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Old 08-06-04, 04:28 PM
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Anyone upgrade to Windows XP SP2 yet?

Microsoft says that the SP2 is released now. Anyone install it yet? Any problems?
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Old 08-06-04, 04:35 PM
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I wonder if I did the update if it would kill my pc since I am getting occassional error messages now.
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Old 08-06-04, 04:36 PM
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Gonna wait for the guinea pigs to go 1st, then let the traffic goes down. Maybe I'll do a clean install of xp pro in a week and slap sp2 on it.
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Old 08-06-04, 04:47 PM
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It's not available anywhere, I wonder who has access to SP2...
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Old 08-06-04, 05:06 PM
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I am still running the beta version of SP2. I went to windows update but there were no new updates. I guess we will have to wait.
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Old 08-06-04, 05:15 PM
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I've been using the beta for a few months and have had no problems, but I only boot into Windows occasionally.
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Old 08-06-04, 06:09 PM
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As Stated In Official MS Beta Newsgroups:

Final testing is complete and at 10:08am this morning we signed off on build 2180 as Windows XP Service Pack 2, releasing it to manufacturing. The final build will be available to beta sites immediately at http://windowsbeta.microsoft.com/download/dl3.asp. You will find both English and German versions there, Japanese will follow early next week.

Next week the service pack will be available on the Microsoft Download Center for general download. In the interim we're making the update available to you via the beta web site.

If you are running RC2, or any other build released to beta sites, we invite you to turn on Automatic Updates, and starting on August 10th your system will automatically download the express version of Windows XP SP2. For typical home users this is about a 75 MB download; for those on RC2 it should be less than 30 MB. As soon as the background download is complete, you will be prompted to install SP2 and to accept the EULA (SP2 does not install automatically even if Automatic Updates is set to automatically install security updates). If you have a modem connection, don't "Cancel" the update once it's in progress; just disconnect and when you reconnect later, it will automatcially pick up where it left off until it completes.

Q: What's next?

A: For the next 2 weeks the beta newsgroups will still be available to you. We'll be in the newsgroups and hope you'll discuss your experience with early SP2 deployments there. On August 18th the newsgroups will close and we'll move on to finding and fixing the bugs in Windows 2003 Server SP1.

Thanks for all your time and effort in driving the quality high in SP2 and finding those tricky issue that only seem to occur in the wild and never under laboratory conditions. Be sure to verify and update your contact information at http://beta.microsoft.com so we can get in touch with you in the future.

I hope your experience testing SP2 was a good one. We've saved the chat logs and when we build the next beta program I'll see what we can do to implement some of your suggestions.
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Old 08-07-04, 12:42 AM
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loaded the beta up on a bunch of machines at home and work.. havent had any problems.. its worked great, and the extra features were long overdue

there was a link up on bensbargains.net today for a few hours to get a free copy on cd.. but it expired quick.. high demand, as always.
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Old 08-07-04, 01:08 AM
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Any real benefit to upgrade to this when its released?
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Old 08-07-04, 01:34 AM
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Consolidation of a shit load of critical updates and a new program that tells you if windows has firewall, anti-virus, and windows update turned on.
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Old 08-07-04, 02:40 AM
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Not yet.
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Old 08-07-04, 11:10 AM
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I'll wait until Monday to download it and burn it to CD at work
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Old 08-07-04, 12:52 PM
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Originally posted by MJKTool
Any real benefit to upgrade to this when its released?
massive security improvements with the core OS, IE, and additional applications..
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Old 08-07-04, 01:24 PM
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Everyone be very careful there are fake files flooding the internet & P2P claming they are SP2. Do not download them. Just wait for the offical release from Microsoft.
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Old 08-07-04, 01:29 PM
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Upgraded this morning... no problems at all. I already use Google to block pop ups in IE, but the addition of one is nice. All in all, no noticable differences except for the annoying Security Center icon in the taskbar now.
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Old 08-07-04, 05:49 PM
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Originally posted by fumanstan
Security Center icon in the taskbar now.
what security center icon in the taskbar?

what does it say if you hover your mouse over it?
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Old 08-07-04, 10:07 PM
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Originally posted by twikoff
what security center icon in the taskbar?
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a new program that tells you if windows has firewall, anti-virus, and windows update turned on.
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Old 08-07-04, 11:08 PM
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yep
i can go to the control panel and see that
but dont have anything running in the systray
on any of the ones Ive done
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Old 08-08-04, 02:24 AM
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Originally posted by Mok
For typical home users this is about a 75 MB download
Yikes. Really?

Just under a 4 hour download for me.
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Old 08-08-04, 04:30 AM
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Anyone know if you can install SP2 on a fresh install of XP or does it require SP1 be installed, first?
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Old 08-08-04, 08:50 AM
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Here is an interesting look at what changes are being made, when you install SP2.

http://www.extremetech.com/slideshow...=132753,00.asp
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Old 08-08-04, 09:07 AM
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Ugh. This one might give me headaches at work.



I have an application that runs via Task Scheduler and executes itself. Seems like this application will stop the execution.

Crap.
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Old 08-08-04, 10:15 AM
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Originally posted by shaun3000
Anyone know if you can install SP2 on a fresh install of XP or does it require SP1 be installed, first?
As far as i know, you do not need SP1 installed. SP2 includes all the fixes and patches from SP1.
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Old 08-08-04, 10:16 AM
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Originally posted by twikoff
yep
i can go to the control panel and see that
but dont have anything running in the systray
on any of the ones Ive done
I have it in the Control Panel and it was in the system tray until i had it stop monitoring whether i had a Firewall, Automatic Updates, and an Antivirus running.
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