Windows® XP Service Pack 2 Update
Tips for updating Windows® XP SP2 effectively.
Microsoft® produced Windows® XP operating system for personal computers. Windows® XP has been released in two versions, such as Windows® XP Home Edition and Windows® XP Professional. Windows® occasionally releases service packs or SPs to fix Windows® operating system problems and also to add more advanced features. The service pack contains all the features of the operating system and also additional features. So, the users only have to install the latest versions. You don’t have to bother about uninstalling the earlier version. Windows® update automatically removes older programs from your system. The first released service pack is SP1. Service pack 2 includes additional features than the previous pack. In this service pack the new functionalities, such as encryption compatibility, Internet Explorer® 6 and wireless Internet support with wizard utility are included. It also includes some additional security features. The updates of SP2 are SP 2B and SP 2C. The main reason for these updates is to fix the issue of diminishing the number of product keys with Windows® XP. There are few problems which might occur while updating Windows® XP SP2. The most common problems are incompatibility issues, virus infections, missing of files, error messages and system shut down. These problems can be avoided easily by taking some precautions.
The following section includes tips to perform an effective Windows® XP SP2 update:
- Download SP2 from the appropriate website
- Check the system requirements
- Benefits of updating Windows® XP SP2
Download SP2 from the appropriate website
Microsoft® download center site is the only trusted website from which you should download the proper update. Otherwise, you just need to turn on the automatic update feature. This will automatically update the current version of service pack 2. Microsoft® also offers some step-by-step instructions to let you do the update properly.
Check the system requirements
Checking system requirements is the most important point to be noted before performing the update. Since incompatibility issues might come, you need to check whether your system is ready to access the update. The operating systems which support this SP2 are Windows® XP Home, Windows® XP Professional and Windows® XP Media Center. If you try to install SP 2 to systems with other operating systems, then incompatibility issues will occur.
There are several benefits of updating Windows® XP SP2. Your system will get proactive protection against viruses, malware and other malicious programs. Furthermore, the updated Windows® XP SP2 is compatible to work with other software programs and applications installed on your system.