Let me make a more serious response than my more flip one from earlier
today. You do not NEED SP2 now, but you WILL need it eventually...
probably in about a year, depending on your circumstances. Why?
Simple... Microsoft support services. As of next month, Windows XP RTM
(that is, XP with no service packs) will be DESUPPORTED by Microsoft.
There will be NO FURTHER critical updates available for pre-SP1 XP
systems. Eventually, SP1 will become de-supported as well.
Certainly there is no great rush to apply SP2. And yes, "Greg" and
other CIT staff will perform the required "lead user" testing so that
deployments of SP2 go more smoothly for the rest of you. As far as I
know, there are no application compatibility problems for which we do
not have a workaround, but there could be a few more bumps out there
waiting to snag us. PLEASE let us know about other application
compatibility problems you may have experienced.
I will ignore all the flame bait (Mr. Houston), and address Ernie's
legitimate points below:
Ernie Buford wrote:
> J. Greg Mackinnon wrote:
> Many of our machines don't even have SP1.... but have gotten the
> critical updates to keep them relatively trouble-free.
Well, that will have to change soon. As stated above, XP RTM is going
off support. You now have a choice... apply SP1 and about 60 separate
updates (requiring several reboots per system), or apply SP2 and only
about two additional updates (and then deal with any broken
applications). Both choices have their advantages and disadvantages.
> We try not to run IE anymore and already have a pop-up blocker via
> Mozilla or Google toolbar.
> I don't find a biweekly visit to Windows Update for *critical* fixes
> very painful or even all that time-consuming, but I don't do this for
> 50+ machines either. (If I did I suppose I'd make it more automated
That is the exact reason that we advocate use of automatic updates.
Most departments do not have sufficient in-house technical support or
expertise to run these updates manually (at least, not with any
consistency). Careful application of firewall policies, automatic
updates, and antivirus products will stop MOST infestations with a
minimum of manual intervention.
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