. I suggest lowering the concentration level just a wee bit. Here's why. SP2 installation from CD is relatively painless & does not require that you check out posts that involve two ways I've done it, although information can be gotten that way, it is laborious to plow through it I'm afraid. Sorry.
- Installation itself will give you the latest IE. v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180). Probably correct your present problem in doing so.
- The action of system restore has me kinda puzzled. I installed SP2 off CD onto a friend's laptop yesterday. I had system restore on. A couple restore points existed. Today I have only one restore point, set by system yesterday. None today. I have also done it with system restore off. Same outcome.
- You should backup all files you want to keep. You will be prompted to do so.
The role of system restore isn't that mysterious though. Changes made by SP2 would mean you shouldn't go back anyway, without first uninstalling the service pack... if you chose to... for obvious reasons. It kinda looks like that option may not exist, though. The installation will provide uninstall files (about 300MB worth) that you can delete at some point in the future when you decide there is no reason to go back. It seems like you should expect to be able to go back to the point at which SP2 was loaded, only
Practical considerations prior to installation should include:
- just exit all programs & browsersl, like you would installing any major software, to avoid conflicts.
- There is no reason to be online while doing it
- It takes less than a few hours all told to accomplish it.
- Once finished, follow the prompts & do a couple few reboots for good measure.
- Start your programs one at a time if you want a good check of how they work.
- There are issues with certain software... Norton comes to mind, and CD burning software, also.
- Run all your scans before you do it, to be rid of malware. Thats the biggest problem with updating, having crapware block it's intentions.
- Information about them might be favorable to have ahead of time to be forewarned of what to expect, or what kinds of issues might develop.
- That info is at windows updates & of course is becoming available elsewhere, also
BTW, about backups. These basic areas come to mind:
- Your data
- Your downloads
- Any offline webpages
- Bookmarks & Favorites
Please remember that it's just a precaution. no data loss is intended by the service pack
, and it's doubtful you'll have a problem. You probably will experience no
substantial modification of any of those basic areas.
Hope it helps.
The jury is still out on it, I'm afraid. Tomorrow I expect 6 more updates to it from windows, also.