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Introducing - Unofficial Windows XP SP4

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#126
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@herbalist Unfortunately, the great size of SP4 can be a disadvantage. Howewer, I'll try to help anyone willing to remove some of its components by publishing the source files used to build the SP4 (except for the certificate used to digitally sign all updated files).

 

You can modify the update.inf and the other information files, so that they contain only the necessary files for your needs. I have left my comments in the INF files intact (except for the layout/txtsetup/dosnet ones) specifically for that purpose- to help you customizing these files.

 

There is no perfect solution for any problem. I have tried to make SP4 fully customizable but, on the other hand, only advanced users will have the skills to complete the task.

 

 

Have you checked with the guy who compiled the unofficial Windows 2000 update?  I remember he'd mentioned that the installer was trunkating some long registry entries.




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@Phenomic Fortuunately I haven't experienced such issues with the latest version of the package installer.

 

PS.  Gurgelmeyer, the 2k USP5 developer, has disappeared since 2006



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@Phenomic Fortuunately I haven't experienced such issues with the latest version of the package installer.

 

PS.  Gurgelmeyer, the 2k USP5 developer, has disappeared since 2006

 

 

The unofficial win2k update project is still up and running, updated kernel, etc.  It uses some XP components, so I thought their experience might be useful to you.



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This fixit file MUST be used ONLY BY THOSE WHO DOWNLOADED AND INSTALLED THE 28 OCTOBER 2014 FINAL VERSION:

http://www.adrive.co...tfx35_fixit.reg

 

It fixes issues with .NET Framework 3.5 servicing!

 

A new version of SP4 Final is being uploaded to address this specific issue.


Edited by harkaz, 01 November 2014 - 03:06 PM.


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Windows XP SP4 Source Files have been uploaded to Google Drive. You can download the rar file there and examine these files if you want to create a similar service pack for another language or with a different set of components.

 

No documentation is provided. Use your own software publishing certificate to digitally sign the modified/updated files.



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I can't filed the file to download: WindowsXP-USP4-NOPOS-x86-ENU.exe

Looked in all of these locations:

 

Create 6 Bootable Floppy Disks Oct 16
Documentation Oct 7
ISO for SP4 Installer Oct 16
Patched Files Oct 7
Post-SP4 Update Pack Oct 16
Post-SP4 Update Repository Oct 16
Torrent Oct 29
Unofficial SP4 Source FilesNov 4
URLMON Nov 5
Without post-EOL Update Support Oct 16
 
Where is the iso to download?


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I'm preparing a new fixed version and I have removed all files.

 

The new files will be available soon.



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Removing this key fixes an issue with time reporting in some applications: 

HKLM,"System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment","TZ",0,"MEZ-1MESZ-2"

 

The next, upcoming SP4 Final fix will address this isue, as well as Office 2007 and Rosebud 12 regression issues.



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I'm preparing a new fixed version and I have removed all files.

 

The new files will be available soon.

 

Okay, thanks.



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Download hashes and torrent for the fixed Final version are available.

This version of SP4 Final has undergone extensive testing. It has been tested successfully in the following scenario:

Clean Install -> Install .NET Framework 4.0 -> Install Visual Studio 2005 Standard ENU-> Run Microsoft Update and install all updates -> Install Visual Studio 2008 Profesional ENU -> Run Microsoft Update and install updates (these include some Office 2007 ones) -> Install Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate -> Run Microsoft Update and install updates.

All components have been serviced successfully.


This version fixes:

- A time zone issue reported by GH0st
- An important problem with WIC in CD-ROM installations. This would cause several .NET programs to crash.
- Regression issue with Rosebud 12 and Office 2007 servicing.
- urlmon.dll is missing after slipstreaming.



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Per harkaz at RyanVM @9:53AM:
Don't start downlaoding because .NET Framework 4.0 servicing needs some extra fixes.
 
The files don't exist *yet* but I'm sure they *will*, so have patience (like me). ;)

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Windows XP SP4 Final Version 2.0 is now available!

This version brings fixes to the original Final release:

- Fixes issues with .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.0 servicing. .NET framework is now fully compatible with the .NET Framework repair tool.
- Enables uninstallation of future .NET updates.
- Fixes issues with Rosebud installation and Office 2007
- Fixes issues with Starter Edition slipstreaming
- Fixes issues with Windows Imaging Component registration
- Fixes issues with time reporting in many applications.

Spoiler



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Okay, thanks. Downloading now.

 

Thank you for the great work you have done with this.



