SP2 - any concensus among the regulars?

Discussion in 'Windows 64 Bit' started by Tony Sperling, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. Tony Sperling

    Dennis Pack Guest

    I agree with Tony, glad to see you back. I dropped out of the Vista
    groups also due to the trolls and immaturity. Hopefully the Vista groups
    will mature in the near future. I remember when this group was called
    immature but we disproved that rumor. Have a great day.
    Dennis Pack, Apr 22, 2007
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  2. Tony Sperling

    Sven Guest

    It seems as if I am one of the only persons who is running into serious
    problems with SP2.

    I downloaded SP2 from the MS website, and ran the executable. I prefer to do
    it this way as I only need to perform one download which I can later reuse in
    case I need to reinstall my machine.

    Ran the update and everything seemed flawless. However, when rebooting the
    machine, I got a not so nice blue screen error. The automatic reboot kept
    giving the same error. Even a reboot in safe mode crashed the computer.

    To get my system up and running again, I performed a repair install from the
    original CD. This allowed me to boot my machine again, but my problems were
    not over...

    Prior to installing SP2, and repairing it with my installation CD, I was
    running IE7 for Windows update purposes. After the repair, IE7 was gone, and
    IE6 in 32-bit mode was giving errors all over the place. As a result, one can
    simply not install any new updates?

    Fortunately, MS has provided the genuine advantage plugin for Firefox so I
    was able to get IE7 back up and running, and I'm now getting back all
    updates, except of course for that big ugle 350MB one, which is not comming
    near my PC again until I do a full rebuild.
    Sven, Apr 23, 2007
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  3. Tony Sperling

    Sven Guest

    I've done tons of SP upgrades on various Microsoft products without problems.
    This is the first SP udate that I perform on x64, and it significantly
    damaged my system.

    If I always need to to a full reinstall for every service pack, then what is
    the point of releasing service packs. MS might just as well make full install
    images available as it would save everyone the trouble of having to make
    their own slipstream.

    For now, I got my machine up and running again, and I will stay SP2 free
    untill I have the time to do a full rebuild.
    Sven, Apr 23, 2007
  4. Tony Sperling

    John Barnes Guest

    Unfortunately some installations have software installed and installed and
    removed that conflicts with Service Packs. I had the same problem with
    Service Pack 2 on XP86. Microsoft does provide free support for problems
    with updates (and seems to use their best technicians). If after trying
    anything they recommend, it doesn't work, they will probably do what they
    did with me and sent me the CD with SP2 included. Clean install and rebuild
    was necessary, and reinstalling XP64 and then applying SP2 before
    progressing into optional driver and software installs would probably
    accomplish the same result. Good luck.
    John Barnes, Apr 23, 2007
  5. Tony Sperling

    Sven Guest

    Finally I have SP2 up and running but it got worse before it got better...

    As my initial attempt forced me to repair my installation, and I ended up
    with an unreliable system, I decided to rebuild my machine from scratch. I
    formatted my Windows partition, installed from CD, applied SP2. Same problem
    still existed!

    At this point I thought that mayby my download of SP2 was corrupt, so I
    reinstalled again, and this time, applied SP2 through Windows Update. Guess
    what? Same problem was still there.

    This could only mean that SP2 was disagreeing with my hardware. I downloaded
    new firmware from the MSI website (I have an K8T Neo series mainboard).
    Flashed the firmware, reinstalled Windows, applied SP2, and now everything
    appears to be running smooth.

    Lesson learned: if you don't really need them, don't apply updates, which is
    what I've been doing with by mainboard firmware for some time ;-)
    Sven, Apr 24, 2007
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