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Windows XP Rollup Pack Released

Responding to pressure from users to release a packaged update for Windows XP as the delivery date for Service Pack 2 has fallen to mid-2004, Microsoft on Wednesday posted a rollup package of updates for the client operating system.

Update Rollup 1 for Windows XP is "a cumulative set of hotfixes, security patches, critical updates, and updates that are packaged together for easy deployment," according to Microsoft's Knowledge Base article for the rollup. That definition used to apply to service packs, but Microsoft has bigger plans for Windows XP SP2, which is supposed to enhance the security profile of the operating system among other feature improvements.

The Update Rollup can be applied to Windows XP Professional or Home and to gold code or operating systems with SP1 in place. The update rollup also works with Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and Windows XP Media Center Edition.

Nearly 9 MB in size, the download includes dozens of fixes since SP1 shipped last September and also includes critical patches and updates included in SP1. The rollup does include the critical patch MS03-039 from Sept. 10 for the extremely severe security hole involving DCOM RPC.

To view the Knowledge Base article about Update Rollup 1, visit:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;826939.

About the Author

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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