I would suggest
by MarkFlax - 1/21/05 3:23 AM
In Reply to: Don't Load Windows XP SP2 by faw
that the advice was ill-conceived and mis-leading.
Many times in these forums, members have stated that SP2 does not cause problems, it only highlights existing problems.
If a problem exists on a computer, whether it be a PC or laptop, eg malware, drivers or software incompatability, it is important to prepare the machine prior to installing SP2, because the upgrade will find them out. There has been much advice in these forums about what is needed to prepare a machine for SP2.
In addition, SP2 is "the next step". As well as including important security features to protect the many unprotected systems that exist, SP2 is the continuing line in the evolution of Windows and therefore driver and sofware updates will be preseneted with SP2 in mind. Support for non SP2 machines will eventually tail off. Not quickly, as we can see that Microsoft support for Win ME still exists, but nevertheless, support will stop at some stage. Windows updates including critical updates will always concentrate on the latest version of Windows, and that latest version is SP2.
No, I think that was bad advice. If you have a machine that cannot take SP2 then it is a machine that has problems, and these should be investigated more, rather than ditching SP2 completely.
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