Category Archives: Windows XP

Case of the XP Service Pack 3 Upgrade Fail

Over the weekend the drummer in my band “The Brushed Keys” ( ) had finally taken the plunge and attempted the Windows XP Service Pack 3 upgrade, only about 6 years late. However it all went wrong when the … Continue reading

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Case of the SMSSWD.exe Crash

A colleague advised me on first logon only a component of SCCM, smsswd.exe would always crash – but would never crash on any subsequent logons. Not only that, they had a crash dump file. (they’re learning!) In this case it … Continue reading

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Foolproof Windows XP Image 0x7B Fix

If you’re like me and been deploying Windows 7/Windows 8 with MDT or SCCM…you really don’t want to go around touching XP images ever again. However unfortunately sometimes we have customers who absolutely need to continue to use XP for … Continue reading

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