I have been reading over Windows Xp SP2 release. The main thing at this point is that it is only avaliable for full download, which is about 266MB. It will be made available for automatic update and windows updates in the near future. The reviews at this point have been all good. The software currently includes:
- Windows XP’s built-in firewall which is turned on by default
- A pop-up blocker is now included in Internet Explorer. It is also on by default
- Internet Explorer also has more barriers in place to prevent the installation of spyware. It’s much harder for a program to hijack the browser’s home page and install modules that work inside the browser.
- Windows Update now has the ability to download and install patches in the background, without users even knowing it’s happening. While Windows Update is still not turned on by default, the first time a user reboots after installing SP2, a wizard takes over the screen, asking you to turn it on. If you don’t, you’ll be constantly harassed to do so.
- A new Security Center module for the Control Panel has been added, giving users quick access to firewall, antivirus and auto-update settings.
The new Security Center in Windows XP SP2
Of course there are those that have found some issues with SP2 while still feeling the upgrade is worth it, so read the reviews below and judge for yourself. Check for updates on the software you have already installed as they may be incompatible with SP2. And as always, do your homework before performing any major upgrades to your computer. It will save stress, time and worry in the end!
REVIEWS AND COMMENTS:
• Dwight Silverman — Houston Chronicle Review
• Neowin.net — Windows enthusiasts’ site
• Windows SuperSite — Review & FAQ from Paul Thurrott
• Ed Bott — Windows expert answers SP2 questions
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