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SP1 & SP2 Question.

by Larry38 / July 22, 2004 5:04 AM PDT

Have a 8mo. old Pavilion with WXP Home, SP1, IE6&OE6. I use Firefox 9.2 about 99% of the time, I might add I have had no problems with IE (I update Windows and all security daily) but got away from it anyway.
My questions
1. Since Windows was already loaded on my PC and I have a D Drive with System Recovery will it be of any use with SP2?
2. Since I have 56K dialup, Will I need to get an SP2 disk rather than try to download on line?
3. Since I did not get an SP1 disk with my PC, can I get a free one from Microsoft along with the SP2 disk?
I know it's a little early yet, but I plan to download SP2 and continue to use Firefox. Just trying to get prepaired.
Thanks
Larry

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Re: SP1 & SP2 Question.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2004 5:29 AM PDT
In reply to: SP1 & SP2 Question.

In short, you want the SP2 CD.

Another short answer is that you don't need SP1 to install SP2.

And in closing, if your only recovery is on the hard disk, what happens when the hard disk vanishes?

Bob

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(NT) (NT) Thanks Bob, I got your message.
by Larry38 / July 22, 2004 6:42 AM PDT
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Re: SP1 & SP2 Question.
by radean / July 22, 2004 6:13 AM PDT
In reply to: SP1 & SP2 Question.

My experience with Compaq computers, which is now HP basically, is that they use(d) a customized version of DriveImage to save a system backup, on a D partition. Actually worked well if you got in a jam. But one HUGE problem I found, was that you can not use the Restore program from Safe Mode. This was a killer when my daughters computer got stuck in safe mode. Had to reinstall all from Restore Disk, and of course she lost everything.

So Bob's advice about backing up what you can't afford to lose is extremely important!. Don't need to back up your System, or installed programs, just your documents, pictures, favorites, cookies, etc. and any other personal files you have created.
CDRs are a very cheap form of insurance.

And, when you do install SP2, create a System Save before you do it. Then if all goes well, just create another System Save. It just creates an Image of your current C: drive, so don't think it cares what SP you have on there.
JMHO

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Re: SP1 & SP2 Question.
by Larry38 / July 22, 2004 7:02 AM PDT

Thanks Ray,
Basically I bought a cheapo PC just to learn and tinker with(haven't broke anything yet) before going to a better one. I have all my pictures which are mostly of the Grandchildren on about four different CDs. I am useing the CD-Rs that I bought at Staples on sale. I guess I should go ahead and backup a few other items just to be on the safe side but the pictures are about the only thing I don't want to loose.
Larry

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