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Are all win xp updates safe to install?

by bently / April 4, 2008 1:49 AM PDT

I a getting ready to do a destructive reformat on C drive and re-install win xp home with SP2 using win xp disk..

A while back I read that some of the XP updates were NOT advisable to install.

I do not use MSIE at all.

QUESTION... After I reformat and install win xp, is there any updates that I should REFUSE?



any guesstimate for release date of the final version of sp3 for win xp?

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Just any that are "drivers"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 4, 2008 2:08 AM PDT

I've never had an issue with the others.

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by Jimmy Greystone / April 4, 2008 2:47 AM PDT

Generally, yes, they are safe to install. Every now and then there will be unexpected interactions with things like HP printer drivers, but if you haven't experienced any problems with updates thus far, I wouldn't worry about it.

And I think SP3 is due out in 2-3 months... So, it's up to you if you want to just try limping along until then or if you want to keep going.

Finally, while it is inadvisable to use IE for any extended period of time, I would still install IE7. I don't think you have a choice in the matter any longer as a matter of fact. IE7 marks the start of a turning point at Microsoft with regards to IE. More emphasis on security and standards support. It's only a small step in what will be a very long journey for Microsoft, assuming they don't get distracted along the way, but it's a step in the right direction none the less. So, for those rare times when you may need to use IE for something, it's always best to have the safest one available installed. Just be sure you're using Firefox, Opera, or one of the other non-IE browsers for everything but those rare sites that absolutely will not work with anything else.

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reply to: Generally
by caktus / April 4, 2008 4:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Generally

I have found that when IE7 [replaces] IE6, that in some cases 7 can be rather buggy. But I have never seen a problem with a pre-installed IE7.

I think twice in eight years or so I have gotten a bad update from MS. One had something to do with audio and the other to do with graphics. I recall there being thousands of complaints, so MS may have fixed them, and they may even have since been added to cumulative updates.

I have found that generally a good rule of thumb is to not accept non-critical updates for something that is already working as it should.


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SP-3 is available. . .
by Coryphaeus / April 4, 2008 7:29 AM PDT
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That's a pre-release
by Jimmy Greystone / April 4, 2008 7:55 AM PDT
In reply to: SP-3 is available. . .

That's a pre-release of SP3, not the final version. It's still subject to change between now and the official release. I also don't know that Microsoft has any plans to include a migration path for people who installed the pre-release versions.

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Pre-release? Yep.
by Coryphaeus / April 4, 2008 8:43 AM PDT
In reply to: That's a pre-release

I installed it on my IBM test bed. Ran it for a few days, then installed it on the others. I really don't look for any other changes to be added. When It's finally rleased I'll uninstall it on my test bed and install the final version. If all goes well, I'll do it to the rest.

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Thanks to all... As usual,
by bently / April 6, 2008 6:45 AM PDT
In reply to: Pre-release? Yep.

great help from a great bunch of guys.

I did suspect if any update was bad that it would have been fixed.

Thanks again.


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