Windows XP repair wipes out sp2 and sp3

By sailerman ยท 9 replies
Jul 3, 2009
  1. i had something bugging my pc and causing IE8 and firefox 3 to keep getting bsod and rebooting. after many attempts of fixing it I tried using the xp repair on the cd and when it was done it took out sp 2 and 3. Should I just clean my hard drive and start all over again and reinstall eveything? Now it keeps coming up attempting to reinstall something on its own and getting an installation error that I can't figure out where it is coming from. the pc will boot and I am typing on it it now but its not just right.
  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    1) I'm not sure what you mean by "it took out sp 2 and 3"
    2) But regardless, it frankly sounds like you'd be best to do a full reformat and re-install. Have you been able to backup all your personal files/folders yet?
  3. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Posts: 572   +6

    This Happens if the reinstall Disc is an older version of the Os, than the one you currently have installed.
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184


    An XP reinstall will overwrite whatever was on the disk

    On the other hand, sailerman indicated an XP repair. If i take what was posted literally, then XP won't allow you to do an XP repair with an older XP version then is on your hard drive.

    So... sailerman: What did you mean??? did you reinstall or repair XP from your CDs before? And what did you mean by "it took out sp 2 and 3"
  5. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    The nature of a repair installation is to restore the Windows system files to their original state. Thus, any service packs or OS patches will need to be reapplied after the repair, unless they've been slipstreamed to your OS disc. You must repatch Windows via Windows Update - except, there's a common issue with that:

    Here are resolutions, as provided by Microsoft:

  6. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    So use a download of SP2 and SP 3... they should be in every repair kit.
  7. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    All true but i believe one item to clarify PLUS another "gotcha" worth noting (and looking out for) about repair installs

    1) Windows will give an error message if you try to use a CD with an older SP release then your current installation (e.g. you can't use an XP SP2 CD to repair your drive if it has XP SP3 installed version)

    2) As Matthew points out: You may have issues with overwriting Windows files when, for example, you use an SP3 CD to repair your current SP3 installed version ('cuz your current installed SP3 version might include updates above and beyond what's on your SP3 CD)

    3) ALSO! There are additional interesting issues to be aware of regarding Internet Explorer when you do a repair install. How to perform a repair installation of Windows XP if a later version of Internet Explorer is installed
  8. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +57

  9. sailerman

    sailerman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    xp repair wipes out sp2 ans sp3

    I was using my original xp pro cd to do a REPAIR. Once it finished, xp update then said I needed to do an update for sp2 and 3. In addition, I keep getting an error "setting product ID Registry Failed"

    I have not done the updates. I have mostly everything backed up. Is it better for me just to wipe it clean and reinstall everything? I did this not too long ago and it worked better.

    In response to the file missing wups2.dll I have not checked that yet and if it is missing then would it be smarter to just start from a clean hdd?

    This all started with IE8 crashing over and over. Mozilla was doing the same thing.

    Thanks All for the reponse
  10. sailerman

    sailerman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    OK I registered the file and restarted window s update. Should I still reformat my HDD and reinstall xp pro and then do sp2 and 3?
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