Thread: SP2 came through on Windows Update

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    5|-|1+|-|34|) ober's Avatar
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    SP2 came through on Windows Update

    It finally came through last nite... it popped up and said it was available... and didn't even give me the option to remind me later, so I just cancelled it for now. I don't think I'm ready to take the plunge. My system is working great right now and I'd rather not screw it up before I have the chance to do some really good backups.

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    Redundantly Redundant RoD's Avatar
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    Same here, let other people be test bunnies.

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    Microsoft has been running betas of SP2 for nearly a year now... it's more than ready for people to use.

    I've used the pre-RC1 beta of SP2, and all proceeding versions to date... and have never had any problems with it. (except for some aesthetic stuff in the early stages)

    SP2 paranoia == Terrorist paranoia == Y2K paranoia == Unjustified "somebody told me..." paranoia

    Same here, let other people be test bunnies.
    What do you think Microsoft and tens of thousands of users have been doing for the last 9 months?

    "I'm anti-Microsoft, like a true guru should be. I'm smart and wise... I know not to use updated software because Microsoft is bad and stupid... therefore their updates are also bad and stupid. Regardless of any level of development that goes into a Microsoft project, I will believe any/all rumors that float around about how Microsoft always stinks, and their code secretly hacks your computer. Don't update! I think I know a little more about Windows than Microsoft "

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    Registered User whackaxe's Avatar
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    that somebody happend to be microsoft, and they had an extensive list of software that would possibly break if you installed. SP2

    personally i dont have to worry (win 98, w00t) but ive heard mixed opinons about SP2, some people claiming it buggers their PC and doesnt make it any more secure and some peopel who are loving it. but taking microsofts track record, i'd use it with caution
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    Registered User Frobozz's Avatar
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    I downloaded, burned a CD of, and integrated SP2 in a new WinXP CD. The service pack has been around for at least two to three weeks.

    The winsupersite ( gives a decent review of it.

    I personally found it worth getting for a few reasons. 1) It includes all of the security updates, 2) It replaces the Internet Connection Firewall with a much more powerful firewall that also blocks outgoing connections and protects during bootup (great for those of us with highspeed connections), 3) I had access to a very fast connection so I didn't have to keep the connection going for two or three days (it's 250mb in size).

    Edit: I forgot to mention one thing. In the near future Microsoft will be offering CDs of SP2. Not only will the CD be free but so will the shipping and handling. Obviously it benefits them to do this in the long run as viruses that hurt them won't be spread as much after the update. The CD will most likely be transported by USPS so it could take some time to arrive.

    And no I don't work for Microsoft.
    Last edited by Frobozz; 08-26-2004 at 02:42 PM.

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    I've been running SP2 for about 1 week now and have not had any problems. You can turn off auto updates, antivirus assistant, and the firewall if you wish. So far, all programs have ran OK (no different from before anyways). The only thing noticeably in-your-face different is the fact that every once in a while it will ask you if you'd like to Block or Unblock a program. Also, IE has a built-in pop-up blocker.. That's about it... Get it.. You can always uninstall it later

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    Software Developer jverkoey's Avatar
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    ....uninstall a service pack? I didn't think that was'd have to reinstall an old version of the OS wouldn't you? Or maybe I'm just crazy

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    C++ Developer XSquared's Avatar
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    SP2 is listed in Add/Remove Programs, actually. You can remove it that way.
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    I really don't see why there are so many people so excited about's not going to make your PC 10 times better. It's still going to be a sluggish WinXP box. It looks like a lot of the updates it makes won't even matter: a built in firewall? I've got ZoneAlarm. a popup blocker for IE? hahaha, Firefox is the best. I'm going to wait until I actually hear some reasons to install SP2 on my computer to install it.

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    i cant even download it
    it keeps failing
    stupid microsoft

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