XP SP3 coming to Automatic Updates “shortly”
Immediately after Microsoft posted XP SP3 for download, for example, users reported that PCs powered by Advanced Micro Devices Inc.’s processors were rebooting endlessly. Microsoft addressed the bug by blocking AMD machines from downloading the update.
Later, other users complained that their Internet and wireless connections had been deleted after installing XP SP3; they blamed a flood of corrupted registry keys added during the update. The problem, Microsoft later argued, was caused by certain security software, a contention that at least one vendor — Symantec Corp. — disputed.
Microsoft issued a fix for systems affected by the registry corruption less than two weeks ago.