Should I install SP2 for Windows XP?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by greggustin, Mar 22, 2008.

  1. greggustin

    greggustin OSNN Addict

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    well - I always hate to fix what AIN'T broke
    I still use SP1
    good or bad idea?
     
  2. Dark Atheist

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    Re: Win XP SP2

    bad
     
  3. madmatt

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    Thread title modified.

    Service Pack 2 is what made Windows XP the OS that it is today. You should install SP2 and take advantage of what it has to offer (and the additional software now available for it: IE 7, WMP 11, etc.).
     
  4. greggustin

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    is there a 'rollback' option
    or all the horror stories about the SP2 pack now obsolete?
     
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    all the "horror" stories as you put it were due to changes MS made that people wanted, which in turn did break things, but now its fine, i always say to install any os fresh so your best off getting an xp sp2 cd and doing a fresh install
     
  6. omg its nlm

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    Just install you will be fine.
     
  7. Bman

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    I can't believe someone has not done it yet. Wow.
     
  8. greggustin

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    how can I get one?
    and can I use it for the following system(s):

    2 of my systems are gateway
    which came with embedded windows
    I did not even get a win disc
    just a restore disk
    which can only be used to START OVER
     
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    You want him to slipstream his restore disk?

    That wont work lol
     
  12. Dark Atheist

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    xp discs are easy to find
     
  13. tdinc

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    As Windows is not my primary OS, I can assure you that if you do and or have a proper install of XP as I have done many times and installing SP2, I never had any issue, whatsoever. If you do a fresh install or just by updating you should be fine. SP3 is right around the corner, and from my experience having installed it on my XP laptop, it truly showed some kick.

    just because something is not broken does not mean its not loaded with security holes. it would be wise to do so.
     
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    Sidenote : Can't wait for SP3!
     
  15. LordOfLA

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    You should always run the latest service pack and all windows updates unless you have an exceptionally good reason not to. Very few people have good reasons not to.
     
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    If you install SP2 from Windows Update or by downloading, it can be removed. If you go to ADD/REMOVE programs you can remove it if you feel it's causing problems. It's solid, and you should be OK. Just make sure to defrag after you install it.

    Also, I believe they stopped patching your system awhile back through WU as only SP2 machines received updates. So after you install it I would check for updates again.
     
  17. greggustin

    greggustin OSNN Addict

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    As I DO have a valid CoA
    can I use ANY SP disk if necessary
    I do have some XP CD for my other computers
     
  18. j79zlr

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    If you have an OEM XP install, which you do, you can't use a regular XP disc. I would download the network install version of SP2, it is the full update around 260MB. Burn that to a disc and use it to update your PC's. Then if you needed to reinstall in the future, you can use your restore discs and have a copy of SP2 around to install instead of having to download it.
     
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    WHy not call the manufacturer and ask for an SP2 oem install cd or restore image?
     
  20. Dark Atheist

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    rumours are XP SP3 might drop tomorow