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How to install Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) by using Systems Management Server

SUMMARY
You can use Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0 or SMS 2003 to distribute Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) from a shared distribution folder on a network.

Important To distribute Windows XP SP2 by using SMS 2.0, you must have SMS 2.0 with Service Pack 4 (SP4) installed.

If you are installing SP2 from the CD, the service pack installer file is named Xpsp2.exe. If you are downloading SP2 from the Microsoft Web site, the installer file is named WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2-xxx.exe (where xxx stands for a specific language code, such as ENU for English). Both installer files are the same; they just have different names.

If you are downloading SP2 from the Web, for the purposes of this document, use WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2-xxx.exe wherever you see Xpsp2.exe. To download SP2, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
MORE INFORMATION
A "Deploying Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Systems Management Server" white paper is available. This white paper contains step-by-step instructions about how to do the following:
  • Download and expand Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Create the package and the advertisement
  • Use the package and the advertisement to distribute Windows XP Service Pack 2
To obtain this white paper, visit the following Microsoft Web site: For more information about SMS 2003, see the "Systems Management Server 2003 Concepts, Planning, and Deployment Guide." To obtain the most recent version of this guide, visit the following Microsoft Web site: For specific information about how to distribute software by using SMS 2003, see chapter 3, "Software Distribution," in the "Systems Management Server 2003 Concepts, Planning, and Deployment Guide." For information about security features in SMS, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Additionally, review the "Microsoft SMS Security Essentials" white paper. To obtain this white paper, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
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Article ID: 842844 - Last Review: 05/21/2007 09:20:02 - Revision: 5.7

Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition Service Pack 2 (SP2), Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (SP2), Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0 Service Pack 4, Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003

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