Is Microsoft Windows SP2 worth it?

Top 10 Reasons to Install Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)

1. Help protect your PC from harmful attachments.
By alerting you to potentially unsafe attachments, Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) helps guard your computer from viruses that can spread through Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, and Windows Messenger.

My antivirus software already takes care of this

2. Improve your privacy when you’re on the Web.
SP2 helps protect your private information by applying the security settings that guard your PC to the files and content downloaded using Internet Explorer.

First of all, I use Firefox. And my firewall has private information protection.

3. Avoid potentially unsafe downloads.
Internet Explorer download monitoring and the Internet Explorer Information Bar warn you about potentially harmful downloads and give you the option to block files that could be malicious.

I use Firefox. (And USUALLY, I have enough sense what not to download.

4. Reduce annoying pop-ups.
Internet Explorer Pop-Up Blocker makes browsing the Internet more enjoyable by helping you reduce the unwanted ads and content that pop up when you’re browsing the Web.

Heard of the famous “AdBlock” for Firefox? Anyhow, my firewall provides ad blocking and IF I do use IE, I have google toolbar.

5. Get firewall protection from startup to shutdown.
The powerful, built-in Windows Firewall is now turned on by default. This helps protect Windows XP against viruses and worms that can spread over the Internet.

Well, I already have my own firewall

6. Take control of your security settings.
The new Windows Security Center allows you to easily view your security status and manage key security settings in one convenient place.

I already have an antivirus and firewall

7. Get the latest updates easily.
Enhancements to Windows XP’s Automatic Updates feature make it even easier to access Windows updates. Plus, new technology has been added to help dial-up customers download updates more efficiently.

This might be useful. But at the moment I don’t have automatic updates enabled. (I like to do it manually)

8. Help protect your e-mail address.
Improvements to Outlook Express help reduce unwanted e-mail by limiting the possibility of your e-mail address being validated by potential spammers.

I don’t use Outlook Express at all. Does this apply to Microsoft Outlook? Anyway, most of the time I use webmail.

9. Take action against crashes caused by browser add-ons.
The new Add-On Manager in Internet Explorer lets you easily view and control add-ons to reduce the potential for crashes and enjoy a more trouble-free browsing experience.

Once again, I use Firefox.

10. Go wireless without the hassle.
SP2 improves wireless support and simplifies the process of discovering and connecting to wireless networks in your home or on the road.

I use vendor software provided with my laptop (Intel ProSET) to manage my wireless settings. I’ve looked at the new wireless support, it looks about the same.


I’m sure that, besides these top 10 reasons, there are a lot more things. Since these ‘top 10 reasons’ don’t convince me, perhaps someone can enlighten me what the other advantages of SP2 are? In fact, I feel like switching to linux all together, but I still use some ‘windows-only’ software. Sigh.

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