SP 2 is a CRITICAL UPDATE!!
By refusing to install SP 2 on your Windows XP system you are acting irresponsibly - as irresponsibly as does a drunk driver, weaving and speeding through heavy traffic on bald tires in the rain. You are allowing your computer to increase the potential for everyone else to become infected by viruses, Trojans, and other malware by operating a system on the Internet that lacks the capability that these Critical security updates enable your machine with. It is totally irresponsible and reckless behavior.
According to the company of experts who wrote the code for your operating system SP 2 is a Critical (meaning absolutely essential) Update that addresses critical security issues of utmost importance. Devoid of the Critical Updates provided by SP 2 your computer lacks its ability to prevent the miscreants who produce malware from running malicious code and turning your computer into a zombie. You are an accomplice, assisting them by enabling the spread of their malicious code. In addition, by not installing SP 2 you are making yourself ineligible to access future updates from Microsoft as well.
The original problems experienced by some users upon installing SP 2 were the result of third party code that did not comply with Microsoft requirements – not a flaw in XP or SP 2. Most of the manufacturers of peripheral devices and applications have issued updates for their products, making them compliant with the Microsoft requirements and therefore will not conflict providing their updates are loaded. Most users of recent equipment had no problems with SP 2, just those using older equipment or programs.
Microsoft is offering a free CD for the installation of SP2. Those using it have far fewer problems than those who download it. Act responsibly - order it and use it as soon as possible!
Microsoft is also offering free technical support should you experience any problems after installing SP 2.
Knowledgebase: Programs that are known to experience a loss of functionality when they run on a Windows XP Service Pack 2-based computerhttp://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...ct=windowsxpsp2
Knowledgebase: Some programs seem to stop working after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2http://support.microsoft.com/kb/842242/
Microsoft Security Product Support Policy
Technical support is available from Microsoft Product Support
Services at 1-866-PC SAFETY (1-866-727-2338). There is no
charge for support calls associated with security updates.
International customers can get support from their local Microsoft
subsidiaries. Phone numbers for international support can be found
Edited by Enthusiast, 19 June 2005 - 04:59 AM.