I installed XP SP 3 on my home desktop machine today, and Vista SP 1 on my laptop. I needed to do the fix I mentioned in yesterday’s post to get the XP SP 3 install to run, but it was smooth sailing after I did that. The Vista SP 1 install on the laptop went fine, no hitches. Both installs took about an hour. (In both cases, I was running the install off a CD/DVD burned from an ISO aquired via MSDN.)
I don’t expect much from the XP service pack; it’s mostly just a rollup of fixes I probably already had on my machine. I’m hoping that the Vista SP, on the other hand, might improve speed & reliability a bit. I guess we’ll see!