A special tool that blocks the download of Service Pack 2 (SP2) on Windows XP PCs will expire Tuesday, ending the last SP2 respite for users who rely on the Automatic Updates feature in Windows to keep their systems up to date.
Microsoft (Profile, Products, Articles) released SP2 in August last year. Taken aback by customers who use Automatic Updates, but were not prepared to deal with the service pack, Microsoft provided a way to set a Windows registry key that instructs the system to skip downloading and installing SP2, but still download other critical updates.
Initially the respite was for 120 days. But faced with concerns from IT professionals, Microsoft doubled that to allow more time to prepare for the mammoth update. On April 12 the blocking mechanism will expire and Automatic Updates and the Windows Update Web site will deliver SP2 regardless of the block.
I think its about time now people move to this important update of Windows XP, you are just intentinally putting your computer at risk if you don’t choose to update now. Especially for home users, its time you guys update.