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monoxidez

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Well I'm trying to repair my windows XP. The problem is the disk is SP1 and I'm running on SP2...Can I repair with SP1 disk?
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Try and see what happens. There are two options:

1: It will not work.
2: It will work but you will have to update yor computer with all windows updates, including sp-2.
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No, you can not do a Repair Install with a SP1 disc on a SP2 system. You can do a Clean Install but that will wipe out all your data.

What you need to do is create a new XP CD slipstreamed with SP2 then use it to do the Repair Install.

The simplest way to create a Bootable Windows XP Pro or Home Installation CD Slipstreamed with SP2 is to use Autostreamer. You point to your XP Pro/Home CD, the SP2 Service Pack .exe file, give it a path to write the .iso file to and off it goes. In 5 or 10 minutes you have a .iso file that you can burn to CD with almost any CD burner program you want to use. I used Roxio 7. There is a good freeware burner called DeepBurner which will do this also.

Here is the link to Autostreamer:
http://www.softpedia...ostreamer.shtml

You can download the SP2 .exe here:
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

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No, you can not do a Repair Install with a SP1 disc on a SP2 system.


You can, though your system may end up in a hybrid state until you apply Service Pack 2.
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Okay, now I have SP1, I'm done updating from fixes and stuff. The problem is, I'm getting SP2. I got it from automatic updates, and now it's installing.

In the Windows XP service pack 2 setup wizard, it's stuck in performing cleanup. Help?
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Neil, you are absolutely right! I was confusing the Recovery Console with Repair Install. Thanks for setting the record straight.

One of the major advantages of slipstreaming SP2 is that it's already applied to your CD so you don't have to download and install it and run the risk of problems.

An excellent alternative is nLite. It allows you to merge SP1/SP2/Windows Updates into a new XP CD image that you can install from. Takes a bit of fiddling with but worth the effort since it also allows you to pre-answer all the questions asked during install so all you have to do is boot the new CD, select where you want to install, format or not and go to lunch. When you come back the install is finished and your are at the latest Service Pack and Update level. See here:
http://www.nliteos.com/

Use this site to get the MS updates:
http://www.softwarepatch.com/windows/

You can also get updates from an MS site but it takes more work:
http://windowsxp.mvp...saveupdates.htm

Edited by Ztruker, 02 February 2008 - 05:29 PM.

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Try to download sp-2, save it in your computer and burn to a disk. This will serve you in future repairs or clean installations.

On the whole. windows repair quite often end unsuccessfully. It's a major operation with a thousand possible failure causes. This is especially true when sp-2 is removed and then reinstalled. To get a better chance run a thorough scan with your malware programs then disconnect from the internet and disable those malware programs that run in the background. Run disk cleanup and disk defragmenter. Now try to reinstall sp-2.

Regarding the sp-2 discussion: If the original installation was XP-sp1 and sp-2 was added latter, you can run a repair (as you did) with XP-sp1, but all windows updates, including sp-2 will be erased. If the original installation disk was XP-sp2, then you will not be able to run a repair with XP-sp1. This some elaboration on what I wrote in my first post.
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I'm just wondering, does the SP2 disc, the new bought one or downloaded one, have DirectX 9.0c with it?
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A Google search for sp2 directx answers this one, see here: http://www.microsoft...dowsxpspfs.mspx
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I was hoping it didn't have Directx 9.0c...I wanted something between Directx8.0-9.0. Anyway I can find a way to degrade it? Since Directx 9.0c is giving me problems.
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None that I'm aware of. What about upgrading to DirectX 10?

What problem are you having? Perhaps we can help you resolve that and you won't need to do a Repair Install.
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Can't upgrade to Directx 10. I have a ATI mobility Radeon x300. I heard that some cards are not good with DirectX9.0c and one of them is mine I think. I think it's true cause now I keep spiking on games. I need to get directx8.0 or/to directx 9.0.

I wanted to use DirectX Happy uninstall but it seems I have to buy it >_>.
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You would be better off to buy a new video card that does not have problems with DirectX9 or 10 I would think. Sell your old one on E-bay :)

Edited by Ztruker, 04 February 2008 - 10:53 AM.

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That's another problem. I'm using a laptop. So I don't think I can get a new video card. Isn't there a way to get remove directx9.0c, that's all I really want. Like reformat, but the sp2 disc has directx9.0c...
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Hopefully one of the other techs here knows of a way to do this as I don't and I have not been able to find anything via Google that indicates it's even possible.

I'll continue to look, maybe I'll get lucky.

Edit:

Well, well ... luck is with me tonight!

See here: http://www.majorgeek...wnload2935.html

Found the above in this post: http://ask-leo.com/c000337.html

Edited by Ztruker, 04 February 2008 - 04:22 PM.

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