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Old 08-16-2004, 11:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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according to the article above, over 50 programs will be affected because SP2 automatically turns on the Windows firewall.

can't we just turn it off again? or is it on all the time and we just open/close ports? does anybody have any experiences with SP2?


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Old 08-17-2004, 07:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not sure either.
All I read was everyone who has "auto update" enabled will try to download this SP automatically. It's what, 200 meg? Quite a nuisance for those with dialup. Instead of MS making a change, they want us to disable auto update. Not a problem for me and other knowledgable users, but what about the "other" users?

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Old 08-17-2004, 07:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I downloaded it, but I have been reading the horror stories of all the problems with it. My first hand experience @ work is that it slows machines down moreso than what they are now (2.4 gig Celerons [compaq - duh] )

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Old 08-17-2004, 11:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The SP2 firewall isn't very friendly. You can config it a bit (it gives you a list of programs it's blocking and options to unblock them) but the basic options are either on or off.

Its a frigging Laptop, not a Labtop!!!!
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Old 08-17-2004, 11:53 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I don't download any updates unless i really need them, or i know they aren't buggy. The sp1 was just like sp2 now when it came out, but as time goes, microsoft fixes these little things with critical updates. I wouldnt download it yet. Give it a lil time, plus if your comp is working fine, then y bother downloading 200 mb?
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