September 26, 2004
When Microsoft released Service Pack 2 for Windows XP last month, I was characteristically cautious. I’ve been bitten before by toxic Service Packs (granted, mostly on Win2K and NT before it), and I’ve found that it often pays to wait a little while for issues to get ironed out, and to let application, driver and firmware providers have a chance to make any necessary adjustments.
Unfortunately, time and viruses wait for no man. New exploits are arriving or here that make it mandatory to have SP2 and post-SP2 updates in place in order to be safe. Before you do so, however, there are a few things you should take care of.