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by rmcarl / February 28, 2009 4:14 AM PST

reinstall Windows XP when I have downloaded SP3 and the original CD istall disc was only SP1?

Dell Dimension 4600
80 Gigabytes HDD
512 Megabytes DDR ram

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Look up slipstreaming.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 28, 2009 4:31 AM PST
In reply to: How do I

You can slipstream the contents of the XP install disk with any updates. But there may be additional steps to consider if the original XP disk is for an OEM machine. For instance, for a Dell, the site below was useful a couple of years ago, but I don't know if it will still apply to recent Dell machines;

The other way is more manual. Find and download the SP3 update file and copy it to a CD/DVD. Reinstall Windows using the XP disk you have, and then update to SP3 from that downloaded file;

However, I have just noticed a comment from Microsoft;

"To install Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), either Windows XP Service Pack 1a (SP1a) or Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) must already be installed."

So it looks like you need XP SP1a to be able to install SP3.

Google will help with more general advice about XP slipstreaming.

I hope that helps.


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I was hoping to reinstall
by rmcarl / February 28, 2009 6:42 AM PST
In reply to: Look up slipstreaming.

XP over itself, but the OEM CD SP1a is not recognized, when I put it into the drive. A message window reads that the operatng system on the computer is newer than the one on the CD.

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More steps involved . . .
by Coryphaeus / February 28, 2009 8:33 AM PST

Boot with the XP CD. Choose new install and delete the existing partition, then create a new partition (which will effectively remove the old OS), format if available, and reinstall the OS. Then SP3.

I know that you know that all data will be destroyed.

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