Microsoft to Release Major Security Windows XP Upgrade

Posted: August 13, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Microsoft will begin releasing an upgrade for Windows XP on Monday, Aug. 16. This upgrade solves many security problems by blocking pop-ups, most spyware, and viruses, and enabling XP’s firewall. Once installed, there will be some changes to the way your computer works, and this may necessitate adjustments.

If you have your computer set to automatically install Windows updates, and if you are concerned about the problems this upgrade may cause, Microsoft has designed a tool that prevents the install of the upgrade for 120 days. This tool will only delay this specific upgrade. Other patches and updates will be unaffected. To install this tool, go here.

George Mason University’s Information Technology Unit is investigating the possible ramifications of this upgrade and will keep up-to-date information on its web site. You can find this information here.

For additional help or answers to your questions about this upgrade, contact Mason’s ITU Support Center at 703-993-8870.

For general information about Microsoft’s XP upgrade, see the Microsoft web site.

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