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Upgrade from Windows XP SP 1 to SP2

KOGONAI Avatar
8y, 3w agoPosted 8 years, 3 weeks ago
Hi techies, I have a couple of questions as I want to upgrade my sis's Laptop.
My technical knowledge is almost "ZERO", but you all are brilliant. So help please.

1) How to do I Upgrade her Sony Viao Laptop from SP1 to SP2 on the Windows XP.
2) Should I back up the Data on her Machine?
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8y, 3w agoPosted 8 years, 3 weeks ago
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1 Like #1
You want SP3.

No.
1 Like #2
you can update by going to microsoft website, or click windows update should show you the latest updates ready to install, SP3 is the latest update now, not SP2 so u be wise to use SP3
banned 1 Like #3
Go here...follow the instructions...very simple to use


http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/default.aspx?ln=en-us
#4
Thanks to all 3 of you, but you are definitely sure, I wont loose the data on her Laptop?
1 Like #5
1) How to do I Upgrade her Sony Viao Laptop from SP1 to SP2 on the Windows XP.
2) Should I back up the Data on her Machine?

1) Go to the Microsoft website as stated above and download the update for SP2. Don't worry, it's safe and all computers with XP should have at least SP2 (SP3 is also available, and you might want to update to that as well) You can also turn on automatic updates by going to My Computer > Automatic Updates (tab) and turn on Auto updates. This will flag up a little yellow shield in the bottom right corner of the screen, next to the clock when an update is available from Microsoft. You then click it and it installs the updates. You need to be connected to the internet for this to work, obviously :P

2. You shouldn't need to worry about backing up her data, as SP2 is harmless. Although you should back up data regularly anyway just in case of anything, but don't worry for MS updates :) The update won't erase your HDD or anything, it just installs updates for XP, enhancing security and whatnot. Your documents are untouched.
1 Like #6
KOGONAI;3838975
Thanks to all 3 of you, but you are definitely sure, I wont loose the data on her Laptop?


Absolutely, 100%, definetly, without a shadow of a doubt no you wont - well at least I don't think so ;-)
#7
Predikuesi
Absolutely, 100%, definetly, without a shadow of a doubt no you wont - well at least I don't think so ;-)


Unless her hard drive crashes in a severe twist of fate, it shouldn't :P I've never encountered a problem with data loss from a SP2 update!
#8
Forget SP2................ apply SP3 and all post release patches (run Windows Update after installation).
banned#9
linux ftw! only joking... you want sp3


while its updating listen to this:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=TTwJsmr7KsI&feature=related
#10
Thanks to all of you for your advice as I have successfully upgraded my Sis's Laptop from XP SP1 to SP2.

I asked her whether she wants to go on for SP3, but I didnt know what the benefits were & couldnt convince her, so went only for SP2.

THANKS again to all. Can only repay by giving you all REP for your time & instant help.
Luv ya all.
#11
If you don't install SP3 you're leaving the computer wide open to infection, malware etc. There's absolutely no reason not to be up to date with the latest patches and service packs.
banned#12
KOGONAI
Thanks to all of you for your advice as I have successfully upgraded my Sis's Laptop from XP SP1 to SP2.

I asked her whether she wants to go on for SP3, but I didnt know what the benefits were & couldnt convince her, so went only for SP2.

THANKS again to all. Can only repay by giving you all REP for your time & instant help.
Luv ya all.


dude you should have just put sp3 on it anyway... she wouldn't have known the difference!
#13
imranmaz
dude you should have just put sp3 on it anyway... she wouldn't have known the difference!


:lol:
#14
abomination
If you don't install SP3 you're leaving the computer wide open to infection, malware etc. There's absolutely no reason not to be up to date with the latest patches and service packs.



Can I still install the SP3 for her?
banned 1 Like #15
KOGONAI
Can I still install the SP3 for her?


yep... windows update...
1 Like #16
KOGONAI
Can I still install the SP3 for her?


yes ! windows update , exactly the same as you done sp2

you should always have it set to install critical updates automatically ! ( at the minimum )
#17
If you click start, all programs, windows update will be listed up towards the top..:thumbsup:
#18
geedub
yes ! windows update , exactly the same as you done sp2

you should always have it set to install critical updates automatically ! ( at the minimum )



Cool
#19
Will update SP3 tomorrow morning on her Laptop, but Rep now added. Thanks again.
banned#20
KOGONAI;3841455
Will update SP3 tomorrow morning on her Laptop, but Rep now added. Thanks again.

best run a malware and virus scan as laptop could well be riddled with them if its been stuck on SP1 for years. SP2 was released about 3 years ago I think so she has been running with 3 years of security flaws :w00t:
#21
csiman
best run a malware and virus scan as laptop could well be riddled with them if its been stuck on SP1 for years. SP2 was released about 3 years ago I think so she has been running with 3 years of security flaws :w00t:


Any advice on how to do that csi?
#22
KOGONAI
Any advice on how to do that csi?


