Did it the Right Way:
- Nuked a bunch of software I don't use anymore
- Updated my virus software and did a full system scan (it was clean)
- Ran SpyHunter, and killed a bunch of adware
- Set a restore point
- Did the upgrade
- Crossed my fingers
- Un-crossed my fingers so I could reboot the system
- Watched in amazement as nothing went wrong
When SP2 boots for the first time it put up a simple but annoying configuration screen. Which reminded me to do a couple more things:
- Turn off the effing MS firewall
- Turn off the effing taskbar "red shield" warning icon which says the firewall is disabled
- Turn off the effing taskbar "yellow shield" warning icon that virus protection is out of date
Then I tested all my favorite programs, and watched in utter amazement as they all functioned correctly.
But there's always Karma. Somewhere, someone is installing SP2 and it's frying their hard drive, zapping their network card and making their monitor implode.