Home > Windows > Windows Migration Tool Kit Adds SP2 Testing Features Windows Migration Tool Kit Adds SP2 Testing Features Eugenia Loli 2005-03-18 Windows 5 Comments With an April 12 deadline fast approaching for the large-scale rollout of Windows XP Service Pack 2, Microsoft offers some free help to smooth the migration for large enterprise customers. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 5 Comments 2005-03-18 8:54 pm It seems to be a catch-22 with this upcoming force-feed of SP2. I think it’s a great thing to do, security-wise, for MS to force XP users to install SP2. However, I also understand that doing so can cause problems with some custom applications. Tough decisions (and probably costly) for some folks, to be sure. We’re lucky — our firm already upgraded everyone to SP2, and we’ve seen no problems. 2005-03-18 9:08 pm Yeah I upgraded to SP2 with much reluctance but it seemed that it was a wise move on my part nonetheless. Everything just runs better on my machine. No crashes, its speedier and no problems. I have heard horror stories however, but out of me and a few of my friends who have upgraded no one had a single problem. I have the firewall and the security center turned off however. 2005-03-18 9:35 pm you know how to do a clean install of os then immediately apply the service pack. upgrades are problematic. 2005-03-18 10:37 pm Is to use Autostreamer to slipstream your copy of SP2 into the install disc and start clean. 2005-03-20 2:06 am Lots of people are mistaken about this change MS made when it comes to SP2. At first, businesses had the option of not showing the SP2 upgrade when users of PC’s at work went to Windows Update, so thus not letting anyone at work upgrade and maybe fuck up the system. Now MS is stopping this ability from taking effect if you use Automatic Updates, This time you will SEE the option to d/l SP2 and IF and ONLY IF you use full automatic updates will it be downloaded now, IF you have AU off, you won’t download this at all, or if you’re just updated about new patches and given the choice to check or uncheck what you want when AU checks, then you still don’t have to download it of you don’t want to. There is no forcing of SP2 as far as I see it.