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Aimed at IT professionals and administrators, the full network install package weighs in at a lofty 270 MB, and is thus unsuitable for most average users. However, if you're waiting for the Automatic Updates or Windows Updates release of XP SP2--and all indications are that you likely will continue to wait for some time--and have a broadband account, the full network installation package might be just a ticket.
Windows .NET Magazine [winnetmag.com]
"...IBM last week told employees to hold off installing SP2 until Big Blue can fully test and customize it. The company's technology department said the delay is "due to known application problems and incompatibility with IBM workstation applications."
The possible incompatibility issues are due to the customization of the IBM Windows installation against which MS would not have tested.
It is the same situation for every medium to large business which manages their Windows updates centrally.
Oddly enough, IBM has said that no one in their company can install SP2 due to issues
Its typical of big companies - it is not uncommon for them to threaten abandon support of their own software on client boxes if client anyhow modifies it without authorasation. Of course this is also a lucrative revenue stream resulting from authorised changes....
But to be fair I am with IBM on this one - people don't really know what they are upgrading, and fundamentally living few more weeks on as unprotected boxes as last few (2?) years makes sense in order to avoid business disruption. With all sneaky changes like limiting number of open connections to any given port I am not suprised they want to thread carefully - personally I prefer to learn on others experience first :)
Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) has been released to maunfacturing.
The relevant end-user schedules for 2004 are:
August 06 Release to manufacturing.
August 09 Release to Microsoft Download Center (network installation package).
August 09 Release to MSDN subscription site (CD ISO image).
August 16 Release to Automatic Updates.
August 16 Release to Software Update Services.
August xx Release to Windows Update.
Microsoft considers Windows XP Service Pack 2 as an essential security update
and is distributing it as a 'critical update' via Windows Update (WU) and the
Automatic Updates (AU) delivery mechanism in Windows. Microsoft is strongly
urging customers with Windows XP and Windows XP Service Pack 1-based systems to
upgrade to Windows XP Service Pack 2 as soon as possible.
why don't you try upgrading your browser to FireFox and see if IE stops crashing? ;)
Not to happy with how the pop up blocker will block any java script pop up even if a link is clicked.
In XHTML 1 strict, using the target attribute for a new window is not allowed, so this makes ANY new window either invalid or impossible. Not a good thing at all.
hehe, Firefox is my normal-use browser, but of course I have to test in IE.
Sigh, yes that's my case too. The unfortunate realities of life . . . ;)
So besides the popup blocker, what else is new in XP SP2? I'm on W2K, with no opportunity (or frankly, desire) to "upgrade" to XP. Still, I like to keep informed. Anything else of interest to web developers?
Some of those responding mentioned that it took a couple of hours to install the update which, for business firms, weighs in at 266MB.
The version for home users is likely to vary in size depending on whether users have kept up to date with past updates to XP.