Introduction about Service Pack 2 for Windows XP Professional
Service Pack 2 for Windows XP Professional is an update to the Windows XP operating system. It includes a number of new improvements, such as added security, better compatibility with other programs, and improved performance.
The Service Pack 2 for Windows XP Professional is a collection of fixes, updates, and new features that have been released since the release of Windows XP in October 2001. These improvements are designed to fix issues that may have arisen since the initial release of Windows XP and can help improve your computer’s performance by eliminating bugs, improving compatibility with other operating systems, and adding new functionality.
Service Pack 2 for Windows XP Professional, x64 Edition Enhancements
Service Pack 2 for Windows XP Professional, x64 Edition brings new features and functionality to your system. Service Pack 2 enables you to use Windows XP Professional x64 Edition as a 64-bit operating system on Intel Itanium Processor-based computers. In addition, it includes all previously released updates since the original version of Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional x64 Edition, as well as additional performance improvements designed specifically for 64-bit processors and servers running multiple 32-bit applications simultaneously in separate processes (dual mode).
Service Pack 2 also includes the following enhancements:
- The ability to access remote files through WebDAV. This provides an alternative way to share files by using a web browser instead of UNC paths.
- Enhanced support for IPv6.
- Improved support for printing over TCP/IP networks with Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) printers and print servers that implement IPP version 1.
- Support for Remote Desktop Protocol 6 SP2 Remote Desktop Services clients connecting over HTTP or HTTPS ports 80 or 443 using client certificates.
- Support of Server Message Block (SMB) Version 3 protocol when accessing shares hosted on earlier versions of SMB File Services running on Windows Server 2008 R2 systems with Service Pack1 installed
New features and functionality in Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2
- Support for 64-bit applications. This release of Windows XP Professional x64 Edition supports the use of 64-bit versions of applications, as well as 32-bit versions. 64-bit applications can take advantage of extended memory and address space to improve performance, scalability and reliability. With this release you can run both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of your software on a single computer at the same time.
- New kernel mode device driver support. Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2 includes several new kernel mode device drivers that support updated hardware in the following areas:
- Video – Intel 946GZ Express Chipset Family (82845G/GL/GE/PE), ATI RV370 740ZX HyperMemory series graphic accelerator cards with nView technology disabled
Using Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2
The following sections describe the new features and functionality in Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2 (SP2).
- New features and functionality
- Simplified setup. Setup now includes a welcome page that contains links to program and feature descriptions, as well as a tour of the new features in SP2.
- A wizard that guides you through setting up your computer during installation. The Wizard will help you decide whether to create multiple partitions on your hard disk drive (HDD), synchronize files between computers, or back up important data by copying it onto CDs or DVDs before proceeding with Setup. This reduces the time required for installing SP2 on many computers at once by eliminating some steps from the process.
- Improved support for 64-bit applications that use large amounts of memory when running on an x64 processor architecture computer
Installing Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2
The installation process for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2 is the same as for Windows XP Professional. You will need to have a valid installation source and product key, which are required to install this service pack. If you do not have these items, click on Start > Run > type d:\setup\SP2\Setup.exe /silent /norestart and then press Enter (where d:\ is your CD or DVD drive).
When installing SP2, you’ll be prompted to install all available critical updates; if this option is not selected during setup, you can perform it manually by running the Microsoft Update Agent from Control Panel after installation has completed. To uninstall SP2 from your PC at any time, simply run Setup again using the same method as above (the /silent switch automatically uninstalls all previous versions of Windows).
The setup program starts by verifying your system configuration
The setup program starts by verifying your system configuration. The setup program checks for hardware and software compatibility, the presence of Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2, and a valid license.
If you have a volume license edition of the product, the setup program also checks to see whether volume licensing has been enabled on your computer. If it has not been enabled, you can do so now; otherwise, continue with enabling volume licensing later in this process.
Service Pack 2 for Windows XP Professional FAQS
I've heard that Service Pack 2 for Windows XP Professional is a "must-have" update, but I'm worried about installing it. What do you recommend?
We recommend you install Service Pack 2 for Windows XP Professional! It's a free service pack that upgrades the operating system and adds new features, security enhancements, and other improvements to your computer.
Will installing Service Pack 2 for Windows XP Professional break my computer?
No, it won't. We've tested this service pack on hundreds of computers, and we haven't found any problems with it yet. You can be confident that installing it won't cause any damage to your computer or interfere with its operation in any way.
Can I uninstall Service Pack 2 for Windows XP Professional after I've installed it?
Yes! You can uninstall any software application by using the Add/Remove Programs utility in Control Panel. You may need to restart your computer after uninstalling this software update—but not always!
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2 Conclusion
It’s important to note that the setup program starts by verifying your system configuration. If you have a problem with your computer, such as memory errors or an incompatible video card, these issues could cause problems during the installation process. Before installing Service Pack 2 on your computer, check out Microsoft’s troubleshooting guide for more information about correcting common installation errors.