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16 Sep 2011  

32 bit Win 7 Home Premium installed as a licensed UPGRADE from XP
Issues trying to install SP1

I have an ACER Extensa 5420 laptopm with 2GB RAM, 160 GB HDD with AMD Turion 64 x2 CPU. Nothing else is customized on this machine. It was originally delivered with XP. I upgraded it to Win 7 using the Upgrade 32-bit disk because XP was 32 bit. Something happened that required me to reinstall Win 7. Since my Win 7 is a licensed XP Upgrade, I did not have the option of wiping the HDD and starting over. Instead I first renamed the old Windows7 folder to WindowsOLD and then I inserted and reinstalled Win 7. It completed the installation just fine. I then installed Kasperky 2011 Internet Security. Then I recieved tons of Win7 updates to install. Everything went fine until SP1 came along.

Each time I tried to install SP1 it would always present me with a msg to restore the prior settings after that painfully long download and install. I've tried it with Kaspersky disabled, etc. I've tried everything mentioned below as well, with the same result. I subsequently set the SERVICES to MANUAL in the hope I can (at least for now) bypass the SP1 update and accept others. I've right-clicked the SP1 downlad and UNCHECKED the box so it will hopefully not try to install SP1 anymore until I can get everything fixed.

What else do you suggest and why should this be so hard? The only other apps I now have installed (anew after the Win7 re-install) are Kaspersky, Quicken Home Preimium 2010, all the drivers for my HP L7500 wireless printer, and (IMPORTANTLY) System Mechanic Pro (SMP), which I religiously use to clean out the clutter and keep the registry tuned up. SMP also has tools to check for the availability of updated drivers and perform other diagnostics. All the hardware drivers report no error and current drivers are the latest (according to SMP).
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