Just installed XP SP2 on my laptop and so far everything seems to be working just fine. The only small issue I ran into was that the enhanced security in IE prevented me from logging into TheServerSide.NET when its webpage was embedded in a hotmail frameset. (I was trying to download the free pdf download of "Essential XML Quick Reference" I read about in the ServerSide.NET newsletter, which I have yet to switch to my gmail account).

If you've installed SP2 and have experienced any other (major or minor) issues, please leave a comment before I put SP2 on my other systems... major upgrades like this do still worry me...

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running SP2 from beta 1 through rc1 and rc2, now have retail SP2 working just fine. There was a problem with my NAV 9.0 realtime agent in betas but now fully working. Great thing is pop up and ad blocking feature in IE and firewall is usefull too.

Posted by Vitto at August 11, 2004 1:17 AM

SP2 almost ruined my system yesterday. Some of the "highlights":
- WLAN could not be configured any more
- crashes when accessing the start menu
- everything working at 1/3 of normal speed
- problems with my graphics adapter: although resolution and refresh rate were unchanged, my monitor couldn't display a proper image.

After deinstallation, everything worked fine again. I know another person who has tried SP2 yesterday and also experienced a major slowdown and random crashes.

I'm now waiting for SP2a ;-)

Posted by Uli at August 11, 2004 1:25 AM

Everything on my system has worked great, except for remote debugging with Visual Studio.NET 2003, which is now crippled. Even after disabling the firewall and opening up the COM launch/activate permissions (as specified in http://msdn.microsoft.com/security/productinfo/xpsp2/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dnwxp/html/xpsp2remotedebug.asp), it is still completely dead in the water!

Posted by Jesse Johnston at August 11, 2004 1:40 AM

Nothing special here. I feel like everything *is* a wee bit slower, but I'm not at all sure this has anything to do with SP2. I had to reconfigure all my wireless connections (they were all gone). Outlook crashed when I switched my wallpaper (really). But that's about it. Reading the other comments above, I'm getting a bit scared...

Posted by Vincent at August 11, 2004 3:34 AM

installed all beta's, rc's and now the rtw. lookl like they did a good job with all the beta testing, no problems at all, even wireless was working (based on certificates and IAS) :-)

Posted by bug at August 11, 2004 3:59 AM

XP SP2 installeren of niet ?
Luke Hutteman heeft zopas XP SP2 op zijn laptop geďnstalleerd en kwam tot de conclusie dat niet alles perfect werkte na de installatie. Op zijn vraag of wij zelf enige “slechte” ervaring hebben kan ik persoonlijk niet antwoorden, die stap heb ik bewust...

Trackback from Website Nieuws at August 11, 2004 5:15 AM

I went from the beta to SP2 and I found that it did minor things to my system, not enough to break it, but enough to be annoying (and require a reinstall of certain things). Of course that may be down to the fact that I installed SP2 over the beta, but I'm sure I'm not alone in that and it should've been one of the scenarios MS tested! More info my experience here :


Posted by Kuli at August 11, 2004 7:03 AM

Tablet PC people are reporting that after installing SP2, inking in portrait mode goes incredibly slowly. The only fix appears to be a clean install of Windows XP.

Posted by Ron Jeffries at August 11, 2004 7:19 AM

This may be of interest...

Wednesday's ISC Handlers Diary:

" Windows XP SP2 Experience Forum
Windows XP Service Pack 2 was officially released [...] It is the hope of the ISC that users will be able to share information on problems they have encountered and/or steps they used to help remedy these issues. If you would like to submit your experiences, please see the following URL:

Posted by Calvin Hertel at August 11, 2004 8:18 AM

Installed SP2 on my desktop no worries, but after installing it on my Tablet it just "hangs" randomly some point after about 10mins of use - have now de-installed and everything fine again, a clean install from scrath (on Vanilla XP Tablet) is always an option - but it shouldnt have to be!

