NB: If the machine's compromised by a hijackware infection (which is quite
likely), the following probably will NOT work!
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 (trust me):
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.]
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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> WinXP SP1
> 2002 version
> Home Edition
> "PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote:
>> Right-click on My Computer | select Properties: What WinXP version is
>> displayed on the resulting General tab (e.g., WinXP SP1)?
>> smdyfah wrote:
>>> Well I bought the desktop a couple of years ago-- and I guess the
>>> software update feature wasn't being used. I just applied 78 updates.
>>> of them SP2 or SP3 though... I also just downloaded SP3, and the same
>>> occured there when trying to install.
>>> So-- I'm at a loss for what to do.
>>> I'm trying to upgrade my SP level because I want to upgrade to IE7 but I
>>> can't do that under SP1....
>>> "PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote:
>>>> Are you currently running WinXP or WinXP SP1(a)?
>>>> Why wasn't SP2 installed 4+ years ago? Why have no critical security
>>>> updates been installed since October 2006?
>>>> ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
>>>> MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience - since 2002
>>>> AumHa VSOP & Admin http://aumha.net
>>>> DTS-L http://dts-l.net/
>>>> smdyfah wrote:
>>>>> Each time I try to load the service pack, it says I have another
>>>>> running using FTP.exe. I don't, and even checked process's and there
>>>>> FTP running.
>>>>> Any way to get around this-- maybe try SP3 first?
>>>>> Thanks in advance