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Is it safe to install SP2 now?

by dbr / July 29, 2006 12:28 AM PDT

When SP2 first came out it 'crashed' my computer requiring professional help to get it operational again. I see that support for SP1 is going to run out. Has SP2 changed so that if is now safe to download/install this without again crashing the computer?

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Maybe not for you.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 29, 2006 12:39 AM PDT

At the office we never encountered this issue. But then again our machines had no spyware or other issues.

SP2 is as dangerous as ever for machines that are less than spotless. Nothing has changed in that respect.

Bob

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ya'know, it is not safe to NOT have SP2
by ChuckT / July 29, 2006 5:57 AM PDT

There are many, many security issues fixed since SP2 came out, that you do not have, and can't have, until you get SP2.

One of the reasons that your are in unsafe waters is that as security issues being announced, and patched, inform the ''kiddy programmers'' to make viruses and things that exploit those security issues. All in the hopes to catch people, like you, who either have not or do not keep up with all the current patches.

When your ''professional'' got you operational again I think (s)he was remiss to not get SP2 correctly installed on your PC.

When SP2 came out there were a number of issues people reported, when trying to install it via their Internet connections. If they had a not very clean PC to begin with, there were problems. By using the SP2 CD, which was freely available from MS, the problems were minimized. If you can find someone who still has the SP2 CD, you may find that the installation will go much better - and MAKE SURE that you scan your PC for spyware, viruses, and such, before installing SP2.

Even once you install SP2 you should then go to the MS Updates website and get the 30-40 new updates since SP2 came out.

It is for your own protection.

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dbr, Bob and Chuck give good advice here.
by Paul C / July 29, 2006 7:34 PM PDT

SP2 will almost always farble up a PC that is not clean of various forms of malware and other junk; however, running a PC without SP2 and all the other updates that have followed it is an invitation to more junk finding its way onto your hard drive.

If downloading SP2 is too difficult, go to http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/sp2/cdorder/en_us/default.mspx and order a CD - or find someone who has it and borrow it.

Before installing SP2, review the info at http://wiki.castlecops.com/Roll_your_own_Free_Security_Suite . All the software listed here is FREE, and will really help you clean up the PC. Download, install, update and run this software until you are SURE that your PC is clean, THEN install SP2.

Good luck!

Paul

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Great, I did not know the SP2 CD's were still available
by ChuckT / July 30, 2006 7:21 AM PDT

Thanks for the link Paul.

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If for some reason they're not available,...
by Paul C / July 30, 2006 6:58 PM PDT

...post back and I'm sure (me if no one else) will get you a copy...

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Chuck, The Full SP2 Installer Is Downloadable
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / July 31, 2006 12:37 AM PDT
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Thanks, but I don't need it.
by ChuckT / July 31, 2006 4:43 AM PDT

I already have a couple SP2 CDs from Microsoft. And I have made at least one copy of them for others to use. I really don't need more, but thanks any way.

I just mentioned that I was not aware that the CD was still available. When I thought the CD was no longer available I would just make a copy for someone to use, but now I don't. Cool.

I would prefer to use the real issued CD, over any copy or downloaded file, anyway. I have found that MS is very quick in getting a requested SP2 CD into your hands. They used to say to expect delivery in several weeks, but in the ones that I have requested - and the ones that I had other people request - always came, in the mail, in less than one week.

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