New Features in Windows XP Service Pack 2: Again!

I posted a little while back about the changes to Windows XP Service Pack 2. At the time we shipped a document that described those changes in great detail. Yesterday a new version of this document was released that added a ton of updates and extra details on features like the new Tablet PC interface. It's well worth downloading the new version as Windows XP SP2 nears release. Hopefully many of you are now running RC1 on your development machine - as the Release Candidate moniker suggests, the Windows group are now on the final stabilisation path towards RTM some time in the couple of months. I've been running a post-RC1 build on my machine and the few refinements that have been made as a result of beta feedback have added some nice polishing touches.

You can grab the new book online from the Microsoft Download Center. Oh, and for Pete Cole's benefit, the SDK documentation is here!

UPDATE: The Platform SDK for Build 2096 is now posted, containing the headers, shared libraries and everything needed to compile against the new APIs. There won't be the same problems in getting this online for the RC2 build (thanks to Tony Goodhew).

Comments (4)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good stuff — good luck with the Sneath.Clone()

  2. Anonymous says:

    Its not just docs I want, I am looking for headers and libs so I can test the stuff described in those docs. Please, I may be being dumb, and if so please tell me, but how do I test the usage of, say, CoInternetIsFeatureEnabledForURL or INewWindowManager, without the headers and libs?

    Again, I may be being dumb, but I cannot find those headers and libs – can you?

    Oh, and the documentation you refer to as updated is incomplete – e.g. it doesn’t seem to refer to CoInternetSetFeatureEnabled which is described in the SDK – do we set registry keys or use the API?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Is it out yet? I can’t find SP2 to download anywhere. It should have all those bugfixes against the worms, I got hit by one just last week, just by keeping my computer on.

  4. Anonymous says:

    David, a preview of SP2 is available from But if you’re being hit by worms, you should make sure you’re up to date with the latest security patches from Windows Update (

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