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Installed Windows XP SP1 Home Edition onto new hard drive!!!!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by JMT74, Jan 18, 2006.

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  1. JMT74

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    Hi, I just had to buy a new hard drive because the other one I had for 3 years went kaput on me. I installed Windows XP SP1 Home Edition onto it. I also ordered the SP2 update from microsoft and am waiting for it to arrive. The auto update icon keeps telling me there are updates to download. I am wondering if I should wait for the SP2 cd to arrive and install that before i install security updates or does it really matter either way?
     
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    I will give you some info in a second in another post. I am not sure how to transfer the info to you yet as I need to go back to a question I had a while back about installing windows updates. I was asking if you can download onto a jump drive and then install them on another computer. I have a high speed connection at home but dial up at work. I had to reformat my computer at work and even with a Service 2 Pack there was a ton of updates that needed to be installed after service pack 2. I will try to copy the info i got and put it in another post and it should be helpful.

    you need to go into windows update and then instead of express install click on custom. it will tell you what updates are ready to install. it may be that there are some that would have come before SF2. otherwise it may be calling to update the SF2 itself. you can not install the updates that came after SF2 until SF2 is installed.

    I am not sure how you order SF2 but it is possible that it includes all the updates.

    alternatively you can go and see what udates your computer is missing and it will be probably well over 30 as even with SF2 i was missing over 30.

    The links in the post should help you some to determine further
     
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    I hope i am not doing something against the rules but i had posted a thread in the hardware forum and then figured it should be put here but could not figure out how to move it. unless only moderators can do that.

    my problem is i need to install a ton of windows updates (34) on my computer at work which i had to reformat. it will take forever on my dial up connection at work

    I have the same exact XP Media Edition OS on my computer at home that is current as far as the Windows updates. Can I copy these update files on my computer at home onto a flash drive and then install them on the computer at work?

    I did a search using KB and it looked like i found those files or at least most of them.

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    Hi, I think you are on the right path, but you need to use the Windows Update site just a bit differently...use the Catalog, it has a Download Basket and you can pick what updates you need, and download but NOT install them as they normally would automatically...you can save them to the flash drive, you don't want them in any folder though....take the drive to work and install them to the needy pc.

    A newer term for doing this, sometimes making a Windows Installation CD and including patches, updates, tools etc is slipstreaming.

    Here is what I mean:

    http://www.windowsnetworking.com/art...e-Catalog.html

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323166

    http://www.theeldergeek.com/windows_update_catalog.htm

    I've burned updates for 98 and ME to CD using this method and it works, but= you have to be careful with subfolder nesting length, as the burning software will only go so deep (about 8 folders deep) without giving problems during the burn, though there is a workaround for it. That's why I told you not to make a new folder on the flash drive.
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    Thanks a lot Byteman

    I think you made my day. This will be a lot easier than taking the computer home and getting it hooked up to my cable modem.

    Have a great day

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    Hi, You're very welcome! By now I supposed you have downloaded the files, if you look at them in Explorer, you will see what I mean by "Folder nesting"...they expand down about 5 +'s each, then you get the the .exe file. Hey, I will mark this Solved for you, next time, just use the "Thread Tools" button when you want to show that your thread is done, at least for the moment- You can still reply here if you wish. And= have a great week yourself!
     
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