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    Windows XP SP3

    I've had to work on a Windows computer. I had to reformat it and reinstall Windows. I've had a lot of problems with the system. I'm really not sure what all the problems are, it may just be shot completely. I'm more of a Linux guy than a Windows guy, so I may just try and install Linux on it.

    At any rate, I've had trouble doing Windows updates on the system. I downloaded Service Pack 3 from Microsoft's website (not through Windows Updates). It first told me that the file was corrupt, but a couple of reboots later, it does seem to extract, but then tells me that it can't install because the system does not have Service Pack 1 installed. I thought all of the Windows Service packs were cumulative, meaning that Service Pack 3 actually included Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2 in addition to whatever Service Pack 3 offers as new.

    When I go to Windows Update, it tells me that my next update is Service Pack 2. Which would lead me to believe that Service Pack 1 has been installed. But when I try to install Service Pack 2 it gives an error "Failed to install catalog files".

    Like I said, I think the system may just be shot. My next step is trying to install Linux on it and see if problems persists, which might indicate some type of hardware defect.

    I have tried different memory and different hard drives on the system.

    Really just wondering if anyone else might have any ideas before I go the Linux route.

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    If there was no valuable data on it I would have just gone fresh with a Window XP cd that already had Server Pack 2 and 3 slipstreamed onto it, along with any updates. That is of course I was still using XP personally.
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    That would be ideal, but I don't have a Windows XP CD with Service Pack 2 and/or 3.

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    But you do have a Windowx XP CD right?
    You can slipstream SP2 and 3 onto the CD yourself using nlite.
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    Hmm... Most Windows XP installation CD I encounter for the past 2 years already have SP2 on them. It could be you got your XP CD way back in 2001?
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    Quote Originally Posted by logic_earth View Post
    But you do have a Windowx XP CD right?
    You can slipstream SP2 and 3 onto the CD yourself using nlite.
    Heres how to do it: http://lifehacker.com/386526/slipstr...nstallation-cd

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    Thanks for the link and the information. I don't have the CD with me this weekend, but when I'm back at work on Monday I'll look into this.

    I had heard of slipstreaming before but really just never gave it any thought with this.

    Will I just need to apply the service pack 3 download into Windows XP? I know there may be some other updates, but I figure that is all minor and can be grabbed via Windows Updates.


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