Windows XP SP2

Well, I’ve gone and done it: I’ve installed Windows XP SP2, which I got on CD with this month’s PCPlus magazine. But not before completely defragging and backing up my system using O&O Defrag and Norton Ghost 2003, respectively.

Thankfully it was all fairly uneventful, with a fairly quick installation. The new Security Center (sic) settings were a bit annoying until I turned off their incessant nagging (I already run a 3rd party firewall and anti-virus solution); and for some reason Windows Media Player didn’t work at all afterwards and I had to reinstall it.

The addition of a pop-up blocker in Internet Explorer 6 and the news that IE won’t be upgraded until the release of Windows Longhorn in 2006 is, I’m afraid, too little too late. I’ve already abandoned IE in favour of Mozilla Firefox, which I thoroughly recommend, particularly with its plethora of very useful extensions and add-ins.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.