I think that if you format and then after run windows update and then install sp2 there shouldn't be any problems, which are caused by spyware, viruses, problems and overall interferences which are not the fault of sp2
because sp2 is great.... when it works right
But wouldn't i lose my data if i format.(though ofcourse i backed up the crucial things). And moreover if i run the windows XP i guess i automatically loads the sp1 which is slipstream with the OS on the CD. So i think i might again get screwed up as b4 if i try to get the sp2 in the system along with a sp1. (which i consider might be the root of the problem).
But its something i could have tried if there wasn't much data to loose. But now that i have got all the thinks i wanted safe and sound in my system as it was b4 i am happy and am not, to be frank, willing to part with it.
But really thanks guys. U were of gr8 help. Saved my precious (system) from being a crap.
I too have the same opinion as Picklee. I hear the best of SP2 from many while there exists a few mishaps due to the ISP and tight firewalls with the SP2 features.
Moreover I think it causes problems on systems with a pirated version of the any of the MS products. Well i am not sure of it myself but i have heard it. Does anyone have such an experience??....