One word of caution about SP2.......I found out in one of the Microsoft XP newsgroups that SP2 (if you are not careful) can install default options that take over and automatically update your machine with 'capabilities' you may or may not want. I for one will not install SP2 until I find out a lot more about what privileges it takes over for me, that I may not want it to. What can you tell us about that, Mike? Bill Lurie Mike wrote: > >From; http://www.winnetmag.com > In the News by Paul Thurrott, thurrott@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > >Windows XP SP2 Now Shipping Via Automatic Updates, Windows Update, and >CD-ROM > Today, as expected, Microsoft is releasing Windows XP Service Pack >2 (SP2) to XP Professional Edition users. The company also made the >unexpected announcement today that it's now shipping the massive >update to all XP users through Windows Update. In addition, XP users >can now order the free XP SP2 CD-ROM. These announcements mean that >virtually all 300 million XP users now have access to the long-awaited >security update. > "As you know, SP2 delivers the latest security updates and >innovations from Microsoft, establishes strong default security >settings, and adds new proactive protection features that will help >better safeguard computers from hackers, viruses, and other security >risks," a Microsoft representative told me last night. "Microsoft >released SP2 to computer manufacturers on August 6 and made the update >available to enterprise customers on August 9. Microsoft also began >distributing SP2 to consumers through Automatic Updates on August 18." > The company also revealed that it has shipped various international >versions of XP SP2. Microsoft has now released SP2 to manufacturing in >German, Japanese, Korean, simplified Chinese, and traditional Chinese >and reports that it's on track to localize the software into 25 >additional languages by early October. > Users who want to order XP SP on CD-ROM will be able to do so from >the Microsoft Web site at some point today (see the URL below). The >CD-ROM also will be available through various computer-oriented >magazines starting next month, and Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) >customers will receive the release on CD-ROM this week. XP users who >want to download the SP2 update will be able to do so starting at 9:00 >A.M. Pacific time today, Microsoft says. >http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/sp2/cdorder/en_us/defaul > >t.mspx > >Mike ~ >It is a good day if I learned something new. >Editor MikesWhatsNews http://www.mwn.ca/ > > > > > 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.