No - SP1 was not on the original release of XP. That's why it was released in a service pac.
SP2 is a huge download, and if you do not have a very fast
broadband connection it can take several hours to download, and then even more time to install. You do not need to download SP1 and then SP2 - just let Windows scan and download and install automatically.
Unless the computer freezes, just let it keep running. You may have had to set your computer to automatically download and install updates for Microsoft to even begin sending the updates because the WGA program initiated in SP2 requires validation if updates are not set on automatic download and install, and of course not having SP2 your computer could not accomplish WGA validation.
So, if you haven't successfully completed the SP2 and subsequent updates I recommend the following:
First and best - get the free assistance from Microsoft that you are entitled to. They can provide an activation key that will bypass WGA problems.
Go to the Windows Update page and click the "get help and support" button on the left side of the page.
If you just do not want to do that, set the computer to full automatic download and install and connect to Windows Updates. As long as it doesn't freeze - it is working as long as you set it to automatic.
Edited by Enthusiast, 03 December 2006 - 10:23 PM.