upgrade xp home edition to sp2

By c_a_n_c_e_r ·
i upgrade my windows xp home edition to sp2 but while installation 39 minutes it stopped. now i cant enter to my windows. so i try to install sp2 on other folder than windows and it i have two windows and one of them home edition where i cant enter . even to his safe mode i got black screen . so the problem here i have important documents and desktop in my home edition xp and i want to recover it .and from my other windows sp2 that i create, when i enter from there to my documents in home edition , it dont open telling me that it is not accessible. so plz help what should i do? (ps: i made a backup file in the sp2 windows that i create but if i restore it in a clean new windows i will be able to recover my home edition desktop and documents or not) thx

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SP2 is NOT a full operating system . . .

by OldER Mycroft In reply to upgrade xp home edition t ...

So how can you have TWO Windows XP ??

I'm afraid I don't understand what you are saying. Service Pack 2 only updates core components inside Windows XP.

It is NOT a complete installation of XP.

What you are describing is impossible unless you firstly made a new installation of Windows XP, followed by the application of SP2 to THAT new installation.

<Edited for typo>

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Unless he borrowed....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to SP2 is NOT a full operati ...

someone else's copy of XP with SP2 to do the upgrade from CD. If this is true, unfortunately, it's gonna be a mess cleaning up.

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If he did, then that would explain why . . .

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Unless he borrowed....

The first attempt didn't work.

You're dead right though - this is a whole mess of trouble.

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thx all

by c_a_n_c_e_r In reply to If he did, then that woul ...

i have a laptop xp home edition so i bought a copy cd of upgrade sp2 then i install it but while installation it stopped at 39 minutes(i think maybe the cd is bad ).
so now i cant enter to windows so i used my xp sp2 cd to create another windows then the original home edition windows. (sp2 ugrade is a bootable cd). now when i start my pc it tell me to choose between two xp: the sp2 that i create which works and the original home edition that doesnt work.

But in the xp home edition i had some important files in documents and desktop, these files i made a backup for in the xp sp2 that i create.
so now i format the pc with toshiba recovery cd and i have xp home edition but it wont restore my backup files(i install ntbackup) when i check the file that i want to restore it doesnt check so what to do?

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Did you use an XP SP2 disk or just an SP2 disk?

by ComputerCookie In reply to upgrade xp home edition t ...

It would help to know!

Also, if you did use a friends disk you would have had to use there Product ID, which would mean that their copy on their computer will not be able to access updates etc., pirate software!!!

If as you claim, you now have two copies of XP installed.

Go Start > Control Panel

Double click on "System"
Click on "Advanced" tab
In the "Startup and Recovery" section, click on "Settings"

In the "System startup" section you will find a drop down under "Default operating system" you should see two entries if you have two copies of the operating system installed.

Before you try to change it, click on edit, this will open a notpad page, press Ctrl + A, Ctrl + C and then Ctrl + V to paste it into a reply. Will have a look and advise before you try and change the default folder.

Example of the boot.ini for this computer follows;

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

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Boot the unit up with the working OS

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to upgrade xp home edition t ...

And then take ownership of the files that you need to recover.

You can easily get to your files and use them but I would suggest quite strongly that you back them up as well and copy them to another User Account to prevent Data Loss.

M$ Knowledge Base has the directions here to access your files;en-us;308421

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