August 19, 2004
More on Windows XP Service Pack 2

UPDATE: Service Pack XP2 has been patched so that you'll no longer see the 'Welcome' screen below when it's installed on your system. Service Pack XP2 will download and install itself behind the scenes and when it's completed, you'll see a screen that says that automatic updates have been installed and you should reboot.

If you're on a Windows XP machine, you should receive Service Pack 2 via automatic update sometime in the next week (some people on campus have already received the update). When the Service Pack is available for install, you will see an image that looks something like this:

Windows Service Pack 2 welcome screen

When you see the screen above, click "Next." Windows Service Pack 2 will install on your computer. Additional screens will appear during the install to report the progess. When completed, you should see an 'Automatic updates' box asking you to reboot your computer.

In some cases, the screen below may appear before the Welcome screen. If so, wait until the Welcome screen appears and then click 'Next.'

Windows Service Pack 2 welcome screen

Links to images (if you're receiving this in email)

Posted by dcoates at 03:52 PM
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 11:13 AM