Posted by Chris at August 11, 2004 9:20 AM

I have noticed that since installing SP2 I get this popup when I run SharpReader I get a "Windows Security Alert" that says the Windows Firewall has blocked some features of SharpReader. It gives me the option of "Keep Blocking", "Unblock" and "Ask Me Later". I choose "Ask Me Later" (which I presume means it is still blocked) and SharpReader continues to work. I assume this is because SharpReader attempts to communicate via the internet and the Firewall detects that, but if I don't choose "Unblock" why does SharpReader continue to work?

Posted by Jeff at August 11, 2004 10:21 AM

Well, as with any upgrade from MS that is of this size, better install it on a test system 1st. As for home, do a backup. I know it is sort of obvious, but I bet that most people will ignore it.

So far, what I know about SP2 is related to the system slowdown. I guess they just added one more infinite loop to the OS in order to drive the CPU sales up :)

Posted by Tom at August 11, 2004 10:25 AM

On one hand the blocks in IE are a blessing but on the other hand is a problem that I experienced with several sites already. Some offer a javasript for clicking downloads.
When you are finished clicking the "download this file" in IE the script does not work anymore.
Quite frustrating.

Posted by N. WILHELM at August 11, 2004 10:30 AM

"- crashes when accessing the start menu"
forgot to mention that. had the same problem.
solved by switching users repeatedly.

Posted by N. WILHELM at August 11, 2004 10:32 AM

The following website is a handy reference for the "real skinny" on Office and Windows stuff:


Posted by Jeff at August 11, 2004 10:43 AM

I would like a gmail account

Posted by Chad at August 11, 2004 7:48 PM


I installed Sp2 on a Dell Dimension 4100 that had no previous SP2 versions installed.

The main thing I noticed was the excessive time from entering my password to getting a usable system. I was advised to uninstall it, and then reinstall it. That seemed to improve things a lot. No logic there of course, but this is Microsoft...

I also did the following:

1. Turned off the firewall (I have a NAT firewall on a separate box)
2. Turned off automatic updates
3. Turned off the security centre service to stop getting that annoying red shield popping up every time I log in.
4. Unplugged my Palm Pilot USB before I boot. The delay seems to be related to USB devices.

After all that the system is working much better. It still takes longer to log in that it did before, but the system is now much faster in general.

The extensions to Outlook Express and IE are also great.



Posted by Darren at August 15, 2004 6:39 PM

I've never been happier I said NO to XP and NO to Gmail.

I'm extremely happy with SharpReader.

Posted by Brenda at August 15, 2004 11:38 PM

Hotmail's frame set when opening links in emails has always been one of my pet peeves.

Posted by Martin Brown at August 18, 2004 6:48 PM

Well, I installed XP SP2 on my laptop on 8/18 with no major problems. Everything ran absolutely fine, albeit a few minor IE crashes when a certain add-on (syskey.dll) had to be disabled to allow for smooth sailing with IE. My desktop is a different story.

I downloaded the XP SP2 update, had it installed. According to the installation history, it went fine. Until I had to restart my computer for the settings to take place. After that, I could not get my computer to start back up again. The error, I believe, is that it will not load Winsrv, or more specifically "the blue screen of death." The error is Stop:C0000135 winsrv could not be found. From there, my computer attempted to reboot constantly, over and over, to no avail. I could not even re-start in Safe Mode. If anyone knows, or has experience with this issue, please post on this website or email my URL/Name below. I am deeply disappointed in Microsoft (and myself for not waiting for the tweaks for be figured out before I d/l this bs security update). Please help!!!!

Posted by Duane at August 19, 2004 11:49 PM

if anyone has the solution to Duane's problem, please also email me a URL or method of fixing it. I have a lot of important stuff on my computer and do not wish to reformat. Thanks

Posted by Phil at August 24, 2004 3:09 AM

Recovery from the STOP C0000135 error.

The only solution I found was...

1. Boot from your XP CD and go to the Recovery Console

2. At the console c prompt - CD to C:\WINDOWS\$NtServicePackUninstall$\spuninst

3. then type


this will execute a HUGE command file that will manually recover your old pre-SP2 system files, etc - effectively uninstalling SP2.

You may see a lot of 'Access Denied' errors during the process - this is apparently normal!

This is all documented in Microsoft article 875355.


