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Problems when installing sp2 on my dell 4400

I am running XP Problem is when I install sp2 or sp3 my computer will only boot in safe mode.

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  • nfloyd52 Jan 04, 2009

    Thanks , but I have tried sp3 also with the same results

  • Anonymous Jan 13, 2009

    Same thing instant blue sceen.

  • dsmith22 Jan 20, 2009

    Brand new Win XP w/ SP1. Dell Dim 4400 works fine until SP2 installs the continually reboots, but will boot into safe mode.

  • JDTec
    JDTec May 11, 2010

    Usually this is due to spy ware or viruses. Update and run your protection programs. Then try SP3 (SP3 will encompass SP2).

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Reboot and keep tapping on F8 into Safe Mode. You can select "Last known good configuration" or continue In safe mode and do a system restore to the day before you installed the SP3. To do a system restore, go to Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System restore. Windows XP SP3 has some issues with certain programs giving the blue screen of death.

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I finally fixed my problem. Several other sites referenced a problem with the hard drive and a driver conflict with SP2. So I went to the Dell site and downloaded the updated Intel IDE drivers along with a couple of other fixes that they had posted. Voila, SP2 installed without any problems. For more info see links below. Hope this helps someone.

Dave

Fixes:
http://tinyurl.com/9g8atg
http://tinyurl.com/9blvvh
http://tinyurl.com/a59vna

Posted on Jan 20, 2009

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