Steve Mooney wrote:
> I will soon be installing some new Audio Recording software (Cubase
> 5) and it wants to see the current Service Pack installed. Because
> My computer was intentionally never connected to the internet after
> 1-20-04 I'm led to believe that I may not have all XP Service pack
> 1 updates.
> When I go to Start/Run - type in "winver" hit "Enter" the second
> line of info is as follows -- Version 5.1 (Build
> 2600.xpsp1.020828-1920: Service Pack 1)
> Can I go ahead and install S/P 2 from CD even though I may not have
> all of the S/P 1 updates ?
> After I install S/P 2 from CD I will be installing S/P 3 from CD.
> From what I see on the Microsoft site both S/P 2 and S/P 3 CD's can
> be ordered.
> Windows says: "To install SP3, either Windows XP Service Pack 1a
> (SP1a) or Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) must already be
> installed." though I don't see anything that says all of S/P 1
> must be installed before you install S/P 2.
You *may* be able to just install SP3 straight away.
I would try that first.
With proper preparation - you are unlikely to have problems - and if you
have been performing proper maintenance all along - even if you do - you are
only out a short period of time (restoring from the backup/drive image you
made wisely before diving in...)
A place to get FREE support for SP3 installation issues *from Microsoft*...
WinXP SP3 - Read all prerequisites for a successful installation
Steps to take before you install Windows XP Service Pack 3
1) Download the full SP3 installation file and/or burn the ISO download to
2) Ensure (as well as plausible) you have no spyware/malware by doing a full
scan with SuperAntiSpyware and MalwareBytes.
5) Ensure your hardware drivers are up to date (from the hardware
manufacturer's respective web pages.)
6) Reboot right before you try to install SP3.
7) Disconnect from the internet before installing (physically.)
8) Disable your antivirus and antispyware applications when you are about to
Some (if not all) of that is covered in the above links.
Other than "Automatic Updates" or the Windows Update web page - how can you
Windows XP Service Pack 3 - ISO-9660 CD Image File
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for
IT Professionals and Developers (works just as well for you.)
How To Ask Questions The Smart Way