Posted by Charles Verrier at August 24, 2004 9:32 AM

Thanks for the tip Charles. I did end up using my XP CD. It took a long, long time for it to install everything. After that, the system was very slow for awhile, but it did recover everything - i did not lose a file in the process. Everything looks good to go. But, alas, Windows Update has popped up the little globe in the lower right hand corner of my task-bar, and I am afraid of automatically updating anything for fear of reincarnation of the blue screen of death. (pardon that eery pun).

Posted by Duane at August 24, 2004 11:23 PM

I installed Windows XP SP2 and apparently everything went fine, then I restarted my computer as requested to finish up the instalation, and my nightmare begun!!!!!! It keeps restaring and restaring, doesn't let me go to the safe mode or recognize my drivers, only the Floppy disk one.. I tried to run the Windows XP CD thinking it'd recovered the lost file (WINsrv) but it just didn't work.. it kept restarting.. and restarting... Currently a friend of mine wants to try a few things infact wants to format my computer, but that wont be even possible.. I hate what's happening.. I'm so scared of death.. does anybody have a better and easier solution??? Something anyone could understand easily??

Please e-mail me!

Posted by Edgar Solis at August 26, 2004 3:45 PM

I have the same situation, installed Windows XP SP2, when I restarted my computer got the blue screen and error message about winsrv not found. I have no Windows XP CD! Was preinstalled on my computer. I am so upset with myself and Microsoft right now. I don't know what to do. I sure do not want to lose everything on my computer. Lots of important stuff. Does anyone have any idea what I should do?

Please email me.

Posted by Jennifer at August 27, 2004 12:35 AM

Downloaded SP2 and got the same "WNSRV" problem as mentioned by others in this communication. Was able to get restarted using the
recovery panel. Didn't lose any files, but lost my Linksys USB wireless connection. Reloaded SP1 [will stay away from SP2] but still can't get my wireless to work. XP won't recognize it. I uninstalled it, and attempted to reinstall with the disk, but when
I click on the "setup.exe" file, it flashes the image on my screen
for a split second and disappears. The wireless unit worked flawlessly prior to the SP2 debacle. If anyone has some inside info
on how to overcome this, would appreciate hearing.

Posted by Jeff Warner at August 27, 2004 5:17 PM

It seems like I finally ran into the same problem as everyone else here. I read Charles' comment on how to fix the problem but I can't even get my windows xp cd to boot, my computer just keeps restarting and restarting. If at all possible, could someone please email me and tell me how to boot my xp disc so that i can possibly fix the file and uninstall sp2. thanks a lot.

Posted by DJ at August 27, 2004 9:07 PM

I use Mozilla Firefox as my default browser. Prior to installing SP2, when viewing a webpage inside SharpReader and then right-clicking a link on that page and selecting "Open in New Window", the link would open in my Firefox window. Immediately after installing SP2, this now opens the link in both Internet Explorer and Firefox simultaneously! I have not found another application that exhibits this behavior, and I do not yet know a solution to the problem.

Posted by anonymous at August 28, 2004 10:04 PM

I installed windows xp sp2 on my dell laptop on monday.
I immeadiatly started experiencing performance problems, I didn't hav a problem with any of the software but speed was a serious problem.
I emailed DELL customer support, and they sent me a link with the usual speed remediation fixes...they did'nt work.
I ended up un-installing sp2, that solved my problem.

Posted by rh at September 1, 2004 12:39 PM

Being diligent, I tried out SP2 on one of my more finicky old test systems (dual PIII/768 meg running XP Pro and lots of extras); the only anomaly in two days of testing involved a hung Outlook Web Access session...

Installed it on the newest machine at a client site - rebooted - and it never came back. Even in safe mode it stopped at loading "MUP.*". I used an XP Pro SP1 install disk to repair the installation, then brought it back to the pre-sp2 state...

Now the client complains that she can't cut/paste anymore inside of an OWA session on her computer. Drat.


Posted by Nicholas at September 1, 2004 3:48 PM

I have installed sp2 in my PC and it suffer major performance problems.

