How do I remove SP2

Discussion in 'Windows 64bit' started by Lorraine, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. Lorraine

    Lorraine Guest

    I may have to remove the service pack up update to my Windows Professional
    OS. How can this be done?
    Thanks.
     
    Lorraine, Mar 8, 2008
    #1
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  2. If you need to do something and you are removing SP2 because what you are
    doing requires an SP1 cd, then there is a much better way. Post back what
    you are trying to accomplish. Also, please state whether you are using XP
    Pro x64 SP2 or XP Pro x86 SP2.

    "Lorraine" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I may have to remove the service pack up update to my Windows Professional
    > OS. How can this be done?
    > Thanks.
     
    Colin Barnhorst, Mar 8, 2008
    #2
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  3. Lorraine

    Lorraine Guest

    Hi Colin, Thank you so much for your quick reply.

    I purchased the computer used, with Windows XP professional already installed.

    I may have to removed the service pack 2 next week for some online essay
    grading that I will be doing for ets (educational testing service). There is
    a notice on their website that their online programs/software "supports
    Windows XP (except sp2).

    I believe mine is 64 bit but I do not know why I think that! How would I
    find out?

    here is the version of windows XP that I have:
    Version 5.1 (Build 2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227.2254:Service Pack 2) Copyright
    1981-2001 Microsoft. (That's what it says when I go into My Computer, Help)


    Also, when I go into Systems, it says: Windows XP Professional Version 2002
    Service Pack 2.


    And, in Add or Remove Programs I see these:

    MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB936181) and
    MSXML 4.0 SP2 Parser & SDK

    Can the SP 2 simply be removed leaving a "plain" Windows XP OS if necessary?

    Thank you so much for your help.
    Lorraine


    "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:

    > If you need to do something and you are removing SP2 because what you are
    > doing requires an SP1 cd, then there is a much better way. Post back what
    > you are trying to accomplish. Also, please state whether you are using XP
    > Pro x64 SP2 or XP Pro x86 SP2.
    >
    > "Lorraine" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > >I may have to remove the service pack up update to my Windows Professional
    > > OS. How can this be done?
    > > Thanks.

    >
     
    Lorraine, Mar 8, 2008
    #3
  4. I think you care confusing the cpu in your machine with the version of the
    software. The build you give is 32bit XP Pro and definitely not 64bit. A
    64bit cpu runs a 32bit edition of Windows just fine. Your Windows is 32bit.

    The entries you report from Add/Remove Programs are for a Microsoft XML
    service pack, not the XP Pro service pack. See:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSXML

    If you do not see a listing for XP service pack 2 then you probably cannot
    remove it. If you installed Windows from an XP Pro SP2 cd then service pack
    2 is integrated and not an update. If so there is nothing to roll back to
    since SP2 is the service pack level of your original Windows. One way to
    check is to look at the printing on the cd itself. If it says "with SP2"
    then it is not possible to go back to an earlier version.

    SP2 is several years old. I think you better check with ETS. I can't
    believe their software doesn't work with it. For starters, SP1 is now long
    out of support and it would be irresponsible of them to require its use.
    ETS is not known for irresponsibility.

    "Lorraine" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi Colin, Thank you so much for your quick reply.
    >
    > I purchased the computer used, with Windows XP professional already
    > installed.
    >
    > I may have to removed the service pack 2 next week for some online essay
    > grading that I will be doing for ets (educational testing service). There
    > is
    > a notice on their website that their online programs/software "supports
    > Windows XP (except sp2).
    >
    > I believe mine is 64 bit but I do not know why I think that! How would I
    > find out?
    >
    > here is the version of windows XP that I have:
    > Version 5.1 (Build 2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227.2254:Service Pack 2) Copyright
    > 1981-2001 Microsoft. (That's what it says when I go into My Computer,
    > Help)
    >
    >
    > Also, when I go into Systems, it says: Windows XP Professional Version
    > 2002
    > Service Pack 2.
    >
    >
    > And, in Add or Remove Programs I see these:
    >
    > MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB936181) and
    > MSXML 4.0 SP2 Parser & SDK
    >
    > Can the SP 2 simply be removed leaving a "plain" Windows XP OS if
    > necessary?
    >
    > Thank you so much for your help.
    > Lorraine
    >
    >
    > "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:
    >
    >> If you need to do something and you are removing SP2 because what you are
    >> doing requires an SP1 cd, then there is a much better way. Post back
    >> what
    >> you are trying to accomplish. Also, please state whether you are using
    >> XP
    >> Pro x64 SP2 or XP Pro x86 SP2.
    >>
    >> "Lorraine" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >> >I may have to remove the service pack up update to my Windows
    >> >Professional
    >> > OS. How can this be done?
    >> > Thanks.

