Spyware Doctor 5.5 or earlier versions of Spyware Doctor may cause Windows XP Service Pack 3 to stop responding when you try to install or to uninstall the service pack

Support for Windows XP has ended

Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

Important This article contains information that shows you how to help lower security settings or how to turn off security features on a computer. You can make these changes to work around a specific problem. Before you make these changes, we recommend that you evaluate the risks that are associated with implementing this workaround in your particular environment. If you implement this workaround, take any appropriate additional steps to help protect the computer.
SYMPTOMS

Scenario 1

You have Spyware Doctor 5.5 or an earlier version of Spyware Doctor installed on the computer together with Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). You install Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3). In this scenario, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
  • The Windows XP SP3 installation stops responding during the "Running Processes after Install" part of the installation.
  • System performance becomes very slow, and you cannot start any programs.
  • When you restart the computer, you are prompted to roll back to Windows XP SP2.

Scenario 2

You have Spyware Doctor 5.5 or an earlier version of Spyware Doctor installed on the computer together with Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). You disable Spyware Doctor, and then you successfully install Windows XP SP3. You enable Spyware Doctor, and then you try to uninstall Windows XP SP3. In this scenario, you experience the following symptoms:
  1. Windows XP SP3 stops responding during the uninstallation process.
  2. When you restart the computer by doing a hardware reset, Windows XP SP3 is uninstalled, and the computer is reverted to the previous state.
CAUSE
Spyware Doctor 5.5 and earlier versions of Spyware Doctor are not fully compatible with Windows XP SP3.
RESOLUTION
Warning This workaround may make a computer or a network more vulnerable to attack by malicious users or by malicious software such as viruses. We do not recommend this workaround but are providing this information so that you can implement this workaround at your own discretion. Use this workaround at your own risk.

To resolve this problem, you must disable Spyware Doctor 5.5 or earlier versions of Spyware Doctor before you install or uninstall Windows XP SP3. After you complete the installation or uninstallation of Windows XP SP3, you can re-enable Spyware Doctor.

For more information about how to disable Spyware Doctor, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
950718 How to troubleshoot an unsuccessful installation of Windows XP Service Pack 3
For more information about recommendations of what you should do before you remove Windows XP Service Pack 3, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
950717 Recommendations before you install Windows XP Service Pack 3
For more information about how to remove the Windows XP Service Pack 3, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
950249 How to remove Windows XP Service Pack 3 from your computer
The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, about the performance or reliability of these products.
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Article ID: 951403 - Last Review: 05/06/2008 17:04:13 - Revision: 2.1

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