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18-Sep-2012, 06:18 PM #1
Solved: Vista sp1 says installed but doesn't act like it!
I bought this computer at W-Mart in '07' and the motherboard died shortly after the warranty ran out. I finally put a new MB in and ran all of the updates (yeah, five years worth). They all seemed to install OK except for service pack 1. Updates is telling me that it is installed but when I go to download SP2, they tell me I need SP1 first. I ran the update several times and the same story each I doing something wrong or is there something I am missing?
I contacted Microsoft and they wanted $99.00 to do the install from their location. I don't have the hundred bucks and don't think I should have to pay for the fix in the first place.
Can anyone help me with this, I can't use some software like the latest IE updates, (not that I care for IE but I make my own websites and need to check cross browser functionality. Thanks!
Compq SR2173WM
2.2Ghz AMD 64
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200 Gb HD

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18-Sep-2012, 09:10 PM #2
What's the same story? Why doesn't SP1 install?
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19-Sep-2012, 04:34 PM #3
I finally found a way to install Vista Service Pack
I reinstalled my Vista operating system on my HP and afterward couldn't load Service Pack 1. Must have tried eight different times, it downloaded, showed up in my list as installed but wasn't there. Without it I can't install Service Pack 2 and upgrade my Internet Explorer. I finally decided to try downloading the program and saving it to a folder and then burning it to a CD. I used my desktop computer to save the program and burn the Cd and then I loaded the CD onto my Vista notebook, and voila...the darned thing worked. It installed it, ran though the updates and all. Did all the restarts it warned would happen and took the hour or so it said it would take. Now I have SP2 burned to a CD and hopefully will have the same success with it.
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19-Sep-2012, 06:11 PM #4
Thanks for the tip, I'll give it a try. Sounds kinda weird but worth a try.
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20-Sep-2012, 08:51 AM #5

If you're doing a clean install of the original version of Windows Vista, you should have the full 434 MB SP1 upgrade and the full 348 MB SP2 upgrade burned to a DVD-R or 2 CD-R's.

After the original version of Windows Vista is installed, use that media to install SP1 and then SP2.

Once that's done, do a scan at Windows Updates so you can download and install the necessary post-SP2 important/recommended updates.


The Compaq Presario SR2173WM desktop was introduced in December 2006 and came with Windows Vista Home Premium(32-bit) installed.

It came with only 1 GB of RAM, but it supports up to 4 GB, so you need to add at least another 1 GB so Windows Vista won't run like a turtle in it.

It uses DDR2 PC2-5300(667 MHz) modules.

This is the recommended 2 GB upgrade for it.


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