15 May 2006
Glutton for punishment
For some reason, last night about 8 I got the idea to install Windows XP Service Pack 2 on my notebook.
Took about two and a half hours just to run Setup (from a CD, mind you, not from Windows Update), almost half of which was taken up by something called "Performing cleanup."
I suppose I'll find out later this week if I regret this action. Posted at 8:41 AM to PEBKAC
The whole secret to living with SP2 is to essentially disable all of it after you install it :) The only benefit you need is for the system itself to show that it exists. Just go in and turn off the stupid "Security Center" and notice that patches exist online to undo the restrictive limits it places on your broadband (all in the name of preventing trojans, yeah, right). Just use the same resident anti-virus and spyware proggies you've always used and you will be just fine.
I had trouble installing SP2 only on our Dell laptop -- and that's because I needed something from Dell installed first to make it compatible.
SP2 went onto my wife's eMachines desktop with no trouble at all. And of course it came with the OS on this, my first XP desktop.
As for Windows Security Center, you don't actually have to turn it off -- if you install or already have your own firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware, etc., all Security Center will have left to do is pop up a notice if, for example, your anti-virus definitions need updating.
I do have my own AV (Norton's), and have informed the Security Center thusly. (I think the only real issues I'm going to encounter will have to do with the wireless connection I normally run.)
The new desktop, of course, has all this stuff in place already, though even the newest releases of SP2 seem to have a couple of dozen patches waiting for one's attention.