The only guaranteed stable way is to slipstream the pack into the installation and install. Installing a service pack can sometimes be risky, too, but far less so than installing all fixes manually.
Check the box of your XP to see if it isn't the "Windows XP Annoying Edition". :D
I have to admit I have had no problems installing patches and fixes.
No, my Windows is 'Home Edition', and is upgraded to SP2. Also, I haven't seen the 'Windows Update' dialog box since upgrading my comp initially to SP2. I think the progs giving me a problem only act up if I manually kill the errant instance of svchost.exe, since Windows killed it for referencing memory at 0x000000 (or however many zeros it is), and I haven't had any problems since.
It is just a synonimQuote:
my Windows is 'Home Edition'
Actually help with my problem if you post, ok?
Ok, update: At the time of this post, svchost.exe has yet again eaten my CPU usage. The owner of the process is 'SYSTEM'. Shutting it down... Again, sound is gone. I thought Windows had killed the rouge process. Any help now?
EDIT: 11:58 AM
I rebooted and Windows displayed a message box that said "Data Excecution Prevention" and shut down a rouge instance of svchost.exe. I haven't lost sound yet.
Oi! No go on side topics! XP Pro has better security features than XP Home. That's it! Now posters please help!
You have bad drivers for something or a virus. Thats basically all it could be.
Please elaborate and tell me how to fix. Remember, I have Norton Antivirus 2007 and it doesn't detect anything.
Norton, as the name implies, gets rid of VIRUSES. There is absolutely nothing it can do about BUGS in the operating system.
Try the hotfix. If that doesn't work, turn off automatic updates until SP3 comes out.
(Actually, there is already a pre-release of SP3 available, but I don't recommend downloading it until the release version is made available.)
The standard first try for something like this is to update everything. Make sure all your drivers are new, especially the sound ones in your case. Run Windows Update and get whatevers available.
Try an online virus scanner just in case. It's easy and costs you nothing. BitDefender pops to mind but there are a few others. It's always nice to rule out the simplest answers first.
Failing those I'd try SpyBot Search & Destroy and failing any of that easy stuff, your into some real diagnostics.
Otherwise a google search for svchost.exe 100% might help?