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Win 2k Pro + SP4


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roguetrader

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Hi, could someone speculate on how safe Win 2k Pro is with out any of the service packs?
The reason I ask is that I had a Thinkpad A22m with 98SE on it. I did a new installation on it of Win 2k, deleting all that was on it before. Previously this computer had a preloaded recovery software area, I believe they call it a host protected area.
Anyway after 3 attempts to update to SP4 all of which ended badly during the installation part and required re-installation of the OS I gave up on it. Unfortunately I can't remember the error given
But as I say am more concerned as to how vulnerable the system is whthout any of the service packs
Thanx
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All (official) service packs address major flaws in the operating system. Therefore an unpatched Windows is a Windows that gets no new security updates (as they'd be designed around Win2k with Service Pack 4, not Win2k with no service packs), so you'd be first in line to pick up anything that uses a security hole that was later patched in a service pack.
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Yeah thanx, I suspected that, but after 3 disasterous attempts I guess I'll just have to take my chances, be careful where I surf with this machine, and make sure all other security software is up to date. Was just hoping that perhaps 2k was not the security nightmare the original xp was
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