mY wINDOOZE UPDATE PROMPTED ME TO UPLOAD sp3 AND LIKE AN IDIOT i DID. mY COMPUTER, AN asus kv8SE WITH an Amd3700 64 IMMEDIATELY CRASHED. i WAS FINALLY ABLE TO BOOT INTO SAFE MODE WITH NETWORKING. i SPENT 3 HOURS WITH Microsoft WHO SAID THAT sp3 WAS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH SOME AMD machines unless THE REGISTRY WAS MODIFIED. they believed this was NOT THEIR PROBLEM SO NEGLECTED TO issue A PATCH. 3 hours later they had my machine so messed up it would no longer boot at all… i COULD NOT RUN MY oem windows repair as the machine had been updated so many times the disc was considered too old compared to what was on my machine. The Microsoft technician suggested that I run the repair off a later disc which a neighbor of mine had lent me. He insisted this would not affect the activation. By the time he was done he loaded (they remotely took control of my machine) XP on top of the XP I already had installed. My hard drive which before had 90G’s of data now had 140G’s of data. Then the Windows pops up saying I have 30 days left to activate Windows. The technician then switched me over to another technician and 2 hours later they were able to validate the copy on my machine. Virtually none of my programs work now. I am steadily regaining control by creating new shortcuts to the programs. I now have a machine with new activation keys but no way to do a clean install. I backed al of my essential stuff up but am going thru computer hell right now. I have managed to remove about 40G’s of redundant programming. I am now going to install Vista Basic 64 on a dual boot set up and slowly migrate to Vista. I know I am opening a can of worms but I refuse to buy another copy of XP after they have messed up this one. I will have Vista on it’s own 500G hard drive and XP on it’s 160G hard drive with another 500G as back up.
Norton 360 saved all of my major files and was instrumental in not loosing vital data.