SP2? Why not just update to SP3 it is free. Boggles the mind. I find XP to be a malware magnet anyways. Updating to Win7 is a better idea than fooling around with all this. But it depends if your PC can handle the o/s I guess.
I like the patching trick. however i would just go to SP3 to be safe. thier is no reason a home user should not be on SP3. I can understand why companies have not moved to SP3, patching in an enterprise enviroment is a pain in the neck. even with WSUS. it kills network bandwidth and user productivity. especially with big updates like SP3 or .netframeworks. most enterprises are already looking at Windows 7. Rather that touch every machine in the company to install sp3, I would rather touch every computer in the company to install Windows 7 SP1 slipstreemd in to it when it launches in the October/november time frame. it make more send that doing it all twice. Microsoft needs to get its act together with enterprise level patching. even with WSUS it is still a pain.
People still on xp sp2 are probably using illegitimate copies of xp if they are home users, or simply have automatic updates turned off and don't know any better. Really no other reason not to update to sp3(for home users).
When SP3 was first released, systems that were old back then had troubles updating to it. I've also seen systems on the network here slow down with SP3 installed, even on a freshly imaged machine. But moving to Windows 7 on the home front is a must and in a business environment it's recommended assuming legacy apps don't break.
Wow everyone that is saying "just upgrade to SP3" its not that easy all the time. I have had 4 computers Blue Screen on me while updating them from SP2 to SP3. The windows update process is a joke and they certainly aren't helpful in repairing the OS.
I'm pretty sure that SP3 was the XP version that had the validation code to check to make sure your copy of Windows was legal. So I'm guessing that most people that are still running SP2 fall into 2 categories:
1) People with no internet access / updates turned off. Which in this case getting updates is a non-issue.
2) People with pirated copies of XP-SP2 that can't update.
and possibly 3) Their computer is at the exact performance level where SP2 works fine, but SP3 doesn't (though I don't think SP3 has any tangible performance difference).
[citation][nom]Parsian[/nom]There is no SP3 for X64 version... I am so glad i moved to Win 7. People switch, it is awesome...[/citation]x86 and x64 SP2 are NOT the same. It is possible to play GTA4 on a XP x64 SP2 machine.
I switched from XP(SP3) the other day to Windows 7 (Home Premium 64). For the most part I like it, it even 'feels' faster than XP (though my XP install was 1 year old). That said, after 1 month of searching and trying every fix I could find, I'm still unable to get my 2TB drive working (shows up as 1TB). It worked fine on XP 32bit.