Microsoft Offers XP SP2 Download for IT Managers

By David Morgenstern  |  Posted 2004-08-09 Print this article Print

Redmond gives IT pros and developers the green light to download the 272MB package—but single users are still waiting.

Microsoft on Monday offered its Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) for download by IT professionals and developers. The Windows XP Service Pack 2 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals and Developers weighs in at about 272MB. Microsoft Corp. said the package is "intended for IT professionals and developers downloading and installing on multiple computers on a network." But the smaller SP2 download for individual users is still not available through Windows Update. The company said the update will be ready "soon" for customers updating just one computer. It is directing individuals to its Protect Your PC page.
The interest in this service pack has been keen, since it features a significant overhaul of the security code found in the Windows client. The update had been expected early in the spring, but concerns about quality and compatibility delayed its release.
Click here for a more detailed look at SP2s new features. Microsoft warned developers and customers that XP2 might be incompatible with a number of third-party applications. More recently, Microsoft added admonitions about its own Microsoft Business Solutions CRM versions 1.0 and 1.2 and offered a patch for the applications. Click here to see how some enterprise sites are handling the SP2 update. Check out eWEEK.coms Windows Center at for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.

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David Morgenstern is Executive Editor/Special Projects of eWEEK. Previously, he served as the news editor of Ziff Davis Internet and editor for Ziff Davis' Storage Supersite.

In 'the days,' he was an award-winning editor with the heralded MacWEEK newsweekly as well as eMediaweekly, a trade publication for managers of professional digital content creation.

David has also worked on the vendor side of the industry, including companies offering professional displays and color-calibration technology, and Internet video.

He can be reached here.


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