I don't know what's up with windows update or the windows sp1 installer, but everytime i try to install sp1, i get this thing that cancels it. is there any way ican successfully download and install sp1?
Here is a good comprehensive tutorial what to do before installing SP1. I found it today in a Microsoft Newsgroup. Perhaps one of the points mentioned may be the reason why the installation fails.
Planning & preparation BEFORE you setup Service Pack 1.
See note below for owners of HP / Compaq pc's with the OEM Windows XP pre-installed.
Safety tips for any setup of operating system / or a service pack:
(a) run a CHKDSK to make sure file system is in good shape
(b) ** backup ** your current system,
(c) turn off antivirus & just about *every user-startup app program *
in MSCONFIG / Startup, with exception of Systray .
(d) Use Control Panel , drill down, and be sure to turn off any screensaver.
(e) Also if you have any program that changes the splash screen, or
provides more styles by modifying the system files (esp Styles-XP), uninstall it.
(f) If you ever installed XP-Antispy, it disables a dll XP-SP1 needs, so
just in case, Start - Run and type
regsvr32 licdll.dll <enter>
regsvr32 regwizc.dll <enter>
(g) make sure you have plenty of FREE space & run Disk Cleanup
(h) Use Windows Explorer. Go to C:\Windows\System32
If you have a sub-folder called * Catroot2 * (not Catroot) rename the
folder to CR2OLD. Better yet, delete all the contents of CATROOT2.
(i) logout / reboot bring up Windows (to get clean start & no files-in-use),
(j) now the pc is condition to start "setup" of Service Pack 1
Do read the tips and info on XP SP1
Windows XP Service Pack 1
yoyo - the deal with the HP and Compaq **SP1RcvryFix.exe** - sounds like the answer to this thread
Thanks for the info - amazingly I just did a Windows Update check and the "fix" is not listed in windows update. The only thing in windows update is the warning/alert about having problems with System Recovery after SP1.
I've been having the same problem, and I've posted other threads but to no avail. I do have a legit OEM version, but it's not by Compaq or HP... but... but... could I possibly try using one of their fixes? Or will the fix not even install at all?
In case any one else has a problem installing Xp Service Pack 1, third party progs such Boot XP and Logon loader etc ,if installed on your system will prevent SP1 installer running.
they can be reinstalled after SP1 is loaded.
See support. microsoft.com knowledge base.