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    SP-2 CD (XP Pro)

    Please pardon my ignorance here, but I haven't even got it installed yet <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>... here's the thing...

    I've been offered various software upgrades by the university I work for. Among other packages, the IT dept offers "Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1a". I've been advised to "update" (further) with SP-2 before installing anything else. The IT dept tell me that I'll have to get SP-2 from my own department. So off I trot <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21> and the only CD they could find was a copy, with "Windows XP SP-2" scrawled over it. My question is whether this latter CD is a full copy of XP, up to date with the SP-2 fixes (does one even exist?) or whether it's (as I suspect) the service pack only, to be run after the basic installation. Nobody in my dept seemed to know anything (about anything).

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    Re: SP-2 CD (XP Pro)

    It may well be a 'slipstreamed' CD Alan, ie one that has SP-2 'joined' to the Windows XP installation disk so that XP AND SP-2 can be installed at one time.

    I suppose the easiest way to find out would be to try and install Windows with it- if it's just an SP-2 disk, nothing will happen....
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    Re: SP-2 CD (XP Pro)

    Why not just drop it in the CD tray and give it a run ??? It should auto start and tell you what it is. If not, then explore the CD to see what's there. SP 2 should be much smaller that a full install of XP with SP2 ... right ??? Here's a screenshot of the contents of a "factory" SP2 CD. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: SP-2 CD (XP Pro)

    The Official Microsoft Windows XP ("with Advanced Security Technologies", says the autostart screen!!) is labelled VRMSP_EN and is 498,444,288 bytes in size, according to Properties.

    The directories in the root are DOTNETFX, IMAGES, SUPPORT and VALUEADD, and a couple of files in the root are a giveaway, XPSP2.CMD and XPSP2.EXE. Everything in the root is dates 04/08/2004 13:00 (UK dates and times).

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    Re: SP-2 CD (XP Pro)

    Alan,

    Whether it's the full slipstreamed XP with SP2 or just the SP2 upgrade, it will STILL only be current up to the date of the release of SP2. All of the other hotfixes that have come out since that date will have to be downloaded and installed.

    It WILL be a giant step up from SP1 only, so give it a shot, then go for any later updates.
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    Re: SP-2 CD (XP Pro)

    If the CD is SP-2 only and you can get another fairly large download done look at AutoPatcher.com - The Home of AutoPatcher 2000/XP/2003. It is about 149MB. Also, I'd recommend that after SP-2 you go to update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate for the latest windowsupdate software which will also update Office and other MS server products.

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    Re: SP-2 CD (XP Pro)

    Why not just order an SP-2 CD from Microsoft.. ITS FREE
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    Re: SP-2 CD (XP Pro)

    He already has a CD that is either SP-2 by itself or SP-2 slipstreamed with XP. An SP-2 CD from MS will add nothing. He still needs all the fixes after SP-2.

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    Re: SP-2 CD (XP Pro)

    OK, thanks for all the input folks. The departmental staff ( <img src=/S/clown.gif border=0 alt=clown width=15 height=15>s) couldn't let me take the CD away, and couldn't burn a copy because they couldn't find any blank coasters, so I'm still in the dark as to its contents. But now I know there are two possible configurations, I'll do the required checks before I start the installation.

    One thing I forgot to ask... (while I have you all here <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>) is whether the NTFS/ FAT32 is still relevant to XP and if so, is there much value in using NTFS. If this has been discussed extensively elsewhere, I'll go search.

    Other than that, I look forward to smooth, satisfying and event-free installation. <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15>

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    Re: SP-2 CD (XP Pro)

    Try this Google search for information about NTFS vs. FAT32. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: SP-2 CD (XP Pro)

    Alan,

    In addition to the information in the link Doc provided, see this Microsoft Windows XP - Choosing between NTFS, FAT, and FAT32. This Microsoft Windows XP - NTFS has more to read.

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    Re: SP-2 CD (XP Pro)

    Thanks Joe. I'll have a good read.

    And Doc... I didn't get through all the links you pointed to <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> but some did alert me to searching for appropriate drivers for some of my older hardware. I think I'll be OK with fax modem, scanner & printer. So thanks for the nudge.

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    Re: SP-2 CD (XP Pro)

    Grrr... I'm guessing, despite all assurances, that I've been given a SP2 (only) update CD. Trouble is, it doesn't gel with your screenshot, nor with John's description. I've found a reference to the (only) root file WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2-ENU.exe under "Download details: Windows XP Service Pack 2 for IT Professionals and Developers." I'm now hoping that this will be appropriate to a future standalone installation, rather than be geared specially for networks. The site does state:

    "If you're updating just one computer, please visit Windows Update."

    Any further advice?

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    Re: SP-2 CD (XP Pro)

    > "If you're updating just one computer, please visit Windows Update."

    This comment was added since if only updating one computer, Windows Update would only download the updates that are required for that computer, typically resulting in a much smaller download. The full size update can be used to update any version of XP and includes all the updates required for SP-2.

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    Re: SP-2 CD (XP Pro)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by AlanMiller on 26-Jun-05 22:20. And finally...)</P>Thanks Tony. At least that's one good piece of news.

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