You’ll probably see this update popping up in your update list (or installing automatically – depending on your settings) if you haven’t already. In theory it is, as it includes some important new security features; but in practice we’ve seen several reports from users experiencing problems after installing XP SP 3.The following descriptions are taken from the Microsoft white paper on XP SP3.“Black hole” router detection – Windows XP SP3 includes improvements to black hole router detection (detecting routers that are silently discarding packets), turning it on by default.And one issue it said could be the problem is an out of date BIOS. But I was able to check my version versus the latest versions, and I am seriously out of date. Motherboard is ASUS M2N-SLI-Deluxe I really don't think the BIOS updated.Microsoft is conducting an online survey to understand your opinion of the Technet Web site.This allows Microsoft to download an Active X control that gathers assorted debugging information and sends it back to them.In my case, this debugging information proved critical.If it was installed, it clearly had no affect on my BSOD problem.I can only boot in Safe Modes since I upgraded to SP3. I went to try and update my ASUS MB, but that may have been where I got the Win Zip issue, not the AMD BIOS for the CPU. And when I have booted, I don't think the version of BIOS has changed.
A friend asked me to repair a Think Pad T23 which I found to have a defective hard drive.
The most sure fire way to keep your Windows installation from crashing during these upgrades and to fix problems in the event they do happen, without losing hours and hours of time and priceless amounts of data, is to use XP Repair Pro.
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Network Access Protection (NAP) – NAP is a policy enforcement platform with which you can better protect network assets by enforcing compliance with system health requirements.
Using NAP, you can create customized health policies to validate computer health before allowing access or communication; automatically update compliant computers to ensure ongoing compliance; and optionally confine noncompliant computers to a restricted network until they become compliant.