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Windows XP SP2 Review! - 8/12/2004 9:54:12 AM   

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- New firewall
- Pop-up ad blocker for Internet Explorer
- New Security Center makes managing security programs easier

- Created conflicts with our notebook's wireless connection
- Some security enhancements won't work with current Intel hardware
- Download too large for dial-up users, and CDs will take weeks to arrive once they're available

We recommend installing Windows XP SP2, but only after Microsoft has had a few weeks to work out the kinks.

Windows XP users inhabit dangerous waters, beset by all manner of Internet-borne malicious code. Unfortunately, Microsoft's remedies have, until now, been restricted to a series of security patches that repelled only a few attacks at a time. Last Friday saw the arrival of Microsoft's long-delayed Service Pack 2 (SP2), which will help all of us keep our heads above water. SP2 tightens your PC's security with a new Windows Firewall, an improved Automatic Updates feature, and a pop-up ad blocker for Internet Explorer. Plus, the newly minted Security Center gives you one easy-to-use interface for keeping tabs on your PC's security programs. We suggest you pause before jumping ship, however. We downloaded and installed SP2 and weren't surprised to find a handful of conflicts with existing programs and wireless network settings on some of our test machines. Wait until SP2 is made available to your PC via Microsoft's Automatic Updates service, expected later this month for most users. By then, Microsoft should have had enough time to work out the kinks.

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