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  1. Right, so I just updated my windows, following the link in the Windows XP SP3 thread (yeah, I'm a twat), and essentially, its fucked my computer. I've tried system restore- no joy. My computer loads up to the point where the Win XP logo etc comes up and says 'loading', then there's a brief blue screen with some words, too quick to read, and it restarts. I've tried F8'ing it in safemode, restoring last good configs etc, but again no joy. Suggestions would be much appreciated!


    an extremely worried H_J
  2. msr

    msr LE

    Do you still have the box for it?

  3. Box for what?
  4. msr

    msr LE

    The computer.
  5. Nope. Sorry, should have specified, its a laptop. It's also a laptop with all my A-level coursework on it...

  6. Hi,
    The blue dreaded screen!!

    Did you update to SP3?

    If so, you will have to un-install SP3.

    To do this, go into control panel, click on add/remove programmes.
    Once that has opened.
    Scroll down untill you see SP3, click on that, then there will be a remove/unistall button on the right.

    Click that and it will get rid of SP3.

    Restart your computer and its fixed.

    If you want to keep, SP3 then i would have to pysically look at your computer, but the above will get your computer back to normal.
  7. go into safe mode, copy all your work to an external hard drive and format your computer, be the easiest option.
  8. msr

    msr LE


    This is not a joking matter.

    I have no idea what you have downloaded and I do not intend to find out.

    I doubt very much whether it is XP3, as the final version has not been released yet.

    Check your PMs.


    P.S. You have just learned the first rule of computing: there are only two types of user - those that have lost data and those that are just about to.

    You did have a back up of all this important stuff, didn't you?
  9. If you have installed windows xp sp3 and you get the blue screen of death!!!!!

    to fix the problem you will have to use the xp disc that came with pc/laptop follow these instructions:

    Warning #1
    Warning #2
    Warning #3
    Skip to Repair Install
    Submitted fixes
    Additional Links
    It is extremely important that you backup important data that is not available from other media sources. This backup should be located on a separate hard drive, CD, DVD, network storage, etc. that will not be affected by the repair install.

    Please check out the warning links before attempting the Repair Install. It is to your advantage you follow the suggestions to prevent data loss and especially if you also have the capability to boot into XP, perform the steps listed in the Warning #1 , before proceeding with the repair install.

    After completing [if Windows is still accessible] the steps listed to prevent data loss in warning #1 and you did not remedy the no boot situation, you can use an OEM XP Pro or Home, "retail" XP Home or Pro full or upgrade version CD of the same version Home or Pro to perform a Repair Install. OEM Restore disks or hidden restore folders on the hard drive will not work for the Repair Install.
    A Repair Install will replace the system files with the files on the XP CD used for the Repair Install. It will leave your applications and settings intact, but Windows updates will need to be reapplied.

    A Repair Install will replace files altered by adware and malware, but will not fix an adware, malware problem.

    You can use the In place upgrade option to change a Product Key in the event you entered a key that was already activated. The In Place Upgrade also produces the same result as the Repair Install.

    Alternate options to Change XP Product Key #18 on the FAQ list.

    Setup cannot continue because the version of Windows on your computer is newer than the version on the CD.

    If you get a "Setup cannot continue because the version of Windows on your computer is newer than the version on the CD." message, if you continue, you will need to apply the SP 2 updates after the repair install completes, plus you will need to take the following steps to keep your system from being immediately infected with a virus.

    1. If you connect directly to the internet without a router or hardware firewall, disconnect from the internet by physically removing the connections cable, removing a wireless card, or any other means of internet connection.

    2. After the Repair install is completed, enable the XP firewall or install third party firewall software or router before connecting to the internet.

    If you get the "Setup cannot continue because the version of Windows on your computer is newer than the version on the CD.". You should create a slipstreamed copy of your XP CD by using the software and step by steps supplied in the links below.

    Slipstream XP

    Automatic Updates

    If you cannot download Automatic updates after the Repair install , follow the steps in the link below submitted by MS-MVP's Richard Harper and Ron Martell.

    Automatic Updates stops working after a repair install of Windows XP


    XP Repair install

    Please read carefully and make sure you followed the warning links before initiating the Repair Install. You can print a text version for reference. repair.txt

    Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.
    When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see the options below
    This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft
    Windows XP to run on your computer:

    To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

    To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

    To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

    Press Enter to start the Windows Setup. do not choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console). I repeat, do not choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R".
    Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.
    Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair. If Repair is not one of the options, END setup. After the reboot read Warning#2!
    Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot. Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears. Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.
    If you get files not found during the copying stage.

    Blaster worm warning: Do not immediately activate over the internet when asked, enable the XP firewall before connecting to the internet. You can activate after the firewall is enabled. Control Panel - Network Connections. Right click the connection you use, Properties and there is a check box on the Advanced page.

    KB 833330u Blaster removal

    What You Should Know About the Sasser Worm and Its Variants

    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-011

    Reapply updates or service packs applied since initial Windows XP installation. Please note that a Repair Install using an Original pre service pack 1 or 2 XP CD used as the install media will remove SP1/SP2 respectively and service packs plus updates issued after the service packs will need to be reapplied.
    Windows XP Service Pack 1

    Service Pack 2

    An option I highly recommend; is creating a Slipstreamed XP CD with SP1, SP2, etc. .

    Slipstreaming Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) Good

    Another Slipstream step by step Better

    AutoStreamer mirror link for AutoStreamer Best!!

    Step by Step on AutoStreamer

    Printable Repair Install step by step. repair.txt

    XP Repair Install in PDF XPrepairinstall