

One other safeguard we use in our shop is to run a command regarding the automatic updates after installing SP3.

Start --> Run --> regsvr32 wups2.dll

yes there is a space between 32 and wups2

Good Luck!!!

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