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I agree, great job.  I will try it out as soon as possible. Thanks for giving instructions in the order the updates need to be installed.



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Sorry for the noob question but why it was necessary to integrate Internet Explorer 8 in this distribution? It is well known that Windows XP is based on Internet Explorer 6 which is very closely integrated with the operating system's kernel and IE6 security updates contain updates for several Windows XP system files. Therefore IE6 security updates declare themselves as 'Security updates for Windows XP' and not as 'Security updates for IE6'. Internet Explorer 8(and 7 too) are like foreign objects for Windows XP. Security updates for IE7/8 are totally independent from Windows XP and won't update those system files. Novadays it's better not to use Internet Explorer in Windows XP for internet surfing anyway and choose a modern secure browser (like Chrome or Firefox). But at the same time it's better to have the system files updated to the latest versions IMO. Sorry for my English...



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Still, it makes sense to have the latest version of Internet Explorer installed. In reference to IE7, Wikipedia states:
 

Large amounts of the underlying architecture, including the rendering engine and security framework, had been completely overhauled [in IE7]. Partly as a result of security enhancements, the browser became a stand-alone application, rather than integrated with the Windows shell, and was no longer capable of acting as a file browser.


IE8 was built upon IE7's strengths, including isolation from the operating system. The specific system files you're referring to are browseui.dll, dxtmsft.dll, dxtrans.dll, ieencode.dll, shdocvw.dll and tdc.ocx. All but one of these files are updated by the IE8 installer--one presumes to help isolate the web browser from the OS. This would explain why they are no longer updated after the installation of IE8. The only file not updated by the IE8 installer is ieencode.dll. And I'd posit that IE no longer has need of this file.

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The November 2014 post-SP4 Update Pack has been released.

This update pack must be used with Windows XP SP4 Version 2- integrated media to Clean install Windows XP SP4 + all post-SP4 updates until November 2014 on your system.

Latest Version: 22 November 2014

READ BEFORE DOWNLOADING: UNLIKE ALL OTHER UPDATE PACKS its integration is done in 3 steps:

1. Integrate the 7Z FILE in SP4 media using nLite or RyanVm Integrator. DO NOT perform any other tweaks YET. Close nLite or RyanVM Integrator and proceed with step 2.
2. Copy the CMPNENTS folder from the ZIP FILE to the installation directory.
3A. If you're using HOME Edition copy the HOME\I386\hivesft.inf file from the ZIP FILE to the I386 subfolder of the installation folder. OR:
3B. If you're using PROFESSIONAL Edition copy the PRO\I386\hivesft.inf file from the ZIP FILE to the I386 subfolder of the installation folder.


WARNING: The post-sp4 update pack, unlike Windows XP Service Pack 4 v2, has undergone limited testing! It's designed primarily for Clean, CD-ROM/DVD-ROM-based installations

This update pack is based on Onepiece's .NET Framework addons and 5eraph's POSReady addon.

Verification Information for the UPDATE PACK:
1. SP4addon-Nov14.7z (22450838 bytes): MD5 - 93216D5D89ED33A314C1D087051DE417
2. sp4addon-manualcopy-Nov14.zip (22658042 bytes): MD5 - A4142AF8D18B8AC59522C0AA6604A246

 

Download from Post-SP4 Update Pack Google Drive folder.



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I am writing to ask if this SP4 will solve the issues of XP only seeing 4 gb of ram and also if it will allow it to be used on Haswell motherboards.

 

 



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No on the 4 gig part those hacks are not reliable and people around these parts won't add them in due to that

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Hello is there a greek version of the sp4?



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Hello is there a greek version of the sp4?

No. :no:
There is ONLY the EN version, and it is intended for the ENglish version only, unfortunately.

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Once again, this forum is amazing.

 

Just today, Jan 31, 2015, I installed XP Mode in Windows 7 - my first try ever at virtualization. As all you experts here know a hundred times better than I, it's XP SP3.

 

So exactly what steps do I take to get and run all the post-SP3 updates better and faster than just running Windows Update in XP Mode for three weeks (AND so that the Windows Update in XP Mode knows that they've been installed)?

 

I know it's this thread, but I'm not sure exactly what to do.  What do I download, how do I paste it into XP Mode, and then what buttons do I push to run the downloads super-fast (with Windows Update happy afterwards)?

 

Yup, I'm such a noob I'm like a tourist with a plastic map.

 

Thanks for your patience and gentle kindness!


Edited by glnz, Today, 08:02 PM.





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