I would recommend downloading AVG anti-virus ( http://free.avg.com/download?prd=afe ), install and let it get the latest updates, then run a full system scan. This can take up to and over an hour depending on how much stuff is on the laptop :P

Also would recommend AdAware which is an adware remover ( http://www.download.com/Ad-Aware-2008/3000-8022_4-10045910.html ) again install it and tell it to check for updates until it says there's no more available. The same applies as before in terms of time to scan.

Finally, get a firewall - I recommend Comodo ( http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/download_firewall.html) again let it install and update, and run a full scan on your laptop. If you're not used to a firewall, then you'll be put off by the popups. Basically, it will warn you if any programs are trying to access the computer or change any core files etc. The golden rule to remember is, if you have not executed an action (e.g. Purposely gone to install a program) and you see a notification from an unknown source (It will tell you the name of the program, and if it's a trusted source. Also use your discretion - If it says something like avgupd.exe, that's a safe program as it's AVG ;-) but if it's unknown, block it :)

It takes time to get used to, but pretty simple to use overall. I would advise doing a full scan every week just to be sure, maybe on a Sunday, or some time when the machine won't be in use.

In my opinion, having those 3 installed will keep you running smoothly as long as you're sensible :) Might want to download and run CCleaner ( http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/ ) too, which will fix issues with your registry and clear out un-necessary guff from the computer. Run this occassionally and keep your computer performing better than it would do :)
#23
DragonChris
I would recommend downloading AVG anti-virus ( http://free.avg.com/download?prd=afe ), install and let it get the latest updates, then run a full system scan. This can take up to and over an hour depending on how much stuff is on the laptop :P

Also would recommend AdAware which is an adware remover ( http://www.download.com/Ad-Aware-2008/3000-8022_4-10045910.html ) again install it and tell it to check for updates until it says there's no more available. The same applies as before in terms of time to scan.

Finally, get a firewall - I recommend Comodo ( http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/download_firewall.html) again let it install and update, and run a full scan on your laptop. If you're not used to a firewall, then you'll be put off by the popups. Basically, it will warn you if any programs are trying to access the computer or change any core files etc. The golden rule to remember is, if you have not executed an action (e.g. Purposely gone to install a program) and you see a notification from an unknown source (It will tell you the name of the program, and if it's a trusted source. Also use your discretion - If it says something like avgupd.exe, that's a safe program as it's AVG ;-) but if it's unknown, block it :)

It takes time to get used to, but pretty simple to use overall. I would advise doing a full scan every week just to be sure, maybe on a Sunday, or some time when the machine won't be in use.

In my opinion, having those 3 installed will keep you running smoothly as long as you're sensible :) Might want to download and run CCleaner ( http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/ ) too, which will fix issues with your registry and clear out un-necessary guff from the computer. Run this occassionally and keep your computer performing better than it would do :)


you missed spybot s+ d ! :thumbsup:
#24
geedub
you missed spybot s+ d ! :thumbsup:


I did have this installed on my machine, but got a little annoyed with it... Seemed to work fine, but was taking up a lot of memory... Think it might have conflicted with Windows Defender (kept it on out of curiosity, I'm well aware few people like it :P) but yeah :P

I think those 4 will keep them going for now though, then when they're comfortable with them, maybe consider Spybot.

Good input though ;)
#25
Thanks again for your help. Sorry couldnt Thank you both yesterday as I was away.
#26
Btw only thing that I could download on her Laptop was AVG & there were 690 Errors, but seems like only 20 can be fixed. So probably she has to put up with all the remaining 670 :lol:
#27
use malwarebytes.org very good software
#28
KOGONAI
Btw only thing that I could download on her Laptop was AVG & there were 690 Errors, but seems like only 20 can be fixed. So probably she has to put up with all the remaining 670 :lol:


I do hope she is not using this with any sensitive information like online shopping or banking as she taking a major risk. I you cant sort it yourself post which town you live in and I'm sure someone will help out.
banned#29
KOGONAI;3850283
Btw only thing that I could download on her Laptop was AVG & there were 690 Errors, but seems like only 20 can be fixed. So probably she has to put up with all the remaining 670 :lol:

wow! that is one seriously shafted laptop. Dont put any sensitive info on it or via the internet as its probably being scanned by hackers! I'd reformat now!
#30
KOGONAI
Btw only thing that I could download on her Laptop was AVG & there were 690 Errors, but seems like only 20 can be fixed. So probably she has to put up with all the remaining 670 :lol:


Would the other programs not install?

