This article is Part 2 of the Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Step by Step guide. This part explains how to install Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2).
To view the other topics of the Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Step by Step guide, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base articles that are listed in the "References" section.
The Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Step by Step guide includes the following topics:
Part 1: Better security with Service Pack 2Part 2: Installing Service Pack 2Part 3: The new Security CenterPart 4: Automatic UpdatesPart 5: Virus protectionPart 6: Windows FirewallPart 7: Protecting against buffer overflowsPart 8: Improvements in Internet Explorer and Outlook ExpressPart 9: Uninstalling Service Pack 2
Part 2: Installing Service Pack 2
Windows XP SP2 is very easy to install. The quickest method is to use Windows Update. If you want to update multiple computers, you can use the installation package for IT professionals.
How to upgrade Microsoft Windows Update
You may have to download the latest version of the Windows Update software before you install Windows XP SP2. To do this, follow these steps:
To start Windows Update, click Start, click All Programs, and then click Windows Update. The computer checks which version of Windows Update is currently installed.
If the latest version of Windows Update is not installed, click Install Now.
When the installation is finished, you can use Windows Update. Click Express Install. Windows Update now advises you of all available updates.
The Background Intelligent Transfer Service is the first tool offered. Click Download and Install Now.
You do not have to do anything for the rest of the updates. The updates will be installed automatically.
You must restart the computer for the changes to take effect. When you are prompted, click Restart Now. You can now install Windows XP SP2.
NoteYou may have to perform additional steps. You can only download SP2 after all other required updates have been installed. Restart Windows Update, click the Express Install option, and then click Install.
For security reasons, you should back up data and create an image of the Windows partition before you install Windows XP SP2. This lets you restore the previous state quickly and easily if a problem occurs.
Installing Windows XP SP2 by using Windows Update
If you have successfully installed all the updates that are described in the previous steps, you can now install Windows XP SP2. Windows Update advises you to install this critical update. Windows XP SP2 must be installed separately from other updates. Click Install Updates to start installation. The download file is approximately 95 megabytes (MB). If it is possible, we recommend that you download the file by using a high-speed Internet connection.
How to install Windows XP SP2 on a single computer
Start Windows Update. To do this, click Start, click All Programs, and then click Windows Update.
Click Express Install. Under High-Priority Updates, you see Windows XP Service Pack 2.
Click Install Updates.
Accept the terms of the End User License Agreement. Click I Accept.
The download starts automatically. You do not have to perform any other steps.
When the download is finished, the Windows XP SP2 Setup Wizard starts. This wizard also automatically finishes all the steps that are required.
Installation is prepared and performed.
You do not have to perform any steps until the installation is finished. You must then restart the computer for the changes to take effect. Click Restart Now.
When the computer has restarted, you can immediately help make it more secure. Click Help protect my PC by turning on Automatic Updates now, and then click Next.
You can now log on as you typically do. Windows XP SP2 installation is finished. The new Security Center opens automatically and informs you of the security status of the computer.
How to download a network installation package
If you want to update multiple computers, it is more convenient to download the whole installation package one time and then to install the package as frequently as it is required. The download file is approximately 270 MB. A high-speed Internet connection is required to download the package.
To download the network package, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
889741 Protecting against buffer overflows (Part 7)
889742 Improvements in Internet Explorer and Outlook Express (Part 8) 889743 Uninstalling Service Pack 2 (Part 9)
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