Continuous reboots plague Windows XP SP3 sufferers

“What are you doing this weekend? How about watching your PC continually reboot? That’s what some aggravated Windows XP users have been doing Friday after installing the XP service pack 3 (SP3),” Chloe Albanesius reports for PC Magazine.

“‘Microsoft is aware of these issues and we are investigating them further,’ according to a spokeswoman. ‘We will keep customers informed with our progress. Any customer who experiences a problem with Windows XP SP3 installation should contact Microsoft Customer Support Services,'” Albanesius reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: A much better and smarter way to make use of the weekend: eBay the POS — or better yet, spare the next sucker and just turn the thing in for recycling — and get a Mac.

63 Comments

  1. I am truly baffled. Microsoft has how many programmers? They have how much money?

    I kinda feel sorry for them.

    And yet people put up with them. What makes their users so enslaved to their incompentancy? Why are their users so scared to try a mac.

    I am tired of hearing “Oh, our school had macs a long time ago and I didn’t like them”

    Bunch of stupid lemmings.

  2. huh, great one!!

    I need to have one single Windows PC for Office: The UPS Worldship Software ist only available for Windows 🙁 (I´ll swap logistics provider in a couple of weeks, and that POS will go).
    Installed SP3: Continuos reboots, yuck. (I´m restoring the PC to SP2)

    My wife needs a Windows copy as well (The one leading translation memory is Trados – A company owned by Microsoft, therefore offering only a version for Windows:((( )
    She use it through vmware on our iMac 20″, 2.4GhZ without problems. (though slow).
    Installed SP3: Works like a charm.

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    Matt

  3. I am truly baffled. Microsoft has how many programmers? They have how much money?

    And they still couldn’t catch something as obvious as a continuous reboot problem. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”raspberry” style=”border:0;” />

    Doesn’t MS test anything before release?? Or is this just the MS “we know it doesn’t work but we’ll ship anyway”?

  4. @ matt

    (The one leading translation memory is Trados – A company owned by Microsoft, therefore offering only a version for Windows:((( )

    With Apple making iTunes, Bonjour, Safari for winblows isn’t this just another sign os a monopolist company using its market share to drive out the competition.

    When will the Law actually stand for something again?

    I hate them!

  5. @deepdish,

    “What makes their users so enslaved to their incompentancy? Why are their users so scared to try a mac.”

    Exactly! I have wondered this for years, too. The analogy I use to point out this insanity to Winblows users is one of a car. If someone buys a Ford and it breaks down every week, will they buy a Ford next time? No, but for some reason logic goes out the window when it comes to their PC.

  6. “Any customer who experiences a problem with Windows XP SP3 installation should contact Microsoft Customer Support Services,'” Albanesius reports.”

    Any takers on how long until their call center is overwhelmed?

  7. Yep. This happened to me. Continuous rebooting. So…
    I removed my Bootcamp partition (15gb) and re-partitioned (9gb). I have installed Windows SP2 back on the system, but MS, in its infinite “wisdom,” removed all security updates. You now have to download SP3 to get everything up to that point. F that! Here’s hoping the latest Avast! catches any bs that gets through Windows’ “defenses.” lol

  8. yes, we get it, Microsoft is crappy. However, to their defense, their OS has to work and be tested on literally hundreds of thousands of combinations of hardware (maybe more) . Apple only has to deal with dozens. This is one of the advantages of creating your own hardware and software.

  9. I hate the MS apologists that defend MS by stating “their OS has to work and be tested on literally hundreds of thousands of combinations of hardware.”

    That’s NOT my fault and it should NOT be my problem. If MS can’t guarantee that their SP3 update won’t screw up somebody’s fully working SP2, then they should leave well enough alone. Give me the incremental updates, not one big, sloppy mess to screw up everything.

  10. And this is why thousands of people are petitioning Windows to keep supporting XP?
    That’s it. I’ve lost all patience and empathy.
    Windows users are stupid.
    Stupid stupid stupid.
    The Charter of Rights and Freedoms must be amended. Continued use of Microsoft products IS grounds for discrimination.
    But I guess Windows users should be protected under the same rights as afforded to the developmentally handicapped and the insane.
    *sigh*

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