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    Removing backup files after SP2 works (WinXP Home SP2)

    Now that I have successfully installed SP2 and confirmed it works with everything how do I remove the backed up files stored to allow a restore to pre-SP2? Thanks.

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    Re: Removing backup files after SP2 works (WinXP Home SP2)

    If you're sure that you want to remove them, you can delete the Windows$NtServicePackUninstall$ folder.
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    Re: Removing backup files after SP2 works (WinXP Home SP2)

    How about all those other uninstall folders? Some have kb in the name and some have q. Are they needed?

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    Re: Removing backup files after SP2 works (WinXP Home SP2)

    Probably most or all of them won't be necessary. They are hotfixes (from Windows Update) that were applied to SP1 prior to the release of SP2. SP2 includes all of the prior fixes and updates. The "Q" and the "KB" are Knowledge Base articles referring to these fixes. You can cross reference each of these with the list of fixes included in SP2.
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    Re: Removing backup files after SP2 works (WinXP Home SP2)

    Thank you John. After a week or two of using sp2 I will get rid of all of them. So far so good. I had no problems updating to sp2 with the cd from Microsoft.
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    Re: Removing backup files after SP2 works (WinXP Home SP2)

    Glad to hear you've had no SP2 problems. This seems to be the case with the majority of people.
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    Re: Removing backup files after SP2 works (WinXP Home SP2)

    John,
    Thank you for your help in this matter. Everything is working well and SP2 installed from the auto download without a hitch. Thanks again.
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    Re: Removing backup files after SP2 works (WinXP Home SP2)

    Great! Glad to hear that everything worked without problems. Apparently the auto download (as opposed to the full download install) was the source of most of the reported problems but obviously it worked for you.
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    Re: Removing backup files after SP2 works (WinXP Home SP2)

    If you do remove this folder can you still uninstall SR2?

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    Re: Removing backup files after SP2 works (WinXP Home SP2)

    The simple answer is NO, since the uninstall folders contain those original files which were replaced by the installation!

    You should never, ever need to uninstall SP2, officially...

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    Re: Removing backup files after SP2 works (WinXP Home SP2)

    I was afraid you were going to say that. How about borrowing that folder from another computer and doing an uninstall?

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    Re: Removing backup files after SP2 works (WinXP Home SP2)

    That would not be a good idea as the installation of SP-2 is based on the hardware and software components of each machine.

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    Re: Removing backup files after SP2 works (WinXP H

    With that folder deleted if you really want to go back to SP1 then you need to re-install Windows.

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    Re: Removing backup files after SP2 works (WinXP H

    I have thought about that. But SR1 and all the other updates are no longer available.

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    Re: Removing backup files after SP2 works (WinXP H

    And that's because all of the previous updates (plus the new ones) are all rolled into SP2.
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