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Re: problems when installing sp2 on my dell 4400
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.
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.
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I was able to dig this up. Reference: http://4sysops.com/archives/tip-how-to-install-and-uninstall-a-program-in-safe-mode/
Run Windows in safe mode. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Minimal\ Create a registry key REG_SZ keyand call it MSIService and value data and call it Service, which is the windows installer. This will give you permission to uninstall windows service Pack 3 from add/remove programs while in safe mode.
Well if you have it installed on the computer and cant get past the Windows logo. Put the SP3 disk in and do a repair. Make sure you hit -R and not the repair button after clicking continue. Well the directions for a repair will be on the screen. That is my thoughts on what you should do. If you have already done this, then I'm not sure where you should head to next. Hope this helps!!
The latest service for XP is SP3.
You need to download SP2 from Microsoft (SP2 which includes SP1).
Then you need to install SP2 and after SP2 is installed you need to download SP3 to install.
SP3 is approx 350Mb so if you have a friend who has it on a CD, then borrow it and install it using the CD.
If you boot from the XP CD and choose the first repair option it will load to a DOS prompt. From there type "chkdsk /r" and press enter. This will run checkdisk on your hard drive and repair any problems that it finds. It will take 45 minutes or more depending on the size of your drive. Once it finishes type exit to reboot and remove the CD. Your computer should boot normally.