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#1 btBAM!

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 12:39 AM

Hey everyone. I tried to keep the title simple as you can see. I had a guy build me a computer a few years ago for pretty cheap so I couldn't ask for too much. I'm running Windows XP Home Edition 2002 Version and I can't update to Service Pack 2. I'm kind of behind as far as my updates because of this. It says "The requested action is not present in activation context" or something like that. Then it says I should insert my Windows XP CD, but I don't have one. What do I do? Is there any way around this? Other than this issue, my comp performance is pretty good actually.

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 08:51 AM

<<...and I can't update to Service Pack 2>>

Why not?

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 12:11 PM

Because it says "The requested action is not present in activation context."

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 12:43 PM

Info I am finding indicates this can be caused by malware.

Please download install, update and run the free version of MalwareBytes antimalware from here

Do the complete scan
You may also want to do the same with SuperAntiSpyware from here

Remove everything they find and restart the computer even if not prompted to do so

Edited by Eyesee, 12 May 2010 - 12:44 PM.

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 06:28 PM

I already have MalwareBytes and I scanned last night. No Viruses or anything. You say the SuperAntiSpyware is pretty good? I'm looking now. Do you use it?

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 06:40 PM

Worth a look, http://www.techsupportforum.com/microsoft-...dads-puter.html.

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 08:45 PM

SuperAntiSpyware is very good. I use it and I suspect that most of us in this forum use it.

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 09:32 PM

did you try to download sp2 manually? http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 10:04 PM

I downloaded and scanned. It took FOREVER to scan. Almost 3 hours. I found some stuff though and got rid of it. I'm getting ready to try and update to service pack 2 and 3 here in a few minutes. Quick question about something else...how can I change what programs run automatically when I first start my computer? Because the SASW is popping up by itself and I want to do it manually. Thanks again.

Edited by btBAM!, 12 May 2010 - 10:11 PM.


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Posted 12 May 2010 - 11:02 PM

You can disable SUPER from starting with Windows inside its Preferences or via msconfig.

What do you define as "some stuff"? If it was anything more than tracking cookies, you will need help from the malware team...
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Posted 13 May 2010 - 11:03 PM

You can disable SUPER from starting with Windows inside its Preferences or via msconfig.

What do you define as "some stuff"? If it was anything more than tracking cookies, you will need help from the malware team...


One was tracking, and the other was something with the word Trojan in it. I know that's pretty bad. It said I had 71 threats, but according to SuperAntiSpyware, everything is gone now. My comp is lagging a little bit though, and it wasn't doing this before.

And I still can't install SP2

Edited by btBAM!, 13 May 2010 - 11:04 PM.


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Posted 14 May 2010 - 02:33 PM

Have you ever run disk defrag? Start-programs-accesories- system tools, disk defrag. Also in same area run disk cleanup (first)
You should go right for SP3, (it includes SP2). Anyway after you get the SP's, again run disk cleanup and defrag.

Edited by rosiesdad, 14 May 2010 - 02:35 PM.


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Posted 14 May 2010 - 03:14 PM

Back to the SPs...

<<I'm kind of behind as far as my updates because of this.>>

What SP, if any, is currently installed?

System manufacturer and system model?

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 04:06 PM

Don't bother installin SP2 as SP3 has all of SP2 included in it. Installing SP2 is a waste of time.
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Posted 14 May 2010 - 04:32 PM

You can only make the jump...if SP1 is already installed on the system.

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