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Windows XP SP2 - Network Perspective & Help page.
This page includes a collection of Links and other info that might help in the move to Windows XP SP2 (XPSP2) Update. It is a preliminary page written at the release of XPSP2 final. I will update the info as it comes in the next few weeks.
You can Down Load the XPSP2 inclusive file (272MB) here:
Link to: Microsoft TechNet main XPSP2 page.
XPSP2 can be installed over original WinXP (no need to install XPSP1 first), over WinXP SP1, and over the RC releases of WinXPSP2 (Not sure about the beta versions of XPSP2. Probably better to do a fresh install).
If you install XPSP2 and later On have to reformat and use the original WinXP you are back to square one and you have to reinstall XPSP2.
In order to avoid such a situation you can Slip Stream WinXP and XPSP2. Slip Stream is a process of combining the original WinXP CD-ROM and XPSP2 to one Bootable Disk.
The following page includes detailed instructions for Win2000 the exact same process applies to WinXP.
When you fresh install by using the Slipped Stream CD the installation results in a WinXP SP2 system, no update is needed.
I am using the XPSP2 Firewall for a while on one Computer and it works very well as a Firewall. I would probably will use it on any computer that needs firewall only.
Personally I use the Norton Internet Security for one "Big Reason", it is a Firewall, Antivirus, Popup Buster, Ad -Buster, and more in one package.
My experience shows that One package is better and less troublesome for TCP/IP Stack. Otherwise the Stack is intercepted by few programs each doing its own things and sooner or later it goes to the Moon.
In WinXP SP2 WZC is improved and got a nicer better interface.
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