Mike, I did a little work on that extra-long link and managed to get it to take me to a valid, working, Microsoft page. I'll bookmark it for further study...and thanks again. Bill L. William B. Lurie wrote: > 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 >>> >> >> >> >> >> > -- William B. Lurie 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.