Service Pack 1 Provides Quick Windows XP Fix
Tweaks to the OS include a feature that makes it easier (kind of) to choose a non-Microsoft browser, e-mail, IM or JVM app.For many IT administrators, a piece of Microsoft softwareparticularly one as central to an enterprise as Windowsisnt ripe for rollout until the first service pack release. Judging from the number of security and bug fixes addressed in Service Pack 1, it paid to be cautious with Windows XP. In eWEEK Labs tests of Windows XP Service Pack 1, which Microsoft Corp. made available for free download today, we experienced no problems during installation or subsequent use. However, newsgroup posters have reported a few minor hitches post-upgrade, including trouble switching among Outlook Express profiles. Administrators should carefully test the package with their own hardware and software before undertaking the upgrade. The full list of SP1s 308 bug fixes, security updates and feature tweaksalong with links to pertinent knowledge base articlescan be reviewed at Microsofts Web site.
Among the most interesting things in SP1 is the addition of the Set Program Access and Defaults utility, which is intended to move Windows XP into compliance with the proposed consent decree that Microsoft signed with the U.S. Department of Justice and nine state attorneys general last November. (Windows 2000 SP3 includes a similar feature.)