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16-08-2004, 10:11 PM
From microsoft regarding SP2 for xp .. programs seem to not work after install.. ..are their any other problems?

16-08-2004, 10:18 PM
Hi Fairway. Here's a blurb from Fred Langa's newsletter today:.......

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! <g>) 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&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.

16-08-2004, 10:50 PM
actually, I run a version of 2000, By posting the knowledge base article number I was concurring to what you say .. but .. Microsoft seems to be onto it this time?... .
But... go search the article, Waiting breeds myths...