Jak_1 12:26 11 Mar 08

Having recently suffered a major system crash, still not 100% sure why but could have been a virus, I had to do a full system re-install. Whatever it was had altered all my system settings and refused to let me do a system restore. It also attacked both internal hdd's and 3 ext hdd's with the result of losing much data but not all, most of what I lost can be regained.
The re-install went like a dream and re-establishing the internet conection via my livebox also went without a hitch. However after wanting to download Itunes Iplayer I note that it requires SP2. I can dl this no problem but what I would like to know is:
a) Is it likely to affect AVG or Zonealarm in install.
b)Any problems I may encounter after instalation?

I never had the need for SP2 previously as I use good 3rd party security programs as opposed to MS's firewall and popup stopper etc.

I have an Advent 3618 with an AMD Athlon64 3200 chip, 1.5 GB RAM running MS XP-Home SP1.

I would be grateful for any pitfalls I watch out for.

  Technotiger 12:35 11 Mar 08

As long as AVG and ZA are up and running, then it should not cause any problem with them - nor should SP2 cause any other problems as far as I am aware.
Just make sure you are prepared for SP2 install to take a little while, thinking in Hours rather than Minutes.

  ventanas 12:37 11 Mar 08

There are no pitfalls, I must have installed SP2 more than 100 times on many machines. Turn off your AV whilst you install or it will get in the way. Microsoft are now only offering updates for machines that have SP2 installed I understand.

  ventanas 12:38 11 Mar 08

Installation generally takes about 40 mins, but can vary according to machine.

  Jak_1 12:42 11 Mar 08

Thanks very much folks, just the right info I needed. Much obliged.
I will let the install run whilst I am otherwise engaged.

  Technotiger 12:48 11 Mar 08

Hi, I was thinking more of the SP2 download, unless Jak_1 has it on CD already.

  Jak_1 12:50 11 Mar 08

I think I used the SP2 cd's as coasters at the time they were issued :)

  ventanas 13:58 11 Mar 08

Sorry, I see what you mean. Full download is 256 mb I recall.

  Jak_1 14:03 11 Mar 08

272 MB, download well under way at 25%. Est 1 hour left for the dl to complete.

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