How to keep a computer from crashing after installing updates to Windows XP

by on December 15, 2008

Q: My computer has crashed several times since I installed Service Pack 2 and several other hot fixes in Windows XP. How can I keep my computer from crashing?

A: Service Pack 2 for Windows XP is actually old technology. In 2008, Microsoft released Service Pack 3 for Windows XP. One nice thing about Service Pack 3 is that increases system stability & reliability. You should do some maintenance to the software on your computer before you install the latest service pack.

Although not required, I recommend that you begin by installing three excellent maintenance programs: CCleaner, Recuva, and Defraggler. Once you have installed those programs, go Start Menu => My Computer then right-click on your computer’s main hard drive and choose Properties => Tools => Error-checking => Check now. Put checkmarks in both checkboxes and left-click on Start.

You will want to schedule the error-check for the next time you restart your computer, so choose Yes. Now go to the General tab and left-click on Disk Cleanup. Put checkmarks in every checkbox except Compress old files, and then left-click on OK. Again, do not choose Compress old files. Next, go Start Menu => All Programs and run CCleaner first, Recuva second, and Defraggler third. Now, restart your computer and allow the error-check to run.

Install Service Pack 3 for Windows XP by going Start Menu => All Programs => Windows Update (Microsoft Update on some computers). If you use English as the main language on your computer, you can also download Service Pack 3 for Windows XP by clicking here. Restart your computer when the service pack and any other updates finish installing. For best performance, you should do the above software maintenance after installing the service pack, and then at least once every month.

PS: Microsoft provides a free upgrade to Windows Update called Microsoft Update. On many Windows XP computers, Microsoft Update can be installed by going Start Menu => All Programs => Windows Update => Microsoft Update.

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