    >>
     
    Colin Barnhorst, Mar 8, 2008
    #4
  5. Lorraine

    Theo Guest

    Based on the version, Version 5.1 (Build 2600...) you do not
    have the 64-bit version. You have the standard 32-bit version.

    You can only remove SP2 if it was installed over either the
    original XP or XP w/SP1, in wich case you can go into the
    Control Panel, Add and Remove Programs, and look for Service
    Pack 2 in the listing, then uninstall it.

    If it's not there, then XP would have been installed from a
    CD that was either produced w/SP2 or someone ran the
    slipstream process to incorporate it into the install CD,
    and you cannot remove it. The only way to revert back it
    use a CD with only SP1 incorporated and do a Repair Install.



    Lorraine wrote:
    > Hi Colin, Thank you so much for your quick reply.
    >
    > I purchased the computer used, with Windows XP professional already installed.
    >
    > I may have to removed the service pack 2 next week for some online essay
    > grading that I will be doing for ets (educational testing service). There is
    > a notice on their website that their online programs/software "supports
    > Windows XP (except sp2).
    >
    > I believe mine is 64 bit but I do not know why I think that! How would I
    > find out?
    >
    > here is the version of windows XP that I have:
    > Version 5.1 (Build 2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227.2254:Service Pack 2) Copyright
    > 1981-2001 Microsoft. (That's what it says when I go into My Computer, Help)
    >
    >
    > Also, when I go into Systems, it says: Windows XP Professional Version 2002
    > Service Pack 2.
    >
    >
    > And, in Add or Remove Programs I see these:
    >
    > MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB936181) and
    > MSXML 4.0 SP2 Parser & SDK
    >
    > Can the SP 2 simply be removed leaving a "plain" Windows XP OS if necessary?
    >
    > Thank you so much for your help.
    > Lorraine
    >
    >
    > "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:
    >
    >> If you need to do something and you are removing SP2 because what you are
    >> doing requires an SP1 cd, then there is a much better way. Post back what
    >> you are trying to accomplish. Also, please state whether you are using XP
    >> Pro x64 SP2 or XP Pro x86 SP2.
    >>
    >> "Lorraine" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >>> I may have to remove the service pack up update to my Windows Professional
    >>> OS. How can this be done?
    >>> Thanks.
     
    Theo, Mar 8, 2008
    #5
  6. Lorraine

    Lorraine Guest

    Thanks Colin. I found the cd I received with my computer. Written in marker
    on the outside of the cd is: XP.Pro SP2.

    I will check with ets to see if the "except sp2" is still valid. If so,
    then I guess I cannot use their software or I need to get a different version
    of Windows. Am I correct in this?
    Thanks
    Lorraine

    "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:

