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Service Pack 2 (SP2)

by dana.charlton / March 22, 2006 11:47 AM PST

My computer has Windows XP. In one of those pop-ups from Microsoft telling me that updates were ready for my computer, offering me SP2, I accidentally clicked OK, and couldn't stop the download! I was under the impression that there is a substantial amount of preparation for SP2, and hadn't done any of that (not intending to download it at that time). In an effort to get rid of SP2, I did a "system recovery" to a few days prior, but that only messed up my Norton anti-virus program, so I undid the recovery. So far, I don't see any problems with SP2, but am "waiting for the other shoe to drop". What should I anticipate? Should I try to remove SP2? How? Many thanks for your time & attention.

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Service Pak 2
by byker49 / March 22, 2006 12:07 PM PST
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I would just leave it alone. If Sp2 is installed then you are good to go. Cross other bridges when you get to them.

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Service Pak 2
by dana.charlton / March 22, 2006 6:17 PM PST
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I appreciate your reply -- with all the horror stories I've read I was putting off installing it, expecting a lot of technical work & problems to be involved. Okay, I'll just hope for the best! Thank you very much.

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by phantazy / March 22, 2006 6:26 PM PST
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From memory there are forty plus updates after SP2, so you will be in line for those. Windows likes you to configure automatic install, but my advice is although it takes longer, install one at a time, as issues resulting from a bulk load woould take additional time trying to find a bad 'un.

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by dana.charlton / March 24, 2006 1:47 AM PST
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Thank you for your posting. Now that I've calmed down over what I thought was a calamity, I'm just keeping my antennae up for unexpected glitches. Nonetheless I'll be sure to do the updates manually. Thanks again. This is a great discussion board!

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by trkcoach22 / March 24, 2006 2:16 AM PST
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I've had to download SP2 twice...the first time it was problems. The second was because I reformated my HD and did it manualy problems.
I wouldn't worry about a full glass of milk that hasn't spilt yet.

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by dana.charlton / March 25, 2006 8:14 AM PST
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Thank you -- I'm going to get a plate of cookies to go with that milk instead!

I do appreciate your message.

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by ddbpack / March 25, 2006 12:38 PM PST
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if you downloaded and have no problems. then you are good to go! just leave it be

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by dana.charlton / March 25, 2006 9:42 PM PST
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I appreciate everyone's helpful replies, and now I it looks like I didn't install SP2 after all (I thought I'd inadvertently installed it from one of the Microsoft Updates in the toolbar when I logged on). I hadn't done ANY preparatory work and was panicking. This morning I checked which version of Windows I have and it reads:

Windows Version 5.1 (Build 2600.xpsp2.050301-1526: Service Pak 1)

In my Add/Remove Programs it's listed under Microsoft Hotfixes. So did I install SP2 or just a hotfix for it? What's the ''build'' all about? I've got Windows XP on my computer. Can anyone please offer me guidance? I feel so frustratingly ignorant with this.

Thank you.

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