What's the general consensus here .....is it safe to install all the Windows critical updates, or are they likely to cause problems in GS3?
I have SP2 installed, but have been reluctant to use the Windows updates....
Windows XP SP2 may not handle Firewire devices properly. I could not get MOTU 828mkII to work under SP2.
Sometimes you may not be able to see something is wrong after the update until after weeks or a month. By that time you may not have the proper copy of you system or you may have to reinstall everything in between.
Sometimes you may end up with less memory after updates because some services may grow in size. If you don't run some services some updates may not be necessary at all. They just take your disk space and make it more likely for disk fragmentation.
If you decide you want updates, try to understand what every patch does and if you find it useful for your system do it. Otherwise, forget about it.
For music/audio systems it is more important to defragment disk drives on a regular basis than to perform Windows updates.