    > I think you care confusing the cpu in your machine with the version of the
    > software. The build you give is 32bit XP Pro and definitely not 64bit. A
    > 64bit cpu runs a 32bit edition of Windows just fine. Your Windows is 32bit.
    >
    > The entries you report from Add/Remove Programs are for a Microsoft XML
    > service pack, not the XP Pro service pack. See:
    > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSXML
    >
    > If you do not see a listing for XP service pack 2 then you probably cannot
    > remove it. If you installed Windows from an XP Pro SP2 cd then service pack
    > 2 is integrated and not an update. If so there is nothing to roll back to
    > since SP2 is the service pack level of your original Windows. One way to
    > check is to look at the printing on the cd itself. If it says "with SP2"
    > then it is not possible to go back to an earlier version.
    >
    > SP2 is several years old. I think you better check with ETS. I can't
    > believe their software doesn't work with it. For starters, SP1 is now long
    > out of support and it would be irresponsible of them to require its use.
    > ETS is not known for irresponsibility.
    >
    > "Lorraine" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Hi Colin, Thank you so much for your quick reply.
    > >
    > > I purchased the computer used, with Windows XP professional already
    > > installed.
    > >
    > > I may have to removed the service pack 2 next week for some online essay
    > > grading that I will be doing for ets (educational testing service). There
    > > is
    > > a notice on their website that their online programs/software "supports
    > > Windows XP (except sp2).
    > >
    > > I believe mine is 64 bit but I do not know why I think that! How would I
    > > find out?
    > >
    > > here is the version of windows XP that I have:
    > > Version 5.1 (Build 2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227.2254:Service Pack 2) Copyright
    > > 1981-2001 Microsoft. (That's what it says when I go into My Computer,
    > > Help)
    > >
    > >
    > > Also, when I go into Systems, it says: Windows XP Professional Version
    > > 2002
    > > Service Pack 2.
    > >
    > >
    > > And, in Add or Remove Programs I see these:
    > >
    > > MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB936181) and
    > > MSXML 4.0 SP2 Parser & SDK
    > >
    > > Can the SP 2 simply be removed leaving a "plain" Windows XP OS if
    > > necessary?
    > >
    > > Thank you so much for your help.
    > > Lorraine
    > >
    > >
    > > "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:
    > >
    > >> If you need to do something and you are removing SP2 because what you are
    > >> doing requires an SP1 cd, then there is a much better way. Post back
    > >> what
    > >> you are trying to accomplish. Also, please state whether you are using
    > >> XP
    > >> Pro x64 SP2 or XP Pro x86 SP2.
    > >>
    > >> "Lorraine" <> wrote in message
    > >> news:...
    > >> >I may have to remove the service pack up update to my Windows
    > >> >Professional
    > >> > OS. How can this be done?
    > >> > Thanks.
    > >>

    >
     
    Lorraine, Mar 8, 2008
    #6
  7. Lorraine

    Lorraine Guest

    Thank you for your reply Theo. You echoed what Colin said. It appears that
    the SP2 was installed from an XPPro cd with SP2.
    Not sure what I will need to do if I cannot use SP2 but now at least I know
    for sure that I have SP2 as an integrated part of Windows (not an add on),
    and that it is the 32-bit version.

    I really appreciate your taking the time to help me out with this.
    Lorraine

    "Theo" wrote:

    > Based on the version, Version 5.1 (Build 2600...) you do not
    > have the 64-bit version. You have the standard 32-bit version.
    >
    > You can only remove SP2 if it was installed over either the
    > original XP or XP w/SP1, in wich case you can go into the
    > Control Panel, Add and Remove Programs, and look for Service
    > Pack 2 in the listing, then uninstall it.
    >
    > If it's not there, then XP would have been installed from a
    > CD that was either produced w/SP2 or someone ran the
    > slipstream process to incorporate it into the install CD,
    > and you cannot remove it. The only way to revert back it
    > use a CD with only SP1 incorporated and do a Repair Install.
    >
    >
    >
    > Lorraine wrote:
    > > Hi Colin, Thank you so much for your quick reply.
    > >
    > > I purchased the computer used, with Windows XP professional already installed.
    > >
    > > I may have to removed the service pack 2 next week for some online essay
    > > grading that I will be doing for ets (educational testing service). There is
    > > a notice on their website that their online programs/software "supports
    > > Windows XP (except sp2).
    > >
    > > I believe mine is 64 bit but I do not know why I think that! How would I
    > > find out?
    > >
    > > here is the version of windows XP that I have:
    > > Version 5.1 (Build 2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227.2254:Service Pack 2) Copyright
    > > 1981-2001 Microsoft. (That's what it says when I go into My Computer, Help)
    > >
    > >
    > > Also, when I go into Systems, it says: Windows XP Professional Version 2002
    > > Service Pack 2.
    > >
    > >
    > > And, in Add or Remove Programs I see these:
    > >
    > > MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB936181) and
    > > MSXML 4.0 SP2 Parser & SDK
    > >
    > > Can the SP 2 simply be removed leaving a "plain" Windows XP OS if necessary?
    > >
    > > Thank you so much for your help.
    > > Lorraine
    > >
    > >
    > > "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:
    > >
    > >> If you need to do something and you are removing SP2 because what you are
    > >> doing requires an SP1 cd, then there is a much better way. Post back what
    > >> you are trying to accomplish. Also, please state whether you are using XP
    > >> Pro x64 SP2 or XP Pro x86 SP2.
    > >>
    > >> "Lorraine" <> wrote in message
    > >> news:...
    > >>> I may have to remove the service pack up update to my Windows Professional
    > >>> OS. How can this be done?
    > >>> Thanks.

