Proper way to uninstall/reinstall SP2

Posted on 2006-05-30
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
After perfect reinstall of win xp pro sp 1, I installed Anti- virus, anti spywares,firewall, etc but I forgot to install SP 2. Next day, it  partially installed.  THEN it partially UN-installed. I tried again with the same results.  IT will neither completely install or uninstall properlly.  Should I reformat and start over again? or is there a fix for me to install SP 2?
PC is slow and freezes now on this brand new installation because of something I did wrong while trying to put in SP 2. Parts of Sp2 are still in the PC is what the messages tell me.
Question by:Donnie616
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    At that point and being a brand new installation, IMHO, reformat and reinstall Windows.

    Even if there is a way to troubleshoot your problem, it will take longer and the end result is always unsure.

    Best of luck!

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    How do I install sp 2, assuming that i correctly reformat and reinstall win xp fresh?  Do not want to make same mistakes.  Bottom line question: how do I "PROPERLY" install SP 2 to a fresh install of win xp pro, SP1 ? What steps are required and what should I NOT DO before I put in the disk and click ok?


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    AFAIK, Microsoft Update will do that for you.

    But I would not install any AV or antispyware or firewall before installing SP2, unless the risk of intrusion is huge.

    I would install WinXP and immediatly go to Microsoft Update.

    After installing SP2 correctly go for your safety software.

    Or use the Windows Update catalog to download the updates, SP2 included, burn a CD or DVD and install them offline:

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    Download SP2 here:

    Burn it to a CD and then install it when you want to.
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    I would agree that you need to re-install the OS.  Then I would enable a firewall then connect to the internet and go to Microsoft Update first before installing any other software.  Return to MS update after any reboot and continue until you are clear you are pactched up to date.

    Hope this helps.

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