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Anyone else have experience with downloading and installing it, both good or bad? Did it break any programs you run?
(Let's try to keep the anti-Microsoft flames down and discuss any real problems or successes.)
Had 1 app that needed a port opened up before it would work, but that took less than a minute.
We're going to have to start a discussion on how to get around the web-beacon disabling that occurs in Outlook Express. This is a good feature from a consumer point of view, but my business relies on web beacons to keep our email lists current. Not sure how many people use OE, but I would imagine it's pretty substantial.
P.S. It did change my startup screen from the Windows XP Professional verbiage to just Windows XP.
Before installing SP2, the Windows Media button used to be next to the buttons Search, Favorites and History.
After installing SP2, the button is gone.
Always better to wait version "a". ;)
You folks test it out for me. I'm running Mozilla and keep NAV and AdAware + SpyBot well updated.
If I had a 'play' computer I'd give it a whirl, but I just reinstalled my system a few weeks ago and all is working smoothly. No need to muck it up with the latest service pack.
You folks test it out for me. I'm running *Opera* and keep AdAware + SpyBot well updated.
I will gladly let you guys be the guinea pigs, my yearly format is not due just yet.
This has been an interesting thread to see each person's response. It just seems you have to get lucky with your system configuration/programs installed to have a successful update. I wonder what the percentage is with people who have pirated copies vs. non-pirated, or if that even has anything to do with it.
you shouldn't download a service pack this big and install it as soon as it comes out, wait a month or two for the fixes and bugs to get more ironed out, personally I wouldn't touch xp with a 10 foot pole, it's w2k all the way til I switch to the happy penguin someday.
I heard that xp sp2 breaks the 127.0.0.1 loopback interface which breaks apache development boxes, any news on that?
looks like ms is having more than their share of troubles, they've also abandoned almost every major component of longhorn in order to make the '06 release date, pretty funny.
I did a clean install of XP home yesterday. I used windows update to install sp2 and from there on the system was unusable. it would turn on and within 30 secods - 1 min it would either freeze up totaly or flicker the bsod and power down for re-boot. Ended up having to do another clean install. This time auto update has been disabled.
To make matters worse when I tried to activate windows it sais "my product key had been used to many times" even although it was deing installed on the same system as it was yesterday lol
Ended up having to call ms for a new product key.
Also, SP2 automatically sets the firewall setting to true, so everyone will now have a firewall.
It would be more accurate to say that now everyone will think that they have a real firewall, but they won't, last I checked the xp 'firewall' only blocks incoming traffic, which leaves all those lovely trojans free to phone home with their keystroke logs and whatever other fun toys they have to play with, another example of MS simply not understanding what security means even when they try, this one is especially bizarre since all you have to do is download a real software firewall and look at its features then implement them.
Of course I haven't seen popups myself for a long time, but I haven't used IE for a long time either.
The safe rule of thumb with any major software product 'upgrade' or service pack is to let everyone else be the company's beta testers, then after all the problems have been ironed out, download the product.
As anyone can plainly see from this thread, in this small sample there is a massive failure rate, seems to almost equal the legendary NT 4 service pack that broke big percent of installations and forced most big companies to totally revamp their methods and testing procedures when it comes to MS service packs and 'upgrades'.
I also followed a guild here on webmasterworld to have IE 5.5 and IE 5.01 installed along with the newest IE (for testing) and now the new one is the only one that works. If I try to open one of the older ones then the google desktop bar doesn't work till I go and end tasks in task manager.
Also explorer stops responding about 3/4s of the time when I right click on a file, I don't know why it works some of the time. I am running the same programs.
Either way I would have rather not installed it, it is way less stable now. Oh well.
Also, and more frustratingly, I tried to install a well known web analytics product afterwards and ended up spending about 4 days on the phone with their tech support trying to get it to work. It wasn't until I had uninstalled and reinstalled the program 7 times that one of their techs said, "If you have SP2 on your computer we can't make it work."
I uninstalled SP2 and was finally able to leave that unfortunate chapter behind me.