    >
     
    Lorraine, Mar 8, 2008
    #7
  8. If you get another version of XP you may be able to run it in a virtual
    machine on your XP SP2 desktop and not have to install it over your current
    XP. That would be very simple to do and it would not disturb your present
    system. Wait until you check with ETS to see if what you have works first.
    If you have to use XP SP1 (which I doubt) post to microsoft.public.virtualpc
    and ask about using Virtual PC 2007 (free) to solve your issue.

    "Lorraine" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Thanks Colin. I found the cd I received with my computer. Written in
    > marker
    > on the outside of the cd is: XP.Pro SP2.
    >
    > I will check with ets to see if the "except sp2" is still valid. If so,
    > then I guess I cannot use their software or I need to get a different
    > version
    > of Windows. Am I correct in this?
    > Thanks
    > Lorraine
    >
    > "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:
    >
    >> I think you care confusing the cpu in your machine with the version of
    >> the
    >> software. The build you give is 32bit XP Pro and definitely not 64bit.
    >> A
    >> 64bit cpu runs a 32bit edition of Windows just fine. Your Windows is
    >> 32bit.
    >>
    >> The entries you report from Add/Remove Programs are for a Microsoft XML
    >> service pack, not the XP Pro service pack. See:
    >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSXML
    >>
    >> If you do not see a listing for XP service pack 2 then you probably
    >> cannot
    >> remove it. If you installed Windows from an XP Pro SP2 cd then service
    >> pack
    >> 2 is integrated and not an update. If so there is nothing to roll back
    >> to
    >> since SP2 is the service pack level of your original Windows. One way to
    >> check is to look at the printing on the cd itself. If it says "with SP2"
    >> then it is not possible to go back to an earlier version.
    >>
    >> SP2 is several years old. I think you better check with ETS. I can't
    >> believe their software doesn't work with it. For starters, SP1 is now
    >> long
    >> out of support and it would be irresponsible of them to require its use.
    >> ETS is not known for irresponsibility.
    >>
    >> "Lorraine" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >> > Hi Colin, Thank you so much for your quick reply.
    >> >
    >> > I purchased the computer used, with Windows XP professional already
    >> > installed.
    >> >
    >> > I may have to removed the service pack 2 next week for some online
    >> > essay
    >> > grading that I will be doing for ets (educational testing service).
    >> > There
    >> > is
    >> > a notice on their website that their online programs/software "supports
    >> > Windows XP (except sp2).
    >> >
    >> > I believe mine is 64 bit but I do not know why I think that! How would
    >> > I
    >> > find out?
    >> >
    >> > here is the version of windows XP that I have:
    >> > Version 5.1 (Build 2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227.2254:Service Pack 2)
    >> > Copyright
    >> > 1981-2001 Microsoft. (That's what it says when I go into My Computer,
    >> > Help)
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > Also, when I go into Systems, it says: Windows XP Professional Version
    >> > 2002
    >> > Service Pack 2.
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > And, in Add or Remove Programs I see these:
    >> >
    >> > MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB936181) and
    >> > MSXML 4.0 SP2 Parser & SDK
    >> >
    >> > Can the SP 2 simply be removed leaving a "plain" Windows XP OS if
    >> > necessary?
    >> >
    >> > Thank you so much for your help.
    >> > Lorraine
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> If you need to do something and you are removing SP2 because what you
    >> >> are
    >> >> doing requires an SP1 cd, then there is a much better way. Post back
    >> >> what
    >> >> you are trying to accomplish. Also, please state whether you are
    >> >> using
    >> >> XP
    >> >> Pro x64 SP2 or XP Pro x86 SP2.
    >> >>
    >> >> "Lorraine" <> wrote in message
    >> >> news:...
    >> >> >I may have to remove the service pack up update to my Windows
    >> >> >Professional
    >> >> > OS. How can this be done?
    >> >> > Thanks.
    >> >>

    >>
     
    Colin Barnhorst, Mar 8, 2008
    #8
  9. Lorraine

    Lorraine Guest

    cMany many thanks Colin.

