1953 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 8, 2010 9:11 AM by James Bearde
easiest way to verify that your XP CD has SP2 incorporated is to look at the root directory of the CD for a file named 'win51ip.sp2'.
If there, then it is SP2. If not, well...
And there is a way to make yourself a XP CD with SP2 out of your pre-SP2 XP CD by following these instructions http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxpsp2slipstream.asp
But you have to do it on a Windows PC.
It might be possible (I haven't tried) to use something like VirtualBox http://www.virtualbox.org/ (or Parallels or VMWare Fusion) and install the pre-SP2 XP.
Then update that installed XP with the standalone SP2-updater and do the slipstream-process.
But as said, no guarantee it will work.
Hope it helps
I'll check out the ideas you provided... I'm not certain about my version being SP2... But I have a bad feeling it's not... I do have access to a Wintel Laptop of mine (which unfortunately has Vista on it) and could possibly try the link you gave me... I think If I could build a SP2 version of XP it would be the best way to go...
Also, I do have Parallels 5.0 which seems to run almost all operating systems (including linux) but even Parallels 5.0 requires XP w/ SP2.
You gave me some good advice and I appreciate it... I will check out the cd-rom first and see if it is SP2 or not... If it isn't I'll try the link. If you think of any other good ideas I be glad to hear them.
I checked the CD and there is a file called 'win51ip' but it doesn't carry the '.sp2' extension. Actually there is no extension at all. I'll look into the link you provided about making it a SP2 version. As far as I know you can't install a non-SP2 version and then download the updates with both bootcamp and parallels 5.0. So, I'll use my Vista laptop and make it a SP2 disc (if possible).
I'll keep you posted... Thanks again!
a XP SP2 CD features three such files with similar names:
The last one is (of course) the hint that the CD is at SP2 level.
The Vista laptop should do quite fine to make the SP2 CD.
That Parallels 5 needs XP with SP2 is new to me. Thanks for the info.
If problems arise, please feel free to ask.
Stefan... My CD has the first two files:
But not the last file. I'm trying to decide if I want to make the SP2 CD or just dual boot the laptop... It's been a while since I've repartitioned and dual booted a Wintel system but I found some really good straight forward instructions on dual booting Vista and XP.
Unfortunately for me, the Instruction manual for Parallels 5.0 states very clearly Win XP w/ SP2. I was up late last night toying around w/ Vista... Now I know why so many people are still using XP.
The link you provided for making an SP2 CD seems rather straightforward too and I might give it a shot... I'm still back and forth with what I should do.
Thanks for the guidance thus far... I'll be sure to keep you updated as to my status.