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    Windows SP2 is RTM!

    Like I said before (See here ), SP2 will be release next week!

    I'm surprise nobody post that yet! I readed that 5 hours ago at my friends house!

    Microsoft on Friday wrapped up development on a long-awaited security update to Windows XP, paving the way for businesses and consumers to upgrade in the coming days and months.
    The company said it has released Windows XP Service Pack 2 to manufacturing, following a series of delays. Microsoft will make the free update available via download and via CD, but it is recommending that customers turn on Windows' automatic upgrade feature and get the update that way.

    The update should be distributed to approximately 100 million PCs through automatic updates during the next two months, Microsoft said. Customers who choose to download manually will be able to do so by the end of August.

    "Service Pack 2 is a significant step in delivering on our goal to help customers make their PCs better isolated and more resilient in the face of increasingly sophisticated attacks," Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said in a statement.

    The software adds a new "security center" that is intended to provide a beefed-up firewall as well as easy ways to tell whether a PC is updated and protected against viruses.

    Microsoft said it is working with computer manufacturers to get them to start using SP2 as soon as possible. The Redmond, Wash., company also said it plans to create 25 localized versions of the update in the coming months.

    The timing of when customers will get the software via the automatic update feature depends on several factors, Microsoft said, including customers' location, how often they're online, their connection speed, and what language version of Windows they use. Those using the English version of Windows will start receiving updates in the next few days, Microsoft said.

    In addition to the security center and firewall, SP2 adds a pop-up ad blocker in Internet Explorer and updated support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technologies.

    The company had planned internally to release the software earlier this week but pushed it out to fix some unspecified quality issues.

    Gates has described SP2 as the most extensive free update to Windows ever, and executives have acknowledged that work on the update has delayed other projects, including Longhorn, the next major version of Windows.

    In addition to making the software available via automatic update, Microsoft will allow IT managers to download an upgrade that companies can use to update their machines. That process will start next week.

    Microsoft said the release of SP2 also brings with it major improvements to two specialized versions of Windows XP: the Tablet PC and Media Center editions. The new tablet operating system, for example, includes improved handwriting recognition and other enhancements, according to the software giant. The automatic update feature will sort out who needs what.

    "If you are running Tablet PC, you get the Tablet PC update," said product manager Matt Pilla. "If you are running Media Center, you get Media Center."

    As a result, the size of the SP2 download varies, though Pilla said the typical Windows XP home user with automatic update turned on will have an 80MB download. Microsoft has software that allows both broadband and dial-up users to get the update in chunks over time.

    Although there have been concerns that the new security features will "break" various Windows programs, Pilla said he expects the update to be painless for most people.

    "The great majority of consumer applications--it's going to be a great experience on those," he said. The biggest change, he said, will be that the operating system alerts customers when a program is trying to, say, open a port to the Internet. "I think there will be some adjustment on the part of consumers as we provide more information."
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    Microsoft's Windows fix rolling out in stages

    Computer makers get first crack at the security-oriented Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) so that they can start putting it onto new machines. Next in line are business customers that license bulk quantities of Microsoft software.

    Subscribers to Microsoft's "automatic update" service will start getting SP2 in about a week, and it will be available to everyone in a few weeks.
    SP2 includes all the fixes issued since XP was released in 2001, and it reconfigures XP to improve its resistance to viruses and attacks. It also has the Internet Explorer security patch released July 30.
    Within a few weeks, SP2 will then be generally available for download. Users may then order the software on discs from Microsoft's Web site.

    For people with slow Internet connections, discs may be the best option. The complete service pack is 270 megabytes but that includes features tailored for several variants of Windows XP; Microsoft expects the average user will install about 80 megabytes worth of SP2.

    Directly downloading 80 megabytes will take 10 minutes to a half-hour on a fast, broadband connection. It will take about 10 hours via dial-up connections.

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    MSDN subscribers had access to it yesterday. By 4pm EST the same day, it was already available on most P2P networks. Has anyone gotten it yet? If so, anything new that the RC builds did not have?

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    I'm gonna wait for the original download from M$ site. P2P are everything but safe and I'm not members of MSDN!
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    It wasn't on the MSN update site (for me) as of 2 hours ago, but:
    Topic for #lobby is Welcome to SMDC IRC ... | www.smdc-network.org | Service pack 2 final released to beta testers eg cheese , Confirmed to install on Pirated copy's of XP (if SP1 is installed)(SMDC Network doesnt garuntee any info on its site or in its topics)
    If you are in a real rush.
    I would like to know the differences in the final release and RC2 myself.
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    Download Link

    Windows XP Service Pack 2 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals and Developers : http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

    Windows XP Service Pack 2 Deployment Tools : http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...DisplayLang=en
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    Holy crap! It's 272 MEGABYTES! That will take a poor dialup user 20 HOURS to download.

    Now that's the full network version, hopefully they compress it for Windows Update...geez.

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    ric-o,

    For people with slow Internet connections, discs may be the best option. The complete service pack is 270 megabytes but that includes features tailored for several variants of Windows XP; Microsoft expects the average user will install about 80 megabytes worth of SP2.
    \"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, Champagne in one hand - strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOO HOO - What a Ride!\"
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    Well there is no way in hell I will be getting it anytime soon, unless someone wants to burn it and mail it to me. 80MB is still a good 8-10 hours for me. Too damn long to wait on something like that.
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