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08-18-2004, 03:53 PM
I am going to be installing the new service pack tonight and was just wondering if anyone here has done the install and did you have any problems?

eg8r <~~~Weary of SP installs as they sometimes screw up other things. /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif

08-18-2004, 04:11 PM
I seem to remember that mine told me that I didn't need it, when I went to install it. I was sort of sceptical about doing it too.

Cueless Joey
08-18-2004, 04:12 PM
Don't do it.
If you do, make sure you archive and set a restore point.
Better yet, make an image of your windows directory.

I'd wait if I were you.
We were instructed at work not to apply SP2 just yet.

08-18-2004, 04:17 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Cueless Joey:</font><hr> We were instructed at work not to apply SP2 just yet. <hr /></blockquote>

We were told at work not to do it AT ALL.


08-18-2004, 04:46 PM
I installed SP2 the other night. It took approx. 24 minutes to download it and another hour+ to install it. During the install it will set a restore point for you and also back up the registry. So far I haven't had any problems with it, I know a few people who have had problems with 3rd party firewalls. If you have any compatibily issues with SP2, just go to the microsoft forums and you can find some great help.

Kent Mc.

08-18-2004, 06:23 PM
Well Ed, here is what Fred has to say about that. Personally I'm going wait. I'll let the others that just have to have it blaze a trail for me as mentioned.


1) Go Slow With XP's SP2

Many readers are wondering what to do about XP's SP2, which is starting
to trickle out in a limited release. But over the next few weeks, just
about all XP users will be offered the download in a carefully sequenced
rollout designed to prevent the overload of Microsoft's servers.

When you're offered SP2, my advice is: Do nothing; wait a bit.

SP2 is huge--- so big it's almost a whole new version of XP. Like any
new version of any OS, it *will* contain bugs, and it *will* cause
trouble on some setups. The more complex and/or nonstandard your setup
is, the greater the likelihood of a problem.

Plus, there's no "must have right now" element to SP2: Much of SP2 is
designed to force uninformed (or just plain lazy!) PC users to use basic
security--- to stay current with updates, to use a firewall, etc. (These
are the users running the unpatched/unprotected systems that allow most
worms/viruses to spread.)

But odds are, if you're reading this newsletter, you already know about
and are using pretty good security practices, such as good firewall,
antivirus and anti-spyware tools, and you're keeping up to date with
Critical Updates. If that's the case, you won't gain a lot by rushing
into SP2.

Instead, wait a bit--- even as much as a month or two--- to let the
worst problems with SP2 come to light and be fixed on other user's PCs.
Again, as long as you're already using the kinds of security tools and
techniques we discuss in this newsletter every week (example:
http://www.informationweek.com/840/langa.htm ), there's no need to rush
into SP2.

I'm not the only one suggesting this "go slow" approach. See, for
example these other authors:

But if you absolutely must try it as soon as you can, MAKE A FULL IMAGE
BACKUP OF YOUR SYSTEM! (There, I hope that got your attention! &lt;g&gt;) You
can use a free trial version of BootIt for example (
http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/ ), and have a bulletproof way to roll
your system back to pre-SP2 condition if things don't work out. Note that
standard uninstall, backup or roll-back tools (like Go Back) may NOT
suffice for an update of this size and scope. If you want to be 100% sure
you can undo SP2 in its totality, you *must* use a heavy-duty imaging tool. See
http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=imaging&amp;sp-a=0008002a-sp00000000 .

But for most of us, the answer's simpler: Relax! Take a break, and let
others blaze a trail for you! Eventually, SP2 will be worth installing,
but for most of us--- almost everyone--- there's no particular need for,
or benefit from, being an early adopter.

08-19-2004, 02:19 AM
Dont do it eg8r. Its al over the web [see Dems/Gates alliance] XP SP2 contains a seceret prog that uses subliminal images to induce the user into wanting to vote for Kerry! /ccboard/images/graemlins/shocked.gif

Are you willing to take that risk? /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Q /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

08-19-2004, 07:44 AM
Thanks for the replies. I ended up not doing it last night, and I guess I will wait a little while.