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updating window xp Dell computer

by gbart1588 / December 22, 2012 2:05 PM PST

I have recently inherited an old Dell computer from my in-laws. I have windows XP on my home computer and have purchased a Linksys E900 router and Vallet in order to add this old computer to a home network.

Now I cannot connect this computer to the internet/router without the Windows XP service pack update. I even tried to install a new operating system (Windows 7) but it can't do that either without the update to XP. I copied a Windows XP SP3 ISO file from the Windows website and tried to update the computer this way.

Now I cannot "mount" or "run" the ISO file. It has Roxio Creator but I can't figure out how to install the update with this program.

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XP SP3 is KB936929 that you can download
by wpgwpg / December 23, 2012 2:25 AM PST
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SP3 the service pack is not in .ISO form.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 23, 2012 2:09 AM PST

It's a .exe so whatever you downloaded is not anything useful unless you are installing from scratch.

Again, there is no known way to use a XP SP3 OS CD to update a XP installed OS to add SP3 without what they call a REPAIR INSTALL which has plenty of downside.

Once in a while you encounter some user that is trying to avoid creating CDs by mounting ISOs. You know to let them soften up by letting them fail enough times until they are ready.

Here's the SP3 Network Full install ->
Get the stand alone version.

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