SP2 is absolutely necessary and besides, if you do not have SP2 I don't believe you can get Windows updates which are critically necessary.
You can order an installation disk for SP2 for just the shipping charges - highly recommended.http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloa...us/default.mspx
Those who operate XPO without installing SP2 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 risk of exposure to viruses, Trojans and other malware by operating systems on the Internet lacking essential Critical security updates. It is simply irresponsible behavior.
If everyone used adequate security measures, continually updated operating systems, regularly updated AV and anti-malware programs, there wouldn’t be any more virus pandemic and malware would not be running rampant all over the internet as it is now. SP2 is primarily involved with increased security and is critical to have installed!
According to Microsoft, SP 2 is a Critical (meaning absolutely necessary) Update that addresses security issues. Without the Critical Updates provided by SP 2 your computer lacks much of its ability to prevent the vicious and criminal miscreants who produce malware from turning your computer into a zombie, controlled by them to spread 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 no longer in 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. All yoiu pay are shipping charges.http://www.microsoft.com/windows....lt.mspx
Those using it experience far fewer problems than those who do not. Act responsibly - order it and use it!
Microsoft is also offering free support should you experience any problems after installing SP 2. 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.
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