XP service pack 3 has disabled Me, Oh bugger !

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  1. My wheelchair laptop has downloaded and installed SP3 on an automatic update, all was fine until the reboot its now in a continual loop. I’ve got back to my desktop but w/o the chair I’m a bit buggered.
    Is there a way of sorting this ? I can use my dobber on the kb , I don’t have the dexterity to insert cd’s . Will this have to be a techiie job ?
    Will I have to spent the rest of the weekend stuck here ? ( Mrs WW working away )
    My carer is a little ratarrsed at present ( comatose ),lucky I don’t need the toilet ……….yet.
    I’m sure I will look back one day and see the funny side, but atm I really could do with some advice.

    BTW do you realise how difficult it is to get the headband on.
    I bet this get moved to the NAAFI so you lot take the pi$$


    Ps No duff but I really am stuck at my desk
  2. Reboot and press F8 as it first boots.

    Choose 'last known good configuration' and it should be ok.

    Hope this helps
  3. Can't help with the techie stuff, but you could try clicking on this:

    The description that goes with it says "Rain pours and drips from the eaves. The gentle sound of rain is a good sound block in the middle of a busy office. The gentle and slightly irregular rhythm of the falling rain drops can put you right in the mood to solve a vexing problem."

    Let us know how you get on :)
  4. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    Us lot take the pi$$, never, but seriously IT_G is right the last good configuration should sort you. If not let us know as I'm sure theres enough 'expertise' around here to solve the problem.
  5. msr

    msr LE

  6. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    Doesn't look good. Do you need the QRF then WW? No Duff!
  7. Go to Control Panel/Add Remove Programs and uninstall the service pack. There appears to be an issue with certain elements of the pack causing hardware conflicts during the post-boot phase. I'm checking Technet for a fix.
  8. msr

    msr LE

    Come on DG, do try to keep up ;)

    And if you follow my link, there is a link to technet....

  9. Ctrl Alt Del works every time. Either that or blowing inside computer.
  10. XP service pack 3 removal options:

    Method 1: Use the "Add or Remove Programs" item in Control Panel
    1. Click Start, and then click Run.
    2. Copy and then paste the following command in the Open box, and then press ENTER:
    3. Click to select the Show Updates check box.
    4. Click Windows XP Service Pack 3, and then click Remove.
    5. Click Finish to restart the computer after the removal process is complete.

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    Method 2: Use the hidden $NtServicePackUninstall$ folder
    1. Click Start, click Run, type c:\windows\$NtServicePackUninstall$\spuninst\spuninst.exe in the Open box, and then click OK.
    2. When the Windows XP Service Pack 3 Removal Wizard starts, click Next.
    3. Follow the instructions on the screen to remove Windows XP SP3.

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    Method 3: Use the System Restore process
    Note Before you use System Restore, make sure that you have restarted the computer at least one time after you installed Windows XP SP3. By restarting the computer, you allow for any remaining servicing processes to finish. 1. Click Start, and then click Run.
    2. Copy and then paste the following command in the Open box, and then press ENTER:
    3. Click Restore my computer to an earlier time, and then click Next.
    4. Click the date on which you installed Windows XP SP3, and then click Installed Window XP Service Pack 3 in the Restore Point box.
    5. Click Next, and then follow the instructions on the screen to remove Windows XP SP3.

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    Method 4: Use Recovery Console
    Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    322756 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/) How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

    If you cannot remove Windows XP SP3 by using one of the previous methods, follow these steps: 1. Insert the Windows XP CD in the CD drive or in the DVD drive, and then restart your computer. When you receive the following message, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD:
    Press any key to boot from CD
    Note The computer must be configured to start from the CD drive or from the DVD drive. For more information about how to configure your computer to start from the CD drive or from the DVD drive, see the documentation that was included with your computer, or contact the computer manufacturer. You can also use a bootable floppy disk to start Windows XP. For more information, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
    305595 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305595/) How to create a bootable floppy disk for an NTFS or FAT partition in Windows XP
    2. When you receive the Welcome to Setup message, press R to start the Recovery Console.

    Note Multiple options will appear on the screen.
    3. Select the correct Windows XP installation.

    Note You must select a number before you press ENTER, or the computer will restart. Typically, only the 1: C:\Windows selection is available.
    4. If you are prompted to type an administrator password, do so. If you do not know the administrator password, press ENTER. (Typically, the password is blank.)

    Note You cannot continue if you do not have the administrator password.
    5. At the command prompt, type cd $ntservicepackuninstall$\spuninst, and then press ENTER.
    6. At the command prompt, type batch spuninst.txt, and then press ENTER.

    Note The Spuninstal.txt file appears. As the file scrolls down, you will see errors and the files that are being copied. This is typical behavior.
    7. After Windows XP SP3 is removed, type exit, and then press ENTER.
    8. Restart the computer in safe mode. To do this, press F8 when the computer restarts.

    Note After you restart the computer, the computer may stop responding, and you may see a black screen. The mouse will work. In this case, restart the computer again by turning the computer off and then back on. The second restart will let you log on.
    9. When the computer restarts, Windows Explorer (Explorer.exe) does not run, and the Windows icons and the Start button are unavailable. To resolve this problem, follow these steps:a. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL, and then click Task Manager in the Windows Security screen.
    b. Click File, and then click New Task (Run).
    c. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
    d. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    e. In the details pane, right-click ObjectName, click Modify, type LocalSystem in the Value data box, and then click OK.
    f. Restart the computer
  11. Shush!

    Your giving all the trade secrets away, you'll do me out of a job!
  12. me too!
  13. If it was good enough for my Spectrum Sinclair its good enough for the bridge of the enterprise.
  14. Look, It's been a long week :)
  15. putteesinmyhands……….. I don’t know what to say , except Ray is having a “map of Africa experience “, when it goes cold it might wake him up. Thanks for the laugh though.

    DG, the lappy is in a constant boot loop, and inserting a cd would involve attempting to open the case with my tounge and lips, suckering the cd off the round retainer, then using my tongue to open the cd tray place the cd in the tray with my lips taking care not to leave too much slobber behind.
    Its times like these I wish I had limbs.

    Thanks for the suggestions, looks like 2 options then
    Send for help and admit I am a helpless spacker or ;
    Uphold the best of the Army traditions and remain at my post until morning.


    At least the dog is keeping me company