Check the laptop manafacturer to see if this is an issue they might have a fix for. My mothers Dell with Win XP will not accept SP2 or SP3, can't remember which, so we have to manually keep her PC updated minus the SP. If we install the SP her machine slows to a non workable crawl and of course there is no documentation on Dell's site about it. These machines are built for the specific OS installed when you get it and SP and future OS's are really a crap shoot as to whether they will work at all.
Build a PC and you should never have this issue.