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Should I really download SP 2 for Windows XP?

By lhendri479 ·
I am so confused about this SP 2 and all of the problems and patches for it! What in the world should I do? I have done nothing so far! Where can I go to even get all the information about all the patches that are out there? Not very computer savvy I guess, but I do not want to crash my system either! Any suggestions? Thanks

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by EdLockett In reply to Should I really download ...

Most of the 'problems' that you hear people talking about with SP2 are caused by confusion or misunderstanding over the windows firewall. On a non-corporate machine this is very unlikely to affect what you want to do with your PC.
Some problems have been caused by out-of-date drivers or BIOS. You can reduce the risk of any issues of this nature by checking you have the latest drivers for your motherboard and graphics card, these being the most important ones as they are necessary for your system to function. Also check to see if any BIOS updates are available and apply them.
Do a search on the internet to find if there are any common problems associated with your particular computer model and SP2, before you upgrade. Most recent models will not experience problems.
The bottom line is that it is important to keep your computer up-to-date. If you do not then your computer will be left vulnerable to attacks such as viruses which will cause you a much larger headache in the long run. If you take the precautions I have described then you should have a trouble-free installation. If any minor niggles do arise, you can deal with them as necessary.
Personally, I have installed SP2 on over 30 machines, as yet, I have experienced no problems.
I would advise you apply all available updates to your system as soon as you can.

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by rindi1 In reply to Should I really download ...

I do think it is a good idea to install SP2. Normally it'll make your PC more Secure. I've installed it on a couple of PC up to now and only had problems with one of them - The systems slowed down so drastically you couldn't use it. The good thing was that there wasn't any problem at all deinstalling SP2 from that afterwards. It was back to normal then. You can easily uninstall SP2 by opening "Add / Remove Programs" from the control panel and the selecting SP2.

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by pierrejamme In reply to Should I really download ...

Check over this list of applications that have problems:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/842242
You may not have any of them or possiblly you do.

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by G.Brown In reply to Should I really download ...

If you are really worried then you could always create an "image" of your current hard drive.

If you use something like Norton's Ghost/Drive Image you can make a complete backup to another hard drive, cd, or partition.

Then you can always install sp2 and make sure it's all working OK ... if not you can always restore the old image.

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by wlbowers In reply to Should I really download ...

What to Do Prior to Installing Service Pack 2
Or
How To Stay Off The Booze


This process will give you a 99% chance of installing Service Pack 2 successfully.

1.Turn OFF System Restore.
Right Click on My Computer and get Properties. Click on the System Restore Tab and check the box to turn it off.

2.Update your antivirus and do a full system scan.

3.Open a command window.
(Start/Run Type cmd and press enter). Once the dos window opens type sfc /scannow and press return. This will scan all protected system files and replace those that are damaged or not correct.

4.Download, Update and run Ad-Aware. http://tinyurl.com/tek5

5.Download, Update and run Spybot. http://tinyurl.com/ziar

6.Download, and Run Stinger. http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger

7.Download and Run CWShredder. http://tinyurl.com/2bzef

8.Install all updates from Microsoft that are available Except Service Pack 2. This includes software and hardware.

9.Download HijackThis. http://mjc.com/mirror/hjt/
This program will scan your computer and provide you with a list of the programs and dll?s that load on startup. Go over this list and anything that is not easy to identify do a google search for the executable or dll. You can remove a questionable line entry by checking the box and clicking on fix.

10.Run the system defragmenter. Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Disk Defragmenter.

11.Turn on System Restore. See #1.

12.Create a Restore Point. Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore

13.Disable your AntiVirus

14.Install Service Pack 2.

15.Reinable your Antivirus.

By doing the above you will at least have a decent chance of success.

Good Luck Lee

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by li_santiago24 In reply to Should I really download ...

All of the update in windows are good. but it depend how you use your PC. in SP2 the most popular is the firewall some people dont know how important is the firewall. there are update in SP2 that you don't need for your PC try to cutomized your windows update.

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