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Does XP SP2 Include XP SP1?

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I have an old original CD of Windows XP Home without any updates.  My machine has auto-updated and I am now in a position where I have to re-install Windows because of a problem with Norton.  I am trying to create a streamline of the CD plus service pack 2, but I am having problems getting the combination to re-install Windows  XP.  In a nutshell, does SP2 include SP1?  Be darned if I can find the answer anywhere.  When I go thru the motions as per Method 1 in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/900871 I get serveral 'Files are missing' warnings.  The files are there on the original CD, but following the 'integrate', they have disappeared?  In addition, it seems you can no longer download SP1 from Microsoft?
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Pete Long earned 2000 total points
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Hello GRayL,

Does SP2 include SP1 YES Definately

Regards,

PeteLong
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by:sirbounty
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Absolutely.
It's all-encompassing of the prior service pack.
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by:sirbounty
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Oops...yes - just confirming what Pete has already said. :^)
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by:and235100
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by:and235100
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It turns out that "SP1" is now called "SP1a" - in case you weren't sure...
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by:Pete Long
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:)
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by:younghv
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"In addition, it seems you can no longer download SP1 from Microsoft?"

True - and you do not want to install SP1.
Just SP2, plus patches/updates since then.

The simplest site I have found for creating a 'SlipStream' of an existing computer load is here:
Slipstream

http://smithii.com/?q=node/12

The first time I used it, I was finished in about 20 minutes - then turned around and used it to load a test box on my workbench.
Great app at the right price.

Additional slipstream sites:
www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp
www.theeldergeek.com/slipstreamed_xpsp2_cd.htm
www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1626
www.maximumpc.com/2005/01/how_to_slipstre.html
http://www.helpwithwindows.com/WindowsXP/winxp-sp2-bootcd.html
http://www.nliteos.com/nlite.html


Vic
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by:and235100
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I would personally recommend Nliteos (as mentioned by younghv) - it is an excellent slipstreaming tool!
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by:GRayL
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younghv:  How do I execute the .cmd and .mak files at the respective tags in the smithii.com URL?
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by:younghv
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Can someone else jump in here?
I just had two grandsons show up and they want to play!

Vic
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by:GRayL
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His name belies his age I'd say!
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by:sirbounty
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Haha...have fun Vic! :^)

To execute a cmd, you simply click on it.  It's basically a batch file.
Where are you stuck at beyond that?
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by:GRayL
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When I click on any of the three, another tab opens and I see the text of the file.  eg. when I click on xpxp2.cmd at the beginning of the URL, I get taken to that file at this location.  

http://smithii.com/files/xpsp2.cmd
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by:GRayL
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It looks like I have to copy them to a local file on my machine, change the extension to bat and execute it using Start - Run?
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by:sirbounty
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Sorry, yes - you'll need to copy it locally and you'll need your cd inserted.
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by:GRayL
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I guess if you were Bill you'd know where I'd like to insert it;-)  About changing the extension?
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by:sirbounty
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No - cmd and bat work identically - that's not necessary, you can leave it as cmd and it'll still run.

(need me to find the pie-in-the-face video? :)
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by:GRayL
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The .mak extension threw me - duck!  Here comes another!
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by:GRayL
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Sorry about that -  too little - too late?  And suit like that, you just can't get them cleaned anymore;-)

BTW, is there a zone you do not play in?
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by:sirbounty
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The .mak file is just a text file.  But it provides some information on where the updates are located, etc...  Just save that as-is as well...
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by:sirbounty
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"BTW, is there a zone you do not play in?"
Sure - plenty, now that there's a bazillion of them...Unix/Linux and anything Apple/Mac are 'waaay' off my list. ;^)
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by:GRayL
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As you've probably noticed I don't even have a list - if it ain't Access - it ain't.  BTW, thanks for your help here.  I used to be a pretty strong DOS player, but that was soo loong agoo.
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by:and235100
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sirbounty - some would say that Windows XP should be "waaay off your list"

;)

It would give others a chance to spread their knowledge...

ha ha - <joking!>

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by:sirbounty
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lol... :)
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by:GRayL
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PeteLong:  Thanks.  What you didn't tell me was what I would have to go thru to install an 'Original' Windows XP Home plus the ServicePack2 plus the 120 some odd HotFixes since then.  What a learning experience!!
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by:Pete Long
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ThanQ
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by:and235100
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Perhaps Microsoft will release a roll-up before SP3 for XP - as it looks like SP3 isn't going to make it...
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SP3 is being deferred due to the vista launch :(
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