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How many ways to find SP info?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by meyers, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. meyers

    meyers Flightless Bird

    Hi,

    I am talking about Service-Packs (sp1,2,3) information. Quick easy way
    to find out what SP is active on any computer; xp,98se,vista.

    For the heck of it, I ran msinfo32, certainly not on the opening page.
    DxDiag?
    SysTools?
    MyComp, Properties, C:drive?
    Device Mgr?

    So, just wondering where a person could put this info at their
    fingertips, nice and easy and simply. (and of course, how many different
    places have this info, and how to get to them.)

    Thanks.
     
  2. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Apr 3, 8:55 am, meyers <jmey...@invalid.com> wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I am talking about Service-Packs (sp1,2,3) information. Quick easy way
    > to find out what SP is active on any computer; xp,98se,vista.
    >
    > For the heck of it, I ran msinfo32, certainly not on the opening page.
    > DxDiag?
    > SysTools?
    > MyComp, Properties, C:drive?
    > Device Mgr?
    >
    > So, just wondering where a person could put this info at their
    > fingertips, nice and easy and simply. (and of course, how many different
    > places have this info, and how to get to them.)
    >
    > Thanks.


    I don't know what you mean that it is not in msinfo32 and since this
    is an XP forum, what part of msinfo32 on XP do you think does not show
    the SP?

    Here is an example of what it should look like:

    OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
    OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
    System Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
    System Model Presario V4000
    System Type X86-based PC
    Processor x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 8 GenuineIntel ~1696 Mhz
    BIOS Version/Date Phoenix F.14, 4/27/2006
    SMBIOS Version 2.31
    Windows Directory C:/WINDOWS
    System Directory C:/WINDOWS\system32
    Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
    Locale United States
    Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.
    080413-2111)"
    Time Zone Eastern Standard Time
    Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
    Available Physical Memory 220.24 MB
    Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
    Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
    Page File Space 1.20 GB
    Page File C:/pagefile.sys

    I think this is the best way (msinfo32, copy, paste) to get as much
    information as possible without asking multiple questions - what is
    your XP version, then what is your SP, then how much RAM do you have,
    then how big is your pagefile (and I'll be able to tell if you
    tampered with it), is it a laptop or desktop, then what is your make
    and model, then what is your CPU, then what is your BIOS, etc.

    Sometimes when information is needed the request goes something like
    this:

    "Run winver and type all the information you see back here."

    Well you might get some information (after you explain how to run
    winver in the next question cycle), but you need a lot more to
    understand some configurations and what you receive might be right if
    the person can type, but then you still have 6 other questions that
    you need answered, so why not come up with just one question that
    answers all the most likely questions at once.

    If you use msinfo32, copy/paste you get it all the information at once
    with one question instead of half a dozen and there is no possibility
    of a typo or leaving something out and having to ask more questions.
    If msinfo32 doesn't work, your system needs some other attention.

    The single request when you need information is:

    Click Start, Run and in the box enter:

    msinfo32

    Click OK, and when the System Summary info appears, click Edit, Select
    All, Copy and then paste
    the information back here.

    There will be some personal information (like System Name and User
    Name), and whatever appears to
    be private information to you, just delete it from the pasted
    information.
     
  3. glee

    glee Flightless Bird

    "meyers" <jmeyers@invalid.com> wrote in message
    news:%23aGhRSy0KHA.260@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Hi,
    >
    > I am talking about Service-Packs (sp1,2,3) information. Quick easy way
    > to find out what SP is active on any computer; xp,98se,vista.
    >
    > For the heck of it, I ran msinfo32, certainly not on the opening page.
    > DxDiag?
    > SysTools?
    > MyComp, Properties, C:drive?
    > Device Mgr?
    >
    > So, just wondering where a person could put this info at their
    > fingertips, nice and easy and simply. (and of course, how many
    > different places have this info, and how to get to them.)



    Look again.
    msinfo32 gives the SP level on the "main" Summary page, on the second
    line.

    You can also find the SP level by looking in Control Panel> System>
    General tab.
    Shortcut to that is press and hold the Windows key, and press the
    Pause/Break key, then release both.
    --
    Glen Ventura, MS MVP Oct. 2002 - Sept. 2009
    A+
    http://dts-l.net/
     
  4. Bruce Chambers

    Bruce Chambers Flightless Bird

    meyers wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I am talking about Service-Packs (sp1,2,3) information. Quick easy way
    > to find out what SP is active on any computer; xp,98se,vista.
    >
    > For the heck of it, I ran msinfo32, certainly not on the opening page.
    > DxDiag?
    > SysTools?
    > MyComp, Properties, C:drive?
    > Device Mgr?
    >
    > So, just wondering where a person could put this info at their
    > fingertips, nice and easy and simply. (and of course, how many different
    > places have this info, and how to get to them.)
    >
    > Thanks.



    Click Start > Run, type in "Winver" and press <Enter>.

    By the way, there were no "Service Packs," as the term applies to the
    WINNT-based family of operating systems (WinNT, Win2K, WinXP, Vista),
    for Win98.



