Wednesday: 25.August.2004

Windows XP Service Pack 2

Received a pop-up in my system tray today that said: Updates ready for your computer. Click here to download. I clicked the icon and noticed the update was for Windows XP Service Pack 2. The Download button was highlighted, but I chickened out and clicked Cancel instead.

SP2 is big update, both in scope & size (75-266MB). The list of fixes is posted here. This update is mainly about security (which is a good thing). But the update also breaks things, because not all programs conform to Microsoft's guidelines for interacting with Windows (which have been published for a long time now). Programs that interact with your network or the Internet have a greater likelihood of being affected by this service pack.

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I use Windows XP Pro. I hear that SP2 for the 'Home' edition was available last week. I've been receiving a lot of mail about this update, asking what I plan to do. Well, I'm going to wait - a week or two, to give companies time to fix problems.

And I'm sure other problems are yet to be found. This is all normal, or course, especially for such a big/major update. I'll let the "early-adopters" blaze the SP2-trail for me. I'm considering downloading the IT update direct from the M$ site.

Kudos to Microsoft for having the courage to address security fixes, even if it meant breaking some programs in the process. As always, make a back-up Ghost image before installing the update, so you can go back if something goes horribly wrong. If you install the update, let me know how it goes.





Posted by Rad at August 25, 2004 06:34 AM

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