Posted by Alberto Joao Jardim at September 15, 2004 5:34 PM

Installed SP2 on Sunday (9/26). My system degradation was gradual, culminating with a complete inability to boot as of 9/29. I'm getting the same "WINSRV" error I've heard others reference. I can't start in safe mode, I can't go back to a previous good configuration -- in short, I can't do a frickin' thing. If I happen to bump into Mr. Gates, I would love to rip his universe a new black hole. What is the point of rushing OSs to market when you're dang near the only show in town? Why not spend a bit more time in the due diligence process to avoid having to push a 60meg patch later? Sheesh...

Posted by Dubya at September 30, 2004 11:00 AM

I've been testing SP2 on all of the platforms we have at work. It has been OK with the desktop platforms - the only problems being specific MS & third-party applications that don't work right or at all.

My biggest issues have been with the laptops. It seems that the newer Pentium M laptops have had the most problems after an SP2 upgrade (crashing on startup, locking after a few minutes, and/or not resuming after they are put to sleep). One problem I've had across ALL laptops is the partial or complete malfunction of USB ports. Assuming the laptop will even boot after SP2 - the USB ports won't work with certain devices or at all, even after disabling the OSs ability to turn off the USB ports to save power in the USB Hub Controller driver properties. Each time, removing SP2 fixes the USB port issues. BTW, this is occurring on Toshiba Satellite Pro, Dell Latitude & Dell Inspiron laptops.

Posted by Steve at September 30, 2004 10:01 PM

I have been reading the comments about sp2, so it was with caution that I loaded sp2 (after a full backup). The installation went smoothly and all seemed to go well.

But...some strangness I discover!

I have a website with some perl scripting to handle hit counters, guestbooks, etc. I have now discovered that the perl scripting for the hit counters no longer work when displayed on a Windows XP computer with sp2 if using Internet Explorer. If I use another operating system, all is well. If I use another browser such as Firefox or Opera, all is well. And there are no problems with Win XP, sp1.

The counters display as the famous red "X".

Has anyone else seen this?

Posted by jdh at October 1, 2004 8:16 AM

I installed sp2 on my computer at work. Every thing is great. I love the pop up blocker. It seems to be just a little slower but that's ok. It went so well that I decided to download it on my home computer. Damn! What a mistake. When I booted up all my favorite links are gone. I had yahoo as my homepage but only msn will come up and it takes a minute to load. I can't use my microsoft publisher. I haven't tried other office programs because I'm still trying to get rid of sp2 on this system. Went to safe mode and tried to delete program. I got a message that "Bosnian is selected as the language for standards and formats. this language is not supported prior to windows xp service pack 2. Please see readmesp.htm to select a different language." I'm from Kentucky. Sometimes when I talk people from other states may look at me like I'm speaking "BOSNIAN" but I asure you it's English. This is really starting to Piss me off! Also I can't listen to my downloaded music.
Any one else suffering like me?

Posted by Randy at October 1, 2004 10:38 PM

Everythings fine for me - only problem is that my USB a4wheel optical mouse used an incompatible driver that sp2 did not like - and it stopped the whole xp operating system from restarting - if you are having problems try removing usb devices and check if they have put out new sp2 drivers.

Posted by Mike at October 4, 2004 4:24 PM

SP2 also is causing me problems with my USB Belkin optical mouse. I will see if a new driver is available. Thanks for the posting!

Posted by Jackie at October 6, 2004 2:43 PM

I installed SP2 yesterday (or rather automatic updates installed it). I am now receiving the "wnsrv" error. I tried the suggestions listed on microsoft.com, but my computer can't find the spuninst.txt file, so I can't uninstall the service pack. Does anyone have any suggestions? I really don't want to reformat my entire computer.


