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    Sometimes a re-boot just "magically" clears things up.

    Which programs and what was the strange behavior for each?

    Once you are satisfied that all is OK, make a backup image of your system. That way you have a point in time to which you can return in case something drastically bad happens. Periodic image creation is a good thing. You have to decide the frequency for backup. Your tolerance for reprocessing patches and other updates should be the determining factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by decibelle View Post
    The first couple of days I had a couple of programs behave a little strangely, but I could not duplicate this strange behavior afterward. Do these things ever resolve just on their own?
    "db",
    Hello... Yes sometimes things do clear up by themselves.. I have noticed this on several OS's XP, Vista, and "7"....Or you may find down the road that a program is not working at all...for an example... Acronis on my PC ..some of the functions such as "Try and Decide" will quit working. ...Another is my HP printer\scanner .Sometimes you can fix things either by a "repair" or a complete "re-installation" of the program ...Always have a "Pre" SP install at the ready ...If your system decides to go "Wonky" afterwards, and the above does not work . My personal paradigm is once any of my OS's are Stable and Working... i never patch or update (MS wise) unless some program that i want needs to be....Have my own "Security Plan " that doesn't include MS. Regards Fred
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    The two things that went weird the day after the update are:

    1) I couldn't get PaintShop Pro X3 to save shortcut keys that I was creating for a certain tool. I had created shortcut keys before without any problem. I found that I could work around this by creating shortcuts immediately upon rebooting, but only if it was immediately. However, this problem seems to have resolved, mostly. But I must add, PSPX3 is a slightly buggy program, anyway, even after the patches Corel grudgingly granted.

    2) I have a Gmail IMAP account that I access with Outlook Express. That same day, I found that after saving a draft, it took 15 minutes for it to show up in my OE drafts folder, where these things usually happen in seconds. I had the same problem with deleting. But after simply closing and reopening OE, without even rebooting, the problem stopped and has not recurred.

    You can be sure I've got more than one backup of stages my pre-update system.

    Ellen

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    Ellen,
    You might consider updating to IE 8 after sp3 and also reading Susan Bradleys columns about her take on which XP updates are critical, and should be applied; it may take reading several months worth of articles but they will give you a better idea of what to watch for as you update.

    Bill

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    Reading this entire thread, I keep seeing the term "Image" used over and over again, but I just wonder if Ellen knows what you're talking about.

    Image, means to run a Backup program and make a Backup Image File, of your entire C: drive, saved to another partition or another hard drive, or even an external USB hard drive.

    That's imperative, if you have data on your C: drive that you're not willing to loose.

    So many people have posted on the internet, that a MS update (XP) trashed their PC, that I won't even take their updates anymore, at least for my XP OS.
    Service Pack III should have been done a long time ago. It was an Important update.

    If you're going to do nothing else to protect yourself, copy all your important data files to either a Flash Drive or burn them to DVD's.

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    Yes, yes, thank you, I do know about imaging, thanks to another thread I started months ago, and all the helpful people here. I'm using Casper and Acronis. And I use Mozy for data. Can't be too careful.

    Ellen

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