Saturday, November 13, 2004
Microsoft has provided a list of the possible causes for problems with installation on the Windows XP SP2.
The two free tools I use to protect my PCs against spyware (apart from plain commonsense and not installing everything I come across) are Ad-Aware SE and Spybot Search & Destroy
Both products are also availbe for download for free from Downloads
A warning: Ad-Aware will only be effective if you update its database. Currently the latest free version is 1.05.
You should also update your anti-virus definitions and do a full system scan, and just in case, run another check with one of the free web virus scanners, such as HouseCall.
Once you complete that you should disable System Restore and reboot, delete all your temp files and Internet Temp files, turn System Restore back on and create a new Restore point, disable your virus protection, unplug everything except your monitor, keyboard and mouse, say a couple of precautionary prayers, and install SP2.
(I would also recommend backing up ALL important data)
I still haven't installed XP SP2 yet - I got 6 PC's to do and I just can't be bothered with the effort that may be required to fix it if it goes wrong.
However if you have a single PC and connect directly to the internet then I would recommend you upgrade after taking these precautions.