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10/17/04 Does Service Pack 2 slow you down? - Short-Media
10/10/04 Better Browsing With Service Pack 2 - PC Review
09/07/04 Windows XP SP2 Performance Review - Hard Core Ware
08/09/04 Slipstreaming Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) - Win Super Site
08/06/04 Microsoft Windows XP SP2 - CNET
04/09/04 Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies Review
03/14/04 Windows XP SP2 Technical Preview - IANAG
03/02/04 The Coming of SP2 Part II (New Build!) - IP Konfig
Articles and Press releases
11/11/04 Security Vendor Reports XP SP2 Holes; Microsoft Disputes Claims
"Finjan Software said its Malicious Code Research Center had spent the last several months analyzing Windows XP SP2, the massive refresh that Microsoft touted as its most secure desktop operating system ever, and found 10 bugs that could be used by hackers to hijack systems when users simply view malicious Web pages. "
09/21/04 PC-WELT discovers and fixes serious security issue in Windows XP SP2
"Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies helps you protect your PC against viruses, hackers, and worms." - this is how Microsoft promotes its Service Pack 2 on its website. What the company does not say: Instead of viruses, worms, and hackers, the supposedly safe SP2 for Windows XP invites any Internet user to have a look around your PC.
08/27/04 Microsoft tackles AMD conflict in SP2 - CNET
"Microsoft said in its advisory (here) that PCs with 64-bit AMD processors may restart repeatedly after installing Service Pack 2, if those machines are also configured to enforce so-called data execution prevention (DEP) and contain hardware that requires a driver software known as Mpegport.sys"
08/06/04 Microsoft comes through with Windows Service Pack 2 - Info World
"Symantec will support Microsoft's efforts to raise security awareness among Windows users with this new release, according to Stephen Cullen, a senior vice president of security products and solutions at Symantec. Cullen said he expects no difficulties with Symantec's existing line of products in working with Service Pack 2"
08/06/04 Microsoft embarrasses itself over XP SP2 delay - vnunet
"The process of release to manufacture is usually expected to take a minimum of 21 days, allowing time for all OEMs to receive code and set up systems to write it onto new PCs"
08/05/04 Critical XP SP2 Alert: Cancel all non-AMD system buys - ZD Net
"As such, my advice is that all planned purchases for Intel-based desktops, notebooks, and non-Itanium-based servers be cancelled or postponed if possible"
05/04/04 WinHEC 2004: Allchin Touts Windows Roadmap, Experience Computing
"On the client side, 2004 will be a big year. First, Microsoft plans a Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) release in late summer that will focus on what Allchin calls "safety" features, primarily security updates that will make the underlying system more resilient and reliable. XP SP2 will beget three major new client releases, XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 (codenamed Lonestar), XP Media Center Edition 2005 (codenamed Symphony), and XP 64-Bit Edition for 64-bit Extended Systems, the latter of which targets AMD-64 and upcoming Intel-based x86-64 systems. "
04/22/04 Second SP2 Release Candidate Slated for May - Beta News
"Microsoft secured networking by reducing privileges assigned to system services such as Remote Procedure Call (RPC). In addition, the Windows product team has redesigned its Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) by adding granular COM permissions. Microsoft has also disabled the much maligned Messenger service by default"
04/21/04 Microsoft executives face questions on XP SP2 - Win Insider
"Rebecca Norlander, group manager for the SBTU, spoke with Nash and confirmed that a second test version of Service Pack 2, known as Release Candidate 2 (or RC2) will be released in May, and that the final version of XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) is still on schedule for the first half of the year. More release candidates are possible after the RC2 release, depending on customer feedback, Norlander said"
02/25/04 AMD And Microsoft To Provide Customers New Security Technology
AMD64 processors combined with the upcoming Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) will help computers to better withstand attacks from certain classes of viruses and worms. The combination of the AMD64 processor and Windows XP SP2 technologies will help provide customers enhanced security allowing home and business users to experience safer e-mail and Internet browsing, and increased network and memory protection.
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