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How do you install Windows Service Pack 2?

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Windows Service Pack 2 (SP2) can be installed manually through the Microsoft Download Center or automatically through the Windows Update program. Windows Service Pack 1 must be installed on the computer before installing SP2.

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Before installation, download Windows Service Pack 2, either manually from the Microsoft website or automatically through Windows Update. Microsoft recommends installing Windows Update to seamlessly install SP2.

Windows update automatically notifies the user to install SP2 when the device is in need and equipped for the update. When notified, follow the instructions provided to install SP2. To check for updates, connect to the Internet, then click the Start Button, All Programs, followed by Windows Update. Select Check for Updates and select View Available Updates. In the list of available updates, select Service Pack for Microsoft Windows and select Install. If the service pack is not listed, install the Important and Recommended updates and try again.

If you do not wish to use Windows Update to install Windows Service Pack 2, download the program from the Microsoft website. Once downloaded, click Run or Open and follow the instructions provided. When installed, click Next on the Welcome page and restart the computer. A notification will provide details of the installation status when logging back on to the computer.

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