Now..... SP3 came out for XP.... For all you people out there who, have emotional problems, and massive personal issues with patience....
When you upgrade your copies of XP to SP3 it will take HOURS.... HOURS.......
NEVER SHUT OFF A COMPUTER WHILE APPLYING SERVICE PACKS(SP3)...... never never never....
if it runs for 12 hours.... Then, maybe shut it off... but expect to have big problems...
The reason I make this point is because when SP2 came out... all the dimwhits in the world upgraded, and when it took more than 20 minutes.... They thought they would be smart and shut it down... because they didn't have time..... and then their machine crashed.... and somehow... in their child little lizard brains... it was someone else's fault.
I fixed 5 different computers last time, all of them from people who "Thought they knew something" about computers, and didn't have any patience....
"SP2 wrecked my computer."
"hmmm... interesting, i haven't seen that yet."
"ya the message boards are all about how SP2, wrecks your computer"
"well, what happened?"
"It locked up"
"Umn..... how long did you wait for it to install"
"oh....like 20 minutes"
"Ya, I have a very fast computer and it took over an hour. You can't shut computers off in the middle of Service Packs.... I had one that took 6 hours to install."
"oh.... but mine locked up..."
(ya buddy just keep that echo chamber that is your head going.... everything is always Microsoft's fault)
It's not that Microsoft isn't massively incompetent, but when your incompetence meets theirs.... that is where there is a very big problem.