How vital is Windows SP2?

Posted on 2004-11-11
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
My friend has an Intel Celeron processor that refuses to download SP2. The computer works fine but she is not getting the protection afforded by SP2. She also can't download other update files recommended by Windows Update, presumably because SP2 isn't there. Perhaps this is a dumb question, but how important is SP2? She has Norton antivirus, but is she running an increasing risk of problems if she continues on without SP2? I do have some idea what needs to be done to rectify this, but it's way over her head and mine :) Thanks for any thoughts/opinions. elebourd.
Question by:elebourd
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    Hi elebourd,

    this could be a debatable question with various answers.

    I would say having SP2 is good
    Read this

    But pretty much without SP2 alone with all other updates , firewall , Anti-virus (fully updated) and other spyware removal tools , you are pretty much guarded.

    One of the reasons that Sp2 neednot be installed now is it has got some bugs that are yet to be fixed and also some of the programs that you are used to work may not work though the companies are getting out updates for their products.
    Other than that I donot see Sp2 as a real must though it would be nice to have.

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    The inability to fully download xp2 may be due to her computer being contaminated with spy/adware, is she running any removal programs? But as sunray_2003  said if her anti virus, firewall is kept up to date she is not really under any increased threat. Many people are chosing to sit back awhile and give Microsoft the chance to iron out some of the wrinkles in sp2 before they are chosing to install.
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    >> My friend has an Intel Celeron processor that refuses to download SP2.

    Ah.. I am not sure if you are meaning by the above statement whether the system cannot download SP2 or your friend is not willing to download Sp2

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    Just make sure that you scan with spybot, ad-aware and CWShredder before installing the service pack and it will work fine. Every issue I've seen reported can be traced back to spyware infected systems.

    My favorite place for getting help on spyware stuff is the startup DB and File DB's are great to search through.
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    "My friend has an Intel Celeron processor that refuses to download SP2."
    if she is having problem to download from windows update, try download this :

    i'm with sunray_2003.. winxp sp2 is good.. at least it didn't cause problems to my system ;D
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    i missed sumthing..
    WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2-ENU.exe >> file size is 266MB

    pls MAKE SURE that ur system is clean from spyware, virus b4 u update to sp2
    you can use tools that suggested by farkedup and oso hijackthis

    another suggestion is Slipstreaming Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Create Bootable CD and perform clean install
    in another word - FORMAT ;D
    if u hv difficulties 2 do that, check out this

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    additional info
    Windows XP SP2: A No-Brainer Upgrade?

    XP SP2 Deadline Extended

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    For a home user I'd agree with the rest of them about cleaning out the Spy ware. Your friend has Norton Antivirus.  That will protect her from viruses, but not pop ups and spyware.  SP2 has a popup blocker and a built in firewall you can use.  

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