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  5. LVTravel

    LVTravel Flightless Bird

    "meyers" <jmeyers@invalid.com> wrote in message
    news:#aGhRSy0KHA.260@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Hi,
    >
    > I am talking about Service-Packs (sp1,2,3) information. Quick easy way to
    > find out what SP is active on any computer; xp,98se,vista.
    >
    > For the heck of it, I ran msinfo32, certainly not on the opening page.
    > DxDiag?
    > SysTools?
    > MyComp, Properties, C:drive?
    > Device Mgr?
    >
    > So, just wondering where a person could put this info at their fingertips,
    > nice and easy and simply. (and of course, how many different places have
    > this info, and how to get to them.)
    >
    > Thanks.


    Easiest way is to right click My Computer or Computer (depending on XP or
    Vista/Win7) and then left click Properties. This will give the SP level, OS
    and more information.
     
  6. Ken Blake, MVP

    Ken Blake, MVP Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 3 Apr 2010 12:51:22 -0400, "LVTravel" <noone@none.com> wrote:


    > "meyers" <jmeyers@invalid.com> wrote in message
    > news:#aGhRSy0KHA.260@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > > Hi,
    > >
    > > I am talking about Service-Packs (sp1,2,3) information. Quick easy way to
    > > find out what SP is active on any computer; xp,98se,vista.
    > >
    > > For the heck of it, I ran msinfo32, certainly not on the opening page.
    > > DxDiag?
    > > SysTools?
    > > MyComp, Properties, C:drive?
    > > Device Mgr?
    > >
    > > So, just wondering where a person could put this info at their fingertips,
    > > nice and easy and simply. (and of course, how many different places have
    > > this info, and how to get to them.)
    > >
    > > Thanks.

    >
    > Easiest way is to right click My Computer or Computer (depending on XP or
    > Vista/Win7) and then left click Properties.



    It's essentially the same thing, but slightly easier for most people
    is to hold down the Windows key and press Pause | Break.


    > This will give the SP level, OS
    > and more information.


    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    Please Reply to the Newsgroup
     
  7. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Apr 3, 8:44 am, Jose <jose_e...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > On Apr 3, 8:55 am, meyers <jmey...@invalid.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > Hi,

    >
    > > I am talking about Service-Packs (sp1,2,3) information. Quick easy way
    > > to find out what SP is active on any computer; xp,98se,vista.

    >
    > > For the heck of it, I ran msinfo32, certainly not on the opening page.
    > > DxDiag?
    > > SysTools?
    > > MyComp, Properties, C:drive?
    > > Device Mgr?

    >
    > > So, just wondering where a person could put this info at their
    > > fingertips, nice and easy and simply. (and of course, how many different
    > > places have this info, and how to get to them.)

    >
    > > Thanks.

    >


    If you are trying to get information to help someone with a problem or
    to relay, the winver information is very limited.

    Ask your average Jose to look at winver and then if they are running
    XP Home or Pro - they can't tell you, so you have to ask another
    question and still may not get the correct answer. Minimize the
    number questions and be 100% certain with the information. No
    interpretation, no I''m not sure, no think it is Pro, etc.

    msinfo32 will give you all the winver information and a whole lot more
    preventing unnecessary information gathering message cycles..
     
  8. LVTravel

    LVTravel Flightless Bird

    "Ken Blake, MVP" <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote in message
    news:amuer5162gt8t4rd7pvea0j547p2slmi1s@4ax.com...
    > On Sat, 3 Apr 2010 12:51:22 -0400, "LVTravel" <noone@none.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    >> "meyers" <jmeyers@invalid.com> wrote in message
    >> news:#aGhRSy0KHA.260@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >> > Hi,
    >> >
    >> > I am talking about Service-Packs (sp1,2,3) information. Quick easy way
    >> > to
    >> > find out what SP is active on any computer; xp,98se,vista.
    >> >
    >> > For the heck of it, I ran msinfo32, certainly not on the opening page.
    >> > DxDiag?
    >> > SysTools?
    >> > MyComp, Properties, C:drive?
    >> > Device Mgr?
    >> >
    >> > So, just wondering where a person could put this info at their
    >> > fingertips,
    >> > nice and easy and simply. (and of course, how many different places
    >> > have
    >> > this info, and how to get to them.)
    >> >
    >> > Thanks.

    >>
    >> Easiest way is to right click My Computer or Computer (depending on XP or
    >> Vista/Win7) and then left click Properties.

    >
    >
    > It's essentially the same thing, but slightly easier for most people
    > is to hold down the Windows key and press Pause | Break.
    >
    >
    >> This will give the SP level, OS
    >> and more information.

    >
    > --
    > Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    > Please Reply to the Newsgroup


    Yep, except some people just hate "shortcut keys" or totally forget they
    exist.
     
