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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 2 Part 2: Installing Service Pack 2 Part 3: The new Security Center Part 4: Automatic Updates Part 5: Virus protection Part 6: Windows Firewall Part 7: Protecting against buffer overflows Part 8: Improvements in Internet Explorer and Outlook Express Part 9: Uninstalling Service Pack 2
Part 2: Installing Service Pack 2Windows 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 UpdateYou may have to download the latest version of the Windows Update software before you install Windows XP SP2. To do this, follow these steps:
TipFor 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 UpdateIf 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
How to download a network installation packageIf 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:
Windows XP Service Pack 2 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals and DevelopersTo obtain support for the network installation package, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) for IT Professionals
For more information about this topic, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
889735This article is a translation from German. Any subsequent changes or additions to the original German article may not be reflected in this translation. The information that is contained in this article is based on the German-language versions of this product. The accuracy of this information relative to other language versions of this product is not tested within the framework of this translation. Microsoft makes this information available without warranty of its accuracy or functionality and without warranty of the completeness or accuracy of the translation.
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/889738/EN-US/ )Better security with Service Pack 2 (Part 1)
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/889737/EN-US/ )The new Security Center (Part 3)
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/889738/EN-US/ )Automatic Updates (Part 4)
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/889739/EN-US/ )Virus protection (Part 5)
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/889740/EN-US/ )Windows Firewall (Part 6)
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/889741/EN-US/ )Protecting against buffer overflows (Part 7)
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/889742/EN-US/ )Improvements in Internet Explorer and Outlook Express (Part 8)
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/889743/EN-US/ )Uninstalling Service Pack 2 (Part 9)
Article ID: 889736 - Last Review: February 6, 2007 - Revision: 1.10