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Security Newsflash: XP Service Pack 2 Saga Takes a New Twist

Security Newsflash: XP Service Pack 2 Saga Takes a New Twist

  • It's Here! Windows XP Service Pack 2 Released Yesterday to Computer Makers

    The Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) download saga just took a new twist.

    No sooner had it been released - just last week, on August 6 - than it began to cause more problems than Microsoft had anticipated.

    The problem is simply that whereas MS intended that delivery of this update would take place via AU (automatic update) and WU (Windows update), that causes enormous problems for some - mostly smaller - organizations, some of which have found large proportions of their bandwidth being sucked up by the installation of the SP2 packs across its PCs all at once.

    Even IBM has instructed its employees not to install SP2. So now Microsoft has changed its tack, and is telling folks how to disable the AU/WU option. In what seems almost certain to be a reference to the IBM decision, Microsoft now says "some organizations have requested the ability to temporarily disable delivery of this update via AU (automatic update) and WU (Windows update) ... these customers would like to temporarily block the delivery of SP2 in order to provide additional time for validation and testing of the update."

    Details of how to disable the AU/WU option can be found here.

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    Steve 08/20/04 12:20:08 AM EDT

    HUgh issues! As soon as it was d/loaded and pc restarted. I got a blue screen with error message in top left corner. All efforts to fix so far have been dead ends! OurIT guys can't figure it out. Absolute nightmare

    Mary K 08/16/04 03:27:31 AM EDT

    Since downloading the XP SP2, I can't send or receive digital photo emails --either as attachments or within the message --on my home outlook express.

    Good Advice 08/12/04 02:48:58 PM EDT

    Tim Mullen of SecurityFocus is saying, to anyone who'll listen:

    "If you are part of the IT staff, it is highly recommended that you spend time at the XP2 site. If you manage the IT staff, then give your people the time and resources they need to deploy XP2 correctly. You'll be happy you did. More importantly, you'll be really put out if you don't."