|My two systems (home and pro) started at sp-1; upgraded to sp-2; selective updates thereafter - not full sp-3 download...; and for the reasons I stated earlier.. |
Because one group have had no problems... doesn't necessarily mean others haven't; or that the problem was "theirs" in the making... There have been enuff posts here in the past re' the lack lustre performance following a full sp-3 injection; and many here (not me on those occasions) strongly discouraged a full sp-3 injection.
Regardless of one's particular experiences... and they can and do differ widely..., one has to accept that there are others with equally valid points of view, based on their (and often others too) experience... Just because they don't tag with yours... doesn't mean they aren't valid.. Nor does it (conversely) imply that yours are also invalid. Both are valid and just happen to be different... Useful for those inquiring to be aware of both; do their reading/research and decide accordingly...?
It is useful (dare I suggest "wise" ) to be able to accept that others may have different experience to oneself in any area of life...; that those experiences are equally valid.. - even if they differ markedly from one's own? And there is much "out there" to indicate that there are two sides to the sp-3 debate; both equally valid - and based and dependent on their own particular circumstances etc...?
Equally I have come across references on assorted sites "out" there" that report that when the individual did a clean install - with slip-streamed sp-3 included.. it did appear to be much better. Likewise if an sp-2 (re-install) was upgraded to sp-3 - following some (if not all) of the guidelines re' pre sp-3 injection there "seemed" to be "less of an issue... "
The initial launch of sp-3 (full M$-blessed edition) did produce problems; hence M$ and others caveats and advice etc...
Incidentally at work where assorted PCs were injected sp-3 (and we have "a lot..." of kit - in excess of 500 units in one building alone...)... some were really slowed down; others less noticeably so. When they were re-imaged with a slip-streamed version... They were "usually" fine... All of the kit in my areas of interest are same specs; and apart from a few individual programmes required for certain positions... they all run the same apps/utils... (and sadly they do use Mcafee...). Thus my own experience is noticeably different from yours - and I'm not in the company's IT dept.; but I do work closely with them... as much of the kit I use and am responsible for is often linked to their kit.. Television broadcast kit is increasingly IT compounded...; and for us is either W2K or XP-Pro - often both in the same areas.
So hopefully our poster will do his/her research - carefully, and then decide for him/herself? Perhaps even take the time/trouble to report back - for all to discover? Regardless of his/her experience it will neither validate or invalidate either side of the discussion... merely add more fuel to to overall debate....?