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How Do I Install SP1?

Okay, you have (or at least you know how to get) SP1. Now you have to install it.

  • Step 1: Regardless of which method you use, I suggest you do an entire system backup. This is a fairly major upgrade and you want to make sure you have all of your personal files backed up (emails, documents, photos, etc.). You can read more about backups earlier in this chapter. This is also a good time to get rid of any programs you don’t use through Add/Remove Programs. The less junk you have on your system, the better.
  • Step 2: Now that things are backed up, you can start the install. If you’re going the online route through Windows Update, go to the Control Panel and, under Security, click on Check for Updates. If SP1 is available, it’ll show up as a pending update. Click on View Available Updates to see the list of available updates. If you’ve downloaded the single file or have SP1 on a disc, go ahead and launch the installer file to start the process.
  • Step 3: Wait. Then wait some more. This part is slow, and can keep you from using your computer for an hour (or more). Now is a good time to brush up on your Guitar Hero skills or catch up on some old episodes of Lost. And, hey, if American Idol is your thing know who you are.
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