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I lost the restore on my windows xp home and now I have no interenet. It tells me that the version of windows on my computer is newer then my disk. What is service pack 2?
Your internet should have nothing to do with your version of windows or the service pack.
Therefore, right click on your internet icon, and click the Properties button at the bottom of the list.
Next, Click on Compatibility. Near the top you'll see a drop down menu. Next to it will be a check box. Click the check box and select "run in compatibility mode for Windows XP". This should restore or allow you to connect to the interent. Then follow the directions below:
Service pack 2 is free download. It is available at http://www.microsoft.com.
Simply go to this website, and type in the search box: Windows XP Service Pack 2 (chances are there is a newer version which would be SP3). You may want to search this first; you can also just type in the search box : SP3 for Windows XP.
If SP3 is available, look through the list, as it will also pull up any even newer available updates for this such as SP4. You want to download the newest version.
Once you have found the newest availabel, and have downloaded it. Go to your start menu and type in the search box, "automatic updates". Once it appears in the list (should be at top or near top in start menu), select it and make sure your "automatic updates" are on.
Once this is on, you will receive all the newest updates. Make a habit of checking this at least 2-3 times a month to ensure your downloads are automatically being downloaded.
Also, what service do you have for internet? I can more appropriately help you restore this if the above suggested did not work.
Please let me know if you need further assistance. Also, if my suggestion and directions do not work, please contact your interent provider as they will be able to repair your interent, the you can download the newest Service Pack for your Windows XP.
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Posted on May 14, 2010
Microsoft issued Service Pack 2 and Service Pack 3 for XP to patch (and "improve") the OS. The list of patches and downloads for XP are here:
You needed to install the service packs to continue accessing Microsoft's updates for your computer. Microsoft assumes you don't want to lose this data. You could get rid of the problem by reinstalling the entire OS from your current disc (if you have a full version, if you have an update version of XP you'll need the OS disc for Win95, Win98, WinMe or Win2K). Start with formatting the hard disc. However, you will lose the ability to contact MS for updates with Windows Update until you manually download and install the Service Packs (including SP3).
Alternatively you can build a new recovery disc for your current XP version, if you take the IT versions of the service packs. This takes several steps - first you need to copy all the files from the CD to a hard disc. Then you need to slipstream in the service packs. Then get the boot image files from the CD and create a new .iso with all of the files. For SP2, http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp has more information on the details.
If you want to add the SP3, you need to add the following set of steps:
I hope you can get your machine to function.
(if you have information that you want to save, you may want to try using a LiveCD with Unix with an external drive (optical or hard disc formatted as a FAT 32 drive) attached.)
Posted on May 14, 2010
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