is there a conflict between netgear and service pack 3

April 18, 2012 at 09:18:30
Specs: Windows xp home
System was working fine-installed windows service pack 3 and now cant get wireless signal on netgear rangemax notebook adaptor.
Similar thing happened when I installed kaspersky security (on-line banking software)

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April 18, 2012 at 11:00:58
It was released like 4 years ago. You are now getting around to installing it?

It is unlikely that SP3 did anything to a normal proper working system.

I'd suggest you reload everything from OEM media and apply sp3 and the few other updates. Get a good security suite on it as soon as you can.
Learn and follow best practices to avoid issues.

Text, talk, drive...CRASH.

Hang up and drive @#$%^^

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April 18, 2012 at 13:55:07
You're unlikely to have problems after installing SP3 updates when there's not much installed other than Windows and commonly used programs and drivers before you installed the SP3 updates.

However , one thing it's very important to do BEFORE you install the SP3 (or SP2, or SP1, or SP1a) updates is .......

NOTE that sometimes the resident module(s) of anti-malware programs - a part that runs all the time scanning for suspicious activity - will interfere with the proper installation of third party software, or major Microsoft updates that cannot be installed automatically by Automatic Update, the software will not install properly, and you may get no indication of that at all while installing the software.
To avoid that possibility, you should always DISABLE the resident module(s) of anti-malware programs, BEFORE you install third party software (software other than most Microsoft Updates, etc., that did not come with Windows ), especially when it's a major or complicated software package.
E.g. if you are using the free or paid version of AVG, you should disable the Resident Shield in AVG's 's settings in Windows (in AVG 2012 that's done under the title AntiVirus). In Norton (Symantec) products, there may be several things you need to disable, or set so they don't load for a specific short amount of time.
If you don't know how to do that, tell us which anti-malware software you are using.
When you are sure the software has installed correctly, re-enable the resident module(s).

Further info...

How to disable your security applications

Also, if you have more than one anti-malware program installed in Windows that has a resident module, either only ONE of those programs should have it's resident module enabled, or you should un-install all anti-malware software that has a resident module except for one program, otherwise the resident modules of the different anti-malware programs are likely to CLASH with each other and cause you problems !

If you have lots of software installed other than that before installing the SP3 updates you CAN have problems with some things after the SP3 updates have been installed..

I doubt that installing the SP3 updates has anything to do with your problem with the netgear wireless adapter.
In any case, it's easy enough to look in Device Manager to see if it says the wireless adapter is working properly or not.
(RIGHT click on My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager) .

- If it is working properly your wireless problem is caused by something else that isn't right. There's lots of possible causes.

- if it's NOT working properly, then un-install the wireless adapter's software in Control Panel - Classic View - Add or Remove Programs and install it again, e.g. using a download for your specific model you get from the brand name's web site, but if you do that you may ALSO need to do other things to get your wireless connection working again.

NOTE that if you have installed IE 7 or 8 before installing SP3 updates, it's good idea to un-install that BEFORE you install the SP3 updates (so Windows has the default IE 6) , because if anything goes wrong in the future with IE 7 or 8 that cannot be fixed except by un-installing it , re-installing it, you cannot un-install IE 7 or 8 after the SP3 updates have been installed (if they were already installed before you installed the SP3 updates) - you have to un-install the SP3 updates, then un-install IE 7 or 8.
(Install IE 8 after installing the SP3 updates, then you will be able to un-install it if you need to. Don't bother with installing IE 7 - it was not supported by as many web sites as IE 8 is.)

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