Make sure that your system is spyware-free before installing SP2 because it can interfere with SP2 installation. Scan your system using Ad-aware and Spybot S&D:
Ad-aware SE - http://www.majorgeeks.com/download506.html
Spybot-Search & Destroy - http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=mirrors
Update the programs prior running a scan.
Reboot after using the programs.
Next, download CWShredder from http://www.intermute.com/spysubtract/cwshredder_download.html
After installing it, run CWShredder.exe and let if fix what it finds.
Reboot when done.
Confirm your work by running an online scan using Housecall - http://housecall.antivirus.com/housecall/start_corp.asp
If all clean, try to install again or see this page --> http://www.michna.com/kb/WxSP2.htm#Cannot_install_Service_Pack_2
BTW, you can order Free XP SP2 CD from http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/cd/confirm.aspx
Ok here is my story. For a month now everytime i try to upgrade NortonAntivirus via Live update they tell me that my antivirus is uptodate. So i thought i was fine.
I started feeling fishy when i tried to download SP2. I tried to download it via Windows Update all i managed to get is the list of updates but couldn't install any (i always got the msg: Failed to install...). Then i went and downloaded the stand alone file fro SP2 but it was very slow, so i cancelled it and waited until i had better connection. Then when i tried to re-download it continued from the previously reached progress. So i thought that was cool. Then when it reached 82.5 MB it told me that the file was done!!! it was weird cuz the file is 277 MB!!!
Today i tried to Download DivX and the same problem as before happened (the continue download problem)...
Please help!!! are those symptoms of a virus? a known one? what can i do. any suggestions? I need to download SP2 and the virus updates. HELP!!!
Thank you for your time and help,
PS: I'm using Windows XP Pro.