XP SP-3, HP/Compaq and AMD processor issues

I have been getting more than a few emails and phone calls asking if I recommend installing XP’s Service Pack 3. Well, the truth is “sure, maybe!” I have installed it on all machines for my “Home” customers for the last several months with no issues and since the middle of September on most of my business customers without a problem.

Only Compaq / HP computers with AMD processors are having issues (a Blue Screen of Death – BSOD) as a matter of fact. It turns out HP was using Intel images on AMD machines (Ford engine blueprints to make install Chevy engines) and Service Pack 3 just didn’t like that. Continue reading