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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Seagate 100GB Hard Drive

    How do you guys feel about SP1 and SP2? (especially SP2).

    I've heard so many horror stories about how SP2 messes up your computer that I'm afraid to install it.

    I'd like to install them both but I've have been told SP2 will cause so much trouble that I should forget about it. I don't want to create undo problems....on the other hand, I want to be up-to-date with Windows XP. I want the security and the firewall and I want it to do everything it can do for me.

    I'm especially undecided about doing it right now because I'm operating with High Speed (3MB) cable internet (first ever for me and it's great!!) for $20 per month (half price) for 6 months so the last thing I want is an inoperative computer during this time.

    My 6 months started on November 18, 2005, so I have it for this rate until May 18, 2006. Then it goes to $40 per month....and I can't get DSL where I live. So, it's back to dial up for me in May. Or possibly a slower version of cable). I can't afford $40 per month for internet access. That's just me though. I realize many people wouldn't go back to using dialup again....ever!!

    Therefore, I would very much appreciate advice on this subject from as many folks as possible. I'd like to hear what the consensus is on the issue....to upgrade to SP2 now or not. Input from you guys would mean so much to me. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Seagate 100GB Hard Drive

    Never once had an issue with SP2 and I have always updated to the latest and greatest from Microsoft.
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    Default Re: Seagate 100GB Hard Drive

    I've only encountered a couple systems (out of several dozen, so maybe 5% or so) that have been seriously harmed by SP2. That said, there's not much benefit to SP2. The firewall is in SP1, but you'll have to enable it. Aside from that, you have to be pretty hopeless with security to get any advantage from SP2. If you fall under that catagory, you're likely to get hit by something anyway.

    However, you can always uninstall SP2, so I'd say try it out and see if you have problems with it.

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    Unhappy Re: Seagate 100GB Hard Drive

    Thanks guys. Would "system restore" remove any problems that the installs may cause if they cause problems and won't completely uninstall?

    Recap: I have two Microsoft CD's:

    1. Windows XP "Service Pack 2" (received July 2004)....don't have SP1 CD (would SP2 also contain SP1)? Makes sense that it would.
    2. Windows "Security Update" (dated Feb. 2004).

    The "security update CD" makes no mention of SP1 or SP2, it it something completely different? What's the security software update for? I thought that's what SP1 and SP2 were. I'm confused as you can tell.

    Should I install both "SP2" and the "Security Update"? What about SP1?

    Note: HP warned us owners about installing SP1 (see below).

    "Alert: Windows Update has detected that your computer is a Hewlett-Packard Pavilion desktop or Compaq Presario desktop PC with Windows XP pre-installed. After you install Windows XP Service Pack 1, you might encounter an issue with the PC System Recovery utility. If you use this utility to perform a non-destructive system recovery, you might be unable to start your computer. Recovering from this error requires a full destructive system recovery, which results in the loss of all user data. Hewlett-Packard will release an update to the PC System Recovery utility soon. When you install that update, this alert will no longer appear in Windows Update. Please refer to Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) Article Q329450 for additional information.
    For more information about this issue, read Microsoft KB Article Q329450".

    "Follow these instructions to avoid PC problems that could occur if you install Windows XP SP1. You can install the HP patch before or after you install Windows XP SP1. After you download the file, double-click the SP1RcvryFix.exe file to begin extracting the HP patch files. A message appears: "This update resolves the incompatibility between Windows XP Service Pack 1 and your PC's Standard recovery" (sometimes referred to as non-destructive recovery), and they say after the install"....and,

    "WARNING: If your system does not start, you may be required to do a Standard recovery, if the patch is not successful. This may cause some personal data, and software to be removed. If possible, back up any personal data you have before running a recovery. Software that has been added to the system will have to be re-installed. A Full system recovery (sometimes referred to as destructive recovery) will erase all data and the system will be returned to its original state, at time of purchase"

    "Microsoft has since released a more recent service pack (SP2?). If you still wish to use SP1 and not more recent service packs, you should download and install the patch from your product support page in the software updates section". This is confusing to me....

    and there's more...I just didn't want to copy and paste too much here. More can be found at: SP1RcvryFix.exe I assume.

    Sounds like trouble for HP owners like me!!
    Last edited by burnselk; 01-27-2006 at 10:51 PM. Reason: addition

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    Default Re: Seagate 100GB Hard Drive

    Just use the SP2 disc. SP2 comes with all the same updates as SP1. Don't worry about the HP issue. In fact, any hardware issue is worth taking for SP1.

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