|Procedure: Uninstall SP2 from Windows XP via Recovery Console|
Insert the Windows XP startup disk in your floppy disk drive or insert the
Windows XP CD in the CD drive or in the DVD drive,
and then restart your computer.
Note: When you receive the following message, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD:
Press any key to boot from CD
Note: Your computer must be configured to start from the CD drive or the DVD drive. For more information about how to configure your computer to start
from the CD drive or the DVD drive, see the documentation that came with your computer or contact the computer manufacturer.
2. When you receive the
Welcome to Setup message, press R to start the Recovery Console.
3. Select the Windows
XP installation in question.
4. If you are
prompted to type an administrator password, do so. If you do not know the
administrator password, press ENTER.
5. At the command
prompt, type cd $ntservicepackuninstall$\spuninst, and then press
6. At the command
prompt, type batch spuninst.txt, and then press ENTER.
7. After Windows XP SP2 is removed, type exit, and then press ENTER.
8. Restart your computer in Safe Mode. To do this, press F8 as the computer restarts (IMMEDIATELY after the BIOS POST stage completes.)
Note: After you
restart, the system may lock up with a black screen but allow the mouse to
9. When your computer
restarts, Windows Explorer (Explorer.exe) does not run, and the Windows
icons and the Start button are unavailable.