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service pack 2 concerns

Discussion in 'All other topics' started by nigeljkuk, Aug 20, 2004.

  1. nigeljkuk

    nigeljkuk Guest

    Ok Im a newbie as far as xp is concerned But I have thanks to this forum got my pc just how I like it! I have dvd shrink /decrypt/and clone dvd2/ roxio plat 6.0 avg 7.0 and kerio firwall all running nicely at the moment , My worry is this and can anyone please put my mind at rest, This new service pack 2 I have heard such horror stories of blue screens , conflicts with existing firewalls etc , I am concerned that this pack might cause problems with the programs ie my dvd software what precautions/solutions would the forum suggest to take to minnimize or negate any problems, I havent got a good backup program that is the first thing I intend to buy , what do you recommend to copy my programs , as is , so that I can restore my pc if need be, I have spent a lot on my pc and its my pride and joy and considering ive come from a sinclair straight to an xp and am burning dvds I think ive done well but I really hope the good guys on here can offer some advice many thanks
     
  2. Xian

    Xian Regular member

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    I would invest in a decent cloning program such as Norton Ghost so that you have a complete backup in case you need to restore.

    I have most of the programs that you mentioned installed except I use Nero instead of Roxio, and I didn't experience any problems. I have used DVD Shrink and Decrypter since installing the upgrade. I would disable the Windows Firewall first thing since Kerio is better in my opinion and you don't want 2 firewalls running to avoid conflicts.

    I have installed SP2 on 3 systems so far without any problems but every configuration is different so just take the usual precautions - current backups, system restore snapshot, and in the worst case scenario if it completely fails ensure that you have all the programs and cd keys you need.
     
  3. animedev

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    i've already installed sp2, and slipstreamed it into a new windows xp pro installation. The Firewall it comes with u can shut off, same with the anti-virus. The only diff. with SP2 that i noticed is a longer shutdown. I have no conflicts with my software since installing it, and none of my data has been lost. You don't really need to worry about this new installation from MS...
    I have all the same progs as u do, plus more that could conflict w/ SP2...

    What you could do instead of buying Norton Ghost is buy a harddrive of the same size (if its on sale and cheaper than Norton Ghost) and copy your main partitions over to it, or if u already have one, and backup ur boot sectors, and u should be fine.
     
  4. nigeljkuk

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    Thanks Very Much for your replies, I have upgraded my second hardrive a few days ago, I keep my xp op system on my c drive with nothing else bit of a waste of 40gb i know but all my files mp3 are on my d drive so if anything goes pear shaped I dont lose my valuable data that much I have thought through , but being new pations etc I know nothing about , sad to say I have not yet managed to backup anything using xps own backup I tried it just kept wanting to save to a floppy which obviously wouldnt work so I will take your advice and buy norton, I have dvd2 as ive said and they said to install new version , but Im perhaps a bit overcautious tell me if Im wrong but Ive had bitter experience of upgrades and torn out hair after a supposedly new and safe upgrade so Im wary if it works I tend to leave well alone £100 bills at pc shops hurt the pocket!!!Anyway I will buy norton copy my c drive onto a dvd and hopefully all will be ok, I may attempt to upgrade clone dvd2 but again I wasnt quite sure whether to remove the old version and install over it or what? last time I upgraded I ended up with two sheep on my desktop HA HA ! Thanks again to all of you for your help You all are a great bunch on here!
     

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