    I will know this week if I need to swith to sp1. I really appreciate your
    time, your expertise and your sp1 link if needed. I realize I posted my
    question under the wrong initial link (64 bit). Thanks for helping me out.

    Have a wonderful day.
    Lorraine

    "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:

    > If you get another version of XP you may be able to run it in a virtual
    > machine on your XP SP2 desktop and not have to install it over your current
    > XP. That would be very simple to do and it would not disturb your present
    > system. Wait until you check with ETS to see if what you have works first.
    > If you have to use XP SP1 (which I doubt) post to microsoft.public.virtualpc
    > and ask about using Virtual PC 2007 (free) to solve your issue.
    >
    > "Lorraine" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Thanks Colin. I found the cd I received with my computer. Written in
    > > marker
    > > on the outside of the cd is: XP.Pro SP2.
    > >
    > > I will check with ets to see if the "except sp2" is still valid. If so,
    > > then I guess I cannot use their software or I need to get a different
    > > version
    > > of Windows. Am I correct in this?
    > > Thanks
    > > Lorraine
    > >
    > > "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:
    > >
    > >> I think you care confusing the cpu in your machine with the version of
    > >> the
    > >> software. The build you give is 32bit XP Pro and definitely not 64bit.
    > >> A
    > >> 64bit cpu runs a 32bit edition of Windows just fine. Your Windows is
    > >> 32bit.
    > >>
    > >> The entries you report from Add/Remove Programs are for a Microsoft XML
    > >> service pack, not the XP Pro service pack. See:
    > >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSXML
    > >>
    > >> If you do not see a listing for XP service pack 2 then you probably
    > >> cannot
    > >> remove it. If you installed Windows from an XP Pro SP2 cd then service
    > >> pack
    > >> 2 is integrated and not an update. If so there is nothing to roll back
    > >> to
    > >> since SP2 is the service pack level of your original Windows. One way to
    > >> check is to look at the printing on the cd itself. If it says "with SP2"
    > >> then it is not possible to go back to an earlier version.
    > >>
    > >> SP2 is several years old. I think you better check with ETS. I can't
    > >> believe their software doesn't work with it. For starters, SP1 is now
    > >> long
    > >> out of support and it would be irresponsible of them to require its use.
    > >> ETS is not known for irresponsibility.
    > >>
    > >> "Lorraine" <> wrote in message
    > >> news:...
    > >> > Hi Colin, Thank you so much for your quick reply.
    > >> >
    > >> > I purchased the computer used, with Windows XP professional already
    > >> > installed.
    > >> >
    > >> > I may have to removed the service pack 2 next week for some online
    > >> > essay
    > >> > grading that I will be doing for ets (educational testing service).
    > >> > There
    > >> > is
    > >> > a notice on their website that their online programs/software "supports
    > >> > Windows XP (except sp2).
    > >> >
    > >> > I believe mine is 64 bit but I do not know why I think that! How would
    > >> > I
    > >> > find out?
    > >> >
    > >> > here is the version of windows XP that I have:
    > >> > Version 5.1 (Build 2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227.2254:Service Pack 2)
    > >> > Copyright
    > >> > 1981-2001 Microsoft. (That's what it says when I go into My Computer,
    > >> > Help)
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >> > Also, when I go into Systems, it says: Windows XP Professional Version
    > >> > 2002
    > >> > Service Pack 2.
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >> > And, in Add or Remove Programs I see these:
    > >> >
    > >> > MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB936181) and
    > >> > MSXML 4.0 SP2 Parser & SDK
    > >> >
    > >> > Can the SP 2 simply be removed leaving a "plain" Windows XP OS if
    > >> > necessary?
    > >> >
    > >> > Thank you so much for your help.
    > >> > Lorraine
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >> > "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:
    > >> >
    > >> >> If you need to do something and you are removing SP2 because what you
    > >> >> are
    > >> >> doing requires an SP1 cd, then there is a much better way. Post back
    > >> >> what
    > >> >> you are trying to accomplish. Also, please state whether you are
    > >> >> using
    > >> >> XP
    > >> >> Pro x64 SP2 or XP Pro x86 SP2.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> "Lorraine" <> wrote in message
    > >> >> news:...
    > >> >> >I may have to remove the service pack up update to my Windows
    > >> >> >Professional
    > >> >> > OS. How can this be done?
    > >> >> > Thanks.
    > >> >>
    > >>

