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Okay, so here's the deal. I had Windows Service Pack 2. Everything was just lovely, then I decided to FINALLY upgrade to Service Pack 3 because some high end Adobe products I was installing suggested it for better compatibility. Aiesh, so I took the plunge and tried to upgrade to Windows Service Pack 3. I was smart because of all the horror stories though and did a full backup up all my data including system state, etc. I set a system restore point, the whole nine yards. I upgraded with no problems but when the computer restarted it do so, got past POST, and the windows boot or load screen popped up with the loading bar. . . but windows never loaded! A lot of people report having problems where it get's past the windows load screen and just keeps cycle rebooting. Or it'll load to the user selection screen/welcome screen. This is not me, I am simply stuck at the windows load screen. (Picture below for reference)


So, I booted into safe mode with networking, searched for help EVERYWHERE and couldn't find any. -=/ By the way, I could boot into safe mode, safe mode with command prompt, and safe mode with networking. So I used my system restore point that had made before the SP3 upgrade and now I am typing to you from the comfort of my Service Pack 2. But this ticks me off because I want SP3 on my system for the sake of those Adobe programs and just because I can't get the dern thing on there it bugs me. Does anyone have a suggestion for me as to WHAT is stopping me from have a healthy running version of Windows Service Pack 3?

I ran the Service Pack 3 install/upgrade as an Administrator, in safe mode, with ANY program/thing that could possibly affect it not running. I thought I had all my bases covered but apparently not. Any help/suggestions? It'd be nice for all the other people out there who are having this same problem to get an answer as well. ;)
P.S. I am running Windows XP Media Center Edition Version 2002 Service Pack 2 (hopefully SP3 soon).:sigh:
 

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Hi sirdanceal0t,
I had a similar problem when Windows XP SP3 was released it was only designed for Intel processors, so if you have a AMD processor it will cause your system not to load, if you are running a AMD processor if i were you try and get back to the System Restore Point or if that fails reimage your pc and just before installing SP3 looks for the patch/fix for your processor model, then install SP3 and it should all be fine.

On the other hand if you have a Intel processor i woulldn't know what to advise.

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Run all of your Windows Updates before installing SP3. Then install SP3 from a stand alone version not from Windows Update. dot Net Framework and a few other updates needs to be installed before attempting to install SP3.
 

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Hi sirdanceal0t,
I had a similar problem when Windows XP SP3 was released it was only designed for Intel processors, so if you have a AMD processor it will cause your system not to load, if you are running a AMD processor if i were you try and get back to the System Restore Point or if that fails reimage your pc and just before installing SP3 looks for the patch/fix for your processor model, then install SP3 and it should all be fine.

On the other hand if you have a Intel processor i woulldn't know what to advise.

Swain90
That is true only if you have an HP with a AMD prcessor that had the intell chipset built into the operating system . . you have to disable that . .Other than that, SP3 runs fine on AMD processors.

but that does not sound like your problem. Did you disable your AntiVirus prior to installing SP3? If it runs in Safe Mode, but not normal mode, rty uninstalling your video card driver and see it it works
 

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Hi sirdanceal0t,
I had a similar problem when Windows XP SP3 was released it was only designed for Intel processors, so if you have a AMD processor it will cause your system not to load, if you are running a AMD processor if i were you try and get back to the System Restore Point or if that fails reimage your pc and just before installing SP3 looks for the patch/fix for your processor model, then install SP3 and it should all be fine.

On the other hand if you have a Intel processor i woulldn't know what to advise.

Swain90
Yeah, I remember reading about that during my browsing. That's not the case here though. I'm using an Intel Pentium 4 HT CPU and the system is a DELL. Thanks for the suggestion though!
 

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Run all of your Windows Updates before installing SP3. Then install SP3 from a stand alone version not from Windows Update. dot Net Framework and a few other updates needs to be installed before attempting to install SP3.
Yeah man. That's what I did. I installed windows updates. . . again, and again, and again, until the suckers actually stopped coming. Still nothing else to update right now, I then tried upgrading to Service Pack 3 through Windows Update, but the actual install had errors. So, I stopped it and downloaded the SP3.exe straight from Microsoft.com and tried that. It installed correctly and I restarted and then got to the boot/load screen and. . . here I am typing to you fellows.:wave:
 

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Did you disable your AntiVirus prior to installing SP3? If it runs in Safe Mode, but not normal mode, rty uninstalling your video card driver and see it it works
Yes, I actually installed SP3 from safe mode (suggested by another user having troubles) with networking and disabled everything except for critical system processes. Uninstall my video card driver? Hmmm, I guess I could give that a shot. That could actually mess it up just because of the video card drivers? Weird
 
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