Should You Install Windows XP SP2?
August 11, 2004
Beginning August 16, 2004, Microsoft plans to distribute the Windows XP Service Pack 2 to 100 million PCs. Service Pack 2 for Windows XP is Microsoft's largest and most anticipated operating system update ever. XP SP2 as an essential security update and is therefore 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 update to Windows XP SP2 as soon as possible.
While ADNET agrees that this security update is much needed, you need to make sure the cure is not worst than the disease. We recommend that our clients thoroughly test SP2 before considering any wide-spread rollout to make sure that none of your mission critical applications are adversely affected. "We've found some issues with a few applications, but nothing that can't be worked around with a little planning" says Tim Weber, ADNET's Manager of Network Services. "Most dealt with web applications that use pop-up windows, which can now be controlled via new options within IE. It's also important that other Microsoft Products are up to recent patch levels, especially SQL Server 2000". The bottom line is you need to test before you deploy.
If you have any questions or concerns about this update and how it may affect you, please contact ADNET at 800-892-3638 or email us at info@goADNET.com with XP SP2 in the subject line.
For More Information:
Microsoft's Top Ten Reasons for Deploying Service Pack 2
Temporarily Disabling Automatic Updates
XP Service Pack 2 and SQL Server