After going through a recovery process on a Win XP 32bit O/S how do I install sevice packs, etc.

I just went through the recovery process on a Gateway 504GR Desktop computer, with WinXP 32bit operating system on it, what is the best way to Download and Install all Windows updates, BIOS, Chipsets, and Service packs. And Should I Upgrade my Internet Explorer Browser first.

Help!! 

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I would not upgrade BIOS unless you think it is going to fix a problem that you are encountering.

 

With regard to service packs, Windows Updates no longer works until you have service pack 3 installed. To overcome this problem you need to get to SP3 manually.

 

Verify your current service pack level...

  • Hold down the Windows key (between Ctrl and Alt) and hit the Pause Break key or click Start, click Run, type winver and hit enter
  • Examine what is listed in the System: section regarding your service pack level

If there is no service pack level designated, first you must download SP2 from...

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=28

...and then run the downloaded program to install SP2. You can ignore the text that says that it is for network installations and also ignore the text advising Windows/Microsoft Update if only updating one PC.

As an alternative to SP2 you could download SP1A (xpsp1a_en_x86.exe) from…

http://slug.ceca.utc.edu/ftp/pub/windows/patches/winxp/

…which a fellow contributor Daavee found. It is half the size of SP2 so should be quicker. However, as you can see, it is not a Microsoft web site.

Once you have done that, or if you were already at service pack 1, 1A or 2, you can install SP3, but before you do, read this article…

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950717

If you are using XP Media Center, Microsoft advise that you do go through SP2 before installing SP3, i.e. do not skip SP2 as you can with XP Home/Pro if you are at SP1 or SP1A.

 

Install SP3 by downloading and running from...

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=24

…again, you can ignore the text that says that it is for network installations and also ignore the text advising Windows/Microsoft Update if only updating one PC. Ignore any recommendation from Microsoft to use Windows Updates.

 

Then try to get up to date with Windows Updates.

 

Drivers for hardware should be downloaded from the Gateway support website.

 

Don't upgrade IE, or install any other browser, or install any other software until Windows is up to date and has your preferred anivirus software installed.

 

I am going to find some of my notes on checkpoints and order of doing things and will make another post shortly.

 

Tricky

 

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