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installing windows service pack 2

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by irncru, Nov 10, 2007.

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  1. irncru

    irncru Thread Starter

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    hey there

    i accidentally deleted my windows component with paint, volume control etc on it. so i downloaded the service pack to reinstall, but when i went to do this i got a message saying 'before proceeding we recommend you back up your system'. i cant afford to do this now so i was wondering if there really is any real risk of losing any data from installing this. thanks
     
  2. Dr. Chauncey

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    There is always a small chance of losing data, but if it's any comfort, I've never had problems with the SP2 upgrade. That is upgrading SP1 to SP2. I've never upgraded SP2 to SP2, I'm not sure if that's what you're trying to do.
     
  3. irncru

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    err im not sure, i dont know the difference between 1 and 2, im just doing what i was told to install, after i deleted the aforementioned component, can you work it out from that?
     
  4. Elvandil

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    From my experience, the problems with installing SP2 can be mostly eliminated by making an SP2 CD and running a repair installation with that.

    After you install SP2, you will need an SP2 CD in order to perform repairs, so that is another reason for making one. And, it will save disk space because you won't end up with a large folder of backed up files.

    http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp
    http://www.helpwithwindows.com/WindowsXP/winxp-sp2-bootcd.html
    http://www.5starsupport.com/tutorial/xp-recovery-cd.htm
     
  5. irncru

    irncru Thread Starter

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    damn looks complicated. ok thanks ill give that a read over
     
  6. Dr. Chauncey

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    Or if you just want the components back, try System Restore to a point right before they were deleted.

    You can see what version of XP you have like this:
    Start > Settings > Control Panel > System - Under the "General" tab are all (well, maybe not all but a few of) your computer specs

    System Restore:
    Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore
     
  7. irncru

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    thanks but i had restore turned off until recently so no use on that one
     
  8. Elvandil

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    It does look complicated. But many people have gone through the process successfully and have been glad they did. They then had a CD for doing a repair installation.

    If you just follow the directions, step-by-step, you will find that it is not so hard as it appears. It's kind of like opening an algebra book to the middle: it looks incomprehensible until you get there later on.
     
  9. etinios

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    Hello I have a liiiitle problem here....It concerns the installation of sp2. I updated yesterday to sp2 my windows xp and then it didnt turn off normally so i had to do it manually. But then when i booted my laptop it went only to the boot screen of windows and never really managed to go to the windows environment. I realised that i had the same problem with many people. another solution than the format????????PLEASEEEEEEE HELP ME CAUSE I AM JUST A BEGINNER...
     
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