it's got more bugs than a San Francisco hustler's crotch. I spent a whole day repairing a system or a friend who installed it and then found his system was screwed totally.
If you have a firewall installed and all the Micro$o£t updates then there isn't a lot of reason to install this monstrosity. There are too many issues cropping up with incompatibilities and the like.
Jesus has no one here tried to install it on a clean system. Have have put Windows XP SP
2 on about 200 systems, and have only ran into one issue (which simply needed newer drivers, and firmware).
You can order a CD
of it for free from Microsoft free shipping even.
The updates that come with Windows XP
SP2 are mostly aimed at the not so savvy users, it turns on the new Security Center, which can help monitor your firewall, Automatic Updates, and Anti-Virus products. Better prompts for unusual executables, better control over the running, and installation of ActiveX controls, and a pop-up blockers in IE
If you are an AMD 64 users, you will find speed increases since SP2 is compiled under the latest Visual Studio IDE, and Tablet PC
users will find improvements since SP2 updates them to Tablet PC
I have tried SP2 both in the lab, and on company computers and have found no issues. Note that I preform a through anti-Spywayre and virus scans, and run a CHKDSK before install. The system must be in tip top shape or you will have issues.
At worst, you screw up and die.