XP SP2 is up and running, and seems fine so far. The popup blocker in IE is enabled by default and it works as well as Firefox’s does. The new wireless networking screen is a welcome addition, as is the “Security Center”, and the improved firewall is good although I won’t be ditching ZoneAlarm just yet. I also got a popup warning that I had no virus scanner – I do, it’s just that Windows didn’t pick it up – but it’s nice that MS is encouraging people to install one. Overall, I’m impressed with the improvements.
The only problem I’ve had, which may or may not be linked to the update, is that MSN Messenger isn’t working. I am downloading some updates in the background so it’s possible that there’s insufficient bandwidth available. But the error given amused me:
You cannot use Messenger at this time because your contact list is not availalbe. Please try again later.
Click Help to learn more about your contact list 0x81000378
Yes, that was a typo – here’s the actual dialog.
Update: Despite the comments below, I’m pretty sure this isn’t an issue with SP2 or the latest version of the MSN client – see this post for further details.
Update II: Today (31st March) it appears that many more are affected by this problem. It appears it’s a problem at the server end, and there doesn’t seem to be anything that can be done about it, other than wait for Microsoft to fix it. Trillian still seems to be working so you may like to use that instead.