Posted Aug 17, 2004 in Technology.
Microsoft will soon be unleashing Service Pack 2 upon the general populace. The “Home” version is imminent, with the “Professional” version following right after. I have several PCs, with various operating systems. These include 2 desktops and a laptop running Windows XP Home, a desktop running Windows XP Professional, and a laptop running Windows 2000 Professional.
So far, the release of Service Pack 2 has been problematic at best. Horror stories about it causing applications to fail, or work differently, have been confirmed by two lists that emerged from Microsoft:
- Programs that stop working after SP2 has been installed.
- Programs that behave differently after SP2 has been installed.
Needless to say, I am a little uneasy about installing these packs. All the systems I have run on the same local network, so it makes it easy to transfer files from machine to machine. It seems, therefore, that a sensible solution would be for me to do a clean install of most (or all) of the machines. I have always found that Windows has a half life of less than a year, so a few of the machines are due for their yearly service anyway. Doing this may bring an added bonus. When re-installing my main computer, I will do it in this order:
- Install Windows XP Professional.
- Install Service Pack 2.
- Install latest drivers for video and sound cards.
- Install Doom 3.
- “Test” last program vigorously.
- Install other things...
I am hoping that with such a minimum install, I may be able to get Doom 3 to run for long enough for me to actually play it. I can then incrementally add other things. I'm in the middle of two development jobs at the moment, so this little project will have to go on the back burner for a few weeks. I'll let you know how it goes in a future entry.