|Already read all of that Chuck2, but thanks. Found it while looking at your last link.|
Oh, and as far as the whole Sp2, vs SP3 thing... I tried it long before I became a member here, and made my post... SP3 will not load if you do not have at minimum SP1 installed. There is a difference between SP1, and the original Windows XP. I have the original Windows XP.
It popped up an error saying that it will not be able to load SP3 because I don't have a minimum of SP1 installed..
I even searched on line for the SP1 download, thinking I may have better luck.... and it redirects you to SP2 at every site I checked.
I finally got (almost) SP2 to load. It installed all the way to the point at the end where it is cleaning up temp files... Then it froze. I manually rebooted thinking it should be ok at that point... Nope. Wouldn't even boot to safe mode.
Also, I have run the scanners in safe mode,a nd regular mode. They don't find anything.
Also, can't remember if I mentioned this above or not. I have attempted to install this both manually, and through windows update.
EDIT: I should probably mention at some point that this is the second time I had to do this in the past 4 days or so. The first time I took 2 attempts to get SP2 to load, but once it loaded, the freeze ups were gone, and SP3 loaded like a dream. I have approximately 32 programs running on this PC at any given time, and had 25 of them installed when my little virus friend popped back up. So, I reformatted again, and this is what I got. I am doing my 5th reformat since that point yesterday, and I have attempted to update to SP2 about 8 times.
EDIT#2: I found SP1 online. I am trying to install that right now. If it works, I am going straight to SP3.