Glad you got your problem fixed.
Now, to help prevent even more serious problems in the future, INSTALL SP2 !
Microsoft - Steps to take before SP 2 installation
These are the steps you are advised to take before installing SP2:
1. Back up all your data.
2. Check out the Web site of your hardware manufacturers to see if SP2-related hardware updates are available for download.
3. Purge your system of all spyware and adware you may have accumulated.
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....wsxpsp2
Some programs seem to stop working after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2http://support.microsoft.com/kb/842242/
I would suggest running AdAware and Spybot Search and Destroy BEFORE you install SP2.
Download, install, update and run
*AdAware SE: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
Also download, install, update and run the Microsoft Anti-Spy beta:
Microsoft Antispyware Beta: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
Do you have a dialup or a broadband connection?
Microsoft offers a free CD to install SP 2 and if you are on a dialup it is highly recommended.
In fact, even using broadband, it is a large file and you may get better results and an easier, more troublefree install using the CD.
Order it here (free):http://www.microsoft.com/windows....lt.mspx
If you encounter difficulties or have questions, call 888-SP2-HELP for assistance.
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
Those refusing to install SP 2 on their Windows XP systems are acting irresponsibly – like drunk drivers, weaving and speeding through heavy traffic on bald tires in the rain. They are allowing their computers to increase everyone else’s exposure to viruses, Trojans and other malware by operating systems on the Internet that lack Critical security updates. It is irresponsible behavior.
If everyone used good security, continually updated AV and anti-malware programs there wouldn’t be any more virus pandemics and malware would not be rampant as it is now. SP2 is primarily security based.
SP 2 is a Critical Update that addresses security issues. Without the Critical Updates provided by SP 2 your computer lacks much of its ability to prevent the miscreants who produce malware from turning your computer into a zombie, assisting them in the spread of their malicious code. By not installing SP 2 you are risking loosing your ability to access future updates from Microsoft as well.
The vast majority of 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 flaws 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 code 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!
Microsoft is also offering free support should you experience any problems after installing SP 2.
The following will enable you to determine if you are likely to have problems installing SP2:
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/
Be a responsible internet user and install SP2 in your XP computer as soon as possible.
Edited by Enthusiast, 26 August 2005 - 06:14 PM.