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So, for those of you installing Windows XP from scratch, running SP2 straight afterwards will ensure that you've got every fix and the most up-to-date versions of every file, all in one clean hit.
However, anyone who currently has problems with a PC running Windows XP and Service pack 1 shouldn't expect SP2 to be a cure-all — it's far better to attempt to solve any issues you have before you apply the update.
However, the general feeling among those musicians who have already decided to take the plunge is, fortunately, good, with several commenting on various music applications, including Kontakt and Reason, being launched far more quickly than before, with shorter loading times for large patches within them as well.
Those running several music PCs networked together have also commented on more streamlined performance.
Back in PC Notes March 2004, I mentioned that Microsoft had released a Beta version of the Windows XP SP2 (Service Pack 2) to their registered Beta testers.
As I write this, the final version is available in its full-blown IT Professional and Developers version — although, at 266MB, it won't be a popular download for those with 56k modems.
You may also find a few other applications that behave differently or stop working correctly after installing SP2 — Microsoft even provide Knowledge Base articles 884142, each containing a list of known applications with such problems.
Anyone whose PC is connected to the Internet would probably do well to install SP2.
However, many people with music-only PCs have already decided that it isn't really worth the risk of installing SP2 if their PC is already willing and stable when running audio applications.