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Your XP Service Pack 2 Survival Guide

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Posted 28 December 2004 - 11:09 AM

The following excerpt is from the January 2005 issue of PC World magazine
Posted Monday, November 22, 2004, article by Steve Bass.

Your XP Service Pack 2 Survival Guide

Give me a choice between chopping onions and installing Service Pack 2 for Windows XP, and I'll be in the kitchen in a nanosecond--either way I'll be crying. I finally managed the upgrade, but not without a few bumps that I'll show you how to avoid.

There are enough good things about SP2 to make the upgrade hoops worth jumping through. SP2's strength is behind the scenes: more protection against Internet thugs. For instance, the new ActiveX warning in Internet Explorer--called the Information Bar--alerts me whenever a site tries to download software to my system. But the browser's new pop-up blocker is too little and way too late. (The free Google Toolbar is a better pop-up popper.)

Save this phone number: To its credit, Microsoft provides free chat, e-mail, and phone support for problems that make you want to cry. The toll-free number is 888/772-4357; see Microsoft's "What to Know" page for other SP2 installation details.

The upgrade process as explained by Steve
The only easy day was yesterday.

...some do, some don't; some will, some won't (WR)

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