Windows XP SP2 RC2 Available

Release Canadidate 2 of Windows XP Service Pack 2 is now available for download. Here's a link and a bit about it:

Windows XP Service Pack 2 Release Candidate 2 Preview

To aid IT professionals in planning and testing for the deployment of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Microsoft is making available this preview, based on Release Candidate 2 (RC2) of SP2. Additionally, we have established 11 newsgroups for sharing information.

Comments (11)

  1. What about Sp1 for win2k3? Will there be any download site for that RC too?


  2. Michael Muncie says:

    This is for test purposses

  3. Brian says:

    Hi Johan,

    This particular SP is for Windows XP. I don’t have information on service packs for other products. When that becomes available, I’ll be sure to post it.



  4. Auger282 says:

    I love this new SP2…

    very solid at this point (atleast for me)

    and the spyware popup protection = A+

    my only quandry is that it doesnt pick up my Norton as a virus protection resource but I suppose thats because MS is going to be coming out with there own soon ;]

    Dont be shy and download it!

  5. Compton Victor Sarabo says:

    The new XPSP2 is really great.

    I love it.

    Everyone should have themselves this.

  6. Terry MacKinnon says:

    waiting to try it

  7. K.Senthilkumar says:

    The XPSP2 is very useful for the home users and corporate users and really great.

  8. Charlie says:

    Question..will SP2 beta version become available any time soon for other languages than english, german and japanese? Do you know..

  9. Randy Parker says:

    Installed XP SP2 last night June 28, 2004 and have had no negative issues. Read my AVG AV as working and up to date, turned off the XP Firewall as I use another and will check out the options of the preinstalled one as I am more comfortable with this SP2 RC2. Another thing that I have noticed is a smoother running CPU. Using the same applications as before and staying within the 9-11% cpu range rather then the normal 25-30% that it used to be. The pop up stopper that comes with the updated IE6 works most of the time I’d say 85%. Tested it heavily on Tripod and Geocities sites as they bombard you with plenty. Hasn’t been a whole 24 hours yet so we’ll see as other applications are used to get a better understanding how well they work together.

    HP Pavillion a288n

    AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2600+ 2.1 GHz

    Windows XP Build 2600, Service Pack 2, v.2149

  10. Brian says:

    I beg to differ on anyone that states SP2 Rc2 or newer has great protection against spyware. Overall, I get a total of 10-50 new spy bots every week in the new RC2. So, Microsoft has done little to protect against these bots.But legally, they cannot do anything. The Government has no restrictions to help them. So, you cannot blame them too much.

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