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WINDOWS SP2

Post by troublewolf » 02 Oct 2007 05:38

Do you really need the service pack? since I downloaded it, it takes my machine quite a bit of time to fully load...close to four minutes. Before it loaded very quickly. I have a hp pavilion 220n with windows xp home. :?
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Post by Tim » 02 Oct 2007 07:51

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The short answer is yes.

At the end of last year, I was given an input by a former professional hacker who has now reformed and works for companies to protect them from hacking.

In his opinion, the original XP was full of security lapses and the firewall was useless. The SP1 pack was not much of an improvement. The SP2 pack was a vast improvement and is sufficient, including the firewall, to protect the normal home user.

If I remember correctly, I didn't experience any change in the speed of booting up and down.
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Post by quarrystile » 02 Oct 2007 19:16

I'm in agreement with Tim on this.

A big YES from me too.

My new Windows disc is SP2. So I no longer have that problem.

But before, I had a SP1. I actually saved SP2 onto a CD so that if I ever had to re-install windows, then I could just throw the SP2 disc in.

I never experienced the slowing down problem though. Maybe a few extra seconds, but never minutes!

Mind you, I always put SP2 in directly after a re-install. So that may be your problem, you already have a load of "stuff" on your PC.
But don't quote me, I'm not an expert. ( might be worth thinking about though)

Also, you may want to consider doing what I did, Burn it to a CD then delete it from your PC. The SP2 download is VERY big, maybe it is taking up a lot of room on you HDD.
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Post by troublewolf » 02 Oct 2007 21:25

my main problem is that I'm not very computer savy. What file do I look in for the SP2 file? I have burned a disk before but when looking for the right file, I can't seem to find one that is labeled SP2. I would appreciate any help anyone can give me. :?
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Post by quarrystile » 03 Oct 2007 19:53

I only have ONE single file called WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2_ENU
That is how it came in the download. ( Just wondering if Microsoft have changed it )

The file size is 272,391 KB, Which is about 266Mb.

The file is also an "application" which means it will run if you click on it.

Do you have something different then?
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Post by Tim » 04 Oct 2007 08:54

Quarrystile

I downloaded SP2 last night for a friend who's still on dial up. The file is still the same.
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Post by quarrystile » 05 Oct 2007 20:32

:hi: Tim,

Yes I did actually check before posting. The file is the same, as you said.

I did not add this in my post to troublewolf as I did not want to add further confusion. :D


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