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XP updates for new install


Colonel Graham

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I have discovered a friend's laptop has a pirate/counterfeit version of XP installed. I have an authentic version with unused Product Key.

My concern is if I install this, it will be forever updating. Are there any updates I can download now to speed up the process?

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rdave13

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There is a list of them here , scroll down a bit for XP

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Colonel Graham

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rdave13

Thanks, I'll download SP 2 and 3, that should speed things up.

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robinofloxley

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Been a couple of years since I downloaded SP3. (been on W7 since)

I remember having problems because there were a couple of versions.

In the end, the Network version worked. (I was a network of 1 xPC then)

'XP SP3 enu network download'

It's burnt in my brain since it took me a few days to suss it.

rdave's may take you to later links tho'.

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=24

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rdave13

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Check the notes under Do not install XP SP2 without first reading these important notes.

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Colonel Graham

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Thanks all, links bookmarked.

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Taff™

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Further to rdave13's advice I regularly do this using the same methods outlined. One tip however is during the setup decline to set automatic updates from the start otherwise whilst you're applying the two service packs the system will be attempting to update the OS itself.

Once you have SP3 installed manually go to the Windows Update site and continue installing Important updates only, reboting and repeating until you have them all. At my last count early July there should be about 131. Then take any optional updates - I installed about 18 leaving 4 alone - windows search indexing being one of them!

Finally then switch Auto Update back on.

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