I have had it installed for 24 hours with no major burps. Note however, that after your finished downloading(about 3 hours on a 56k)and reboot, your screen will go black for a short period of time while it configures itself. It scares the begeebers out of you, but its normal.
I installed SP1 on my desktop machine, running XP Professional yesterday and on my notebook, running XP Home today. Both installs were without incident. Everything seems to be working just fine on both machines.
The critical update on the Windows site shows both SP1 for XP and SP1 for IE. No need to download the IE service pack... it is included in the XP service pack.
Downloaded/Installed it last night. Everything went fine. Only thing (don't know if it is the IE6 SP1 or XP SP1) but when I goto list all the avialable updates for download, this time around I have often sat there and the scan for updates bar never goes past 0%. This was never a problem before, but maybe everyone is downloading so the MSUpdate server is slllllooooowwwww?
GCutler, youre not alone. It happened to me too. It seems a long time before the updates bar gets above 0 for me. Now....the download took a hefty 49MB, but considering some have endured a more hefty 138MB downloads (some even did this with a 56k modem connection. How long does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Service Pack? Ask Mr Gates.....lol) Im very lucky. The only thing I have noticed is that the PC is slower at startup, but its normal for this to occur at Service Pack updates.
Most vendors these days won't talk to you unless you apply the latest fix, so this just falls in line. SO those who don't like to be bleeding edge get pushed off that cliff anyway, eventually
I just got a new test machine for my lab (Dell 4500, 2.0GHz) and it took less time to install the OS (Win2K Adv Server) then it is taking to install all the service packs and recommended patches(and I have W2KSP3 already downloaded in full Network version). I just wish there weren't sooo many fixes that required a seperate install and reboot. Not so much a problem if you can apply 12 fixes at once with just 1 reboot.
A hotly discussed topic in the newsgroups at Microsoft and other sites is a new revised EULA by Microsoft that states that Microsoft has the right to spy on users at anytime to see if any illegal activity exists; Microsoft has the right at any time to freeze the users' PCs; and also....make any MP3 useless in the PC that isnt under the Windows Media format.
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