My son uninstalled service pack 2, in an effort to improve his computer, now it fails to start up and we have no back up discs, as it is an ex corporate office machine, is there anything we can do to revive his system, its running windows xp, or rather should be. mike
While booting this machine press and hold F8 which will bring you to the menu where one of the coices would be use last known good configuration. This should help. If not boot into safe mode from the same menu and uninstall sp2.
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Service Pack 2 is known to cause issues. Can you restart the computer into safe mode?
Turn on the computer, press F8 while the computer is turning on, choose safe mode and remove Service Pack 2 by going to Control Panel, Add Remove Programs or if in windows vista or 7 - go to Programs and Features and select Service Pack 2 and click Uninstall.
Restart the computer and let me know if your computer comes back on.
From what you're saying I get that you want to install Windows XP with Service Pack 3 on your computer. Are you wanting to replace Vista, or do you want a dual boot system? Do you have a Vista CD as well if you want a dual boot system? Did you receive any other disc's with the computer that may have a driver set on it?
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Paul 'W' U.K.
1) you had vista, you wanted xp for whatever reason. you are doing a fresh install using the service pack 3 disk. there is hardware combatiblity issues and must stay with vista. this is becoming more common with the life of xp coming to an end.
2) you had xp and are reinstalling and hardware has failed.
3) you had service pack 2 or before and are updating your service pack and there is some issue with hardware or software.
There are quite a few laptops and towers (my e-machine) that is not compatible with service pack 2. However, they are compatible with service pack 3 release candidate 2. Down towards bottom of page, choose which language.