XP SP2

  Publisher 14:24 26 Jan 05
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My PC was set for 'Automatic Updates'. It now informs me that XP SP2 is ready to install, but having noticed all the problems that people have with it, is it better not to bother updating?

I have now switched off the 'Automatic Urdating', so I won't get any more stuff I don't need.

What is general concensus?

DRiM

  Andsome 14:29 26 Jan 05

As far as I am concerned SP2 is the best thing since sliced bread was invented. My computer is MUCH faster since I installed it.

  ACOLYTE 14:41 26 Jan 05

Bit of a mixed bag,for me personally i have had no trouble with sp2 others have had problems,some say it slows down there pc some say programmes go on the blink after install none of this has happened to me,so i say try it and see if it doesnt suite you uninstall it, but its well worth having in my opinion.

  vinnyo123 15:57 26 Jan 05

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"I have now switched off the 'Automatic Urdating', so I won't get any more stuff I don't need".Quote



Great point, I always suggest turn it off and do it manually. A lot of people download updates they don't need and it causes problems and headaches.

As for SP2 I believe the stats are 6 out of ten have problems , "don't quote me on the stats but it should be close"

If you are running a third party firewall and its working fine stay with it. If you are not ,do as ACOLYTE suggest try it.

  ventanas 15:59 26 Jan 05

Now installed SP2 to 41 computers and not one single problem. There is nothing wrong with it.

  Magik ®© 16:04 26 Jan 05

i took mine out, it ran better without it..

  SEASHANTY 16:07 26 Jan 05

Installed SP2 on all three of my PC's and no problems with any of them. Without SP2 installed you will not have the Windows increased security
protection.

  georgemac © 16:09 26 Jan 05

if you install it make sure you have cleaned all the spyware/malware off first with something like adaware. Then it will go OK.

Also if you have a 64 bit Athlon cpu check with your pc vendor first - there have been problems with this cpu - particualrily Mesh machines.

  ACOLYTE 16:13 26 Jan 05

"Great point, I always suggest turn it off and do it manually. A lot of people download updates they don't need and it causes problems and headaches".


if you do it manually you have more chance of downloading the wrong thing or even what you dont need,as windows update will only download and install what is for your pc and OS i cant see how you can make a mistake.But each to there own.

  Publisher 16:50 26 Jan 05

Well, thanks a lot everybody, some very mixed advice.

I think I will adopt the phrase 'If it ain't broken don't fix it', and leave it all well alone.

Thanks anyways.

DRiM

  Stuartli 17:34 26 Jan 05

You would be better to install SP2.

Before you do it's worth doing a defrag. Then close down all running programs, utilities etc and create a System Restore point; name it something on the lines of PreSP2.

Install SP2, which will take quite a while.

If, by any chance, you do experience unexpected problems you can always uninstall SP2 from Add/Remove programs and use your System Restore point.

However my son has installed SP2 on numerous systems (he's an IT support specialist) and I've done it on mine and several other systems.

In all cases the installation has gone smoothly and successfully.

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