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#1 dgpower15


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Posted 20 July 2006 - 11:55 AM

I have the 2002 Windows XP Home Edition on a Dell P4 with 256 MB of RAM. XP is updated through SP1. IT runs just fine. However, the Windows automatic update wants to install SP2. Do I want to install it?

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#2 Inferno


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Posted 20 July 2006 - 12:05 PM

SP2 is known to have a few problems, but so doesnt all of windows. I say do it. Your computer will run basically the same.

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Posted 20 July 2006 - 12:08 PM

You bet! If you have broadband it won't take too long, but if you are using a dial up connection you might want to just pay M$ the $1.plus to have them ship you a disk to download it from, the dial up will take a very long time!

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Posted 20 July 2006 - 02:25 PM

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.

From Microsoft:
Programs that are known to experience a loss of functionality when they run on a Windows XP Service Pack 2-based computer

Some programs seem to stop working after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2

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)

Also download, install, update and run the Microsoft Windows Defender:
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:

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 2

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Posted 21 July 2006 - 02:35 PM

If you have a broadband connection do not wait for Windows Update just go download here:

Download Windows XP Service Pack 2 full installation

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