Mon, Apr 11 2005 12:51
If you are on XP sp1 you won't wake up with XP sp2 tomorrow
Dear Microsoft/WagEd/whomever was in charge of your communication on the 'expiring blocking mechanism of 4/12/2005”:
Next time, can you try to do a better job of communicating than you did?
Your article here totally is confusing, misleading and quite frankly scares people.
Conversely Paul Thurott's article here gives the facts:
“However--and this is the most important point--Automatic Updates won't automatically install SP2 at that time. Instead, you must first agree to the End User License Agreement (EULA) before SP2 will install via Automatic Updates. If you decline the EULA, SP2 won't install. End of controversy.”
For those folks who also say that they'd love to install it but their vendors won't support it yet, do me a favor and send them this link:
Windows Application Compatibility Toolkit
The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 4.0 was designed to help IT Professionals minimize the risks associated with changes to the operating system and to deploy Windows XP SP2 quickly so they can realize the value of the investments Microsoft has made in securing the desktop from threats such as viruses, worms, and spyware.
Remember what has been said before about XP sp2 -- this is a WIN for the Security guys. So get your vendors [who obviously don't seem to be into security now, are they?] to help you get your desktops be part of your security protection system.
April 12 should not be a day of concern for you, rather it should be the day you put your vendors on notice that it's time for them to pick up the ball. I can understand if you can't find the vendor anymore, but folks, if you have a vendor that is on the record for not supporting SP2, that vendor needs to get a clue. They need to help you, help us out here get more secure.
XP sp2. If you don't have it installed. Do it.
If it's because of vendor support, start pressuring them.
Filed under: Security, XP2