Itâ€™s been a full 6 months since the release of Windows XP SP3. The unsuspecting public downloaded it faster than Tom Cruise jumps a couch, and it wasnâ€™t long before 25% of us found we had grabbed a ticking time bomb. Endless reboots, blue screens, data loss and reinstalls were the wails coming from every help forum on the World Wide Web. In some cases John Q Public didnâ€™t even know the grenade was coming. It was tossed in the middle of the night by Microsoftâ€™s Automatic Update service. You donâ€™t need to imagine the problems this created because you lived it.