August 14, 2004
I, for one, prefer not to install a Microsoft Service Pack the moment it’s
released. Especially one as large and complicated as the soon to be
released XP-SP2. I find it’s best to wait at least one week before
installing any significant update to an application. The goal is to let everyone
else find all the flaws and pitfalls first. Then after a patch — or
two — is released, the inevitable bugs transferred to your system will be
lessened and/or corrected before it’s too late.
Now for the tricky part. Microsoft is planning on forcing all
users of Windows XP to install this update the moment it is
Since this update is critical, it’s not a good idea to avoid it entirely.
Instead, follow the instructions below to postpone the
installation. This will allow for time during which problems will be
solved, and updates to the service pack will be available.
Corporations updating large numbers of clients should reference this link: http://news.swzone.it/link.php?action=i&id=12090
Individuals can follow these simple steps:
Personally, I keep the service enabled, and select the “Notify me…”
option. This allows me to be notified and to install all the latest
updates when I’m good and ready.
Stay tuned for notes about the aftermath we encounter resulting from this