Just in case some of you are computer nerds like myself as well microsoft is
supplying the service pack 2 for XP on cd free of charge. You can order it
My two machines went flawlessly. They were previously current on
patches. However, I don't run much more than the Office suite, 'net
apps, photo painting, and financial apps at home. Zone Alarm and
Norton AV even cooperated nicely.
I think you should seperate corporate network machines from home machines.
Corporate networks really don't need the enhance security features of SP2.
Most IS guys have blocked SP2 from their systems because they already have
firewalls and protection. For home users, I think it's a different game. I
updated mine two days ago and no problems, plus I like the new security
In big shops unless there is an urgent need nothing, including bugfixes,
gets rolled out until it's been tested against the standard software
loadout for that shop. On my own machines I install Microsoft's updates
as soon as they are released, however to get work done I use Linux and
Novell so if the Microsoft machines die it's no big deal.
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Yes relatively new been lurking for about a year with the odd comment, and
only been woodworking for about 2 years since I retired. Small town I am in
does not have high speed internet and like the security update cd they came
out with earlier this year it's handy to have the stuff on cd and not have
to re download every time you rebuild your computer.
Like anything from microsloth you use at your own risk back everything up
before you install it. Some people have had no problem at all and for
others it's a major headache.
Thanks for the link. I downloaded it on this machine but didn't save the
download and need to install it on a couple of others. Also need to update
my daughters computer and she lives in the boonies with a dialup speed of
Yes I know its off topic, and yes I am more of a nerd than I am of a
'wreck', but I will say one thing and drop the discussion unless asked for
If you plan on installing MSWINDOWS XP SP 2, please back up all information
on your computer in the event of a crash. There have been many successful
installations of this program, and there have been as many not so successful
installations. So be smart, be safe and come out ahead.
Going back to the shadows
WinXP SP2 is looking more and more reminiscent of Windows NT SP2. Now there was
one unmitigated disaster.
I'm beginning to think my install of XP SP2 was one of the "not so successful"
you alluded to. All the programs I've tried since the install seem to function
correctly, but the OS itself is acting mighty puny. My 1.4GHz machine is acting
its only running on a few of those Hz - among a host of other symptoms. Oh well,
it's been a while since I wiped the drives and reloaded the OS. Maybe that will
be my labor for Labor Day. Yeah, I know, you are supposed to be able to
uninstall it. But my experience has been OS upgrades and SP uninstall's are
simply wastes of time that leave things so dirty it takes more time and effort
to clean out the stables than if you did a clean install to begin with.
I didn't want to chop all those mortises anyway.
Wichita, KS USA
I just purchased a new hard drive for my Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop, as
well as an "EZ-Gig II" upgrade kit. The kit is a USB connected way to
copy the old hard drive first to the new hard drive. Then you swap the
drives. After that you permanently mount the old hard drive in the
included enclosure and you have a backup (or extra) USB-connected hard
drive. Wipe that drive and use the included software to make an image of
the copied hard drive, and you have an instant go-back option. Hard drive
images have saved my ass more than once. Saving ash is a future
Have you run Spybot Search and Destroy, Ad-aware and www.moosoft.com
's The Cleaner? I have found plenty of machines filled with junk that
slows them down. After cleaning up with all three tools customers have
stated that they have never seen the machine boot up so fast. I also
get in to the registry to clean up anything I consider junk. You can
use msconfig from the run line to do some stuff similar to the
registry edits without the risk of fat finger incorrect edits.
After scanning with AdAware and SpyBot, Think about installing Spy Blaster.
Its Free, "does not" run in the back ground and since I installed it 3
months ago, SpyBot And AdAware find NOTHING any more.
It tweaks IE to filter and block the names that SpyBot and AdAware are
The makers of "Spyware Blaster" also have a free program called "Spyware Guard".
It runs in the background and prevents the spyware from being installed. I've
been running it for about a week and it seems to be working. See:
Buffalo, NY - USA
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Yeah the SpyBlaster prevents the spyware from being installed also as long
as you have the least definitions. I prefer to not have something in the
back ground not running. So far Spyware blaster has prevented anything from
being installed. I recall thinking that AdAware and SpyBot were not working
properly as suddenly they were not finding anything after installing
Spyware Blaster. I uninstalled both and reinstalled both. Still they find
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