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SP2 Startup Hang

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So I just installed SP2 for my Windows XP Home Edition this morning, and after the restart, my computer hangs on the Splash screen and doesn't advance. I left it there for an hour with no new progress.

I can get into safe mode, but I have no luck removing sp2.

Is there a workaround for this problem, or is a harddrive wipe the solution?

My specs are this:
Sony Vaio
Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.0GHz
512 MB Ram
NVIDIA GeForce FX5500
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So far no luck. I tried a system restore in windows, and from cd with no luck. I'm not sure what to do anymore. I'm stuck in Safe mode with nothing left to try.
Is SP2 listed in Add/Remove Programs?

Possibly a BIOS update may be necessary :4-dontkno
I remember seeing it on the add/remove list. I'll try to remove it right now...
Ok, new problem now.

I hit the uninstall button, and the wizard popsup. It bolds "Inspecting Current Configuration," then a window pops up letting me know that 2 programs I downloaded might not work if I uninstall SP2. I hit "Ok," and it does nothing after that. It just sits with the "Inspecting Current Configuration" bolded with a red arrow to the immediate left of it.
Try a Perform a Repair Installation
If you Windows XP cd does not have SP2 incorporated on it, which I am guessing it wont, this will take your system back to SP1. It should also leave your personal information intact.
I did that. I put in the System Recovery cd, followed the instructions given by Vaio, and this message pops up against the light blue screen:

"Cannot normally execute the initial setting of partition information. This utility exits and your computer is rebooted."
This morning I tried again with no success. I still get the same message when I try to use the recovery cds. Is there a way I can reformat the hard drive? I think I've resigned myself to looking into buying a new Windows software license.

Is there any way to fix this problem without reformatting the hard drive?
it doesnt look like you can use the Recovery software to perform a Repair Install. Can you borrow a friends XP cd?
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