> I am building my first PC and have the OEM version of Windows XP Pro.
> I was told that SP1 has updated drivers that would serve better
> during the initial PC setup (ie. USB 2.0 drivers). Will I get an
> opportunity to update XP to SP1 before the original version tries to
> configure my system and locate drivers? How do I do this?
> Thank you in advance,
> Daniel Miller
If your system is new, and the HD was empty, you'd need to first setup your OEM XP.
Finish the setup, and make sure it is working ok. Later on, you can get SP1.
There are a few things here I'd like to point out. First, you may ask here any time _before_
you do an install or Service Pack 1. Secondly, be very patient when SP1 has finished & it loads the first or second time.
Let it finish & load Windows at its own time.
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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) 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.
(e) 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>
(f) make sure you have plenty of FREE space & run Disk Cleanup
(g) Use Windows Explorer. Go to C:\Windows\System32
If you have a sub-folder called * Catroot2 * (not Catroot) rename the
folder to CR2OLD.
(h) logout / reboot bring up Windows (to get clean start & no files-in-use),
(i) 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
The "express" is an on-line update, you do not really get to save a file
The network install is the full file and that you can (a) download &
save, (b) run later for setup.
MVP Windows - Shell/User