HOORAY! I got my MS XP SP2 upgrade in the mail YESTERDAY!!
And only 13 days after I ordered the CD from MS.
It was shipped in a flimsier envelope than the SP1 upgrade was sent in previously, and the edges of the envelope were curled up around the disk. I feared the disk was damaged - I lucked out - it was not damaged.
(No thanks to the USPS!)
Since before I even ordered the disk, I've been searching and reading everything I could find about this "patch", preparing to do the dirty deed.
I'd been to the MS item @
and read it all through as well as imported the info to my own files.
After some searching around I found the following item that I chose to use as a guide to do my "pothole repairs".
I followed this guide almost to the letter with the following exceptions:
I backed up all my files on CDs (8 gigs) first. I backed up all other ancillary programs I use also to separate CDs.
Then I set a fresh Restore Point. (I'm using a 2001 issued version of XP Home & Home Office with all updates from MS to the release of SP2.)
I then began to follow the list from SPACKINS:
Except #12. "Run chkdsk to check file system", and #13. “Perform Disk Cleanup (all boxes checked except Compress old files)."
I use a "System Mechanic" program to do these instead.
After completing item #15, I set another Restore Point.
When accomplishing item #16 - "Disconnect all peripherals..."
Do Not Disconnect your keyboard or mouse as I did initially! You're going to need to use them both. (Tee-hee)
After one completes the last item #23, I suggest you again set a Restore Point as I did.
After more than 16 hours of operation with the SP2 update, I've had NO PROBLEMS - what-so-ever. I've run the gamut of programs on my system with the exception of the games (which I'm waiting for kids and grandkids to test out) with out any noted glitches.
I don't have the answers.
It would be nice if someone at "BC" would write up a tutorial like that at SPACKINS. NOT to plagiarize, but to flesh out the process, possibly explaining a bit more of what is going on.
My thanks to all that contributed to my "successful update" - too numerous to mention by nickname...
The only easy day was yesterday.
...some do, some don't; some will, some won't (WR)