According to Microsoft, Service Pack 2 establishes stronger default security settings and includes the following new security features:
- A pop-up blocker to reduce unwanted Web advertisements
- Better protection of the Windows Internet Explorer Web browser against certain types of exploits
- Automatic activation of a host firewall to help block unsolicited network traffic
- Extension of firewall services during computer power-on and shutdown
- Better logging capabilities
- Better memory protection
- A Windows Security Center application to view and manage settings of your anti-virus program, Windows firewall and/or automatic update configuration.
Before installing Windows XP Service Pack 2, it is strongly recommended that you:
- Back up all your data files (http://security.ucdavis.edu/101_databackup.cfm).
- Visit the support site of the computer manufacturer to identify any special precautions you may need to take before installing this upgrade
- Ensure you have at least 2GB of available hard disk space.
Where to get Windows XP Service Pack 2
Since some campus units may use a central distribution method for this update, faculty and staff should check with their campus unit technical staff prior to installing this Service Pack.
In late Septemb er, a Microsoft CD with Windows Service Pack 2 will be available at selected campus locations at no cost. The distribution sites will be prominently identified from the campus security Web site, http://security.ucdavis.edu. Due to limited supplies, the Service Pack 2 CD should be returned to a distribution location after use.
You can also download Service Pack 2 from the Windows Update Web Site, http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com.
After the Service Pack is downloaded or Service Pack 2 CD is inserted into your computer drive, it may take up to two hours to complete the installation.
Additional Windows XP Service Pack References
- Microsoft Windows XP SP2 Home (Consumer)
- Microsoft Windows XP SP2 Support
- Programs That May Stop Working After Installation of Microsoft Windows XP SP2
- Programs That May Behave Differently After Installation of Microsoft Windows XP SP2