Re: SP 2 questions
From: Jeff (anonymous_at_discussions.microsoft.com)
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 00:01:26 -0700
I have installed SP2 on over 130 computers, 128 are work
computers and 2 are my personal computers. After the
installation, only change that I really noticed was the
splash screen just stating Windows XP, no professional.
As to how it will affect certian aspects of you computer,
it all depends on what you have installed and how you have
All the work computers that I installed SP2 on, no one
seems to have noticed anything different, except a slight
speed increase. On my personal computers, I haven`t had
any problems with the diverse set of programs on it. I
have various game programs, tools, application, etc and
haven`t had any problems with them.
Since you stated that you keep your computer in top
condition, you shouldn`t have any problems. Also if you
followed the pre-install guide on how to prepare your
computer for SP2, then you should be fine.
Granted there have been some problems with wireless cards,
but as long as the manufacture has a patch for it, then
you won`t have any problems. My notebook I use a wireless
card for it and haven`t had any problems.
As to the list you posted, most of the links that you were
shown, would have answered them. I`m not a MVP, but a
network administrator/tech/designer, so you can take my
word as a non-microsoft collaborator. I personally do not
care for MS, but have no choice but to use their products
if I wish to be able to play enjoyable games and such.
>> My computer is completely virus free, ad-ware free,
>> cookies, temp folders and recycle deleted/emptied.
It's just been
>> defragged and the disk is only using 16Gb on a 60Gb
drive. A printer
>> and a wireless adapter are all the hardware that is
>> both are on the xp approved products list - drivers up
to date. I
>> have all the sp1 updates installed.
>> If I install the XP Service pack 2 will it:
>> 1 - Change the View - Layout setting in OE
>> 2 - Change any of the OE Tools - Options settings
>One obvious change I saw was in SP1 there was (under the
Maintenance tab) an
>option to "compact messages in the background" and that
is missing after SP2
>Also under the Security tab, there is a new section once
SP2 is installed
>for "download images" where you can "Block images and
other external content
>in HTML e-mail".
>> 3 - Change any Toolbar Customized settings in OE
>Who knows? Didn't seem to.
>> 4 - Change any Toolbar Customized settings in IE
>May add an option..
>> 5 - Change any Cookies and/or Custom Level Security
settings in IE
>Well, yeah. Since they added more security and a popup
>> 6 - Add any items to my Links folder in IE
>Another update did this - yes - and I believe it is done
in SP2 as well.
>> 7 - Add any Items to my Favorites folder in IE
>Actually, other than under the links subfolder, I do not
>> 8 - Add any Toolbar items in IE
>None that I saw. Options for more - possibly.
>> 9 - Change my Home Page in IE
>> 10- Enable/Install Windows Messenger and/or MSN
>> Windows Messenger Service
>Three different things. You already have the Windows
Messenger Service -
>although it may disabled. It stayed disabled for me. I
already had MSN
>messenger and as for the original Windows Messenger, I
had made my own
>directory and put the old executable in there a long time
ago (nothing else)
>and have never been bothered by it.
>> 11- Add any items to my start sequence (Startup folder
>> Msconfig Start Tab items
>Startup items? Technically - the Security Center service
gets added and
>will be started each time you boot up unless you disable
>> 12- Add any icons to my task and/or system tray(s)
>No - unless the security center detects something wrong
or cannot do
>something (like monitor your antivirus software) - but
again this can be
>> 13- Make any changes to my Folder Options - General,
View or File
>> Types settings
>> 14- Enable the firewall
>By default - yes.
>> 15- Add Sample Music and/or Pictures to my folders
>None that I got.
>> 16- Enable Automatic Updates
>It will ask on the first reboot.
>> 17- Effect my wireless network in any way
>> 18- Effect my Internet connection in any way
>Well, possibly - as the firewall is on and some network
>> 19- Have any effect on the way my AV functions
>Yes - it monitors your AV - if you let it and the AV
software supports it.
>> 20- Require constant attention to system checks and
>Require - no - nothing gets added you cannot turn
>Why not just backup your system and try it? Seems
ridiculous to ask some of
>these questions so particular to certain applications. I
>your anxiety, I suppose - but SP2 will still be the same
SP2 in 6 months and
>sooner or later you will either install it or start not
being able to update
>your PC - possibly making it insecure.
>I assure you - the changes (when they are applied
correctly) are minor. For
>someone who seems as prepared as you are to do this
should be a minor
>annoyance - as long as you know how to find the answers
you need - which I
>suppose you do or your system would not be as ready as
you claim it to be.
><- Shenan ->
>The information is provided "as is", it is suggested you
>yourself before you take any advice - you are the one
>responsible for your actions/problems/solutions. Know
what you are
>getting into before you jump in with both feet.