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: (Enable “Teatimer” and “Immunize” your system after updating malware 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 also provides realtime protection. (absolutely necessary)
Do you have a dialup or a broadband connection?
Microsoft offers a free CD (you pay shipping) to install SP 2 and if you are on a dialup it is highly recommended.
Order it here:http://www.microsoft.com/windows....lt.mspx
If you encounter difficulties loading SP2, problems as a result of installing it 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 are no charges 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
List of fixes and improvements included in Windows XP Service Pack 2http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;EN-US;811113