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I'm confused about upgrades

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by blacksmith@none.com, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. blacksmith@none.com

    blacksmith@none.com Flightless Bird

    I'm confused about upgrades.

    If I have an original XP CD (or for any other MS OS).
    So I have the original XP install CD. The first one released.
    So, lets say I want to upgrade it to the latest (I think it's SP3).
    Do I need to first upgrade to SP2, then go to SP3, or can I just do
    ONE upgrade to cover everything?

    I'm asking this for a few reasons.

    1. The only install CD I have is the ORIGINAL XP-Pro. I abandoned the
    old computer because of bad motherboard capacitors. (I did save the
    drives, memory, and case). I bought a new (used) computer complete
    except monitor and hard drive. I'm using my old monitor and got a new
    larger HD. Now I plan to install XP on it, using that original XP CD,
    and then upgrade it. (I hope MS will allow the activation, since the
    old computer is history).

    2. Before MS stops supporting XP, I want to save ALL upgrades needed
    onto a CD, and I need to know what to download.

    3. I know MS is abandoning Win2000 soon or already did (not sure). My
    old laptop cant run XP. It was made for Win98, but runs Win2K. In
    case I have a drive failure, I may want to reinstall Win2K. I want
    to save the entire upgrade package for Win2K on a CD, before it's gone
    from the MS site. I know Win2K had several major upgrades and many
    minor ones. There again, do I just need the LATEST, or do I need to
    get all the inbetween ones too.

    I just never understood how this works. In other words, does the
    LATEST upgrade include all the upgrades (over the years), or do I need
    to download every upgrade separetly? (for Win2K and/or XP).

    Thanks
     
  2. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    You're confusing upgrading with updating.

    HOW TO get a computer running WinXP Gold (no Service Packs) fully patched
    (after a clean install)
    http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsupdate/msg/3f5afa8ed33e121c

    HOW TO get a computer running WinXP SP1(a) or SP2 fully patched (after a
    clean install)
    http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsxp.general/msg/a066ae41add7dd2b


    blacksmith@none.com wrote:
    > I'm confused about upgrades.
    >
    > If I have an original XP CD (or for any other MS OS).
    > So I have the original XP install CD. The first one released.
    > So, lets say I want to upgrade it to the latest (I think it's SP3).
    > Do I need to first upgrade to SP2, then go to SP3, or can I just do
    > ONE upgrade to cover everything?
    >
    > I'm asking this for a few reasons.
    >
    > 1. The only install CD I have is the ORIGINAL XP-Pro. I abandoned the
    > old computer because of bad motherboard capacitors. (I did save the
    > drives, memory, and case). I bought a new (used) computer complete
    > except monitor and hard drive. I'm using my old monitor and got a new
    > larger HD. Now I plan to install XP on it, using that original XP CD,
    > and then upgrade it. (I hope MS will allow the activation, since the
    > old computer is history).
    >
    > 2. Before MS stops supporting XP, I want to save ALL upgrades needed
    > onto a CD, and I need to know what to download.
    >
    > 3. I know MS is abandoning Win2000 soon or already did (not sure). My
    > old laptop cant run XP. It was made for Win98, but runs Win2K. In
    > case I have a drive failure, I may want to reinstall Win2K. I want
    > to save the entire upgrade package for Win2K on a CD, before it's gone
    > from the MS site. I know Win2K had several major upgrades and many
    > minor ones. There again, do I just need the LATEST, or do I need to
    > get all the inbetween ones too.
    >
    > I just never understood how this works. In other words, does the
    > LATEST upgrade include all the upgrades (over the years), or do I need
    > to download every upgrade separetly? (for Win2K and/or XP).
    >
    > Thanks
     
  3. Mint

    Mint Flightless Bird

    On Jun 5, 2:49 am, blacksm...@none.com wrote:
    > I'm confused about upgrades.
    >
    > If I have an original XP CD (or for any other MS OS).  
    > So I have the original XP install CD.  The first one released.
    > So, lets say I want to upgrade it to the latest (I think it's SP3).
    > Do I need to first upgrade to SP2, then go to SP3, or can I just do
    > ONE upgrade to cover everything?
    >
    > I'm asking this for a few reasons.  
    >
    > 1. The only install CD I have is the ORIGINAL XP-Pro.  I abandoned the
    > old computer because of bad motherboard capacitors. (I did save the
    > drives, memory, and case).  I bought a new (used) computer complete
    > except monitor and hard drive.  I'm using my old monitor and got a new
    > larger HD.  Now I plan to install XP on it, using that original XP CD,
    > and then upgrade it.  (I hope MS will allow the activation, since the
    > old computer is history).
    >
    > 2. Before MS stops supporting XP, I want to save ALL upgrades needed
    > onto a CD, and I need to know what to download.
    >
    > 3. I know MS is abandoning Win2000 soon or already did (not sure).  My
    > old laptop cant run XP.  It was made for Win98, but runs Win2K. In
    > case I have a drive failure, I may want to reinstall Win2K.   I want
    > to save the entire upgrade package for Win2K on a CD, before it's gone
    > from the MS site.  I know Win2K had several major upgrades and many
    > minor ones.  There again, do I just need the LATEST, or do I need to
    > get all the inbetween ones too.  
    >
    > I just never understood how this works.  In other words, does the
    > LATEST upgrade include all the upgrades (over the years), or do I need
    > to download every upgrade separetly? (for Win2K and/or XP).
    >
    > Thanks


    Once you have SP3 installed, use a disk imaging program and save the
    images to a 2nd drive.

    Then you won't have to ever go through this again.

    Good luck,
    Andy
     

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