August 12, 2004
Windows XP Service Pack 2

Microsoft will release service pack 2 for Windows XP as part of their automatic update beginning next Monday. This is a major upgrade to Windows XP and provides enhanced security features, additional Internet Explorer functionality, and other additions and fixes. While it will not substantially alter what you see when you run Windows XP, some dialogue boxes--for example, when downloading files in Internet Explorer--will be different.

ISU Extension staff with Windows XP machines will receive this service pack upgrade automatically. At this time, indications are that you will not have to take any direct action (beyond rebooting when asked) to install the service pack once it's downloaded.

Service Pack 2 for Windows XP is a very large file (about 75 M) so your computer may operate somewhat slower while it's downloading. This is normal.

If you have questions, you can contact the Computer Support Hotline at 515-294-1725 or at

Update: Now that we've had a few machines that have automatically updated to Service Pack 2, we can say that a new screen does come up that announces the Service Pack update. When you see this screen, click 'Next' and Service Pack 2 will walk you through the install.

Posted by dcoates at August 12, 2004 11:13 AM