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    This is probably a junk shoot but thought I would give it a try: I just reinstalled XP Home on a new hard drive in my son's Dell Dimension computer. It currently has sp3 and all the additional xp updates.

    As you know, there was a large series of additional updates that needed to be installed. The Windows Update box did not indicate whether it was a critical update or optional so I installed them all.

    After the second set of around 30 updates, his computer became unstable. Most of the time use-able but became prone to locking up and getting some strange messages at start-up. When the computer was restarted, it started normally.

    My question after this background is two fold:

    1) Does any one have a list of BAD xp updates that I can use as a guide so I can uninstall them from his computer? I Know Susan Bradley has a great column in the newsletter...If I had only kept track of all her suggestions!

    2) I will be doing the same procedure, installing xp pro on a new HD, on my computer. So is there a better way of installing all the additional updates instead of relying on Auto Update?

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    Why not just make an image of your PC, then restore that image to the new HD.

    I do not believe it's worth spending a lot of time on this. I would always choose to install a new OS on a new HD. Deals are available for more than one license of Win 7. I believe you would be far happier with a new OS on your new HDs. Think about it.
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    I have XP home on my current HD and need atleast Pro for new business software. I have a valid unused copy of Pro. If I was forced to make a purchase, I would do as you recommend...but I am cheap. Thanks for your response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pheasant View Post
    1) Does any one have a list of BAD xp updates that I can use as a guide so I can uninstall them from his computer? I Know Susan Bradley has a great column in the newsletter...If I had only kept track of all her suggestions!

    2) I will be doing the same procedure, installing xp pro on a new HD, on my computer. So is there a better way of installing all the additional updates instead of relying on Auto Update?
    I'm with Ted on the image approach. Make a drive image of your current drive and then "clone" that image to the new drive. Your XP installation will not even notice.

    As for your son's PC, did you install SP3 first, before any other updates?

    "Bad" updates depend more on configuration than anything else, all things considered.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    Originally I tried installing XP Pro over my XP Home and since the Pro version I have is pre SP3 and may be pre SP2, it said I could not install a older version of XP over top a "newer" version.

    I tried uninstalling SP3 on my Home version but it does not come up in any uninstall programs I have as something I can uninstall. Hence, My approach is to do a clean install of Pro then add the updates.

    On my son's computer, I did install SP3 prior to any other MS updates.

    Thanks for your comments.

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