Microsoft Releases Windows 2000 SP4

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-06-26 Print this article Print

Pack contains latest updates and security patches and fixes as well as support for USB 2.0 and 802.1x on the desktop.

Microsoft Corp. on Thursday released the fourth service pack for Windows 2000, which contains the latest updates and security patches and fixes as well as support for USB 2.0 and 802.1x on the desktop. Microsoft released the Windows 2000 SP 3 some 11 months ago, at the end of July 2002. This latest service pack was based on customer feedback and Microsoft internal testing. "Windows 2000 SP4 builds on the already demonstrated high quality of Windows 2000 by incorporating updates for increased security, application and hardware compatibility, operating system reliability and ease of Windows 2000 set up. Also incorporated is support for USB 2.0 and support for 802.1x—two of the biggest benefits to the desktop in this release," a company spokeswoman said.
Microsoft also updated its End User License Agreements (EULA) with SP4, which now alerts customers to the fact that they can turn off certain features they may not want to enable. These changes are documented in the "Automatic Internet-Based Services" section of the agreement and will "provide better disclosure and more control," the spokeswoman said.
Windows 2000 SP4 can be applied to Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, and Windows 2000 with the Server Appliance Kit. The code for SP4 will be available for download from the Web and on CD. "We always encourage customers to evaluate and install the latest updates for their systems to take advantage of updated functionality," the spokeswoman said. The release of SP4 comes just a day after Microsoft issued a bulletin warning users of a flaw in a Windows 2000 Server component that could allow attackers to execute code on vulnerable machines. The flaw does not affect machines running Windows NT, XP or Windows Server 2003.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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