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Windows XP Service Pack 4 ???


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#1 winndb

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 05:55 AM

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Updates\Windows XP\SP4
Attached File  SP4.zip   28.44KB   10 downloads
I found the above entry in the registry of my Windows XP Home edition machine.
Since Service Pack 4 does not exist I am quite perplexed about it.

My OS is an authenticated clean installation Windows XP Home Edition Sp3 that has always been updated using MS Automatic Update. Why then would the registry reference a Service Pack 4?

The full registry entry is included. See SP4.zip attachment.

Any Ideas anyone?

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 06:31 AM

The HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Updates\Windows XP\SP4 is a normal key for XP, it is after all the logical category for "updates after SP3"

For example, see the discussion here:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverwsus/thread/a157d4cf-ac1c-4881-ba88-bef36bf58f99

Edited by Platypus, 01 July 2011 - 06:32 AM.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 06:31 AM

I'd never noticed that particular key, but my "bare" XP virtual machine, which aside from updates has nothing installed and gets reset every time I run it, also has that key and almost identical subkeys.

Based on that, I'm inclined to think that it's normal and to be expected.

My guess is that "SP4" in this case refers to updates which came after the release of Service Pack 3 and which would therefore be included in any future release of a fourth service pack for XP, since each service pack includes all updates issued up until the service pack is released. So while there is no SP4 for XP, the naming convention still references it (though this is merely speculation.)

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 06:45 AM

I think it's a valid entry...if you Google, you will see that, I think.

I have to guess...strictly guess...that it's a mechanism MS creates for all potential updates which may be included in an anticipated SP4. Just a wild guess.

I have various registry entries relating to SP4 on this XP install.

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Posted 02 July 2011 - 04:27 PM

Hi Platypus, Thank you for your reply .
The link you have provided is in reference to The Windows Server Edition which has indeed had a sp4 release. My OS is the Home Edition.

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Posted 03 July 2011 - 12:11 AM

Sorry winndb, I can see how it would be confusing using the discussion on a server forum, but the reference is to that key being present on the other computers on the network, not particularly the server. I intended it to reassure us that the update status gurus considered it normal for the SP4 key to be there, and probably should have mentioned I'd checked that it was there on my own XP Home systems.
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