XP Service Pack 1 - How to Upgrade to Service Pack 3 (Dial Up)

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by Silver Surfer Silk, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. Help!

    I'm still using Dial-Up. I want to use a Mobile Broadband Dongle. I
    understand with XP I need to be using Service Pack 2 (or Service Pack 3). I
    am only using Service Pack 1.

    I tried to order a CD to update to Service Pack 2 but it only lets me order
    Service Pack 3. It specifies that to upgrade to SP3 you already need to be
    running SP1a or SP2.

    So I looked at upgrading to SP1a but the download says it is 'not
    recommended if you already running SP1'.

    So; how to I get a CD to upgrade to SP2 - or should I download the SP1a
    update and proceed with the SP3 CD order?

    Please help. It is a nightmare using dial-up in 2010......

    Thanks :)
    Silver Surfer Silk, Jun 17, 2010
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  2. Verify you are running SP1 and not SP1a (it would be b\izarre, but not
    without reason) that you are running SP1)...

    If you don't know how to get that information - two things...

    Start button --> RUN --> type in:
    (No "RUN", press the WindowsKey+R at the same time.)
    --> Click OK.

    That will give you (picture at top) the full name of the operating system.
    That will give you (in the test) the Service Pack you have installed.

    How to determine whether a computer is running a 32-bit version or 64-bit
    version of the Windows operating system
    Shenan Stanley, Jun 17, 2010
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  3. If you're still running WinXP SP1, you can't possibly have a functional
    anti-virus application installed. See...

    Cleaning a Compromised System

    Back-up any personal data (none of which should be considered 100%
    trustworthy at this point) then format the HDD & do a clean install of
    Windows. Please note that a Repair Install (AKA in-place upgrade) will NOT
    fix this!

    HOW TO do a clean install of WinXP: See
    http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html#steps and/or Method 1 in

    After the clean install, you will have the equivalent of a "new computer" so
    take care of everything on the following page before otherwise connecting
    the machine to the internet or a local network (i.e., other computers) and
    before using a flash drive or SDCard that isn't brand-new or hasn't been
    freshly formatted:

    4 steps to help protect your new computer before you go online

    Other helpful references include:

    HOW TO get a computer running WinXP Gold (no Service Packs) fully patched
    (after a clean install)

    HOW TO get a computer running WinXP SP1(a) or SP2 fully patched (after a
    clean install)

    Tip: After getting the computer fully-patched, download/install KB971029
    manually: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971029

    NB: Any Norton or McAfee free-trial that came preinstalled on the computer
    when you bought it will be reinstalled (but invalid) when Windows is
    reinstalled. You MUST uninstall the free-trial AND download/run the
    appropriate removal tool BEFORE installing any updates, Windows Service
    Packs or IE upgrades AND BEFORE installing your new anti-virus application
    (which will require WinXP SP3 to be installed).

    Norton Removal Tool

    McAfee Consumer Products Removal Tool

    If these procedures look too complex - and there is no shame in admitting
    this isn't your cup of tea - take the machine to a local, reputable and
    independent (i.e., not BigBoxStoreUSA or Geek Squad) computer repair shop.
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Jun 17, 2010
  4. Silver Surfer Silk

    John K.Eason Guest

    Erm... I'm still running one PC under W95* here (albeit only accessing one known
    safe website and with no email). Avast (v4) still works fine on that and updates
    automatically, so I imagine will still work under XP SP1.
    *(Need it to access a specialised very old legacy hardware card.)

    John () Remove the obvious to reply...
    John K.Eason, Jun 17, 2010
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