ITU Completes Evaluation, Endorses Windows XP Service Pack 2

Posted: March 9, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Kurt Ankeny-Beauchamp

The Information Technology Unit at George Mason is now endorsing the installation of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) for all Windows users on campus.

“After a period of testing and evaluating the SP2 update with all of the ITU-supported software, the Information Technology Unit is now confident that SP2 does not conflict with ITU-supported applications and recommends installing the update,” says Cathy Hubbs, Mason’s IT security coordinator.

Windows XP SP2 provides better protection against viruses, hackers, and worms, and includes Windows Firewall, Pop-up Blocker for Internet Explorer, and the new Windows Security Center.

For most users, this installation has already occurred or will happen automatically through the Windows Update feature. However, if you do not have SP2 yet and are anxious to take advantage of the new security features, open Internet Explorer and go to the Windows Update site. Instructions can be found here.

Last August, the ITU issued a warning about SP2, indicating that there were potential conflicts with existing software. As a result, the automatic installation was blocked on Mason’s managed computers to minimize any problems.

For more detailed information about the update and its features, see the ITU Support Center page.

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