Solved Where can one download Windows XP SP2

November 29, 2013 at 13:19:11
Specs: W2000, N/A
Hi All,

for the first time I have just installed Windows XP, replacing my aged W2000 os, due to an ever increasing number of applications failing to work correctly in that environment.

I used an official WXP Professional upgrade pack, version 2002, installing on my old Pentium.

It runs well and is faster than before.

As WXP already has SP1 built in, I have to update with SP2 and then SP3.

The Microsoft download site only has one version of SP2 (for 2003 server?) which it advises not to use if a single user, instead to use Windows Update for the task. But this appears not to work.

All the OEM sites purporting to have downloadable SP2 that I have looked at, seem to want to install toolbars etc. that I do not want before I can download, if at all!

Can anyone recommend where I might find SP2 to download.

Am based in London UK.

Thanks - Mike

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December 2, 2013 at 05:50:31

The reasons for the need for the previous updates us that SP1a removed the MSJava Virtual Machine.because of copyright infringements. The same update was incorporated into SP2 for those that missed SP1a but not SP3.

So in order to install SP3 you need either SP1a or SP2. Either one will do

If you only have the original SP1 and no SP2, SP3 will baulk and complain that you need a previous SP.

Stuart



#1
November 29, 2013 at 13:28:50
You should be able to do a Custom Update & select SP2 from the list.
http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/97...

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#2
November 29, 2013 at 13:47:12
"As WXP already has SP1 built in, I have to update with SP2 and then SP3"

You can skip SP2 & go directly to SP3 (see system requirements):

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down...

Or you can download a copy of XP w/SP3. See response #2:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

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#3
November 29, 2013 at 13:57:56
Hi John, thanks for the speedy reply.

I already tried that direct from WXP. Have now tried again via IE6 and google and result is same. The webpage you pictured starts to load (can see address), but ends up on:-

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/249...

This has errors on page and loops around if clicking on WindowsXP then Windows.
Also its top title line is odd:-

Windows Update does not start in Windows XP etc.

Thanks - Mike


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#4
November 29, 2013 at 14:01:39
Hi Mike, is your XP pro, 32 or 64 bit.

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#5
November 29, 2013 at 14:36:52
Did you try this MS website?:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322389
It is for 32 bit but there are links on there to 64 bit.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#6
November 29, 2013 at 15:35:08
Mike, I just remembered that about 2 months ago ago, I did a series of XP installs & could not do updates. What worked for me using XP Pro 32-bit ( if you have 64-bit, download to suit ) was manually installing IE8.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...
Try Updates again with IE8, if not working, download the 4 updates from these links, if the update is not needed, the program will say so.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-au/down...
http://www.microsoft.com/en-au/down...
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...
http://www.microsoft.com/en-au/down...
Next I went into Add/Remove & uninstalled IE8, rebooted, then reinstalled IE8. Updates worked.

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#7
November 30, 2013 at 06:19:43
Just download SP3 directly from MS (link in response #2) & install it, SP2 is NOT required. After SP3 is installed, download & install IE8:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...

Once that's done, Windows Update will function properly.


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#8
December 1, 2013 at 14:08:23
Hi All, thankyou for your suggestions, advice and offers.
Think all responses qualify as 'Best Answer'!

Mine is a 32 bit installation.

Apart from difficulty finding where to download from, the problem is compounded by Microsoft providing incomplete, incorrect and/or conflicting information, spread over numerous webpages. I have experienced same previously when researching different topics. For example, in this instance, required before installing SP3, please see:-

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322389
see 2 under preparation:- must have SP2 or SP1a

http://technet.microsoft.com/librar...
must have SP1, recommends also SP2

http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/down...
This installation package is intended for IT professionals and developers downloading and installing on multiple computers on a network. If you're updating just one computer, please visit Windows Update at http://update.microsoft.com
under details:- SP3 includes all previously released updates
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The general concensus from all responders is:-
A) Windows update and/or Auto Update do not work until SP3 is installed.
Thus manual downloading and applying is necessary for SP3 and earlier SP's.
I fed this back to MS.

B) Before installing SP3, SP1, SP2 (or SP1a) need be installed.
SP1a not necessary if SP1 installed.
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Today, got lucky and found another MS webpage:-
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/...

From this, downloaded SP2 and SP3. Have installed SP2 without problem and will leave for a few days before proceeding with SP3. It is safer not to undertake more steps than necessary at a time, as this makes resolving any problem that might subsequently appear easier.

Regards - Mike


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#9
December 1, 2013 at 15:00:32
"B) Before installing SP3, SP1, SP2 (or SP1a) need be installed"
Yep, that's how I always found it to be, SP3 would squawk & tell me to install a previous SP.

"as this makes resolving any problem that might subsequently appear easier"
That's the best way Mike.

Be interesting to see, if when you get SP3 installed, if you can update, this is a new problem & I solved it as per my previous post.

Good time to integrate ( slipstream ) SP3 with your XP CD. I use RW CD's/DVD.

Slipstreaming Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3)
http://www.howtohaven.com/system/sl...
http://www.winsupersite.com/showcas...
http://www.tweakhound.com/blog/?pag...
http://www.helpwithwindows.com/Wind...
http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/sli...

How to Create a Bootable Windows XP Setup CD/DVD on a System with Windows Pre-loaded
http://www.howtohaven.com/system/cr...
http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/sli...


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December 2, 2013 at 05:50:31
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The reasons for the need for the previous updates us that SP1a removed the MSJava Virtual Machine.because of copyright infringements. The same update was incorporated into SP2 for those that missed SP1a but not SP3.

So in order to install SP3 you need either SP1a or SP2. Either one will do

If you only have the original SP1 and no SP2, SP3 will baulk and complain that you need a previous SP.

Stuart


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