Posted by Eileen at October 20, 2004 10:06 AM

installed sp2 to find out that the new language settings mr gates chose for me is some weird characters and symbols. I can't understand anything on my computer now. I tried to change the languages settings on the Regional and language settings but as I mentioned It's absolutely impossible to work out my new language. Does anyone know if there ia any software that I can use to change the language setting on my computer.
Manually it's not possible, because of the language

Posted by anurag at October 29, 2004 12:30 PM

I installed Windows XP SP2 and apparently everything went fine, then I restarted my computer as requested to finish up the instalation, and my nightmare begun!!!!!! It keeps restaring and restaring, doesn't let me go to the safe mode or recognize my drivers, only the Floppy disk one.. I tried to run the Windows XP CD but it wont even boot.. it kept restarting.. and restarting... pls help - need help soon, got a project due in 2 days so need my beautiful computer

Posted by sheilz at November 9, 2004 2:28 PM

I know this solution does need another machine, but maybe some of you smart people can say why.
I too had a few machines with the old WINSRV problemo, as I needed to get the info off the HDD regardless, I whipped the HDD out and installed it as a slave into another machine. When I booted the other machine, it said there was a disc index problem and proceeded to fix it. I copied the info off and then put the HDD back into the failed machine. The machine then booted with no problems at all! Just to test this apparent miracle I repeated it with 2 more machines.
My conclusion - On some machines the install of SP2 appears to corrupt the disk indexing which just requires repairing.


Andrew R.

Posted by Andrew R. at November 17, 2004 10:44 AM

I have no idea why my desktop started up with an error. The error message is Stop:C0000135 winsrv could not be found. From then, I attempted to reboot my computer with no success. It came up with a blue screen with error message, Stop:C0000135 WINSRV could not be found.
I do not think I installed SP2 successfully, I am not sure the error msg. is related to SP2
installation. I do not know how to restart my computer in safemode, my desktop is Dell Demension 4100. Does anybody know how to fix this problem? Can anyone tell me how to restart my computer in safemode?
Your responses are very much appreciated.
Please help!!!!

Posted by Wendy S. at January 26, 2005 11:22 AM

Regarding The Red X while trying to view specific images.....
Most of the problem is due to the latest IE Browser 6.0.2900.218.xpsp_sp2

Windows XP SP2 is an important update and have introduced many security
improvements. However, after installing Windows XP SP2, some graphical
identity systems will be rendered to be useless.

The root cause is that these systems makes use of a special MIME type:
x-xbitmap, or so called "XBM".

XBM is originally developed by the X community. Presently it is uncommon on
the web. However, banks like China Merchant Bank utilizies this format for

Unfortunatelly, Windows XP SP2 have an tend to block XBM's which seemed to
be because security options. This in turn will cause problem when logging
into the bank.

Workaround: Import the following item into registry.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Security]

Of course, this is a workaround and true solution would be discourage XBM. I personally did not change the registry as that is just about as stupid of a work-around I have ever heard. I did change my images to meet the new Browsing and Security issues soon to follow. Hope this helps

Posted by Sam at February 8, 2005 2:17 PM

okay so i installed SP2 and the only major problem i've noticed is that if i go into the start menu and try to leave it without clicking anything, it freezes up.
Any suggestions?

Posted by Chris at March 7, 2005 3:54 PM

I highly suggest restoring your computer to a previous state. Check your system restore utility, it should have a restore point saved on a date prioir to you installing SP2. I believe this utility is a registry back-up only. So, you shouldn't loose any files, just remove any programs that were installed (i.e. SP2). This is a great tool for anyone who plans on adding any hw or sw.

I didn't notice any major problems when installing SP2, however, I was unable to drag and drop files after SP2. I also found I could not unlock icons on the desktop. So, I rolled it back! Works just like before.

Posted by Brian at March 11, 2005 12:24 PM

I installed sp2 at home. I can't use my MS - DOS programs ever since. Went to safe mode and tried to delete program. I got a message that "Bosnian is selected as the language for standards and formats. this language is not supported prior to windows xp service pack 2. Please see readmesp.htm to select a different language." what do i do now?

Posted by VR at May 3, 2005 1:55 AM

I installed sp2 at home. I need to uninstall sp2 but I got a message that "Bosnian is selected as the language for standards and formats. this language is not supported prior to windows xp service pack 2. Please see readmesp.htm to select a different language." what do i do now?

