I intend to reinstall XP as I am having problems with the current installed version. I keep getting messages saying ..." (program) has encountered a problem and needs to close" and inviting me to send a report to MicroSoft. The mouse still moves the cursor but other wise the computer is non responsive. I can't access the machine via TeamViewer when it is like this, I have to power down the computer and then switch it back on. I have tried uninstalling the offending program, where possible, but then another program will throw up the error. Initially it was Secunia PSI, then CCCleaner then runndll as an app, and other things.
When I purchased XP Pro SP3 from microsoft they supplied two disks. One was SP2 and the other an upgrade to SP3. When I have reinstalled in the past I have had to install SP2, then upgrade to SP3 then download about 100+ KB's. Are the KB's even still available now that microsoft don't support retail XP?
Is it possible to copy the KB's to an external disk and then reinstall them from the external disk to save the download.? (My broadband is slow, problems in the BT core network according to pathtrace). If so how would I do this??
I have tried programs such as tweaking.com to clean windows but this doesn't seem to have helped. (I have had to use the SP2 disk as the SP3 upgrade disk is not accepted as a full system disk). I also have used CCcleaner but that hasn't helped, or Registry Wizard. I use Avast! free and this hasn't shown any issues, including with boot time scan. Once I reboot the machine it works fine: not slow etc, no strange occurrences, until '...has encountered a problem' happens.
Should I expect XP Pro SP3 to be a stable system?. It won't stay up for more than about 24 hours and I want to use this PC to host security cameras when I am remote. Obviously not good, then, to have to return to the PC every 24 hours to reboot!
Any advice on a relatively painless re-install would be appreciated.
Thanks ... John