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Windows XP Service Pack 2

  1. Aug 31, 2004 #1
    Have you updated your XP to SP2?
    I read news about its problem, compatibility with certain application softwares.

    Is it ok to update?
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  3. Aug 31, 2004 #2


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    I've upgraded two computers and had no problems. The thing is that I don't see SP2 really helping much. Most users run as adminstrator meaning that any program they run can destroy their computer. I've tried setting up a limited user accounts on another machine, but ended up scrapping the whole thing when the user wasn't able to run some of their programs. It is also a hassle to install stuff. You have to logout, log in as admin, install, logout, log in as the limited user. Linux is so much easier to manage.
  4. Aug 31, 2004 #3
    I've read somewhere of a security hole in SP2, surprise surprise.
  5. Sep 2, 2004 #4
    I upgraded to SP2 and it totaly screwed my computer up. I suggest waiting to to upgrade when MS had worked more of the bugs out(1-3 months)
  6. Sep 3, 2004 #5
    What exactly went wrong?
  7. Sep 3, 2004 #6

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    I started to download and had to stop. Now the installation fails after 1.90 of 98 something Meg. Has anyone else seen this? I started walking through the troubleshooting procedure but so far nothing works, though I do have a bit of troubleshooting to go through yet.
  8. Sep 3, 2004 #7
    Well, it improves the firewall and Internet Explorer, two things that definitely need improving.

    It's easily worth the download.
  9. Sep 4, 2004 #8
    If i were you i would wait.I downloaded SP2 and it cost me $90 to fix it.
  10. Sep 4, 2004 #9
    This is the reason I've not upgraded to SP2 yet, think I'll wait till it's safe.
  11. Sep 4, 2004 #10


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    Why does IE need improving?

    I'm definately going to wait until everyone else has downloaded it and reported all the problems :uhh: I recently downloaded a servicepack to IE and now I get complaints from sites (internetbanking, hotmail) that I am using an unsupported version of IE, even that I am running IE 4.0, while I have IE 6.0.. something is messed up :uhh: I guess it DOES need improving :wink:
  12. Sep 4, 2004 #11
    Opera, Firebird or Safari are all better browsers and Explorer needs to catch-up. Firebird and Safari are faster than Internet Explorer, and all have pop-up blocking. Also, Firebird is suppose to be a much safer browser. Safari is very pleasing to the eye.

    PCWorld discusses the some of the improvements for Internet Explorer:

    Have you tried ever Firebird? I just downloaded it to replace Safari since Safari wasn't compatible with Google Email. It's really quite simple and convienient. It even imports bookmarks (although I had to download SBE in order for it to work with Safari).


    SP2 will likely have problems, no matter how many people download it. Look at Windows, tons of users and it still has problems.

    Usually PCWorld has very good coverage and tips with Microsoft products and problems.
  13. Sep 5, 2004 #12
    Hmm whats the eta on working version of sp2
  14. Sep 5, 2004 #13
    I haven't upgraded to SP2. All the computer magazine's I've read tell me I should, and at work I'm encouraged to update all new computers before we send them out. However, here at home I'm on a dialup connection, and I don't have the time or patience to download a 90Mb (usually bigger, depending on your computer) file.
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