Posted by Sam at May 4, 2005 2:06 PM

why do i get this problem when i try to remove sp2... Bosnian (Latin,Bosnia and Herzegovina) is selected as the language for standards and formants, or for non-Unicode programs. This language is not supported prior to Windows XP Service Pack 2. Please see readmesp.htm to select a different language. how do i fix this and remove sp2?

Posted by james at May 17, 2005 10:31 PM

I installed xp service pack 2 and my computer CRASHED it took me days of searching through "safemode" to get my computer to even cut back on the correct way. After i was able to access my files, a popup at the bottom of the screen kept telling me i had important updates to install. When i tried to install them it told me that the xp service pack did not correctly instal and to uninstall and reinstall. When i tried to reinstall it told me i already had it. When i tried to uninstall it said somthing crzy like i had to change the language. I HAVE NO IDEAL WHAT I AM DOING BUT I FEEL LIKE THIS IS GOING TO COST ME ALOT OF MONEY!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Tiara at June 10, 2005 5:52 AM

I installed SP2 8/9 (automatic updates installed it) on my Averteck 3200 laptop, at first I liked the new options, but soon found out otherwise, when it wouldn't keep any of my customization choices when I restart or shutdown. It doesn't seem to matter if I go through the control panel or a wizard, whatever changes I implement are changed back to default when I restart.
I've tried changing my background, theme, quicklaunch on taskbar, going to classic start/folder setting, changing desktop icons/shortcuts, setting my homepage. It doesn't seem to matter what I do, as soon as a restart everything is back to defaults.
I'm also constantly getting popups now, and programs are installing on my computer that i didn't pick. The firewall seems to be offline as well. It won't let me uninstall it or restore to before it was installed. It gives me an error message "Bosnian is selected as the language for standards and formats, or for non-Unicode programs. This language is not supported prior to Win XP SP2. Please read readmesp.htm to select a different language." It also got rid of my yahoo companion taskbar.

Posted by Melissa at August 12, 2005 7:43 AM

When I attempt to unistall sp2 I get a error message " Bosian is selected as the language for standards and formats or for non Unicode programs. This language is not supported prior to Win sp2 Please read readmesp.htm to select a different language" I am being prompted to uninstall this because my system is unstable because sp2 did not complete installation. can you help?

Posted by Rod at August 19, 2005 6:14 PM

I had major problems with both my Dell laptop and desktop after installing SP2. Went to remove SP2 and the Laptop is fine now but I can't remove SP2 from my desktop is gives me that Bosian language stuff. Any one know how to remove SP2.

Posted by Mary Rashid at August 27, 2005 7:24 PM

hi people

ive got 2 windows xp on one computer becuz the other one wosnt workin and i decided to install a new one the reason why i cundnt instal, it on C; was becuz i got to much work on there so when the old one started to work im finding difficulties trying to delete the new one i got which is on drive F: plzz help me out and tell me how to delete the other 1

Posted by raza at September 11, 2005 9:36 AM

every time i try to create a resore point with Win XP pro Sp2 i get a message telling me that system restore can't create a restore point restart your pc and try system restore again, when ththe restart is done it gives the same message . what gives???????????????

Posted by richard at September 18, 2005 11:59 AM

After numerous annoying prompts I installed SP2 on my windowsXP-home editon.At first seemed OK,But now lost fuction of my media player10.Get the same language error message telling me tocnange language.Can't uninstall and can't replace media player because it's embedded in SP2.IE takes me to MS.instead of my homepage.Pc is a mess,With emty files and folders scattered all over.I delete and they come back,Costly disaaster.

Posted by Elmer at October 30, 2005 6:10 PM

SO i am really in the dog house, I downloaded SP2 onto my girlfriends mom's pc thinking i was doing a noble favor. DISASTER. Immediately the pc started crawling, I tried to do a system restore back to before SP2 the computer crashed. I rebooted, and blue screen of death appeared. Safe mode won't work and of course nobody has a clue about the whereabouts fo the xp back up disks. is there a method of rectifying this without the disks/ no safe mode? i have tried everything. What the hell is the deal?

please help!


Posted by jp at November 27, 2005 11:26 PM
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