Solved: XP SP2 won't load after system repair

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Hoping for help with this one. I did an XP system repair to over come a freezing problem. The repair worked fine but in doing so I lost the SP2 updates so now I get the warning message stating my system may be at risk and I should update it with SP2. Trouble is when I try to reload SP2 from the microsoft web site it states that it is already loaded. I've since obtained a disk copy of SP2 and it won't load from that either. I'm only a beginner with this type of thing so any suggestions as to how I get the system to accept SP2 would be gratefully accepted ?
 
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I had this problem the other week. Delete the files in these directories (back them up somewhere if you are concerned)

C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore
C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download

then try again. I was able to get past the "already downloaded" problem after doing this.
 
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Do you have a normal, full version of XP? You'll have much better luck, and a CD that you can use for repairs, if you slipstream SP2 into your installation CD and run a repair installation from it.

Otherwise, after you install SP2, you won't have a CD for doing repairs or supplying missing files.

http://www.5starsupport.com/tutorial/xp-recovery-cd.htm
http://theeldergeek.com/slipstreamed_xpsp2_cd.htm
http://www.helpwithwindows.com/WindowsXP/winxp-sp2-bootcd.html
http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp
http://help.lockergnome.com/general/Slipstream-Xp-Sp2-ftopict33272.html
http://www.smithii.com/slipstream_xpsp2
 
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