Re: windows XP home upgrade with sp2
From: Noel Paton (NoelDPspamless_at_btopenworld.com)
Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004 06:23:23 -0000
Neither reinstalling OEM nor upgrading to Retail SP2 is going to help if the
PC is infested with parasites or other malware! - yes, a clean install would
probably cure it (assuming there's no boot-sector virus or carry-over from
the existing install), but an upgrade would merely complicate the issue.
-- Noel Paton (MS-MVP 2002-2005, Windows) Nil Carborundum Illegitemi http://www.btinternet.com/~winnoel/millsrpch.htm http://tinyurl.com/6oztj Please read http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm on how to post messages to NG's "Pat Walters [MSFT]" <email@example.com> wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org... > "kiwi", > > You are NOT necessarily doing anything wrong. An retail upgrade version > of > Windows XP will simply replace Windows files with their counterparts, not > necessarily OEM functionality placed on your machine. HOWEVER... > > The upgrade you purchase today from the store shelves or from Amazon will > very likely be Windows XP Service Pack 2, fully integrated. However, this > will also be an UPGRADE. You will need a qualifying CD of Windows 98, ME, > NT 3.51, NT 4.0, 2000, or XP. OEM cds are usually not qualified as they > lack the i386 folder. It is also highly likely that your hard drive has > simply developed bad sectors in it in a random way, and perhaps it is time > to back up your data, format the drive, reinstall your software, and then > download your backed up data. > > In theory, you can go either way, here. The question is what is your time > worth? I'll illustrate what I mean: > Option A: OEM reinstallation > 1. You back up all files (pictures, docs, etc.) you want to keep to > another > computer or burn them off on CD. > 2. You use your Restore disc from the computer manufacturer to reinstall > the > Operating System, formatting the drive and installing clean. > 3. You install your antivirus program and update it's signature > immediately. > 4. After OS installation, you go to Windows Update immediately and > download > SP2 and reboot. > 5. After reboot, you again go to Windows Update and start downloading > every > critical fix for your PC and rebooting when asked. > 6. You repeat the previous steps until all critical fixes have been taken. > 7. You add your programs back onto the machine. > 8. You download all of the data you backed up earlier. > Benefit: This costs $0.00 of your money. > Cost: Lots of your time. > > Option B: XP Upgrade > 1. You back up all files (pictures, docs, etc.) you want to keep to > another > computer or burn them off on CD. This is just in case something goes > wrong. > 2. You buy your new copy of Windows XP Upgrade, which already has SP2. > 3. You install the Upgrade. > 4. You then perform steps 4, 5, and 6 from Option A. Only in the case of > data loss do you perform step 8. > Benefit: Your programs remain and do not require reinstallation, while the > data may not need to be recovered from CD or another computer. This could > actually save a lot of time. > Cost: $100.00, and perhaps lesser performance than a fresh installation. > > Let us know how this goes. > > Sincerely, > -- > Pat Walters [MSFT] > > "Noel Paton" <NoelDPspamless@btopenworld.com> wrote in message > news:en6sqsw2EHA.3236@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl... >> There is no functional difference between Windows XP OEM and Windows XP >> Retail (as sold by Amazon). >> Installing a retail version over an OEM version has no benefit whatever >> (except to Amazon) apart from that of removing/breaking any customisation >> for your PC that your OEM installed. >> You need to sort out your own PC - which means that you have to learn >> what >> you're doing wrong. >> You may have a virus/spyware hijack >> >> download the Stinger from here and run it to make sure that A-V-disabling >> viruses are not present on your PC >> http://download.nai.com/products/mcafee-avert/stinger.exe >> >> - update your virus scanner and run a full system scan of all files. >> >> download AdAware from www.lavasoftusa.com, install, update, and run it to >> remove spyware, adware, >> and other such nasties from your system. >> >> >> -- >> Noel Paton (MS-MVP 2002-2005, Windows) >> >> Nil Carborundum Illegitemi >> http://www.btinternet.com/~winnoel/millsrpch.htm >> http://tinyurl.com/6oztj >> >> Please read http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm on how to post messages to NG's >> >> "kiwi" <email@example.com> wrote in message >> news:81C28984-454C-401C-9E54-87A2D31B3913@microsoft.com... >> >I have Windows XP OeM with my computer, but over time this has become >> > corrupted. Does anybody have experience of buying the upgrade version >> > [sold >> > by amazon] do use as an upgrade? Do you have to clear existing Windows > XP >> > OEM >> > with the long list of updates that have occured in the last year. >> >> > >