Find XP Version From DOS commands ONLY
Posted on 2009-04-30
The PC will not boot all the way up so I cannot tell if it has XP SP2 or SP3. For that reason PLUS there is no XP sticker (with Product Key) on the side of the PC, I **ALSO** can not find if it has XP Home, Pro or Media Center.
NOTE: The moving horizontal bar at the bottom of the XP screen duiring boot is BLUE which eliminates SP1 (green bar) as a possibility.
I want to do a Repair install and this requires that the XP CD has EXACTLY the same version of the XP OS (or a later/higher version). Hence I need to know both the SP level and the version of XP currently on the HD without booting the PC.
Using the Recovery Console by booting from ANY XP SP2 CD, (i.e a DOS prompt with a limited set of commands) HOW CAN I FIND
(a) SP2 or SP3?
(b) XP Home or Pro or Media Center.
The answer, I assume, is to go to a specified folder (ex. C:\Windows or C:\ or whatever you specify) and look for the existence of CERTAIN FILES.
Please specify the folder to look in and the file name to check for for EACH of the above questions OR some other way to get the same INFO.