Remove SP3 from retail XP SP3 CD?

Microsoft Windows xp pro w/ sp3 multilin...
January 28, 2010 at 07:00:52
Specs: Windows XP, Core 2
Okay, got an odd one here.

We have a certain software that is used and only works on XP SP2, but we received a laptop pre-configured with XP SP3 installed from a retail XP SP3 CD. We have tried to load XP SP2, but the computer BSOD's during loading of the XP SP2 CD and will only boot from an SP3 CD. Confused yet?

The question is this: Is there anyway to remove SP3 if it has been installed from a retail copy of an XP SP3 CD

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI


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#1
January 28, 2010 at 07:15:54
SP3 includes all previous Service Packs in it.

Updates could be removed in Windows Add/Remove Programs,
but then again you will run into this problem ---
http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
Removing Windows software updates in the wrong order may cause the operating system to stop functioning


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#2
January 28, 2010 at 07:18:13
I don't think so.

You can't un-ring the bell.

If you can identify the reason why your software will not run under SP3 then perhaps a few registry tweaks would be able to fix the issue.

Is this software proprietary or commercial in nature?


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#3
January 28, 2010 at 07:28:51
Chuck,

Add/remove was the first place we looked. This was a retail copy of XP-SP3, and not a patched copy of XP so there is no un-install option in add/remove. That would have been nice thou.

OtheHill,

This is a proprietary piece of software, it stops at the install prompt complaining that it needs 2000 SP4, or XP SP2. and goes not further. It is packaged in one .exe file too, so no easy workarounds that I can find. :(

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI


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#4
January 28, 2010 at 07:31:40
What retail XP SP3 CD? M$ never have made one. The latest version they sell is XP SP2.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#5
January 28, 2010 at 07:35:32
The only XP MS sells that I am aware of now is SP3, good luck on finding a windows XP SP2 retail CD in stores anymore. And this is the one that came with the laptop.

I think I might try slipstreaming the drivers for the laptop onto a copy of XP-SP2, but that's not exactly a fun task.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI


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#6
January 28, 2010 at 07:41:08
If the WinXP disk came with the computer chances are it is a restore CD, not a full version.

XpUser

Look at the two links below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#7
January 28, 2010 at 07:49:02
Outlander

Googling for - buy WinXP SP2 - yields many hits. Your easiest solution may be to just buy a retail version of WinXP sp2 and install it instead.

You will need to download all the drivers for the laptop. I don't know if using the older SP along with the latest drivers will be a problem or not.

XpUser

I know you are going to say the links point to OEM versions. The distinction eludes most users. Full version might be a better term. Both are essentially the same OS. Difference is just in the support, as you know.


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#8
January 28, 2010 at 07:52:15
Another thought is that maybe the SP may have deposited 'Uninstall' folders in like this location ---
C:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallKB282010$

May be uninstallable from within them ????


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#9
January 28, 2010 at 08:13:23
Thanks for all the replies,

Chuck 2: yes also checked that, but it wasn't there, it's a retail copy.

OtheHill:, already have SP2 retail copy, and that is the CD that wouldn't boot.

BUT!

I found the problem. I forgot that Windows XP does not support AHCI until the drivers are either slipstreamed, or loaded after the controller is turned to compatibility mode in the BIOS. Turned it to IDE compat. mode and XP-SP2 now boots into the install program without a BSOD. Thanks for all the replies, just got to remember to turn the HD controller to IDE mode next time. :)

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI


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#10
January 28, 2010 at 11:16:23
OK then thanks for getting back to us.

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#11
January 28, 2010 at 13:01:19
Use any xp sp2 and do a "repair". It should downlevel that install and and not have you change keys.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#12
February 5, 2010 at 16:08:15
XPuser said "What retail XP SP3 CD? M$ never have made one".

Not true.

http://buy.vivastreet.co.uk/compute...

"The latest version they sell is XP SP2"

Not true either, they don't sell XP anymore, but if they did it would be XP-SP3.


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