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XP sp2 install

by pluffmud / September 14, 2004 7:10 PM PDT

Should there be any programs, ie, firewall, antivirus, etc turned off before installing sp2? Is there merit in waiting another month before doing this installation? Thank you.

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Re: XP sp2 install
by steveshea / September 14, 2004 7:16 PM PDT
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all anti virus and firewall progs should be off before loading sp2. however, sp2 can cause other problems. so i reccommend you generate a new "restore point" before downloading and installing sp2.

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Re: XP sp2 install
by Japes / September 14, 2004 8:37 PM PDT
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Steveshea, just to clarify, you mean all antivirus and firewall progs should be off while installing. Not while downloading. It's not wise to connect to the web without these things:-)

As for the restore point - a very useful tip, although it didn't work for me. SP2 left me with a blue flash and then an automatic system restart. The blue screen was a stop cx0000135 bad or missing user32.dll. I tried rolling back the restore point from safe mode and it is still the same. I have a feeling I'm in for a system reinstall!

On the plus side, I'm the only person I know who's had a serious problem with the sp2 upgrade.

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Re: XP sp2 install
by caster / September 15, 2004 1:39 AM PDT
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Here's how I did it:

2 computers at work networked through a router with a broadband connection. Both using the XP firewall and McAfee anti virus.

1) Ran Adaware and Spybot Search & Destroy.
2) Backed up all data files.
3) Set restore point.
4) Downloaded SP2 (about 5 mins.) and installed. Since our internet connection is always on, I left the firewall and anti virus running during the install.
5) Results: No problems at all.

1 computer at home with dial up connection, XP firewall and AVG anti virus.

1) Ordered SP2 CD from MS - got it in 5 days.
2) Ran Adaware and Spybot Search & Destroy.
3) Backed up all data files.
4) Set restore point.
5) Installled SP2 from CD with AVG running.
6) Results: No problems at all.

I did notice during all the installations, it said a restore point was being set. However, it's probably best to set one before you install just in case your computer crashes during installation.

Hope this helps.

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