Patching Windows XP from burned CDs?
February 16, 2006 7:07 AM   Subscribe

Patching Windows XP from burned CDs?

I'm fixing an aunt's computer this evening - it's overridden with spyware. I'll be restoring it using the system restore disks that came with the machine to an unpatched copy of Windows XP. Updating to Service Pack 2 using her internet connection is out of the question as she is still on dial-up. Can I burn the necessary patches to CD and run them from there instead?

I've hunted around on and can't seem to find the correct files to download (I'm on a Mac, so anything that asks me to prove that I have "Windows Genuine Advantage" is inaccessible). Is there a way I can get hold of the right files?

I'm mostly a Mac user these days, so tips on what else to burn on to the CD are welcome (I've already got AdAware, Firefox and Thunderbird).
posted by simonw to Computers & Internet (8 answers total)
Windows XP SP2 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals. No WGA requirements that I could see.

First google hit for "xp sp2 download" incidentally
posted by antifuse at 7:12 AM on February 16, 2006

If you have access to another PC with broadband, slipstreaming is the way to go.
posted by TheRaven at 7:19 AM on February 16, 2006

antifuse: that's perfect, thanks. Unfortunately slipstreaming isn't really an option - or at least I'd rather avoid it (I'd have to take her laptop home with me and return it another time).
posted by simonw at 7:28 AM on February 16, 2006

I was on dialup (28.8k if I was lucky) and could download Service Pack 2 just fine.
posted by divabat at 7:28 AM on February 16, 2006

Correction: slipstreaming isn't an option because I don't have another PC to set it all up from.
posted by simonw at 7:29 AM on February 16, 2006

Microsoft has started a monthly ISO image for all security updates for that last month. Click below

posted by JigSawMan at 7:34 AM on February 16, 2006

Whoops, no linky, here is the URL:
posted by JigSawMan at 7:34 AM on February 16, 2006

Autopatcher to the rescue! I carry a copy of the XP SP2 linked to above, and the latest version of this around with me on my USB thumb drive. Its the only way to go when re-installing or updating old computers.
posted by gus at 8:38 AM on February 16, 2006

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