Is it worth installing service Pack 2 for XP?


Posted on 2006-02-16 11:23:58 by skywalker
Yes, it worth installing SP2. Have a look at the articles about SP2
Posted on 2006-02-16 13:08:40 by Vortex
I don't think it's possible to run an XP without it ;)
Posted on 2006-02-16 15:02:30 by ti_mo_n

I don't think it's possible to run an XP without it ;)

Sure it is. Been running like a champ for about 3 weeks now.

Posted on 2006-02-16 15:29:08 by skywalker
Been running my Xp without it for about 17 months now. Works fine !

Posted on 2006-02-16 16:37:26 by LL
if you are not down on running an XP without SP2, it is your luck.

We often need to use the Global variables and SEH while we are doing EXP towards
the bug of overflow. But Now, we can't use this skill to finish our work. What's MS do
in the windows XP SP2? She did a lot. For example, she encoded the Global variables.

    1???  Processing the frist address of mapping PEB manager structure through random.
          After a while, we'll see the processing method is weak, but it is enough to forbiding
          EXP finished the work or working stably.
    2???  Protecting TOP SEH
    3???  Protecting the VEH chaining point _RtlpCalloutEntryList
    4???  Protecting the cookie of stack structure

Good Luck to all without SP2.
Posted on 2006-02-16 18:21:38 by dcskm4200
If you want to make a lot of outgoing connections (eg for p2p or other network-intensive purpose) then SP2 is a bad idea, as it hobbles the rate of outgoing connections you can make.. there are ways to unpatch it though.
Another thing, SP2 runs slower than a wet week.

Oh, and if you are depending on SP2 and it's army of patches to protect you from exploits, think again.

IMHO you're better off with a well-configured firewall and SP1.
Posted on 2006-03-06 08:39:02 by Homer