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    SP2 not available to download? (XP SP2)

    The Windows update site is just giving this message at the moment:

    Download and install it now - Currently not available
    We are currently experiencing a high level of demand for Windows XP Service Pack 2, so please check back later for availability. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you prefer to obtain SP2 another way, the easiest way to get Service Pack 2 is to turn on the Automatic Updates feature in Windows XP and it will be downloaded when you are connected to the Internet without you having to take any further action (how does Automatic Updates work?). You also can order SP2 on a CD.


    This a known issue? How long do we think it will take for it to become available and how long will it take to d/l it via the background windows update service?

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    Re: SP2 not available to download? (XP SP2)

    You can turn on Automatic Update by going to Control Panel and clicking on Automatic Updates. I have several computers to automatically check each morning at 3 AM and install any updates. This way I will get SP 2 as soon as Microsoft begins to make it available. This is what the message you quote refers to. Microsoft was supposed to be automatically downloading SP2 for XP Professional beginning August 25th, but I have not seen it on any of my machines yet. It was supposed to be available for XP Home about August 15th but again I have not seen it automatically downloaded yet to my XP Home machines

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    Re: SP2 not available to download? (XP SP2)

    I wouldn't think there should be any problem because you're in the U.K. I just went to the MS download site and the download "Save As" screen came up almost immediately. Maybe you were on some other address? Just in case, here's a link provided by <!profile=Leif>Leif<!/profile> the other day which also yields a good SP2 download. (I installed SP2 from this file as well as the one from MS)

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    Re: SP2 not available to download? (XP SP2)

    Thanks all, SP2 seems to be coming down OK today!

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    Re: SP2 not available to download? (XP SP2)

    Or not! I'll have a go with the link posted above, thanks.

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    Re: SP2 not available to download? (XP SP2)

    I went to Windows Update and downloaded and installed SP 2 this morning. The download went very fast for the first 50%, then for an hour very very slow, then at about the 75% mark it went very fast. The install was uneventful and all is well.

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    Re: SP2 not available to download? (XP SP2)

    Less good here, SP2 has cuased lots of problems including by browser dropping it's connection every 1/2 hour or so, hogging the resources and freezing up entirely.. sadly uninstalling hasn't cured the problem. Have also reinstalled the browser with no joy..

    When I get time I'll have to reformat it looks like <img src=/S/bwaaah.gif border=0 alt=bwaaah width=123 height=15>

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    Re: SP2 not available to download? (XP SP2)

    I'd say you've got other probelms if uninstalling SP-2 did not cure anything. Did you run a full A/V scan? Did run a spyware scan?

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    Re: SP2 not available to download? (XP SP2)

    Thanks for the ideas, but my system is clean.. something as simple as a reboot settled everything down (I very rarely reboot!), now happily running SP1 for the foreseeable future..

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