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Solved: Identify Service Pack Version from Recovery Console

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by DancinHomer, Jul 9, 2009.

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  1. DancinHomer

    DancinHomer Thread Starter

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    I need to find out on a PC I have for repair, which version of Windows XP Service Pack is on the PC.

    I have no access to either Normal nor Safe Mode (BSOD).

    Anyone know a way of finding the version from something like Recovery Console or Linux Boot??
     
  2. sludge3000

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    Hi DancinHomer,
    I am not aware of any commands that will do this from recovery console. I believe if you try recovering with the disk for a previous version it will give you an error so trial and error is probably a good start.
     
  3. DancinHomer

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    I don't think there are any commands either, but thought there might be a way by viewing the files for example in the $ntservicepackuninstall$ directory to find the version.

    Any ideas?
     
  4. sludge3000

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    You can indeed view these files but i haven't found any which are specific to a specific service pack. Only way would be too google each one and check which ones require an SP before it i.e. KB967715 requires at least service pack 2.
     
  5. DancinHomer

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    I'm pretty sure it's SP2 or SP3, so I'll just go for trial and error and hope one sorts it completely or enough to find out the SP.

    Thanks anyway sludge3000
     
  6. Rich-M

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    If you have a version with Sp3 just use it as long as it is the right version (oem vs retail and Home vs Pro) it will work for repair anyway.
     
  7. DancinHomer

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    Thanks Rich, didn't know that!
     
  8. Rich-M

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    No problem glad to help!
     
  9. TheOutcaste

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    From Recovery Console, while in the Windows folder type:
    Dir explorer.exe
    The date and size will tell you the Service Pack installed:
     
  10. DancinHomer

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    Thanks TheOutcaste, exactly what I was looking to find out!
     
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