HOW TO get WinXP SP1 fully patched:
1. Download & save the installer for WinXP SP3 to your desktop:
[Yes, you can skip WinXP SP2 altogether.]
2. Read & heed:
3. Logged in as Administrator, if necessary, double-click on the saved file
to install WinXP SP3. Follow all prompts; be patient, and reboot twice when
the install completes.
4. Do Resolution Method 2 here (you may not need it but do it anyway; trust
5. Go to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
| Install any required software
then click on CONTINUE | Select CUSTOM and scan | Install any critical
security updates offered. Again, follow all prompts.
[I do NOT recommend installing IE7 via Windows Update. Once you get SP3 up
& running OK, I can give you further instructions on installing IE7.]
6. Make certain that Automatic Updates is enabled; cf.
Free unlimited installation and compatibility support is available for
Windows XP, but only for Service Pack 3 (SP3), until 14 Apr-09. Chat and
e-mail support is available only in the United States and Canada. Go to
| select "Windows
XP" then select "Windows XP Service Pack 3"
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~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience - since 2002
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> I am having some problems with IE6 and was referred to the MS IE6 Repair
> page by an MVP. The solutions there include updating to SP2 (I still have
> SP1), and I think I might as well go for IE7 as well.
> I have the SP2 CD from awhile back -- is that still current or would it be
> better to DL it and install it from the web? Are there still issues that
> present when updating from SP1? -- I remember there were lots of problems
> requiring fixes awhile back, and there was much complaining.
> I thought it would be best to get SP2, then upgrade to IE7. Have these
> upgrades become straightforward by now, or are there still all those
> and preparations to be done first. Any suggestions for a smooth process
> would be greatly appreciated. TIA