Thanks, Mike. It was nice of Microsoft to recognize that some people might want to retain control of their own machines, and provided that "temporary" disabling software. It makes one wonder whether that will leave the machine permanently safe from having things downloaded and installed. And, incidentally, going to that link took me to a Microsoft page saying..................that download page is unavailable, go elsewhere....... like Catch-22.... I think my extra cautious attitude is saving me from more headaches, and I'll just watch and wait for the time being. Bill Lurie Mike wrote: > >Hi Bill, >I agree. >Microsoft has provided a way to prevent the auto update to SP2; > >XPSP2BlockerTools ><http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=8BCE6BBA-EA5D-4425- >89C1-C1CB1CCD463C&displaylang=en> >Toolkit to Temporarily Block Delivery of Windows XP SP2 to a PC Through >Automatic Updates and Windows >While recognizing the security benefits of Windows XP SP2, some >organizations have requested the ability to temporarily disable delivery of >this update via Automatic Updates (AU) and Windows Update (WU). > >Overview >While recognizing the security benefits of Windows XP SP2, some >organizations have requested the ability to temporarily disable delivery of >this update via Automatic Updates (AU) and Windows Update (WU). These >organizations have populations of PCs, upon which they have enabled AU. This >is done to ensure that these PCs receive all critical security updates. >Since SP2 will start to be delivered to PCs running Windows XP or Windows XP >with SP1 via AU starting on August 16, these customers would like to >temporarily block the delivery of SP2 in order to provide additional time >for validation and testing of the update. In response to these requests, >Microsoft is providing this set of tools. >++ There is more on the web site. > >Mike ~ It is a good day if I learned something new. >Editor MikesWhatsNews see ~ http://www.mwn.ca ><mikeswhatsnews-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx?Subject=subscribe> >See my Anti-Virus pages ><http://www3.telus.net/mikebike/mikes_virus_page.htm> ><virusinfo-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx?Subject=subscribe> >A Technical Support Alliance & OWTA Charter Member > >******* Mike's REPLY SEPARATOR ********* > >On 8/17/2004 at 10:59 PM William B. Lurie wrote: > >See, folks, this points up exactly what I mean, what I do *not* >want done on my machine. I don't want things automatically >installed on my machine, including things that have caused >"major problems" for other people. As I said in another group: >SP2 may have a lot of improvements......but SP1 ain't broke, >and it don't need fixin' if it's gonna louse up a bunch of >things that I may never be able to fix. > Bill Lurie >Mike wrote: > > > >>Hi Barry, >>I had problems when I was running the XPSP2 Beta. >> >>I had followed MS's advice and set it up for auto download and install. >>A Windows Update automaticaly installed itself and did not disable my AV >>program or Firewall which resulted in major problems. >> >>Did the automatic install of the final XPSP2 disable your AV and firewall >>during installation? >> >>Mike ~ one of the Moderators >> >> > > > > For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.