    >
     
    Lorraine, Mar 8, 2008
    #9
  10. You're welcome.

    "Lorraine" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > cMany many thanks Colin.
    >
    > I will know this week if I need to swith to sp1. I really appreciate your
    > time, your expertise and your sp1 link if needed. I realize I posted my
    > question under the wrong initial link (64 bit). Thanks for helping me
    > out.
    >
    > Have a wonderful day.
    > Lorraine
    >
    > "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:
    >
    >> If you get another version of XP you may be able to run it in a virtual
    >> machine on your XP SP2 desktop and not have to install it over your
    >> current
    >> XP. That would be very simple to do and it would not disturb your
    >> present
    >> system. Wait until you check with ETS to see if what you have works
    >> first.
    >> If you have to use XP SP1 (which I doubt) post to
    >> microsoft.public.virtualpc
    >> and ask about using Virtual PC 2007 (free) to solve your issue.
    >>
    >> "Lorraine" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >> > Thanks Colin. I found the cd I received with my computer. Written in
    >> > marker
    >> > on the outside of the cd is: XP.Pro SP2.
    >> >
    >> > I will check with ets to see if the "except sp2" is still valid. If
    >> > so,
    >> > then I guess I cannot use their software or I need to get a different
    >> > version
    >> > of Windows. Am I correct in this?
    >> > Thanks
    >> > Lorraine
    >> >
    >> > "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> I think you care confusing the cpu in your machine with the version of
    >> >> the
    >> >> software. The build you give is 32bit XP Pro and definitely not
    >> >> 64bit.
    >> >> A
    >> >> 64bit cpu runs a 32bit edition of Windows just fine. Your Windows is
    >> >> 32bit.
    >> >>
    >> >> The entries you report from Add/Remove Programs are for a Microsoft
    >> >> XML
    >> >> service pack, not the XP Pro service pack. See:
    >> >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSXML
    >> >>
    >> >> If you do not see a listing for XP service pack 2 then you probably
    >> >> cannot
    >> >> remove it. If you installed Windows from an XP Pro SP2 cd then
    >> >> service
    >> >> pack
    >> >> 2 is integrated and not an update. If so there is nothing to roll
    >> >> back
    >> >> to
    >> >> since SP2 is the service pack level of your original Windows. One way
    >> >> to
    >> >> check is to look at the printing on the cd itself. If it says "with
    >> >> SP2"
    >> >> then it is not possible to go back to an earlier version.
    >> >>
    >> >> SP2 is several years old. I think you better check with ETS. I can't
    >> >> believe their software doesn't work with it. For starters, SP1 is now
    >> >> long
    >> >> out of support and it would be irresponsible of them to require its
    >> >> use.
    >> >> ETS is not known for irresponsibility.
    >> >>
    >> >> "Lorraine" <> wrote in message
    >> >> news:...
    >> >> > Hi Colin, Thank you so much for your quick reply.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > I purchased the computer used, with Windows XP professional already
    >> >> > installed.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > I may have to removed the service pack 2 next week for some online
    >> >> > essay
    >> >> > grading that I will be doing for ets (educational testing service).
    >> >> > There
    >> >> > is
    >> >> > a notice on their website that their online programs/software
    >> >> > "supports
    >> >> > Windows XP (except sp2).
    >> >> >
    >> >> > I believe mine is 64 bit but I do not know why I think that! How
    >> >> > would
    >> >> > I
    >> >> > find out?
    >> >> >
    >> >> > here is the version of windows XP that I have:
    >> >> > Version 5.1 (Build 2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227.2254:Service Pack 2)
    >> >> > Copyright
    >> >> > 1981-2001 Microsoft. (That's what it says when I go into My
    >> >> > Computer,
    >> >> > Help)
    >> >> >
    >> >> >
    >> >> > Also, when I go into Systems, it says: Windows XP Professional
    >> >> > Version
    >> >> > 2002
    >> >> > Service Pack 2.
    >> >> >
    >> >> >
    >> >> > And, in Add or Remove Programs I see these:
    >> >> >
    >> >> > MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB936181) and
    >> >> > MSXML 4.0 SP2 Parser & SDK
    >> >> >
    >> >> > Can the SP 2 simply be removed leaving a "plain" Windows XP OS if
    >> >> > necessary?
    >> >> >
    >> >> > Thank you so much for your help.
    >> >> > Lorraine
    >> >> >
    >> >> >
    >> >> > "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:
    >> >> >
    >> >> >> If you need to do something and you are removing SP2 because what
    >> >> >> you
    >> >> >> are
    >> >> >> doing requires an SP1 cd, then there is a much better way. Post
    >> >> >> back
    >> >> >> what
    >> >> >> you are trying to accomplish. Also, please state whether you are
    >> >> >> using
    >> >> >> XP
    >> >> >> Pro x64 SP2 or XP Pro x86 SP2.
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> "Lorraine" <> wrote in message
    >> >> >> news:...
    >> >> >> >I may have to remove the service pack up update to my Windows
    >> >> >> >Professional
    >> >> >> > OS. How can this be done?
    >> >> >> > Thanks.
    >> >> >>
    >> >>

