microsoft service pack 3 question

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Christie, May 7, 2008.

  1. Christie

    Christie Guest

    Is it wise to do this update?

    I've had bad experiences with MS updates in the past, especially with the
    last service pack update.

    Opinions?
    Christie, May 7, 2008
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  2. Christie

    flaming-o Guest

    SP3 for long term XP users is mostly a consolidation of prior fixes.
    It has some additional IT type network install features you will not notice
    and also allows longer use of the product without having to activate it.
    I have used the betas on several recent fresh XP installs because I did not
    want to bother with all the updates. Even the SP3 betas worked flawlessly.
    Currently Vista has about 10% American market penetration, most foisted on
    computers in retail boxes. That is larger than the Mac base, which should be
    a reality check for Mac fanboys out there, but a fraction of the global XP
    base.
    Since most corporate customers have been firm about not "updating" to Vista,
    and the current economic climate does not encourage the Vista
    hardware/software update for most businesses, Microsoft will have to
    continue to support XP to keep its corporate customers happy. Microsoft
    could care less about individual users, however, because it has most of us
    by the short and curlies.
    The other reason Microsoft is forced to continue to work on security
    upgrades for XP is that the installed user base of XP is likely to remain at
    high percentages globally for the foreseeable future. If someone comes out
    with a new attack on XP that is widely distributed global internet use and
    global commerce could crawl to a halt if Microsoft does not continue to
    update XP. XP is the dominant OS worldwide and Microsoft cannot escape its
    responsibility for XP without incurring major governmental intervention.
    flaming-o, May 7, 2008
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