To SP2 or Not SP2?
by Preston Gralla
But just because the update is available, should you install it? I've been beta testing the software for months now, and here's my recommendation - wait and do it in a month.
The update itself is a worthy one. There's a very nice popup blocker, a more useful front-end to wireless networking, better downloading security, and a lot of extra security under the hood.
The much-ballyhooed update of the Windows Firewall isn't particularly worthwhile. It's really just a prettier face on a still not-particularly useful firewall. Almost any other personal firewall, like ZoneAlarm, is far superior. It's now turned on by default, though, which is good for individual users, but could be problematic for IT folks.
All in all, it's certainly worth the download. So why wait? It's this simple: Microsoft rarely gets anything right out of the gate. Expect installation woes and bug fixes. For example, even Microsoft's own CRM package is broken by SP2. So how do you think it'll get along with other applications?
So wait a month and let others be the guinea pigs. By that time, most of the problems should be fixed. It should be smooth sailing from there - or at least as smooth as Windows ever gets.
Have you used SP2 or do you plan to? Why or why not? Let me know.
heard it before
When SP1 was released there was much shouting on forums that people should not install it because it caused a (minute, less than 1%) performance decrease on their machines when playing some performance hogging games.
Exceeding the risks..
When you talk about "exceeding the risks" it implies that you have done a risc-analysis. When you have a "bet the farm" application on windows, that is your risk; that application not running.