Can I use old version of XPHome ?

  torroxtown 19:04 07 Apr 2009

The time has come to really clean my computer and I am wondering if I can use the original XP discs ?
They were prior to Service Update 2.
If I format the hard drive can I start again? If I can, will Microsoft up-date detect the old dated discs and load upto current levels?

My machine has all the latest up-dates but has picked up a problem or 2.

Any help would be good

  mfletch 19:12 07 Apr 2009

Is this any help

Perform a Windows XP Repair Install

click here

  brundle 20:07 07 Apr 2009

If your XP disc includes SP1 or SP1a, you can download SP3 and install it as soon as Windows itself has finished installing. If not, you'll need to install SP1 first. There are still a fair few updates that will need to be fetched after SP3 but you can let Windows Updates manage that.

Standalone downloads -

SP1a here; click here

SP3 here; click here

  bjh 21:16 07 Apr 2009

If you look up "Slipstream XP" in Google it'll tell you how to build a "new" XP disk that includes all the service packs.

I've used click here to go to XP SP2 and either
click here


click here

to go to XP SP3.... not sure which

  woodchip 22:12 07 Apr 2009

If you reformat you will need all the Drivers for your PC and it may throw up more errors Best way is Repair if you have a Full XP CD.

PS if you want to get rid of old programs do not simply delete these, You should go the correct way and remove from Add Remove Programs in Control Panel. Deleting is a last resort

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review

What went wrong at the Designs of the Year 2017

iPhone X news: Release date, price, new features & specs

Comment créer, modifier et réinitialiser un compte Apple ?