    >>
     
    Colin Barnhorst, Mar 8, 2008
    #10
  11. Lorraine

    R. C. White Guest

    "Theo" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Based on the version, Version 5.1 (Build 2600...) you do not have the
    > 64-bit version. You have the standard 32-bit version.
    >
    > You can only remove SP2 if it was installed over either the original XP or
    > XP w/SP1, in wich case you can go into the Control Panel, Add and Remove
    > Programs, and look for Service Pack 2 in the listing, then uninstall it.
    >
    > If it's not there, then XP would have been installed from a CD that was
    > either produced w/SP2 or someone ran the slipstream process to incorporate
    > it into the install CD, and you cannot remove it. The only way to revert
    > back it use a CD with only SP1 incorporated and do a Repair Install.
    >
    >
    >
    > Lorraine wrote:
    >> Hi Colin, Thank you so much for your quick reply.
    >>
    >> I purchased the computer used, with Windows XP professional already
    >> installed.
    >>
    >> I may have to removed the service pack 2 next week for some online essay
    >> grading that I will be doing for ets (educational testing service).
    >> There is a notice on their website that their online programs/software
    >> "supports Windows XP (except sp2). I believe mine is 64 bit but I do not
    >> know why I think that! How would I find out?
    >>
    >> here is the version of windows XP that I have:
    >> Version 5.1 (Build 2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227.2254:Service Pack 2)
    >> Copyright 1981-2001 Microsoft. (That's what it says when I go into My
    >> Computer, Help)
    >>
    >>
    >> Also, when I go into Systems, it says: Windows XP Professional Version
    >> 2002 Service Pack 2.
    >>
    >>
    >> And, in Add or Remove Programs I see these:
    >>
    >> MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB936181) and
    >> MSXML 4.0 SP2 Parser & SDK
    >>
    >> Can the SP 2 simply be removed leaving a "plain" Windows XP OS if
    >> necessary?
    >>
    >> Thank you so much for your help.
    >> Lorraine
    >>
    >>
    >> "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:
    >>
    >>> If you need to do something and you are removing SP2 because what you
    >>> are doing requires an SP1 cd, then there is a much better way. Post
    >>> back what you are trying to accomplish. Also, please state whether you
    >>> are using XP Pro x64 SP2 or XP Pro x86 SP2.
    >>>
    >>> "Lorraine" <> wrote in message
    >>> news:...
    >>>> I may have to remove the service pack up update to my Windows
    >>>> Professional
    >>>> OS. How can this be done?
    >>>> Thanks.
     
    R. C. White, Mar 9, 2008
    #11
  12. Lorraine

    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Theo.

    (Ignore the blank reply that I think I just sent. :>{ )

    > The only way to revert back it use a CD with only SP1 incorporated and do
    > a Repair Install.


