Consider carefully before loading SP2
by dlyonsl - 1/29/05 6:52 AM
In Reply to: Don't Load Windows XP SP2 by faw
Loading SP2 can create a number of problems unless you do your homework very carefully. It is not the simple process microsoft would like you to believe. I have a Dell system and, after much research, I have made the decision not to install SP2 at this time.
Meanwhile I will rely on good, updated anti virus software. a good firewall such as Zone Alarm (The best firewall available; the basic version of which is free) and good anti spyware software as well as being careful what web sites I visit. More importantly I have also dumped the security flaw riddled Internet Explorer in favor of the Mozilla Firefox Browser which is a much better, safer browser (and totally free to use).
If you visit the Dell website you will find a great deal of advice as to what you need to do to make SP2 work properly. For example, dell recommends updating all your drivers to the latest configuration as well as checking to see if you need to do a BIOS update. My Dell isn't that old and they are still recommending a BIOS update for it before installing SP2. You should also do a full backup of your system before even trying to load SP2. There are also known conflicts between SP2 and a number of software programs which can cause problems. In addition, you may find other problems such as being unable to synchronize your Pocket PC (if you have one). Finally, CNet is already reporting that a Russian software security firm has found a way to bypass the new security features of SP2.
In conclusion, the decision to install SP2 is yours and you may get SP2 to work fine with some careful research and preparation. However, installation of SP2 is NOT a simple plug and play operation as many would have you believe, especially on older windows XP machines. It may appear to work initially but end up causing numerious problems later on as you have already found out.
Remember, most of the security flaws you have to worry about on the Web are due to flaws in IE. Changing your browser will eliminate a good number of them. A good fire wall, updated virus software and good updated anti spyware software will take care of the rest if you exercise some common sense when surfing and reading e-mail.
Hope this helps.
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