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Chapter 2. Windows Annoyances > SERVICE PACK 2 ANNOYANCES

SERVICE PACK 2 ANNOYANCES

THE ANNOYING UPGRADE YOU REALLY NEED

Doing a major operating system upgrade is like cleaning out rain gutters or checking under the bed for the bogeyman-it's gotta be done, but most of us (me included) put it off for as long as possible. If you haven't upgraded to Service Pack 2 (SP2) yet, come out from under the covers. SP2 won't hurt you. In fact, it might already be on your PC and doing it some good.

First, see if your PC hasn't already been upgraded. Open the System control panel. If you see Service Pack 2 on the General tab, you're in like Flynn. Of course, SP2 has been known to introduce some annoyances with Outlook Express and other programs. And some SP features, such as the new Security Center, can drive you crazy with alerts. We'll get to those and other annoyances in a sec. If you haven't upgraded yet, you gotta. SP2 provides important protection against the Internet's e-thugs, and there are enough behind-the-scenes fixes and enhancements to make the SP2 upgrade hoop worth jumping through. For instance, Internet Explorer's new Information Bar alerts you whenever a site tries to download software onto your system. SP2's Security Center keeps a watchful eye on your antivirus and firewall programs, makes sure they're up to date, and faithfully-and automatically-downloads and installs any new critical patch or fix to XP.


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