Every year, you’ll get an update that fixes bugs and adds new functionality.But with each update there will likely be an increase in the minimum hardware specifications required to run it (and generally, you need well above the minimum specifictions to run it well).You can also gather some gigantic uptimes with this approach which is pretty much a useless statistic other than the nerdy bragging rights, (I’m currently at 35 days, weeeee! I basically never shut down a Mac unless it’s going into a longer term state of inactivity or storage.Shutting down a Mac is slower since all open applications and documents have to quit, and then when you turn the machine back on everything has to re-open again to get back to where you were prior to shutdown.
Given the complexity of some Windows XP installations, there is also always some potential for some other defect to show up.
It is an important upgrade and should be installed on all Windows XP computers.
The same is true for Service Pack 3 (SP3), which appeared on 2008-05-06.
Table of contents Read this first Can Service Pack 2 be installed on all XP installations?
Ordering the service pack on a CD Preparing for installation Cannot install Windows XP with integrated Service Pack 2 Cannot install Service Pack 2 Boot or shutdown problems after Service Pack 2 installation The Service Pack 2 firewall Networking problems after installing Service Pack 2 NET SEND messages no longer received Computer does not work properly with Service Pack 2 Programs stop working or behave differently with Service Pack 2 Data Execution Prevention (DEP) Removing the uninstall information New and revised documentation Closing remarks, comments This page deals with problems caused or triggered by the installation of Service Pack 2 for Windows XP, and this information is also relevant to Service Pack 3.