My brother's hard drive took the big dive two weeks ago, and last night we
finally installed a new hard drive and reloaded XP. The XP install CD has
only service pack 1 on it. My brother only has a dial-up internet
connection. I convinced him to wait for me to burn a CD with SP2 on it. I
found that on Microsoft's site and downloaded it.
But now I'm wondering if there's a way to download all of the other security
updates that have occurred since SP2 was released, as well as IE7, in one
fell swoop. I definitely don't want to manually download each of these
separately; if it comes to that, I'll just have Windows Update take care of
Also, this is a Dell pc, and the XP cd was Dell's. I was surprised that I
was not prompted to supply the 25-character product ID (?) somewhere in the
install. When originally prompted for registering, I had to cancel because
I did not have the account information necessary to set up the dial-up
connection. Makes me wonder if Dell's XP install disk is coded to install
on any Dell box without requiring the product ID. But that sounds
soooooooooo not like Microsoft.
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