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WinXP Service Pack 2 Highlights:

Since this latest fix may be less than User friendly and opinions vary as to the worthiness and appropriate time to install this patch, we're providing a running List of the "Patch Facts". Individual Results may vary.

Bottom Line: The more PC's managed, the more likely IT will wait a little longer to test more thoroughly. Likewise, the fewer the PC's managed the shorter the test time to implement SP2. One thing is clear, follow the directions and clean your PC of Spyware thoroughly before proceeding! Now, feeling lucky? ;)

  1. www.eWeek.com - So now Will You Install SP2: (11/15/2004).
  2. Microsoft to step up SP2 downloads CNET News.com: (9/22/2004).
  3. images/bullet2.gifXP SP2 - Problematic Program List as of 9-16-04 [rtf]. (9/17/2004)
  4. www.microsoft.com - Windows XP Service Pack 2 Resources for IT Professionals: (9/17/2004).
  5. 842242 - Some programs seem to stop working after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2:
  6. support.microsoft.com - Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) Support Center:
  7. www.pcmag.com - Microsoft Sets a New Deadline for XP Service Pack 2: "The company's automatic blocking tool for SP2 will only work until April 2005. After that, Microsoft will push its security update automatically to all XP customers." (9/8/2004)
  8. www.microsoft.com - Order XP Service Pack 2 on CD:
  9. www.microsoft.com - Download details Application Compatibility Guide for Windows XP SP 2
  10. www.microsoft.com - Download details Windows XP Service Pack 2 for IT Professionals and Developers: (8-10-04)
  11. www.microsoft.com - Temporarily Disabling Delivery of Windows XP Service Pack 2 Through Windows Update and Automatic Updates: SP2 Blocker Tool extended from 120 days to 240 days (Updated 9-15-04).
  12. From Tom Tyner: XPSP2 will limit your max. connections/sec - EventID 4226 -TCP/IP has reached the security limit imposed on the number of concurrent TCP connect attempts... 314053 - TCP-IP and NBT configuration parameters for Windows XP: This is the key to add to modify the maximum number of simultaneous connections.

    TcpNumConnections

    Key: TcpipParameters
    Value Type: REG_DWORD - Number
    Valid Range: 0 - 0xfffffe
    Default: 0xfffffe

    Description: This parameter limits the maximum number of connections that TCP can have open simultaneously. (9/8/2004)

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