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Windows XP SP2 Now Available for Download

Microsoft provides guidance for those planning to roll out major Windows security update immediately.

The much anticipated Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies, which was released to manufacturing last Friday, is now available to the general public for download immediately from the company's Web site. The download version is free. Microsoft also made available a network administrator version just this week, fine-tuned for network-wide client roll outs.

Windows XP SP2 is a monster download, with some versions topping out at 272 MB. The company provides a network installer version that's 266 MB and a home user version that Microsoft says is significantly smaller. The home user version will be available in the next few days through Windows Update. The company expects to update about 100 million PCs through Automatic Update and Windows Update in the next two months.

While Microsoft recommends immediate updating of systems, the company also believes most users should allow Automatic Update take care of the process. Machines running Windows XP and Windows XP SP1 with Automatic Update turned on will begin the download process on August 16, according to a special TechNet bulletin released by the company. In that same bulletin, the company says that "... some organizations have requested the ability to temporarily disable delivery of this update via AU and WU," in order to test SP2's impact prior to system-wide rollouts. Guidance for those organizations can be found at http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=811232.

For more details on Windows XP SP2, go to http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/ winxppro/maintain/sp2top.mspx on the Microsoft Web site. To read more industry news on the service pack, see "Windows XP SP2 Released to Manufacturing" by ENTmag.com Editor Scott Bekker http://entmag.com/news/article.asp?editorialsid=6324.

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Michael Domingo is Editor in Chief of Virtualization Review. He's been an IT writer and editor for so long that he remember typing out news items in WordStar.

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Reader Comments:

Mon, Nov 22, 2004 Boby Anonymous

SP What ??
I Use Linux and my company just has Linux boxes too. Two years ago we had plenty of MS XP and 1 redhat Linux 9.. Now we have 12 machines.There is not one single windows here*
Sometimes the question must be made like this:
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Question: WHY DO THEY NEED M$ WINDOWS ??
Answer THEY DON'T IF THEY KNEW A GOOD ALTERNATIVE.
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Coment: AND LINUX IS INDEED THE BEST, THE MOST SECURE, FASTER, UNBUGGED, STYLISH ALTERNATIVE.

TRY IT AND YOU WON'T REGRET IT. BELIEVE ME!!

Sat, Aug 21, 2004 Bob Anonymous

Can someone send me the link to download it please?

Tue, Aug 17, 2004 viji Chennai

U r doing very good job

Tue, Aug 17, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

Happier with a Mac??? Not really I have to pay money to the government when I want to trowaway the Mac.

Sat, Aug 14, 2004 Chemo Anonymous

If Service Pack 2 will be avaliable just tomorrow (August 16th, 2004), how can you talk about a "Now avaliability"? The version that you speak is just a RTM version, for IT professionals and Software developpers. IS NOT AN OFFICIAL VERSION. Also, SP2 will be available just with "Automatic Updates" or Windows Update v5. We will not find a Network installer... yet

Fri, Aug 13, 2004 Nic Anonymous

totally incompatible with athlon64 mobile platforms, now I gotta do a fresh install..

Fri, Aug 13, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

You all would be happier if you bought a Mac. LOL....

Fri, Aug 13, 2004 rg Anonymous

HEY YOU GUYS
YOU ARE 199% CORRECT THE PATCH BREAKS BRFOR IT CAN BE DOWNLOADED!!!!
THE DOWNLOAD IS SUPPOSED TO PROTECT YOUR PLACE IF IT BREAKS CONNECTION.
" BULL"
IF IT DISCONNECTS YOU GO BACK TO START. HAD 50 MB LOADED, THEN DISCONNECT. LOST IT ALL!!!!
*************SUCCCKS!!!!**********

Fri, Aug 13, 2004 Smart Anonymous

Wait till others test it and find out if anything you are using breaks before installing. It has nothing worth the risk of an immediate install. Or wait till MS fixes it and then download it.

Fri, Aug 13, 2004 HH E

NN

Fri, Aug 13, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

well it is nice but i am not happy for disabling messenger, b/c i used it alot

Thu, Aug 12, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

Hopefully they have learned their lesson on bad sp releases! But I really doubt it will be troublefree.

Thu, Aug 12, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

Wonderful. So, how much will this one break. Does anyone think they got it right?

Thu, Aug 12, 2004 gu@RiEL Anonymous

Exelente.actualizacion.Grandes.cambios. en.seguridad.

Thu, Aug 12, 2004 mukesh mirpuri mumbai

bnvbnvbn

Wed, Aug 11, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

OK

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