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Ok this is my situation: I am running Windows XP which was installed from a CD that was pirated. Now I would like to have the SP1 and SP2 updates, and obviously I cant due to the invalid product key. I also have an authentic 'Windows XP w/SP2' CD that I bought, and would like to install. Can I simply reinstall this authentic 'Windows XP w/SP2' over my existing windows without losing any files? Also since my current version of windows does not have SP1, can I automaticcaly go from no service packs to SP2 or do I to have SP1 already installed in order to go to SP2. Basically does SP2 contain everything SP1 does and then somemore? How exactly do I go about installing this Windows XP w/SP2 without losing my current programs/files/configurations? Thank you