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After updating Windows XP to Service Pack 3 windows will not boot up but remains in a loop
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Can you start it in Safe Mode and restore back to a prior point? or uninstall SP3?

SP3 generally works well, but it tries to updates some drivers that perhaps it should not have, and that causes problems. The best approach is to uninstall it, find new drivers for your machine and try again. But this depends upon being able to start the computer. ... T
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AMD based HP machines also had an issue.  They had Intel drivers that were installed incorrectly in the image for the machine.  Applying SP3 would cause an endless loop of reboots when the driver would fire.
There is coverage of that in the article I submitted above
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Try registering the appropriate dll files >
"Office Update Problem after XP SP3 Install":
http://www.neurophys.wisc.edu/comp/blog/2008/bb20080511_01.asp

Further help>
"Can not windows update after SP3":
http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=3308206&SiteID=17
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I had 4 system in in the last 2 weeks with this boot issue after a SP3 install over a SP2. 3 of the systems I got to boot again by just pulling HDD out of system and connected as a slave to my shop sys, ran a Norton scan. Then put the HDD back in client's systems and the computer booted up normally even though on 2 of the systems HDD's were virus free. The 4th system I had to run a fix on. I booted to a XP CD (SP2), got into the recover console and ran this fix I found:


1.) At the recovery console type chkdsk /p (note the space between the "k" and "/p" Wink ) and hit enter.2 After it completes, restart the computer. This could have fixed your problem but if not, then proceed to Option 3.

Option 3
This step is rather detailed and will only work if you have System Restore turned on. You will need to go back into the Recovery Console (following the steps above of course). Once you're logged into the proper Windows installation we need to run some commands.

Here are some notes before we continue. What you are about to do is basically a minor System Restore via the Recovery Console. I say minor because you're only going to copy part of the registry, not the whole thing. Since you are copying over a registry backup to be used you may loose some program(s) or their settings, it all depends on when the last Restore Point for System Restore was created. If some programs don't work it's really as simple as reinstalling them.

The text in red will be what you type and the black text will what the system outputs or what is put there by the system. READY, SET, GO.

C:\Windows>CD C:\system~1\_resto~1
C:\system~1\_resto~1\>dir

After you enter the DIR command and hit enter you will get a list of folders like such rp1, rp2, rp3, rp4, etc. etc. The "rp" part of the folder name denoting it's a Restore Point

What you'll want to do is find the 2nd highest numbered folder in that list. So, for instance, if it listed rp1 thru rp24 you'll want the rp23 folder. I'll use rp23 for the rest of this little fix just to keep things simple but substitute rp23 for whatever folder is the 2nd highest in the list on your pc.

Now, we have more commands..

C:\system~1\_resto~1>cd rp23

C:\system~1\_resto~1\rp23>cd snapshot

C:\system~1\_resto~1\rp23\snapshot>copy _registry_machine_system c:\windows\system32\config\system (read below3)

Overwrite system [y,n]: y

1 file copied

C:\system~1\_resto~1\rp23\snapshot>exit (before typing exit, please remove your Windows XP CD from the CD Drive)

After typing exit and pressing enter on the keyboard your computer will restart, hopefully into a working machine.


Courtesy of: Mike E.


Thanks for all the help from all of you

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