By refusing to install SP 2 or deleting it on your Windows XP system you are acting irresponsibly - just like a drunk driver, weaving and speeding through heavy traffic on bald tires in the rain. You are allowing your computer to increase everyone else’s exposure to viruses, Trojans and other malware by operating a system on the Internet that lacks Critical security updates designed to stop the spread of malware. It is irresponsible behavior.
SP 2 is a Critical Update that primarily
addresses security issues. Without the Critical Updates provided by SP 2 your computer lacks much of the available ability to prevent the miscreants who produce malware from turning your computer into a zombie and thereby assisting them in the spread of their malicious code. Additionally, by not installing SP 2 you are eliminating your ability 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 eliminating conflicts 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!
Microsoft is also offering free support should you experience any problems after installing SP 2.
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 at: http://support.microsoft.com/common/international.aspx
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/
SP2 is primarily a security upgrade, designed to tighten the security on your computer so that miserable, criminal miscreants writing malicious code will have a tougher time turning your computer into a zombie or stealing information from it. (Like your ID and banking records)
The problems resulting from the SP2 installation are due to non-compliant third party code, most of which has been updated by the various hardware and software providers whose programs caused the malfunctions errantly attributed to Microsoft for the most part.
If you update programs/drivers which have known issues before you download SP2 you are not likely to experience problems, but by not downloading SP2 and all other Microsoft Critical Updates and therefore opting out of even being able to get future Microsoft updates (because now that you missed the deadline the only way for you to even be able to get any future updates is by making your Microsoft updates automatic) that makes you recklessly complicit in the spread of viruses and malware across the internet.