I use Windows XP SP2. Although, I do use (I hope) a genuine edition of Windows, I have automatic updates from Windows turned off on my computer. Unfortunately, perhaps because I live in the Middle East, and particularly Saudi Arabia, automatic updates from Windows have only caused me trouble in the past. I purchased my copy of Windows in a local shop and even though I was assured it was genuine, I now think it was some sort of near perfect copy (not unusual, unfortunately, in the Kingdom) perhaps from the Far East. Even though, my computer is working fine now, everything I read on-line tells that I should upgrade to Win XP SP3 for security reasons alone. In fact, someone even gave me this link http://www.homepc-security.co.uk/Microsoft...SP3-X86-ENU.exe
where I could upgrade from SP2 to SP3 without any input from Microsoft all. I am very tempted to do this but is it possible to do it this way and finally is this course of action really, really necessary? Any information is greatly appreciated in advance.