Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) contains major security improvements to provide better protection against hackers, viruses and worms. Based on customer feedback, we have provided the ability to temporarily block the delivery of SP2 via Automatic Update and Windows Update and this ability will expire on April 12, 2005.

 

Beginning 12.01am, April 12, 2005, this temporary blocking mechanism will expire and systems with Automatic Update enabled or interactively download SP2 via Windows Update will begin receiving SP2. Note that this is also the scheduled day for the monthly cumulative release of security updates. If you have not already done so, we strongly encourage you to take the appropriate steps to implement your SP2 deployment decisions by that time.

 

Here are a couple of links to assist with this issue:

For information on this temporary blocking mechanism, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/maintain/sp2aumng.mspx.

 

For more information on deploying SP2, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/deploy/xpsp2dep.mspx.


Thank you and have a wonderful day,

Eric Ligman
Small Business Development Manager – U.S. Central Region


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