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There is no need to have Windows XP SP1 before you install SP2.
Do I need to have Windows XP SP1 installed before I install SP2?
Nope. Service packs are cumulative, meaning that they roll-up all fixes that came before them into a single package. I expect SP1 will be hard to find after SP2 has been out for a while because it'll no longer be needed.
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