The primary thing about SP2 is that there must not be any malware on the machine and that SP2 compliant updates be done for programs and peripherals on the computer first.
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 software 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/
*Spybot S&D (make sure "Teatimer is enabled and your computer"Immunized" after updating definitions):http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Also download, install, update and run the Microsoft Windows Defender:http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
This provides realtime protection. (absolutely necessary)
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.(shipping charge applies)
In fact, even using broadband, it is a large file and you may get better results and an easier install using the CD.
Order it here: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
Steps to take before installing SP2http://www.microsoft.com/smallbusiness/pro...ice-pack-2.mspx
Edited by Enthusiast, 19 April 2006 - 11:11 AM.