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Earl K Stodden Jan 09, 2012, 01:04am EST Report Abuse
Anyone know how I can get a download or copy of SP1 for Win XP home? I am attempting to recover my wife's Sony PC which lost the hard drive and one of the recovery disks is bad so I am trying to use an old but legitimate XP installation disk I have to get her back on the air. But, it is a 2002 copy, pre SP1 and, of course, Microsoft no longer even has SP1 to download. I have a SP2 copy and can get SP3 but after much searching, cannot find SP1 which is a prerequisite to installing SP2. Very frustrating to say the least. There must be oodles of them out there gathering dust. Any help would be much appreciated.

Well, I thought I had solved my problem as I finally found a copy on, of all places, Cnet but when I tried to run it, it tried to get info from Microsoft and got no response. Now what?

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john albrich Jan 09, 2012, 11:02am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: win xp sp1
My memory is that the SP2 CD includes SP1, so I think your info on the SP1 pre-req is incorrect.

Also, they are you also shouldn't need to install SP2 before you install SP3.
Just use SP3 CD and you'll get ALL the updates (SP1, SP2, and corrections) up to SP3.

edit to add:
If there is any problem, then "slipstream" SP3 onto a combined WinXP + SP3 installation CD and things will go easier and faster...especially if you have to reinstall again in the future. Just search for slipstreaming SP3 for details. To create slipstreamed media you will have to have the actual Microsoft WinXP installation CD(s) and not just OEM Windows "restore" CDs.

Earl K Stodden Jan 09, 2012, 12:00pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: win xp sp1
Thanks John; it looks like that should solve my problem.



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