Need help with Windows XP SP2 installation log file

March 26, 2012 at 07:19:41
Specs: Vista Ultimate, SP2, 3.0Ghz/2Ghz

Does anyone know what the "#I306 DICS_START: Device has been started" message means in the setupapi.log file. This log file is created when you try to upgrade to SP2, along with another log file called svcpack.log. I was assisting a friend with upgrading to SP2 but only the setupapi.log file is created; the svcpack.log file is not created at all. The SP2 upgrade just sits there and there is no progress at all. His PC is an eMachines T2862 with Windows Home Edition SP1 on it.

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#1
March 26, 2012 at 07:26:32

Why even bother with SP2? Go directly to SP3. Download it directly from Microsoft, do NOT use Windows Update.

http://www.microsoft.com/download/e...

And clean the system with CCleaner-Slim before installing it.

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...


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#2
March 26, 2012 at 10:15:54

I know you can go directly to SP3! But this particular computer will not allow ANY service packs to be installed! That's why I'm asking if anyone knows what the line in the setupapi.log file means that reads:

#I306 DICS_START: Device has been started.


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#3
March 26, 2012 at 15:06:16

Is the Windows version pirated?

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#4
March 27, 2012 at 05:38:34

"I know you can go directly to SP3! "

OK, so why are you bothering with SP2 then? SP3 been available for quite a few years so I would think you'd have a copy burned to CD by now? How are you going about the install? Do NOT use Windows Update. If you don't already have a copy of SP3, download the full SP3 installation file from Microsoft. It's approx 316MB. Try running the install from Safe Mode after you clean the system with CCleaner.

http://www.microsoft.com/download/e...

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...

"Is the Windows version pirated?"

Good question. If it is pirated, you need to make it "genuine". You should know how to do that by now.


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#5
March 27, 2012 at 10:13:34

Yes, my next try will be in Safe Mode. I'm not sure how to tell if a Windows version is pirated. All I know is that it came with the PC, which is an eMachines T2862. The wallpaper has an eMachines logo on it, so I assume it's a genuine OEM copy. That's the other thing; can OEM copies of Windows be updated to SP2/SP3? Thanks.

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#6
March 27, 2012 at 10:34:26

Your version sounds like it is OK. Just follow riider's suggestions.

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#7
March 28, 2012 at 11:04:52

OK! Thank you! I'll try it out next time I visit my friend.

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#8
March 28, 2012 at 17:36:14

#I306 DICS_START: Device has been started

http://is.gd/aIC8rn


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#9
March 30, 2012 at 15:26:50

"The SP2 upgrade just sits there and there is no progress at all. "

In that case, you can hold the power button in or down until the computer shuts off.
The computer, and Windows. will probably start normally just fine.
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RIGHT click on My Computer, choose Properties.
Whether Windows has no SP updates at all, or which version of SP updates it has, is shown on the right side of the first page you see.

"....can OEM copies of Windows be updated to SP2/SP3?"

Yes.
Any version of XP can, except possibly 64 bit Pro may need a different version.

However, you can't make a "slipstreamed" CD that has had the SPx updates integrated into the orginal contents of the OEM MCE 200x versions - they come on two CDs.

Installing SP2 updates does not require that earlier SP1 or SP1a updates have been embedded in Windows.

Installing SP3 updates requires that Windows already has SP1 or SP1a or SP2 Windows updates embedded in it

You DO NOT have to install SP2 updates if Windows already has SP1 or SP1a Windows updates embedded in it - you can install SP3 updates.

If Windows does not have that , install the SP1a updates before you install SP2 or SP2 updates.
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You should ALWAYS do this BEFORE installing SP1 or SP1a or SP2 or SP3 (Windows) updates, otherwise you are LIKELY to have problems....

NOTE that sometimes the resident module(s) of anti-malware programs - a part that runs all the time scanning for suspicious activity - will interfere with the proper installation of third party software, or major Microsoft updates that cannot be installed automatically by Automatic Update, the software will not install properly, and you may get no indication of that at all while installing the software.
To avoid that possibilty, you should always DISABLE the resident module(s) of anti-malware programs, BEFORE you install third party software (software other than most Microsoft Updates, etc., that did not come with Windows ), especially when it's a major or complicated software package.
E.g. if you are using the free or paid version of AVG, you should disable the Resident Shield in AVG's 's settings in Windows (in AVG 2012 that's done under the title AntiVirus). In Norton (Symantec) products, there may be several things you need to disable, or set so they don't load for a specific short amount of time.
If you don't know how to do that, tell us which anti-malware software you are using.
When you are sure the software has installed correctly, re-enable the resident module(s).

Further info...

How to disable your security applications
http://www.techsupportforum.com/for...
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Windows XP Service Pack 1a Express Install (32-Bit) for End Users
http://www.microsoft.com/download/e...


Windows XP Service Pack 2 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals and Developers
http://www.microsoft.com/download/e...

Ignore this.....
DO NOT CLICK DOWNLOAD IF YOU ARE UPDATING JUST ONE COMPUTER
...unless you have a dial-up internet connection, in which case, go here
http://www.update.microsoft.com/mic...
and let Microsoft Update find the smaller SP2 updates download for you

Note that Microsoft Update won't find the SP2 updates unless, or until, certain other updates have already been installed.


Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals and Developers
http://www.microsoft.com/download/e...

Ignore this.....
DO NOT CLICK DOWNLOAD IF YOU ARE UPDATING JUST ONE COMPUTER
...unless you have a dial-up internet connection, in which case, go here
http://www.update.microsoft.com/mic...
and let Microsoft Update find the smaller SP3 updates download for you

Note that Microsoft Update won't find the SP3 updates until you have installed some other updates.
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