XP Service Pack 2 released in phases

Microsoft finally released the long-awaited Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) to manufacturing, initiating a set of release-related activities that will likely continue well into October. SP 2 beta testers and MSDN Universal and Professional subscribers were the first to get access to the download on Aug. 6. Since that date, Microsoft has been staging the release of SP2 to the rest of the world.

Here’s the schedule — and what you can do to get SP2 yourself as quickly as possible.

Aug. 6: RTM (release to manufacturing)
Microsoft finalized Windows XP Service Pack 2 on this date. The company issued at least three versions of the service pack:

  • The full network installer (about 272 MB). This version is aimed at IT administrators, but it can be used by anyone who needs to install XP SP2 on more than one computer.

    This file can have two names: The version found on the Microsoft Web site is named WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2-ENU.exe. The version found on the XP SP2 CD-ROM is named xpsp2.exe. Despite the name differences, both files are identical. This file is available for download now. Download the file

  • The express installer. This 1.6 MB utility will download only the files needed to install XP SP2 on your system. The amount of data you actually download will vary depending on how up-to-date your system is.

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