Microsoft on Wednesday made Windows XP Service Pack 2 available via Windows Update and free CD. It also began distributing the update to its flagship operating system to Windows XP Professional customers via Automatic Updates.
The CD Request Page had been live for several weeks; however, the option to make the request was not turned on until now. The installation, which requires 1.6 GBytes of available hard disk space, was previously only available in a 75-MByte download (for individual PCs; the full “Network Install” version is 266 MBytes). This could be time-consuming for most XP users – and nearly impossible for those consumers still using dial-up connections to access the Internet.
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