Can I run a repair on Windows 2003 sp2 with an originail pre Windows Service packet 2003 Repair disk?

Posted on 2008-11-10
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
Hello Team,

Can I use a pre service pack windows 2003 CD to repair a Windows 2003 SP2  version of Windows.

What is the best practice way of doing this? Should I slip stream, and that will take care of the issue?

Question by:jaesoul
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    No, you cannot. The process will complain that the installed Service Pack is a higher level than the service pack on the disk, and thus the repair would not be able to proceed (it's not easy to rollback a service pack install, since updates applied to that Service Pack and many other things cause issues).

    There are two routes I would take. If you can boot the system, try re-running the SP2 install procedure. If you cannot, you need to follow the route of Slipstreaming SP2 into the 2003 CD media, then burn a new CD. nLite will handle this automatically; copy the 2003 CD to your hard disk, download the SP2 file and nLite will slipstream it using the slipstream option:


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    Tiger TY, when doing the REPAIR with the updated slipped streamed disk, will the repair use the updated SP2 version of 2003?
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    Yes. When you slipstream the Service Pack into the original CD, the updated system files in the Service Pack replace the original SP1 or RTM edition of the system files on the original CD media, so when the repair runs, the CD will be at the SP2 service pack level, with the SP2 system files, and thus will run the repair and use the SP2 files to complete it.


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