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Need proper steps to update Windows XP


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#1 DaWayne57

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 03:27 PM

Hi everyone. This is my first post and I have some questions. I have just performed a total system recovery on my Windows XP (did a factory install). I went to the Microsoft website and let it scan my computer for updates. It found 66 critical updates needed.
I tried to install my Norton Internet Security before I downloaded the critical updates found by Microsoft for some protection, but my antivirus failed to install because it said I needed at least Windows Service Pack 1 installed to install the Internet Security. My first question is: Is it safe to download the updates without antivirus protection? Second question: Which Windows Service Packs do I need to install on my computer to get it up to date? Third question: Is there any correct order of steps to install updates after a system recovery? Has anyone posted these steps before? Thanks in advance.

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 04:01 PM

Hi :thumbsup:.

<<My first question is: Is it safe to download the updates without antivirus protection?>>

Relatively safe, as long as you have a firewall working.

The firewall is more important than the AV when it comes to providing the initial line of defense, since many of the newest forms of malware have not been included in the list of items to be defended against.

Story: I did a clean install of XP and forgot to set up the firewall before I went to Windows Update, total time from completion of install to update was maybe 2 minutes. The Blaster Worm found me because I had not set up the firewall and I learned my lesson :flowers:.

My suggestion is always...firewall, XP critical updates, AV, other malware defense programs.

Louis

Edit: I would go to SP3, which includes SP1 and SP2, http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/...p3/default.mspx If you go that route, please read all info, especially what should be done before attempting install of SP3.

All security updates should be treated as essential by any user who is serious about protecting her/his system.

Edited by hamluis, 05 January 2009 - 04:13 PM.


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Posted 05 January 2009 - 05:21 PM

FLASH...I was in error before :thumbsup:.

Up until today, I had always believed that installation of SP1 was a prerequisite to installing SP3. Today I decided to just look it up and didn't really see a clear cut answer, so I made a mistake and indicated that SP3 could be installed without SP1 or SP2.

Upon review of the tape (and with a gracious comment from Platypus), I have found that my original feeling was correct and SP1 needs to be installed before moving to SP3.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322389

"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.

If you have to install Windows XP Service Pack 1a or Windows XP Service Pack 2, go to the "Windows XP Service Pack 1a" section or the "Windows XP Service Pack 2" section in this article."


Louis




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