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Missing XP SP3

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November 16, 2011 1:48:33 PM

Hello,
I did have SP3, untill i had to start from last good config. Now Office wont work, and it seems like im missing alot of files. I used a external DVD drive before the problem...i dont know if this will effect anything. Will repairing windows and installing a new SP2 and SP3 fix this?

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November 16, 2011 2:20:35 PM




No re-install needed. Just do a restore point rollback.

Start>Help & Support>Undo changes to your computer with System Restore>Restore my computer to an earlier time

then click on a restore point date in bold and click next.
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November 16, 2011 2:26:19 PM

Im not going to re-install...i was just going to repair....I dont have system restore on. Do you need system restore on to run that?
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November 16, 2011 2:55:18 PM

Yes system restore must be on to do a restore point, but not to do a repair install. I see people come here with it off and suffering the consequences and can't figure out why they would ever turn it off. It's too late now if it's been off. There will be no restore point to revert to.

A repair might do some good but remember you'll lose a few things from a repair like all updates, added service packs, .Net Framework, DirectX 9 will all need to be re-updated, etc. A repair will put the operating system back to the state of original install but all programs will still be there. Some won't work until things get updated again so don't be discouraged if a few things act weird after the repair is completed, just update when done.
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November 16, 2011 5:28:31 PM

Thank you for your help! After I update im going to make a restore point and i wont have this problem!
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November 17, 2011 12:46:32 AM

Nocturn said:
Thank you for your help! After I update im going to make a restore point and i wont have this problem!



Make them regularly. XP is supposed to do it automatically every 12 hours if the computer is on that long and every few days otherwise but I've yet to see it just make one without some kind of prodding.
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