At this point then, I would strongly suggest that you save all her data/documents etc (don't just save all her C drive though, else you'll be saving the viruses) to DVD etc, then wipe the computer and start afresh. That way it can be protected by the aforementioned software from the start, and hopefully not be full of viruses again :)

Good luck, and I hope my input has been somewhat useful!
#31
Oh no, you all have made me worry a LOT now. The only reason why uses the Laptop is to check emails, access her internet Bank Account & access a couple of other websites. :cry:

So next action should be for me to save her Data & reformat the Laptop. But what about the Drivers & what about the CD's for Windows INstallation?? She doesnt have any CD's as she got this 2nd hand.

Sorry all for asking such stupid questions :oops:
#32
No DragonChris, I did not install the others yet. Was waiting for AVG to act on the Laptop.
banned#33
KOGONAI;3852992
Oh no, you all have made me worry a LOT now. The only reason why uses the Laptop is to check emails, access her internet Bank Account & access a couple of other websites. :cry:

So next action should be for me to save her Data & reformat the Laptop. But what about the Drivers & what about the CD's for Windows INstallation?? She doesnt have any CD's as she got this 2nd hand.

Sorry all for asking such stupid questions :oops:

Oh dear! best contact the banks to let them know.

and install malwarebytes to clear the keylogger viruses off the system!
#34
csiman
Oh dear! best contact the banks to let them know.

and install malwarebytes to clear the keylogger viruses off the system!


Any suggestions or links??

I am really really getting worried for her now & dont even have the courage to tell her that her information might be at risk.

I hate hackers & people who trouble others. :x
#35
Btw, since this post, I have installed the following on her Laptop:
1) SP2 & then SP3
2) AVG
3) Malwarebytes
4) Avast (someone told me to, so I did)
5) Zone Alarm (someone told me to, so I did)

Is there any point changing her default browser from IE6 to some which is more secure (if at all IE is not secure at all)??

Anything else you GREAT helpful people? (will ask her to call the bank)
#36
KOGONAI
Btw, since this post, I have installed the following on her Laptop:
1) SP2 & then SP3
2) AVG
3) Malwarebytes
4) Avast (someone told me to, so I did)
5) Zone Alarm (someone told me to, so I did)

Is there any point changing her default browser from IE6 to some which is more secure (if at all IE is not secure at all)??

Anything else you GREAT helpful people? (will ask her to call the bank)


I wouldn't panic just yet, get the software which I recommended to you installed (get rid of ZoneAlarm and install Comodo! Much less memory intensive). I still also recommend AdAware and CCleaner.

You can try using FIreFox for her banking, or use IE 7 and ensure you have all the windows updates installed etc as before.

If you're going to reformat the computer, you can get most of the drivers off the manufacturers website (e.g. If it's a Dell, just goggle "Dell drivers") and you'll get through to their support pages. As far as a Windows CD goes, that's another story - If you know someone who has one, borrow it, if not, might consider buying one?

Will assist more later if I get a chance, with the girlfriend now :P
#37
KOGONAI;3853083
Any suggestions or links??

I am really really getting worried for her now & dont even have the courage to tell her that her information might be at risk.

I hate hackers & people who trouble others. :x


Don't worry. Let me take care of this for you. I just need your bank account details & sort code....:friends:
#38
DragonChris
I wouldn't panic just yet, get the software which I recommended to you installed (get rid of ZoneAlarm and install Comodo! Much less memory intensive). I still also recommend AdAware and CCleaner.

You can try using FIreFox for her banking, or use IE 7 and ensure you have all the windows updates installed etc as before.

If you're going to reformat the computer, you can get most of the drivers off the manufacturers website (e.g. If it's a Dell, just goggle "Dell drivers") and you'll get through to their support pages. As far as a Windows CD goes, that's another story - If you know someone who has one, borrow it, if not, might consider buying one?

Will assist more later if I get a chance, with the girlfriend now :P



You are a Star DragonChris.

I will go over to her house & install the other softwares & uninsitall Zone Alarm.
Also will try & set the Default Windows Firewall ON too.
Thanks again soooo much for your help.
#39
DragonChris, why cant I give you MORE rep :cry:
banned 1 Like #40
and uninstall AVG as you should nt have 2 AV programs (Avast is better than AVG)

and use firefox 3.0

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