    Repair Install doesn't work to go backwards (SP2 to SP1 or RTM). It will
    fail with the message that you are trying to use an older version of WinXP
    than the one currently installed.

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1)

    "Theo" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Based on the version, Version 5.1 (Build 2600...) you do not have the
    > 64-bit version. You have the standard 32-bit version.
    >
    > You can only remove SP2 if it was installed over either the original XP or
    > XP w/SP1, in wich case you can go into the Control Panel, Add and Remove
    > Programs, and look for Service Pack 2 in the listing, then uninstall it.
    >
    > If it's not there, then XP would have been installed from a CD that was
    > either produced w/SP2 or someone ran the slipstream process to incorporate
    > it into the install CD, and you cannot remove it. The only way to revert
    > back it use a CD with only SP1 incorporated and do a Repair Install.
    >
    >
    >
    > Lorraine wrote:
    >> Hi Colin, Thank you so much for your quick reply.
    >>
    >> I purchased the computer used, with Windows XP professional already
    >> installed.
    >>
    >> I may have to removed the service pack 2 next week for some online essay
    >> grading that I will be doing for ets (educational testing service).
    >> There is a notice on their website that their online programs/software
    >> "supports Windows XP (except sp2). I believe mine is 64 bit but I do not
    >> know why I think that! How would I find out?
    >>
    >> here is the version of windows XP that I have:
    >> Version 5.1 (Build 2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227.2254:Service Pack 2)
    >> Copyright 1981-2001 Microsoft. (That's what it says when I go into My
    >> Computer, Help)
    >>
    >>
    >> Also, when I go into Systems, it says: Windows XP Professional Version
    >> 2002 Service Pack 2.
    >>
    >>
    >> And, in Add or Remove Programs I see these:
    >>
    >> MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB936181) and
    >> MSXML 4.0 SP2 Parser & SDK
    >>
    >> Can the SP 2 simply be removed leaving a "plain" Windows XP OS if
    >> necessary?
    >>
    >> Thank you so much for your help.
    >> Lorraine
    >>
    >>
    >> "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:
    >>
    >>> If you need to do something and you are removing SP2 because what you
    >>> are doing requires an SP1 cd, then there is a much better way. Post
    >>> back what you are trying to accomplish. Also, please state whether you
    >>> are using XP Pro x64 SP2 or XP Pro x86 SP2.
    >>>
    >>> "Lorraine" <> wrote in message
    >>> news:...
    >>>> I may have to remove the service pack up update to my Windows
    >>>> Professional
    >>>> OS. How can this be done?
    >>>> Thanks.
     
    R. C. White, Mar 9, 2008
    #12
  13. Lorraine

    Theo Guest

    Thanks for the info. I guess I had not actually tried a
    Repair Install to 'downgrade' a current installation. I
    knew it would work while booted in to the system.


    R. C. White wrote:
    > Hi, Theo.
    >
    > (Ignore the blank reply that I think I just sent. :>{ )
    >
    >> The only way to revert back it use a CD with only SP1 incorporated and
    >> do a Repair Install.

    >
    > Repair Install doesn't work to go backwards (SP2 to SP1 or RTM). It
    > will fail with the message that you are trying to use an older version
    > of WinXP than the one currently installed.
    >
    > RC
     
    Theo, Mar 9, 2008
    #13
  14. The service pack levels have to agree between the cd and the installed OS.
    That's one of the principal reasons for making a slipstreamed cd.

    "Theo" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Thanks for the info. I guess I had not actually tried a Repair Install to
    > 'downgrade' a current installation. I knew it would work while booted in
    > to the system.
    >
    >
    > R. C. White wrote:
    >> Hi, Theo.
    >>
    >> (Ignore the blank reply that I think I just sent. :>{ )
    >>
    >>> The only way to revert back it use a CD with only SP1 incorporated and
    >>> do a Repair Install.

    >>
    >> Repair Install doesn't work to go backwards (SP2 to SP1 or RTM). It will
    >> fail with the message that you are trying to use an older version of
    >> WinXP than the one currently installed.
    >>
    >> RC
     
    Colin Barnhorst, Mar 10, 2008
    #14
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