Received XP Service Pack 2 beta through the post from Microsoft last week, just installed it.
Looks good, took about 30 mins to complete the install. A big dialog box pops up during the install insisting that you decide whether or not to turn Windows Update on or off. The install doesn't continue until you decide. A nice feature is that you can decide what time of the day it looks for updates, so you can set it for night-time, if you use your pooter in the day alot, so it doesn't intefere with what you're working on.
The new Windows Firewall looks impressive, if not a bit tempremental, it especially doesn't like you turning it off! But Norton recommends that you turn off all others if using theirs, so I did.
The new v5 Windows Update site is much improved from v4, much easier to use.
Outlook doesn't allow images to be displayed, supposed to be a security/anti-spam measure.
There is a 'Security Center' on the control panel, where you can control the firewall, automatic updates, virus protection and Internet/system options, has a nice interface.
All in all, quite a good service pack, messed my Internet dial-up up though, but other than that it installed very well. The full release should be in the summer some time.
By the way, is anyone else on here a member of the Microsoft BETA testing team like me? Kalthorn?
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