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How from SP3 to SP2?


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#1 FunkyChicka

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 08:32 PM

I have been having problems with SP3, after researching I see it could be a problem with my display ATI Radeon X300 because SP2 worked fine with it. With SP3 my computer hangs so I have to restart by pressing the button on my computer.

I can't uninstall SP3 because the spuninst (or something) is missing so I'd really like some help with this please;

So question 1) is there any way I can reinstall SP3 to get the spuninst.exe file back so that I can uninstall and put SP2 back on?

OR

2) Should I reformat by putting in the SP2 disk? Would that be okay if I end up having to reformat? Would I then have just SP2 and no SP3?

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 09:10 PM

Here is how to: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950249

You should reinstall SP3, however. It really enhances your security.

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 07:25 AM

Here is how to: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950249

You should reinstall SP3, however. It really enhances your security.


I know how to uninstall it, but like I said I don't have the uninstall folder/file and my system restore doesn't go back that far.

But my question was if I use the SP2 disk to reformat the computer, will that make me only have SP2 on my computer and not SP3?

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 11:49 AM

Here is how to: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950249

You should reinstall SP3, however. It really enhances your security.


I know how to uninstall it, but like I said I don't have the uninstall folder/file and my system restore doesn't go back that far.

But my question was if I use the SP2 disk to reformat the computer, will that make me only have SP2 on my computer and not SP3?


You always have the option to look at the updates before downloading them. If you don't want SP3, you can unckeck it in Windows Update.
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Posted 05 January 2009 - 12:50 PM

Here is how to: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950249

You should reinstall SP3, however. It really enhances your security.


I know how to uninstall it, but like I said I don't have the uninstall folder/file and my system restore doesn't go back that far.

But my question was if I use the SP2 disk to reformat the computer, will that make me only have SP2 on my computer and not SP3?


You always have the option to look at the updates before downloading them. If you don't want SP3, you can unckeck it in Windows Update.


I know that. But as it was an XP update, i thought it necessary to have, not knowing that it was screw up my computer. Also, it was an automatic update, I had no idea what microsoft wanted to put on my computer.

All I wish to know is please how to get from SP3 to SP2 when I can't uninstall SP3 at all.

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 01:07 PM

Can't you access the SP3 update in your Add/Remove menu? Make sure you click on "Show Updates" in the upper part of the window. That should show you all your Windows updates, including SP3.

In the future, don't enable "Automatic Windows Updates" but instead "Prompt before downloading". You'll be able to decide what updates you want or don't want (SP3).

Edited by karbo1, 05 January 2009 - 01:21 PM.

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 02:51 PM

Like I said I have tried everything listed in the microsoft article on how to uninstall it. I don't have the spuninst file that it wants so I don't know what to do.

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 07:29 PM

Method 3 says use System Restore - did that work?
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Posted 06 January 2009 - 08:06 PM

Well...be aware that, if you should use an earlier SP CD...to try a repair install of XP SP3...you likely will just wind up with a clean install, losing all your previous data.

I tried it a couple of times to see what would happen if I overrode XP's protestations.

So the answer to your question is...yes, you can use an earlier version but don't be surprised if it turns into a clean install, rather than a repair.

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 10:00 AM

It doesn't matter. We're getting a guy in to do it for us. I dont care if he wipes my computer clean or whatever, I just want SP3 off.

But thanks for all replies...




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