Microsoft® XP Professional Service Pack-2
The inception of Microsoft® XP Professional Service Pack 2 was in the year 2004.The basic reason behind the introduction was bringing enhanced ways of security in the platform. Windows® XP Professional Service Pack 2 was also in place to address the bugs in Windows® XP Service Pack 1 along with some added attributes.
With the introduction of Bluetooth®, the new mode is adapted to stay connected. Most importantly, wireless connection was most prone to threats and thus XP Professional Service Pack 2 brought wireless password authentication. It also brought pop up blocker with Internet Explorer® 6.Windows® firewall was revised and was given some advanced security features.
Microsoft® XP Professional Service Pack 2 was emphasized on security and thus was loaded with all the security features. Wireless connection security threats were nicely addressed by bringing WPA in place. The Internet Explorer® 6.0 was enriched with pop up blocker. The pop blocker was an effective solution to issues like pop ups and unwanted ads. There were also some significant changes in the appearance of Windows® XP with kernel boot displaying Professional symbol while booting up. Windows® Firewall got revised and new features got added. Windows Update and Security Center got added which helped in finding resolutions of latest threats. Following Windows® XP Service Pack 2, there were two patches introduced and they were named as 2b and 2c. 2b was about ActiveX and 2c was emphasized on diminishing number of product keys which was confined to distributors.
- FIVE – Wi-Fi protection
Wi-Fi networks required security to unauthorized access. Even though WEP (wireless encrypted password) was in place, however, WPA (wireless password authentication) added enhanced layers of security to the wireless connections.
- FOUR – Pop up Blocker
- THREE – Bluetooth
Bluetooth® offered open wireless network over short distance and was highly appreciated and praised by people. Bluetooth® got supported in Windows® XP Service Pack 2 and offered more options of connectivity.
- TWO – Windows® firewall
Firewall got revised and came in with Windows® updates. The Security Center feature helped in better packet filtering.
- ONE – Data execution prevention
When any application tries to run on a non executable memory region, data execution prevention helped in preventing it and thus ensured that the storage is not exploited.
The Windows® XP Service Pack 2 came as a big help after a few bugs were gradually found and this version of the operating system addressed all such technical issues that in turn helped the system be more stable and safer.