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Reapplying a service pack?

By Network_Driven ·
I read that reapplying a service pack helps to optimize your system, when there is a change in hardware/software configuration. But is there an over kill on this? Is there more or less than what I suggest above?
I have a senior level guy who wants this done with (almost) daily defrag cycle... Thanks n advance !

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by will In reply to Reapplying a service pack ...

Reapplying a service pack may be helpful or neccessary after you added/removed hardware, drivers, services or system software.

However you should always have a good backup if you choose to do a service pack install/reinstall on a production system.

Reapplying a SP after defrag is not really neccessary in my opinion.

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by D_V Ant In reply to Reapplying a service pack ...

If you have not made any changes to the system and are not having any issues, then there is no reason to reapply the service pack.

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by dmiles In reply to Reapplying a service pack ...

Re-applying the service packs on a daily basis does not have any effect if their has not been any changes in the system,do a regular back-up,which would seem logical.

Try asking to get an understanding why he thinks this will help optomize the system on a daily basis.

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by TheChas In reply to Reapplying a service pack ...

The reason to re-apply a service pack after a hardware change is twofold.
First, the driver could install an older version of a system file. Which can lead to a security leak.
Second, some files that are part of the service pack may only be installed if specific hardware is present.

Re-applying a service pack can wipe out interim security and system updates.
So even when it is advised to re-apply a service pack, make sure to also re-install interim updates.

Multiple installations of the same software can lead to registry bloat.

Excessive defragging can lead to premature hard drive failure.

All of the above are reasons to NOT apply ANY service pack indiscriminately.

Chas

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