Hello all. I'll try to keep this brief but i know i won't!
I recently reinstalled Vista on my somone's laptop (full install not repair) as I had done previously on the same machine without problem using the same windows iso disc a few years earlier. The first time I used the disc was about 4 years ago and windows updated immediatey after installation without problem. This time however, absolutely no joy.
Please note, I am NOT asking for solutions to the update problem as I've tried them all without success and there are plenty of threads dealing with this issue already. That's not so say I've given up, I just want to try my own solution which involves uninstalling SP2 from the system.
But here's the problem. When I open up the system information window, sure enough, it says I have Windows Service Pack 2 installed. Now I certainly did not update the system with SP2 or any other update. Because Update does NOT work!
The only updates I see listed are old KB files (5 of them) which I assume installed themselves with the Vista installation disc. I don't have access to the laptop right now so I can't tell you which KB files are in the installed list, but I did look them up and they are all just previous versions of the Vista update installer. No sign of any service pack files or any other updates.
So the question I have twofold: Do I have SP2 installed or don't I? And If I do, how do I go about unistalling SP2 if I can't see it listed?
Is it possible that the installation disc I used is somehow an image of Vista SP2 without actually containing SP2? I have tried downloading SP2 and installing but get the predictable message that SP2 is already installed. Call me crazy but I'm just not convinced that I do. Call me crazier still, but could this be the reason windows won't update?
Some extra info: Straight after installation I checked the version of Internet Explorer and it was IE7. However i dimly remember that Vista SP2 came with IE8? Is this further evidence? I was however able to download IE9 and install it.
Probably not relevant but The laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1720, intel core 2 duo, 2Ghz Ram and it came shipped with Vista 32-bit Home edition. I am reinstalling using same OS. Windows has been validated online with authentic windows key.
Anyhow, if anyone can shed some light on my specific question I'd be very grateful, to say the least.