I Have Two XP Service Pack 2 Disks
I have two XP service pack 2 disks, both of which seem to be identical with the same markings and info stamped/imprinted on them from the MS factory. They both say:
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Includes Service Pack 2, Version 2002, 2004 Microsoft Corporation All Rights Reserved
One I received when I purchased the 1st custom made desktop in 2004, and it is the disk I used when I reformatted that computer's hard drive in 2008 and reinstalled Windows SP 2 fresh on the hard drive and I reloaded all the drivers, software, etc. The other disk I received when I purchased a new custom made desktop in 2011, HOWEVER, that recent computer has service pack 3 on it which was loaded by the technicians at the store where I purchased the computer, and it was from a CD they use at their store only.
Possibly, the reason that I am having such a difficult time with the repair install on the 1st custom made computer which I loaded SP 2 on in 2008, is that my husband (I am Dan's wife) recently tried to do an upgrade on the 1st computer to SP 3. He did this by going to the MS website. I knew nothing of this until I tried to use the computer and the HP splash screen was frozen. The computer had worked great up until that time. I can't boot to safe mode to set it to a previous restore point, and I can't use DOS to get to a restore point because the computer goes to a blue death screen at some point. My last option I knew of was to try a repair install. So it could be that the computer does have service pack 3 on it now since he did download it, and maybe that's why I can't continue with the repair install and why I don't see C: Windows XP Home Edition highlighted at the screen after the f8 license agreement acceptance. There may be other options out there to fix this computer, and that is why I posted to this forum to see if I could get information for the repair install to work, and if I discovered that the repair install could not be accomplished, I could find someone who had another solution to restore the computer back to working order without my having to do another fresh format and reinstall of all the software and SP 2. Thanks for your help, I appreciate it.
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