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Repair to revert?

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Feb 22, 2004
Hartland, Wisconsin
Nothing too terribly important, but I've been wondering about it for a while and thought I'd get some minds other than my own on it

You install Windows SP1a and upgrade to SP2, and decide to revert back to SP1a.

Unfortunately for you, you deleted the $NT* folders and can't revert

Would a repair from the Windows SP1a CD successfully revert windows from SP2, or would a brand-new fresh SP1a install be required?

Remember, this is a Hypothetical, so don't ask me any questions about hardware, or anything physical. Considor this a chat in Windows theory.