|"Will IE8 work with dial up? "|
Yes, but poorly.
Streaming video won't work properly.
It will take a LONG time to load some web pages, and a really long time to download large files.
"The icons in systray were active and listed as connected at 45.2Kbps."
Did you make a typo ?
45.2Kbps (kilo bits per second) is a speed you might get from a dial-up 56K modem, but that's VERY SLOW for a high speed connection of any sort.
In any case, even if you did mean to type 45.2 Mbps (mega bits per second),
- If that's the speed of a wireless connection, that's the speed of the connection between the wireless network adapter and whatever it's connecting to, e.g. a wireless router or a combo wireless router / high speed modem, NOT the internet.
- for a network cable connection, that's the speed of the connection between the wired network adapter and whatever, it's connected to - e.g. 100 mbps or 1 gbps.
There is no place in Windows itself where you see the speed on the internet !
- when the connection of a high speed modem becomes poor, the high speed modem will usually, if not always, NOT reset itself to a better connection to the internet when the reason for the poor connection has gone away. I have NEVER encountered a high speed modem that does that !
You can confirm your internet connection is poor, despite what that figure says, by testing the speed of the computer's connection on the internet when you're having problems.
I go here: www.toast.net
, and choose the speed test, then choose a server that's closer to me, and choose to test with the Text and Shuttle picture every time, for comparison purposes.
It isn't all that important what the max speed you get from the test is - that result varies, depending on which web site it's on, how busy that web site is when you run the test, which test you choose, which server you choose if you can choose from more than one, but the speed should be in the ball park of what the speed of the internet package you pay for is supposed to be, and if the internet connection is poor, the result of the speed test will be poor.
Usually, if not always, when the internet connection has become poor, you need to "re-boot" the high speed modem, or the combo router / high speed modem.
To do that while the computer is running....
- if it has a power switch, switch if off, switch it on
- if it has no power switch, either
- unplug the AC to DC adapter at the device (pull on it's plug, NOT it's cord ! ) , plug it back in
- or - unplug the AC to DC adapter at the AC end of the connection . (pull on it's plug, NOT it's cord ! ).
In either case, WAIT until the leds on the front of the device indicate it has a connection to the internet.
If it's a DSL or ADSL high speed modem, if there is electric or electronic noise being picked up by / on the telephone line, that may take a while to happen.
Try the internet on the computer - it will probably work much better.
If you're connecting from the computer wirelessly to a router or a combo router / high speed modem, you WILL have problems on the internet if the wireless signal is not strong enough.
"If it is a pirated version, how was I able to install SP2 and SP3? "
If the existing XP installation has (Windows) SP1 updates, you DO NOT NEED to install the SP2 updates before installing the SP3 updates !!
As I told you previously.....
Windows Setup only requires that the Product Key you use follows certain rules for the Product Key for the version of XP you're installing.
The SP2 (and SP3) updates, early in the installation of the software, check in the background on a probably Microsoft web site to see if the Product Key that was used to install Windows is on a list of Product Keys known to have been fraudulently used.
If the Product Key IS on that list, the SP2 updates (or SP3 updates) installation will refuse to install all the way.
If it's not on that list, you CAN install the SP2 or SP3 updates, and the installation will pass a Genuine Windows Advantage test that's required for installing some Microsoft software as well.
If the Product key is accepted by Windows Setup, and if it's not on the fraudulent used Product Keys list, Microsoft has no way of remotely determining whether your copy of Windows was pirated.
"I had to do that in Safe Mode because it woudn't install at all when you boot normally"
As I told you previously, a Product Key known to have been fraudulently used is only ONE of the reasons SP2 (or SP3 ) updates may not install properly.
If a Product Key known to have been fraudulently used WAS used to install Windows, you would NOT be able to install the SP2 (or SP3) updates in Safe mode either !