|Not having had this problem with my XP-Home (as far as I know) my brief trawl does cough up a few hits that do seem to suggest removing it - and not going a reformat/re-install etc. - does restore performance (and as I suggest above back again at sp-2 level at least)?|
I have (after seeing assorted less than favourable reports re' sp-3 fully applied) stayed at sp-2 level but take down most of the proffered updates - not IE-7/8 etc though...
I'm guessing experiences are very varied here; and what may work for one situation/user may not for another?
I would at least see if removing it and reverting to sp-2 does make a favourable/positive difference; and then apply updates accordingly - but NOT install the whole thing in one go. Although if one starts with sp-2 and installs the subsequent updates one would logically expect to be at sp-3 level anyway?