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Offline bdunn0

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Can I Convert Win Xp Sp3 to Sp2
« on: August 20, 2013, 07:34:13 PM »
I purchased a computer with Win Xp Sp3 already installed. Can I convert it back to Sp2 without having to do a complete install.

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Re: Can I Convert Win Xp Sp3 to Sp2
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2013, 08:01:34 PM »
If there is a SP3 install in the uninstall list, then yes. If there is not, then no. If the computer was purchased new with SP3 then there is no way to go back to SP2. Even if there is a SP3 install in the uninstall list, you will have to undo all the updates done after it was installed.

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Re: Can I Convert Win Xp Sp3 to Sp2
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2013, 08:05:20 PM »
There is no SP3 install in the uninstall list. Looks like I will have to do a complete reinstall of Win Xp using a disk that has SP2. Is that correct?

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Re: Can I Convert Win Xp Sp3 to Sp2
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2013, 08:34:44 PM »
Sounds like that is the only way to do it.

If you don't mind my asking, what are you trying to do?

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Re: Can I Convert Win Xp Sp3 to Sp2
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2013, 08:49:18 PM »
I have a software package that runs on Windows XP. It will only work through SP2. New software upgrade package is very expensive. Trying to make this one work a little longer. This is for a business application & will not be connected to the internet, so it should be ok for a while.

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Re: Can I Convert Win Xp Sp3 to Sp2
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2013, 09:07:52 PM »
When you install it, right click on the install file and select properties. Then select compatibility and select XP SP2. Once it is installed you will have to do the same to the shortcut to start the program.

Or you can run a Virtual PC if your computer has enough memory to run it. But the compatibility options should work.

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Re: Can I Convert Win Xp Sp3 to Sp2
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2013, 09:57:27 PM »
This is a Dell Computer. I had an older Dell Reinstallation CD with Windows XP Pro Service Pack 2. I ran the repair option after booting from the CD. Checking the Systim Informataton after installation shows that I am now running Service Pack 2. I will reinstall software package tomorrow to see if it works. I will let you know.