I got a 'yellow note' in the corner of my desktop at home a while ago asking if I would like to download Service Pack 2 for XP. I clicked Yes, but haven't had a dialogue box yet to say it's ready to be installed.
Yet right-clicking My Computer yesterday I noticed a new screen with the SP2 shield graphics on. Checking Add/Remove programs confirms that a long list of SP2 updates have been installed!
I checked IE6 which does not have a pop-up blocker added yet. But the version number is SP2!
I don't get this. It appears to be downloading and installing SP2 all by itself.
The point is, in my settings for updates I have it set to prompt first - never to download or install automatically. Is this some new Microsoft tactic to just go ahead with installing it anyway?
I was going to wait as I want to install a game that I hear has problems with SP2. Now that won't be possible!
The giveaway that something was happening was when my PC chose to scan the hard drive upon boot-up last night. I didn't switch it off suddenly the night before, so I couldn't see a reason for the scanning. Perhaps it was another part of SP2 installing itself.
I don't know what to think about all this. Sure, I clicked Yes to download the whole pack, but I then expected a box asking me if I wished to install it, as happened on four different PCs at work, which now all have SP2.
Looks like my machine is different. Or it would seem that Microsoft are ignoring the Windows update settings and overriding the user's wishes. Surely not?