I got the update notification today -- who already has it installed and what are the issues? Looks like quite a long list of fixes, but the buzz is it's not that big a deal. Thanks for sharing your impressions.
I waited for several issues to be resolved and a 'go ahead' from the Windows Secrets newsletter before installing SP-3 on two of my machines, but the installations went smoothly and I've noticed no adverse effects in the aftermath.
Uninstalling SP-3 can be accomplished if the upgrade path was through Windows Update. Installing SP-3 using a slipstreamed disc can make uninstalling it problematic, however.
This link explains the various scenarios, including 3 different ways to uninstall it.
Computers, like the human body benefit from fixing before it is broke. After the heart attack, or the computer hack is not the ideal time to change ones approach to good computer health or human health.
wrote on 8/18/2008, 7:15 AM
Updating to SP3 improved my computer performance. I think it cleared out some old files.
I put off installing SP3 for a long time. I did it two days ago and have had no problems at all. I regularly run Vegas 8, Sonar 7, Finale 2009, and Symphobia (ProjectSam)/Garritan Software Samplers with Kontakt Player 2. No issues in any projects at all.
I tried SP 3 but it definitely messed some things up, so I tried uninstalling it, but it reverted back to Zero updates, no SP's at all! Windows Firewall was gone, etc etc. I wasted hours - now I'm back at SP2. I figure I have enough other things to do with my time.
If it was problem free, then I'd say what the hell, but it doesn't sound worth it.
I also keep Auto-update turned off.
Oh, also - I did use Windows Update website, so the the comment that going this route will prevent uninstall issues doesn't seem to hold true.
I backed up my hard drive, and in a moment of weakness installed the update.
At the Windows Download Center, it "recommended" that I not download the full update file, but use the "smaller" and "more appropriate" version from the "new Windows Update" site. Note a lot of direct quotes here.
The moment I approved the "new Windows Update," the "Genuine Advantage" utility auto-installed without ANY NOTICE WHATSOEVER or my consent. I have carefully avoided Genuine Advantage since its dubious beginnings, even though I have a legitimate licensed version, because I unconditionally resent the intrusion. THANKS FOR THE DISHONESTY, MICROSOFT!! YOU DECEIVED ME IN TYPICAL FASHION!
Other than that flagrant violation of my privacy and trust, there are few impacts noticed on my system. It "may" shut down a bit faster, but other than that, there is no noticeable impact at this user's level.
If the INTRUSIVE, DELIBERATE, and DECEPTIVE installation of Microsoft "Genuine Advantage" causes even ONE issue on my machine, I've still got that backup. Screw MS.
i really don't understand what the fuss is about with sp3 and other 'critical' updates. i have my car serviced regularly, ditto camera, vtr, i go to the doctor and get anti-virus jabs when travelling to strange places - none of which i apparently need to do according to some here.
if an os was perfect from day one i'd be the first to agree you don't need to do anything - but we all know that's not the case, in fact, sometimes there's major flaws that need repairing, and even sometimes, bit's that can be made to work better.
it doesn't always go to plan, as many here will testify, then again, there's an awful lot of users out there who do do every upgrade, etc., without problem, just as there are v8 people experiencing problems while others don't.
i think any arguments as to whether to upgrade or not are a total waste of time - you either do, or don't, and no amount of rants and raves from either side will change a committed ussr one way or the other.
i'm for keeping up to date - but not on the cutting edge - i'll let everyone else download / install / whatever and see what happens before i do - shades of the 60's when offered a tablet or two of something good for me, i always waited till AFTER someone else had tried it.