Problems with Windows® XP Service Pack 2
Having trouble installing Service Pack 2 on Windows® XP? Read on.
Windows® XP is one of the most popular operating systems in the world. The OS is very light on system resources and extremely user friendly. Since Windows® XP has been released long time back, hackers and malware agents have gotten time to study the system well, find out security loopholes and design malwares specifically to infect systems through such security gaps. This is why Microsoft® came up with updates or service packs that should be installed on a system running on Windows® XP. One such update is Windows® XP Service Pack 2. Installing Windows® XP Service Pack 2 enhances the system security and makes the OS better capable of defending from virus attacks. Although downloading and installing of Service Pack 2 is easy, some problems like system hanging, error messages, etc. can occur.
The following tips will help solve some of the problems that can occur while downloading and installing Windows® XP Service Pack 2:
- Correct update
- Recovery CD
Before starting with the download and installation of Windows® XP Service Pack 2, it is highly recommended that users install antivirus software and scan the system thoroughly. If there is an infection when the files are being downloaded there is a chance that the virus may infect the update and cause serious errors. Virus infections can also cause failure of downloading of the update file. Installation of such infected updates can corrupt the operating system and leave the computer inoperable.
When downloading Windows® XP Service Pack 2, users must take extra care to make sure that the updates are being downloaded from the genuine Microsoft® website. Users must also make sure that the updates that are being downloaded are of the correct type.
Some malwares are capable of recognizing and identifying security updates being downloaded. If Windows® XP Service Pack 2 is being downloaded on a machine which has such an infection, these malwares will modify and change key system files so that malwares will stay even after the security updates are installed. In rare cases system crash may even occur which can leave the computer inoperable. So, it is advisable to create a recovery CD of the operating system and then proceed with the download and subsequent update.