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XP SP2 is it worth the download

By Terranova ยท 15 replies
Aug 31, 2004
  1. I was wondering is it worth downloading SP2, i dont use Internet explorer as my browser as i cant stand the problems you get with it, i use Mozilla firefox instead, so have the problems been solved with SP2 and if not is it still worth a download for the other features, ie the firewall. thanx for any info.
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    Check out this thread -> https://www.techspot.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=14789

    What it amounts to really is that things that are broken with SP2 are in most cases fixable with a patch for that program. Those things that aren't fixed yet may be fixed soon.

    I recommend taking a look at that list, and seeing then if you have any software that will be broken, if you do, then check the software developer's website and see if they have a patch or some such to fix it.

    Really no reason that I can think of not to if you can get what you have up to date so it works.
  3. abc

    abc TS Rookie Posts: 39

    I don't know if this is typical or not, but out of the 4 people I know who installed sp2, only 2 were successful. One persons wouldn't boot, and he uninstalled it. The other person had explorer crashing every 2 seconds (that isn't an exaduration). So he tried uninstalling it, and that really screwed it up. He reinstalled xp.
  4. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    Mine is running great now, after I reinstalled some things here and there, mostly browser plugins and addons like the google toolbar, etc.
  5. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Posts: 482

    If you are running media center, I highly recommend it- much better functionality and performance.
  6. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    If you are having lots of problems, you could think about doing a clean install and then installing SP2 immediately. That would probably be better than running unpatched.
  7. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    SP2 broke a few things for me (DivX codec won't work with SP2 just yet), but it also fixed some problems I was having before (my cdrom drives now refresh the contents list correctly when a new disc is inserted). Well worth installing IMHO.
  8. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    I was getting IE crashes, but you just have to remove and then reinstall any extra toolbars or other features like that.
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    I noticed it broke my HP Photosmart 733 digital camera. When I would connect the camera instead of the camera being recognised it would say that the device I have connected is malfunctioning, and to try again. And if that didn't fix it to 'replace the device'. I didn't think that was a good option since it works on non sp2 machines.
    I haven't checked for a fix, but for various other reasons I killed my longest lasting windows install and reinstalled XP with SP1.
  10. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 863

    I've been running it for a while now and it's pretty nice. I don't notice anything like a problem. And it too solved my cd-drive refresh problem.

    I'd say for looks and interaction its more of a dummy-safe Windows XP that alerts you more about security. But, of course, it's always good to be updated with Windows. But if its not working for you, you can always remove it since it archives no matter what on install.
  11. hood5555

    hood5555 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    SP2 works great for me

    never had a problem since i installed
    infact i dont need zone alarm anymore
    its worth a try
    make restore point before you install it

    or use GHOST
  12. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    hood5555 - that is excellent advice. I keep on telling them all that.
  13. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    sp2 problems

    I tried to install sp2 last week and it caused my system to crash completely I ended up having to format and reinstall sp1. Sorry but for me it`s not worth the trouble especialy since my system was running just fine before. I wouldn`t touch sp2 again with a barge pole I think it causes more problems than it solves. Having said all that I must say that some of my friends have installed sp2 with no problems except for it breaking the odd piece of softwear. I guess it all depends on your system. Regards Howard :grinthumb
  14. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    I've streamed SP2 into an XP CD here in a corporate setting for some system loads and in that setting, it seems to work flawlessly. My guess is that it doesn't clean out all of the SP1 files it needs to if installed over the top.
  15. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,247   +448

    Howard - if you just reformatted and reinstalled your OS now might be the best time to give SP2 a try :) Chances are it will work well for you now and the previous problems you had were other software related issues.
  16. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19


    Thanks for the advice LNCPAPA The next time I reformat I might just give it a try Regards Howard:grinthumb
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