Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by 5Gen_Prelude, Jun 1, 2007.
Umm... hey Microsoft, do you think it's time to release SP3?
probably won't happen, now that vista is on shelves
I always thought they were waiting UNTIL vista is released.
I purposely don't bother creating slipstream install CDs because I hate installing updates that a SP will overwrite anyway but this is getting ridiculous
No shit. How much time could it possibly take them to roll it all up into a new SP? It really sucks for people on dialup when I have to reload their Windows. I slipstreamed SP2 into my XP CD's but they still need to get all the post SP2 stuff. Have fun tying up the phone line all day.
So why don't you carry an offline update CD?
Does that include Office 2003? I've wiped a couple of laptops in the last couple of weeks and the whole thing with office sp2 and updates coupled with all the xp updates is close to 500mb.
We use WSUS here which takes away the downloading part as the choke point. Still, to update 92 updates on a fresh computer, takes a very long time now. Add in Office 2003 SP2, and it's even worse. IE7, Net 3.0 are the big ones that deserve their own SP just for that - why install IE6 when IE7 gets installed?
There are plenty of guides out there that will show you how to slipstream SP2 and all the latest updates onto one CD. I've done it twice in the past 2 weeks and its pretty easy to do. Check out RVM Integrator when you want to add the latest updates to the slipstreamed disc.
sp3 = vista....
No. As much as I like Vista, I know its not for everyone. XP need to be kept current for at least another 3 years so the machines running it can die out of old age an obsolescence.
3 years? WTF are you talking about? Big Corps are just switching to XP as 2000 is no longer supported..... XP will be around for a long long time.
You can trim out a lot of the redundant patches if you are using WSUS by unapproving patches that you know you don't need (IE 6 patches, for example). Just be certain you really don't need them first. Also for IE 7 you can slipstream it in or install it before you do the rest of the patches. That would eliminate most of the IE6 patches right there.
For offsite work though, make an offline patch CD and carry it like you do your service pack CD's. Even if it's not totally up to date it would drastically cut down on the download time since you would only need the ones released since you made the CD.
You can also slipstream the patches into your build CD. That's what we do at work with our server images. Takes a little time to gather them all up and put them in but it's still faster than pulling them across a modem or waiting for them to install from WSUS.
Most companies don't change their desktop OS until they change their PC's, and most do that on a 3 - 5 year cycle.
I work for a large national bank, and while some of the bank is on XP my area is still running 2000 with plans to migrate to XP sometime in the near future.
www.autopatcher.com all the windows updates and other programs. Download, burn to CD, install. then, win.
Microsoft is probably itching to release a service pack 3.
That will allow them to integrate the genuine advantage tool, so that it's not
even an option for people.
Nope. Microsoft has decided that Service Packs are too disruptive. Instead, they're just going to keep rolling out updates.
Its too bad. They could release an SP3 which is nothing more than SP2 + half an hour of downloading and installing patches to make it current, and people would still whine about how SP3 is the most unstable POS Microsoft ever released. I guess they don't want the grief on an OS that's not a priority any more.
Lot of cool stuff there, DD.
I interned for a bank in February of this year and they had just upgraded to XP and there were still some 98 machines floating around.
fail to see how running autopatcher (1 item) compared to your top 3 is better, but I could be wrong
Gotta love C&P -- "I can download updates better than you can!" "Nuh-uh!"
I win because I just install, let it download from Windows update while I have lunch. Lunch updating FTW.