Affecting all the XP users who have been avoiding or procrastinating about installing the Windows XP Service Pack 2 upgrade, Microsoft is about to make the decision for them.
On April 12, Microsoft Corp. is scheduled to turn on its Automatic Update service, which will deploy the XP Service Pack 2 to all PCs connected to the Internet regardless of whether corporate IT departments or individual PC users have prepared for it.
SP2, developed to fix critical security holes and deploy performance enhancements, was originally released in September 2004. But in response to customer complaints, Microsoft suspended the automatic deployment for eight months to give users time to prepare for the upgrade.
With the upgrade deadline looming, one study shows that the vast majority of companies running XP have actively avoided the upgrade or simply ignored the problem.
The study, by AssetMetrix Research Labs of Ottawa, Canada, showed that only 24 percent of Windows XP PCs have been upgraded to SP2.
"This whole thing reminds of those days back in college when you asked for a two-week extension on the due date for a midterm paper," said Steve O’Halloran, managing director of AssetMetrix Research Labs. "But the weekend before the paper is finally due, you still haven’t done any work," he said.
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Two offices running Windows XP next door to me don’t even have SP1 installed, I think I better burn a copy for them right now. Shame on me!