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Windows stalls on "Windows is starting up" after SP3 install

Posted on 2008-09-29
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Hi All,

I carried out an install of SP3 on a Windows XP machine. It seemed to run fine, and rebooted happily several times after the install.

However, after a shutdown it stuck on "Windows is starting up" and would only launch after an F8 and applying "Last known good configuration".

I have created a password for the user account, and this solved it for one reboot and then it re-occured.  Disabling all startup items seems to make no difference.

Strangely, I changed the username of the account and Windows allowed logins from both the old and the new username.

As it stands, the system works perfectly in LKG mode, but no idea what's causing the problem. Nothing shows in the error log.

Any ideas gratefully received and will be tested promptly.

Larry
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pablovr earned 500 total points
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I suggest to remove SP3, it has problems:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950249
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I would look at re-installing all the drivers I could in safe mode
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lmhuk--Sort of combine the two suggestions made so far.  Boot into Safe Mode and remove SP3.
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Can you boot into safe mode?  
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by:lmhuk
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Thanks for this everyone. Sorry for the delay responding, I've not been well. It came down to booting to safe mode, removing SP3, running through several processes (with Microsoft on the line) and reinstalling. All's working perfectly now! Thanks again.

I tried to allocate points to everyone on this but it refused and kept saying "Each point split must be at least 20 points" when it was. Sorry!
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