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Poll: Which version of Windows are you using?

Which version of Windows are you using?  

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  1. 1. Which version of Windows are you using?

    • Windows Vista
      80
    • Windows XP SP2
      28
    • Windows XP SP3
      63
    • Other
      6


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I'm mostly trying to determine how many users are still sticking with Windows XP SP2 for whatever reason, as opposed to upgrading to Windows XP SP3.

One thing I am considering is bumping up the minimum requirement to XP SP3. This would greatly simplify parts of the Paint.NET installer, and would also reduce the download size.

If you are still using XP SP2, please reply to this thread and tell me why you haven't installed XP SP3 yet! Getting this information is very important. I'm not looking to make any judgements here, I'm simply on a fact-finding mission :)

Thanks!

How to find out what you have: (thanks BoltBait)

"Find your "My Computer" icon (either on your desktop or in your start menu), right-click on it and choose "Properties" from the menu. The "General" tab has the information you seek."

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I will look at that as well, but it does not tell the whole story.

Are people refraining from upgrading to SP3 for a specific reason, or just because they don't have auto-updates turned on, or what? Maybe they haven't had the time for it? Maybe they're at a company with 10,000 seats and SP3 hasn't been deployed yet, etc. etc. I just want to know what various reasons people have for sticking with SP2, whether they are emotional, logistical, forgetful, or otherwise.

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You misspelled your thread title. :P

BTW, I use Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition Service Pack 2.

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I'm still on SP2, but only because I haven't had time to upgrade yet. Once finals are done (next week or so), I'll let the updater do its deal.

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tell me how to figure out if I'm on xp2 or xp3 please and I'll answere this question .

At least I know its xp.

ciao OMA

Find your "My Computer" icon (either on your desktop or in your start menu), right-click on it and choose "Properties" from the menu. The "General" tab has the information you seek.

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thanks found it under systems not by right cliking start.

I've Microsoft windows xp home edition version 2002 service pack 3

:D

I'm guessing I'm going to be ok for Ricks updates.

now I better go back and enter the info on the poll.

ciao thanks OMA

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XP SP2 and not SP3 because I'm on a very slow rural dial-up connection.

I do have auto-update turned on, so it's possible that SP3 is being drip fed to me. At 70mb it may take a while....,

[You wouldn't believe how difficult it is to get 3.5 NET Framework installed in these circumstances. But that's another issue...,]

This weekend may change things as I'm going to try download a number of items (at a different location & speed). SP3 and 3.5 NET included. If they can be slapped onto a DVD rather than installed from a bootstrapper then I'm good-to-go!

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I`m using Vista Home Basic SP1 . I`d be interested to know what difference it makes having Vista instead of XP (if any) in the same way that it makes a difference whether you have SP2 or SP3 for XP.

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I`m using Vista Home Basic SP1 . I`d be interested to know what difference it makes having Vista instead of XP (if any) in the same way that it makes a difference whether you have SP2 or SP3 for XP.

For this poll, and for Paint.NET, it's not relevant in that way.

Both XP SP3 and Vista SP1 have certain components built-in that XP SP2 does not (but they can be installed just fine on XP SP2). These components are required by Paint.NET. If the minimum for Paint.NET is bumped to XP SP3, I can reduce the download size, and simplify the code in my installer.

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This weekend may change things as I'm going to try download a number of items (at a different location & speed). SP3 and 3.5 NET included. If they can be slapped onto a DVD rather than installed from a bootstrapper then I'm good-to-go!

Here's what you want:

XP SP3 -- http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/deta ... laylang=en

.NET 3.5 SP1 -- http://download.microsoft.com/download/ ... etfx35.exe

Both should fit onto one CD.

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If they can be slapped onto a DVD rather than installed from a bootstrapper then I'm good-to-go!

You can order Service Pack CDs from Microsoft. I got SP2 that way for free. I looked for SP3, but it costs this time. 8$ or something.

And I've Vista here, but my mother still have the old XP at her's, updated to SP3 by the wire :)

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[How to find out what you have: (thanks BoltBait)

"Find your "My Computer" icon (either on your desktop or in your start menu), right-click on it and choose "Properties" from the menu. The "General" tab has the information you seek."]

Sorry but this does not tell me anything - It's just a General tab of very basic info and says nothing about what service pack is installed.

Now I do know that SP2 is in there as I remember the update so I'm going to click on the SP2 and vote. If SP3 has a price tag then it won't come my any time soon - being unemployed has a lot to do with that :cry:

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Sorry but this does not tell me anything - It's just a General tab of very basic info and says nothing about what service pack is installed.

Now I do know that SP2 is in there as I remember the update so I'm going to click on the SP2 and vote. If SP3 has a price tag then it won't come my any time soon - being unemployed has a lot to do with that :cry:

Umm, SP3 is free ... it's a regular Windows Update. It just happens to be really big.

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I'm responsible for 20+ PCs in the office. Some I've upgraded to SP3, some are still at SP2. I'm paranoid about service pack upgrades, since installing SP1 once failed and required a full re-install, and one of my recent SP3 upgrades didn't come back up after its automatic reboot (though it did after a subsequent manual reboot). I'll only apply a service pack if a) the user of the PC is out of the office for the day and B) I'll have time during the day to sort out any problems possibly including a full reinstall.

I have no objection to SP3, the only delay is having time to allocate, and indeed if you require SP3 for Paint.NET I'll probably push myself a bit harder to get the upgrades done.

(I would like to make it clear that those two incidents are the only two problems I've had with XP service pack upgrades out of perhaps 40, and I don't consider them representative. The problems I've had aren't the reason I don't upgrade, it's planning the time to deal with problems if they do happen.)

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If SP3 has a price tag then it won't come my any time soon

I think I should stop posting, it confuses people more than anything else.

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SP 3 did not appear as an automatic update on my system! And I hear more people are having this issue...

So, after reading your blog I decided to do a manual SP 3 install.

The auto reboot of the installer hung my system, but after a hard reset (and two hours later...) things were finally up and running...

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Both XP SP3 and Vista SP1 have certain components built-in that XP SP2 does not (but they can be installed just fine on XP SP2). These components are required by Paint.NET. If the minimum for Paint.NET is bumped to XP SP3, I can reduce the download size, and simplify the code in my installer.

Would it be possible to have Paint.NET download these components based on what SP the user has installed?

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