Windows XP SP2: To Install Or Not To Install, That Is The Question?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Mostly Organised, Often Confused, Oct 3, 2004.

  1. Because simply put reading this newsgroup I've read so much conflicting stuff I'm
    not 100% sure if installing SP2 on my system is worth it or not.

    So what is the general consensus here if we can get one. Is the update worth
    installing and does it add any improvements that would make the use of my
    PC any better then it is now.

    Or should I stick with things as they are, especially since it's working reasonably
    well these days under windows XP?
     
    Mostly Organised, Often Confused, Oct 3, 2004
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    Rod Speed Guest

    Generally, yes.

    Tho I personally always ghost the system drive
    before doing stuff like that so I can easily step
    back to what I started with if I dont like the result.
    You still believe in the tooth fairy and santa too ?
    Yes, usual worthwhile improvements, tho
    nothing that actually blows your sox off.
    Hard to say when you dont say what you have added to XP yourself.
    Like I said, ghost it for convenience and try it for yourself.
     
    Rod Speed, Oct 3, 2004
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    derek / nul Guest

    fair comment
    I would not be without it, and I tell all my friends the same.
    your decision to make.
     
    derek / nul, Oct 3, 2004
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    Ted Guest

    Slipstream SP2 to a copy of your original XP disc and do a fresh install. Do
    it that way and you'll have no problems. If you install SP2 to an existing
    installation then you *may* experience the odd glitch or conflict.
     
    Ted, Oct 3, 2004
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    Uncle Bully Guest

    RTFM
     
    Uncle Bully, Oct 3, 2004
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    smithy Guest

    total agree, i'd do a fresh install, ppl at work, and friends, and myself,
    found this to be less problematic, back up all you other bits. its also an
    opportunity to spring clean you machine

    smithy
     
    smithy, Oct 3, 2004
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  7. Well so far fingers crossed.

    Popped SP 2 CD into machine and 48.30 minutes later things seem to
    be running OK... Will have to see how long it stays OK though.
     
    Mostly Organised, Often Confused, Oct 3, 2004
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    Will S Guest

    It all depends on a lot of things. Are you competent with computers ie. can
    you do a clean install ( format ) of XP ? Are you the only one that uses
    the
    computer ? Do you know the hazards of the web ? Do you have a good
    firewall installed or a good AV program up to date ?

    If you answer yes to these then you most probably don't need to go to SP2
    but you could also do a format & clean install of XP and put SP2 straight
    on.
    It wouldn't hurt your computer at all to do this and all you have to do is
    back
    up all your important data first.
     
    Will S, Oct 4, 2004
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  9. Very good suggestion. Did it here , installs a treat, slipstreaming is
    the way to go.
     
    Lurk re-Lurking, Oct 4, 2004
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    Wombatwal Guest

    What's slipstreaming?

     
    Wombatwal, Oct 4, 2004
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    Kaz Guest

    The process of integrating services packs into a Windows (or Office)
    install CD. By slipstreaming service packs into install CDs, there is
    no need to hunt around for any previous security updates. Have a read
    of this site,
    http://www.windows-help.net/WindowsXP/winxp-sp2-bootcd.html

    Kaz
     
    Kaz, Oct 5, 2004
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