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Old August 31st 05, 04:30 PM
Joe Thorne
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Default SP2 Uninstall

I need to unistall SP2 in order to install some incompatible software.
Unfortunately, the unistall folder doesn't exist. There are no system restore
points prior to my SP2 install, and the hidden folder
"$NtServicePackUninstall$" doesn't exist. There is no icon for removal in the
add/remove program window. I even tried the recovery console, but "cd
$ntservicepackuninstall$\spuninst" is not recognized. I cannot figure out why
the uninstall doesn't work. I do use the program TuneXP, and one of the
options prevents SP2 from being uninstalled, but this is only a guess. If
there are any suggestions in order to unistall SP2, even specific registry
keys to edit, please tell me.

Thanks

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Old August 31st 05, 04:37 PM
Carey Frisch [MVP]
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If the "$NtServicePackUninstall$" folder does not exist, you cannot
uninstall SP2. It appears your Windows XP installation was installed
with SP2 integrated and therefore cannot be uninstalled.

Using programs and hardware with Service Pack 2 (SP2)
http://support.microsoft.com/xpsp2swhw

Some programs 'seem' to stop working after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/842242

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"Joe Thorne" wrote:

| I need to unistall SP2 in order to install some incompatible software.
| Unfortunately, the unistall folder doesn't exist. There are no system restore
| points prior to my SP2 install, and the hidden folder
| "$NtServicePackUninstall$" doesn't exist. There is no icon for removal in the
| add/remove program window. I even tried the recovery console, but "cd
| $ntservicepackuninstall$\spuninst" is not recognized. I cannot figure out why
| the uninstall doesn't work. I do use the program TuneXP, and one of the
| options prevents SP2 from being uninstalled, but this is only a guess. If
| there are any suggestions in order to unistall SP2, even specific registry
| keys to edit, please tell me.
|
| Thanks

 




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