My Dell laptop has worked perfectly for 2 years, all updates installed. Triedto install SP3 tonight - all appeared OK until restart. Wont boot up even into safe mode, BSOD "an attempt was made to execute non-executable memory" STOP: 0x000000FC (0xBA5038E8, 0xoAC8A963, 0xBA503848, 0x00000001) Using last known configuration leads to a blank screen. Safe mode to same screen. What can I do? Never had problem with updates before.
Up and running again after a repair, back so SP2. Google search shows this is a known issue with no apparent resolution on some pcs. No more SP3 for me! Another apparently dodgy piece of work by Microsoft.
Had problems with SP3 RC2 which caused repeated reboots on the restart after installation, however the Windows Update version of SP3 has installed without a repeat of that problem. I have now installed it on three PCs, one a Dell Inspiron, and all okay, though installation is about an hour.
All three showed a failure on first attempt at download with an error code 0x80072EE2. Resolved in each case by in Internet Explorer - Tools - Internet Options. Select Security Tab and click on Trusted Sites. Click on the Sites button and untick the "Requires Server Verification" option. After the update is successful then you can go back and reset the tick option.
Like many I asumme I have the update available icon on my screen for SP3, but have held fire so far having read the various problems people have had. I use my laptop to work from home most days so can't afford to be without it.
Updated both my machines via Windows Update this morning. Made full image backup first and turned off AVG free, Spybot Resident and all other applications in the task bar. No problems with either upgrade and both working fine.