[QUOTE=Zathros;2108349]Here is a link to what caused to meltdown. Microsft could have easily included this fix in the SP3 down load but chose not too. Below is a summary: Here is a direct link to the page (which came out June 11 2008): http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888372
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
To work around this issue, follow these steps: 1. Restart your computer in safe mode.
For more information about safe mode in Windows XP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
315222 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315222/) A description of the Safe Mode Boot options in Windows XP
2. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
3. Locate and then click the following registry key:
4. In the right pane, right-click the Start entry, and then click Modify.
5. In the Value data box, type 4, and then click OK.
6. Quit Registry Editor.
7. Restart your computer.
It should be noted that Microsoft was unable to install SP3 twice on my Machine even though they had complete control over it. (I let them take over thu the program they use for that) They suggested I not download it. Incidentally, I built my machine and used the Windows disc I purchased with it. I could not use the restore function as Windows had updated so much it said my disc was older than the operating system on my machine. My only downloads came from Microsoft so any registry errors were done on their part as my machine has been stable for 2 years and this was the first crash I had. My machine had no images from other machines. I had an XP Oem disc.[/QUOTE]
Not download it that a complete farce…my downloaded SP3 iso works prefectly fine…they are trying to force you over to Vista bloatware…you have every right to download the iso and update it yourself…I never trust remote control…espically M$ who cares more about profit then customer service…Since you purchase XP you can download SP3 iso and slipstream it and you have XP SP3…without M$ crape help…