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Sevice pack 2-Is it really nessesary?

by wasasa / November 22, 2004 5:10 AM PST

I liked my computer better the way it was before. Is it worth it, or can I just take it out. I need some wisdom.

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Re: Sevice pack 2-Is it really nessesary?
by roddy32 / November 22, 2004 5:28 AM PST
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Re: Sevice pack 2-Is it really nessesary?
by ferg / November 22, 2004 6:12 AM PST

Hello there. New systems are always a bit intimidating and we are reluctant to leave the system with which we have become accustomed. However SP2 is a real attempt to make the operating system more secure and user friendly. The reason people have trouble with SP2 is that it requires the system to be with current updates and have installed software that is compatible with XP2 Some see this as a monopolistic move by MS but although I am no fan of Bill Gates I think this approach makes sense. In the past the technology development has been hobbled by an insistance on backward compatibility.It deoesn't make sense to me to insist that new system designs should be required to accommodate antique software and periferals.
There are two kinds of SP2 users: those who have tried unsuccessfuly to install it because they didn't follow instructions and properly prepare thrir system before installation, and those who have succesfully installed and smugly say "piece of cake, no problem". (I have been in both camps)
Anyway, as Jewish mothers say "Try it, you'll like it" Cheers Stewart

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For our office it was. Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 22, 2004 5:43 AM PST

For us, SP2 fixed a glaring issue with our many external USB 2.0 hard disks. Until SP2, we couldn't run CHKDSK on them. All of us were getting a little concerned.

If you don't suffer this or another issue, simple steps to put off installed SP2 can include:

1. Don't use Internet Explorer for everything since without SP2, it's not as patched up.
2. Same for outlook.
3. You can add a firewall.

Best of luck,


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Yet another reason.
by roddy32 / November 22, 2004 6:16 AM PST
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Re: Sevice pack 2-Is it really nessesary?
by Papa Echo / November 22, 2004 2:21 PM PST

What don't you like about SP2 ?

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What I don't like about SP2.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 22, 2004 8:03 PM PST

SP2 is intolerant of spyware or a machine that has pre-existing conditions. I'm certain that the spyware issue came up in beta but I know the "attitude" of some 'softies that they would not consider this to be a valid showstopper for SP2. They would think "The owner didn't keep the machine clean." or other.


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