You could not be more wrong, and you are spinning what I am saying out of perspective.
I am saying dont put on sp2. I am NOT saying dont do any updates. I am fully patched on sp1. I have seen sp2 fry pcs, run a google search on the winipsrv.exe blue screen, thats a common one.
I make no money off people in this forum, my business is a local on to my town here only. I do not hope people have screwed up PCs whatsoever. From the past month I can tell you that SP2 hose ups have been popping up almost as much as my virus'd PC calls.
And yes, if you dont keep software up to date, then you will get hosed- I feel that applies more to anti virus software though.
Microsoft is notorious for coming out with poorly tested service packs. On the NT4.0 platform, service packs 2 and 4 were very bad, and took out alot of machines and various services. XP sp2 is not as bad in a general sense, again, from what I have read its been about a 16% attrition rate- IE 16% of users see problems, the rest do not. Of those that see problems, they tend to be bad.
Dont listen to me- do the research yourself. But again, you werent listening- I was saying specifically to avoid sp2 for now- not "never update anything" as that is plain idiotic.
Check out annoyances.org and see what they say about sp2, some pretty knowledgaeble people over there.
Also, bear in mind that, last I checked, its service pack 2, release candidate 2. Which means the first release- RC1, needed fixing, so its really like sp2.1 at this point. Not a great sign.
Again people- dont listen to me or Neo here- do the research yourself, make your own decision, and follow the preinstall instructions that microsoft puts out.