  9. meyers

    meyers Flightless Bird

    Bruce Chambers wrote:
    > meyers wrote:
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> I am talking about Service-Packs (sp1,2,3) information. Quick easy way
    >> to find out what SP is active on any computer; xp,98se,vista.
    >>
    >> For the heck of it, I ran msinfo32, certainly not on the opening page.
    >> DxDiag?
    >> SysTools?
    >> MyComp, Properties, C:drive?
    >> Device Mgr?
    >>
    >> So, just wondering where a person could put this info at their
    >> fingertips, nice and easy and simply. (and of course, how many
    >> different places have this info, and how to get to them.)
    >>
    >> Thanks.

    >
    >
    > Click Start > Run, type in "Winver" and press <Enter>.
    >
    > By the way, there were no "Service Packs," as the term applies to the
    > WINNT-based family of operating systems (WinNT, Win2K, WinXP, Vista),
    > for Win98.



    --
    Yes, I do apologise, this was posted on a 98. But the question was an
    xp question.

    I have found a few answers now that are good to know, I appreciate them.
    (similar to other posts, its for a 'friend' that I ask.)
     
  10. meyers

    meyers Flightless Bird

    LVTravel wrote:

    >> So, just wondering where a person could put this info at their
    >> fingertips, nice and easy and simply. (and of course, how many
    >> different places have this info, and how to get to them.)
    >>
    >> Thanks.

    >
    > Easiest way is to right click My Computer or Computer (depending on XP
    > or Vista/Win7) and then left click Properties. This will give the SP
    > level, OS and more information.



    Great! Thanks.
     
  11. meyers

    meyers Flightless Bird


    >> Easiest way is to right click My Computer or Computer (depending on XP or
    >> Vista/Win7) and then left click Properties.

    >
    >
    > It's essentially the same thing, but slightly easier for most people
    > is to hold down the Windows key and press Pause | Break.
    >
    >
    >> This will give the SP level, OS
    >> and more information.


    -

    Great, yet another way, Thanks.
     
  12. meyers

    meyers Flightless Bird


    > Look again.
    > msinfo32 gives the SP level on the "main" Summary page, on the second line.
    >
    > You can also find the SP level by looking in Control Panel> System>
    > General tab.
    > Shortcut to that is press and hold the Windows key, and press the
    > Pause/Break key, then release both.


    --

    Works too.... Great. (cant think why I didnt see that first time.. old
    age?)

    I posted in this thread that I used 98 to post with.. Question; I
    just used msinfo on this 98 machine, and even though it is SP1 and IE6,
    it doesnt show that?? It shows me running IE5.
    Any ideas, just curious, dont really care; already know machine is SP1
    and IE6 and has been for last 5yrs,, so I dont really give a hoot what
    msinfo says,,, I already know what is and isnt.
     
  13. meyers

    meyers Flightless Bird


    > By the way, there were no "Service Packs," as the term applies to the
    > WINNT-based family of operating systems (WinNT, Win2K, WinXP, Vista),
    > for Win98.


    --

    I know that. My 98se is running SP1 and IE6,, guess I got to be grateful
    for what I got.... has never let me down.
     
  14. Ken Blake, MVP

    Ken Blake, MVP Flightless Bird

    On Sun, 04 Apr 2010 22:45:48 +0930, meyers <jmeyers@invalid.com>
    wrote:

    >
    > >> Easiest way is to right click My Computer or Computer (depending on XP or
    > >> Vista/Win7) and then left click Properties.

    > >
    > >
    > > It's essentially the same thing, but slightly easier for most people
    > > is to hold down the Windows key and press Pause | Break.
    > >
    > >
    > >> This will give the SP level, OS
    > >> and more information.

    >
    > -
    >
    > Great, yet another way, Thanks.



    You're welcome. Glad to help.

    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    Please Reply to the Newsgroup
     
  15. glee

    glee Flightless Bird

    "meyers" <jmeyers@invalid.com> wrote in message
    news:eXNWun$0KHA.3412@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >
    >> Look again.
    >> msinfo32 gives the SP level on the "main" Summary page, on the second
    >> line.
    >>
    >> You can also find the SP level by looking in Control Panel> System>
    >> General tab.
    >> Shortcut to that is press and hold the Windows key, and press the
    >> Pause/Break key, then release both.

    >
    > --
    >
    > Works too.... Great. (cant think why I didnt see that first time..
    > old age?)
    >
    > I posted in this thread that I used 98 to post with.. Question; I
    > just used msinfo on this 98 machine, and even though it is SP1 and
    > IE6, it doesnt show that?? It shows me running IE5.
    > Any ideas, just curious, dont really care; already know machine is
    > SP1 and IE6 and has been for last 5yrs,, so I dont really give a hoot
    > what msinfo says,,, I already know what is and isnt.


    It's a bug in the Win98 msinfo32, I guess....it says IE 5 but the
    version number after that is what you look at...should be 6.0.2800.1106
    for IE6 SP1.
    There is no SP for Win98...the SP1 is for IE6
    --
    Glen Ventura, MS MVP Oct. 2002 - Sept. 2009
    A+
    http://dts-l.net/
     

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