can't uninstall XP service pack 3

Posted on 2008-11-09
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I installed XP service pack 3 and, becuase of a software conflict, I need to uninstall it. I is not visible in add/remove programs, even after making updates visible. and I cannot run spuninst.exe as I cannot find it. It may help to know that SP3 came slipstreamed with this XP install.

Any other ideas on how to get this service pack off of my computer??

Many thanks!
Question by:rowebiz
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    You could reformat and reinstall whatever OS you had before without the conflict
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    You can try this link to help.

    Hope this helps.
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    If the CD was slipstreamed with SP3, then it cannot be removed.  The only ways Microsoft supports of backing out SP3 are for when it has been installed after or by windows update:  Add/Remove Programs, Spunist.exe, or using System Restore.  When slipstreamed, it as if you were using a current XP CD with SP3 already installed.
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    You will not be able to remove the SP that was slipstreamed.
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    Hmmm. Haven't seen method 4 from the MS article linked to by alienvoice.  It MAY work...
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    by:Rob Williams
    If it cannot be removed, perhaps if you could outline the conflict we could help with that instead. Most SP3 issues can be resolved.

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