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Service Packs and installing OS's?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Brian V, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. Brian V

    Brian V Flightless Bird

    Hi. I was wondering if someone downloaded and saved a Service Pack, installed
    an OS, then installed that Service Pack: Would it save them from downloading
    the prior service packs and updates?

    Eg: A person installs Windows XP with Service Pack 1. But beforehand they
    got a copy of Service Pack 3. They then install Service PAck 3 ontop of
    Service Pack 1. Hence erasing the need to get Service Pack 2.

    Or do you need to start from the first update and get the rest no matter what?

    Windows update messages told me Service packs have all the previous updates
    and service packs with the newer one. So Service Pack 3 has everything before
    is (including Service Pack 2 and 1).
     
  2. David Webb

    David Webb Flightless Bird

    "Brian V" <BrianV@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:D7B46684-DDD8-48B3-9FE7-2E8A729D28B5@microsoft.com...
    > Hi. I was wondering if someone downloaded and saved a Service Pack, installed
    > an OS, then installed that Service Pack: Would it save them from downloading
    > the prior service packs and updates?
    >
    > Eg: A person installs Windows XP with Service Pack 1. But beforehand they
    > got a copy of Service Pack 3. They then install Service PAck 3 ontop of
    > Service Pack 1. Hence erasing the need to get Service Pack 2.
    >
    > Or do you need to start from the first update and get the rest no matter what?
    >
    > Windows update messages told me Service packs have all the previous updates
    > and service packs with the newer one. So Service Pack 3 has everything before
    > is (including Service Pack 2 and 1).


    What you heard from Windows Update is true in theory, but the devil is in the
    details and here it is:

    "To install Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), either Windows XP Service Pack 1a
    (SP1a) or Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) must already be installed."

    Read all about it here:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322389/

    Google is your friend.
     
  3. Barry Schwarz

    Barry Schwarz Flightless Bird

    On Mon, 22 Mar 2010 22:29:01 -0700, Brian V
    <BrianV@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >Hi. I was wondering if someone downloaded and saved a Service Pack, installed
    >an OS, then installed that Service Pack: Would it save them from downloading
    >the prior service packs and updates?
    >
    >Eg: A person installs Windows XP with Service Pack 1. But beforehand they
    >got a copy of Service Pack 3. They then install Service PAck 3 ontop of
    >Service Pack 1. Hence erasing the need to get Service Pack 2.
    >
    >Or do you need to start from the first update and get the rest no matter what?
    >
    >Windows update messages told me Service packs have all the previous updates
    >and service packs with the newer one. So Service Pack 3 has everything before
    >is (including Service Pack 2 and 1).


    Regardless of what the service pack contains, the system must be at a
    level that meets the requirements documented for the service pack.

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