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XP Sp1

By Unholywater
Jun 1, 2003
  1. I'm trying to install Service Pack 1 for Windows XP, but when I download it from Microsoft's site from Windows Update, it does nothing.

    How do I get it to install? Is there another link I can get Sp1 from?
     
  2. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,427

    I've had that happen a few times, don't know why. You can go to the downloads section here at TechSpot, and then OS Updates and try it from there.
     
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    Try the network SP1 install on Microsoft's site.

    It's roughly 130mb, but it is the complete package you can install from your HDD, rather than the cheesy web install you get if you download it from WindowsUpdate or the home user version.
     
  4. Unholywater

    Unholywater TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    How do you launch the setup from the hard drive? I can't seem to find the file.
     
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

  6. Unholywater

    Unholywater TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    Yes, I just downloaded that, and right now, I can't find the setup file or anything to launch it.
     
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    It is a single EXE file... The file installs itself by double clicking on it.. Honest. :)

    If it isn't installing for you, then there is something seriously wrong. Very odd.
     
  8. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    search the extracted files for update.exe
     
  9. Unholywater

    Unholywater TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    I extracted the files from the single file, and it does nothing.
     
  10. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    Do your other executables work properly?

    I've had instances where other programs have influenced being able to see open programs. For example, MSMIN.exe has oft caused me problems. :) Make sure absolutely everything in Task Manager is closed that can be closed under "Processes".

    Also, if your XP is not activated, you would have a simliar problem. If you are using a crack to circumvent registration or just have not activated it yet, this may be the cause.

    Other than that... I don't know. Hmm.

    Lastly, try searching the microsoft knowledge base for something like sp1 will not run. (In my signature)

    For example, here is a possible solution I found:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;330089
     
  11. enduser

    enduser TS Rookie Posts: 26

    If you are using the professional version of xp, you might need to be logged in as the administrator and have a valid password that windows thinks is secure to install service packs.

    I had the same problem trying to install programs in Windows Server 2003. It required that I was logged in as the admin and had a password.
     
     
  12. Unholywater

    Unholywater TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    I'm logged in as Administrator. I try to run the Update.exe file, but it doesn't do anything. I activated Windows XP without any cracks. It still doesn't run.
     
  13. JSR

    JSR Banned Posts: 730

    because it probably is already installed

    hehe...........
     
  14. JSR

    JSR Banned Posts: 730

    rick

    a god .......should never admit.........that you do not know...........i noticed you also lost that pirated software tattoo.....very godlike:cool:
     
  15. Unholywater

    Unholywater TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    It's not already installed. Otherwise, it would say, Windows Service Pack 1 in my system properties.
     
  16. JSR

    JSR Banned Posts: 730

    then go to

    the windows service pack 1a website............it should tell you in your installation history if it was sucessful or not........just hit the read more link related to sp1a........ and at the bottom of the pop-up is the link to the site.......it may shed light on your situation
     
  17. enduser

    enduser TS Rookie Posts: 26

    It doesn't matter if you are logged in as an administrator if you have the policy enabled that requires a acceptable password. I was logged in as an admin too but couldn't run xp-antispy in the newest version of windows because of the security policy that requires a 8 character password.
     
  18. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    If there were a problem running the file due to security permissions, wouldn't there be an error? Something like, "You do not have sufficient privelages.. blah blah blah"?
     
  19. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,268

    Try searching for wupdmgr.exe...click on it, this will bring you to the MS XP update site, the website will scan your pc and recommend you updates which include SP1 if you don't have one.
     
  20. Unholywater

    Unholywater TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    I tried Windows Update many times, but when I restart my computer, it's on the site again.
     
  21. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    it could be that ther windows installer utility is corrupted.
     
  22. Unholywater

    Unholywater TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    Is there a better version of windows installer?
     
  23. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    ummmm....yeah its in SP1
     
  24. Unholywater

    Unholywater TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    And if I'm unable to install Sp1 to get the new installer?
     
  25. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    LoL. Quite a mess!

    A second-to-last ditch idea.. But perhaps try to "repair" your XP installation by booting from the CD and following the install process. You probably know the drill. ;)

    You can also slip-stream SP1 into your Windws XP CD and build a new one.. You can upgrade to SP1 from the XP installation, rather than trying to install it from Windows. If you need more information on slip streaming, I'll be happy to help you out. There's a wealth of info on the internet though.

    Other than that, waiting for SP2 might be an option as well as formatting (Don't give up yet, though!).
     
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