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There are a flurry of advice notes going out in various forms about the
release of Windows XP Service Pack 2. I have a prior release version on my
computer and have had no problems yet.
As the email below recommends I would wait until at least September before
installing it on your computer unless you feel confident in your computer
Historically Microsoft has never produced an upgrade that didn't require
multiple patches. If you are brave (read as stupid) like me then go ahead
but for the more cautious folks I would wait awhile. I personally think the
author of the note below is a little optimistic in believing that patches
will be out by September to fix problems.
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From: Mary Arthur [mailto:arthurm@...]
Sent: Monday, August 09, 2004 7:55 PM
To: Gordon Lane
Subject: Fwd: Tourbus - 9 Aug 04 - microsoft patches
> Patch Management: XP Service Pack 2
> Audience: Anyone using Windows XP
> In a few days Microsoft will release a MASSIVE patch called "Windows
> XP Service Pack 2" [or "XP SP2"]. My recommendation? Wait until
> early September before you get it. That way if there are any
> unforeseen problems with XP SP2 [and there will be], Microsoft will
> have time to patch those problems before they affect your computer.
> How massive is XP SP2? Oh, try 270 megabytes. That should take you
> just slightly under TWENTY-TWO HOURS to download over your 28.8 modem.
> The download times for broadband connections aren't much
> better: about 80 minutes over a 512 Kb DSL connection or about 30
> minutes over a 1.5 Mb cable modem. Fortunately, Microsoft realizes
> most of us do not possess either the bandwidth of Bill Gates or the
> patience of Job, so XP SP2 will also be available on CD. You can't
> order the CD yet--because SP2 hasn't *officially* been released--but
> eventually you'll be able to order the CD at either
> Both addresses take you to the same page, and that last address needs
> to be on one line.
> When will XP SP2 be available to you and me to download? Well,
> according to our friends at Windows & .NET Magazine Network, beta
> users of SP2 will be able to download the final version of SP2 through
> Windows Update tomorrow, August 10th. The rest of us will have to
> wait until next Monday, August 16th, for SP2 to be made available
> through Windows Update. [Source: http://tinyurl.com/5wl68 ] My guess
> is that the CD will be available shortly thereafter.
> But, as I said earlier, my recommendation is to wait until early
> September before you get XP SP2. However, if you'd rather download
> and install XP SP2 as soon as it is available, Microsoft recommends
> that you let them do it for you. First, make a System Restore point:
> Then, enable Automatic Updates in XP:
> That's it. XP SP2 will be pushed to your computer sometime in the
> next couple of weeks.
> Do you [eventually] *need* XP SP2? YES! Why is XP SP2 so important?
> Well, it adds some much-needed features to Windows XP including:
> - A significantly improved software firewall.
> - Built-in pop-up blocking in Internet Explorer [YAY!]
> - A download manager in Internet Explorer that lets you block
> malicious downloads.
> - A "sandbox" for Outlook Express attachments that hopefully will
> keep email viruses from infecting your computer
> - Better wireless support.
> - And a fluffy nougat center.
> So, yeah, you need XP SP2. Just not until September. To learn more
> about XP SP2, check out either