Use of Windows® XP Service Pack 1
Get to know about Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 1
Service Packs are packages of recognized issues and it fixes and updates which is released for customers by Microsoft® and which can be installed on the computers. Windows® XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) updates the operating system of Windows® XP. It updates Windows® XP on all the latest security’s and reliability features. Windows® XP SP1 helps the users to solve the issues which are either discovered by the customers or by the internal testing team of Microsoft® through its updates. It also helps Microsoft® by ensuring that Windows® XP is compatible with the newly released software and hardware. Windows® XP SP1 updates Microsoft® with the feedback of the customers. It also helps in supporting new hardware and is reliable. It specifically supports the performance issues and supports the standards which are emerging. SP1 not only addresses the management but also supports challenges. The security enhancements included in Microsoft® Windows® XP SP1 helps to regularly update the Microsoft®. The security enhancements help Microsoft® Windows® XP to face the challenges which emerges every now and then.
Some of the security enhancements included in Microsoft® Windows® XP SP1 are :
- Secure Development Lifecycle updates
- Data Execution Protection (DEP)
- PIN Channel
- Remote Desktop Client
Secure Development Lifecycle updates
Windows® XP SP1 includes the security enhancement known as Secure Development Lifecycle process updates. The cause of the security bulletin is identified with the help of life cycle process. Microsoft® then helps with improved tools which eliminate the codes patterns which might result in problems in the future. Microsoft® allows signing the RDP files. This helps to improve the security of Remote App™. Secure Development Lifecycle updates are a security enhancement which helps the users to protect the system.
Data Execution Protection (DEP)
DEP is a memory protection feature. The new set of Win32 APIs allows the developers to have a better control on the settings for security, reliability and compatibility. The single sign on (SSO) feature enables improved security for the wired networks. The MSRT by Windows® XP SP1 alerts the customers with updates on protecting the PCs while upgrading from Windows® XP to Windows Vista® SP1. DEP security updates and enhances the system.
PIN channel is a notable feature of the Windows® XP SP1. Smart card PINs are collected by the PIN channel and it helps to prevent the attacks. It further enables the use of biometric authentication. By default Windows® XP SP1 blocks unsolicited traffic. The multi factor authentication helps to improve the encryption of the Bit Locker™ Drive.
Windows® XP SP1 provides both the user and the server authentication with user interface improvements through the Remote Desktop client. It not only simplifies the credentials which was saved previously but also streamlines the multiple steps. Windows® XP SP1 allows the user to have a complete backup application. Earlier applications did not allow the user to have a complete back up application.