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As of 8am Pacific Standard Time this morning, Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 is now available for download. It is being announced at the Digital Life conference in New York City this morning. This new update rollup will be offered as a recommended update on all computers running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.
There is a lot of cool stuff included in Update Rollup 2 (in fact, naming it an "update rollup" doesn't come close to doing this product justice). Here are some of the highlights:
Update Rollup 2 requires that the .NET Framework 1.1 and 1.1 SP1 be installed. Windows Update will automatically include these packages on computers that need them when you choose to install Update Rollup 2 via WU. One note here - the issue I described here regarding .NET Framework hotfix 886904 will affect Update Rollup 2 if you try to install on a machine that has .NET Framework 1.1 and KB886904 installed but don't yet have 1.1 SP1 installed. If your computer is in this state and you see Update Rollup 2 fail to install via Windows Update, make sure to uninstall KB886904 using Add/Remove Programs and then try to install Update Rollup 2 again.
In addition, there is a small set of additional fixes that we were not able to get ready in time to include in Update Rollup 2 before our final sign-off, but that are now ready for download. After installing Update Rollup 2, you will see an additional update (KB908250) available for download as a recommended update on Windows Update.
I strongly encourage you to install both Update Rollup 2 and KB908250. Let me know if you run into any issues or have any questions as you try to install it and start using it.