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#1 RknRusty

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 02:52 PM

I just sat down in front of my computer and noticed the Windows Update shield in the sys tray. I clicked on it to start installing; yes I usually blindly trust it... go figure, and it said, "Installing SP3." But since I've heard of so many glitches with SP#3, I said no no no! and stopped it. I then set a restore point and ran a manual ERUNT.
I have an emachines T6410 with an AMD Athlon 64 3200+.
Is there any reason I shouldn't go ahead and give it a try? If it goes blooey, will Add/Remove SP3 and backing up to the restore point save me?
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Posted 23 June 2008 - 04:00 PM

Hello.

Though there have been problems with SP3, I wouldn't see it as a reason not to install it. Then again, I don't see SP3 as an essential update.

This update also includes a small number of new functionalities, which do not significantly change customers’ experience with the operating system.


If you keep a good habit of backing up everything before the installation, you should be well prepared with a restore if there is a problem.

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 04:13 PM

When i installed SP3, i kept getting trojans from it. and it also infected my run32dll.exe file and i wont be installing SP3 again on any computer till i know its 100% fixed.

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 04:26 PM

I put it on my 3 machines last weekend with no problems. As samuel3 found out, it's best to do a malware and virus scan first. When I'm in the process of downloading I also shut down my firewall and anti-virus plus any other non-essential programs running in the backround. They'll all start back up when you reboot at the end of the installation
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#5 RknRusty

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 04:29 PM

When i installed SP3, i kept getting trojans from it. and it also infected my run32dll.exe file and i wont be installing SP3 again on any computer till i know its 100% fixed.


run32dll.exe is not a valid system file, is it? I believe it's a key logger and screen capture spyware.

Anyway, thanks for the replies. Unless I get some strong advice against it on BC tonight, I think I'll go ahead and try SP3 with backups in place ready to come to the rescue.

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 04:32 PM

After some procrastination, I finally managed to install SP3 last night. It was easy. I bravely went to the Windows Update site, downloaded and installed. No file/Registry backups or restore points... It went smoothly without any problems. Even the Firewall and Anti-virus were active. I know doing this is not recommended and I'm not writing this as a recommendation, but what I needed to point out is that it is really that easy. Nothing to worry about. At least you can remove it from 'Add/Remove Programs' if there is some problems or restore the registry backup.

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 08:25 PM

Okay, I bit the bullet and installed it. Everything seems good. I took your advice, garmanma and disabled all non-essentials. Thanks.
I've been experiencing a couple of glitches lately, so I'll start a thread on that soon.

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 04:48 AM

I would never turn off my antivirus or firewall to get a download, not even at Windows Update. I've never had any problems getting updates correctly. I've been putting off getting it anyway because of all the problems I've been reading about. But if it won't install without turning off my protection, then they can keep it.

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 08:37 AM

I would never turn off my antivirus or firewall to get a download, not even at Windows Update. I've never had any problems getting updates correctly. I've been putting off getting it anyway because of all the problems I've been reading about. But if it won't install without turning off my protection, then they can keep it.

That's why you would normally download to the Desktop. When you're at Windows Updates you're on a secure site
Microsoft recommends turning off the AV
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950717/
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Posted 24 June 2008 - 01:10 PM

Microsoft recommends turning off the AV
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950717/


I believe the article says to turn off malware protection before INSTALLING - not before downloading.

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 07:17 PM

Well...I've never turned off my AV for any download ever...and I've never recognized a problem with any update or install.

I know that MS and others recommend such...but, until I have a problem with a download or install, the AV program and firewall remain active, along with other programs installed for system defense/protection.

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 08:41 PM

Well...I've never turned off my AV for any download ever...and I've never recognized a problem with any update or install.

I know that MS and others recommend such...but, until I have a problem with a download or install, the AV program and firewall remain active, along with other programs installed for system defense/protection.

Louis


This is the first time I've ever done it, and gladly, I don't seem to have suffered any ill effects. I doubt if I'll ever disable AV & FW again... unless I'm advised to do so before installing SP4. [attachment=6076:icon4.gif]




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