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60 Useful Windows XP SP2 Links

You have questions about Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), and Microsoft has at least some answers.

By Scot Finnie

     - Pre-Install Must Reading
     - Installation Issues
     - SP2 Problems/Solutions
     - Uninstalling SP2
     - Internet Explorer
     - Outlook Express
     - Windows Firewall
     - Networking/Wireless
     - Miscellaneous
     - Microsoft Knowledge Base Searches


Pre-Install Must Reading

  • What to Know Before You Download and Install Windows XP SP2

  • 835935 - Release notes for Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • 842242 - Some programs seem to stop working after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • 811113 - List of fixes included in Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • Installing Service Pack 2

  • 875364 - Detailed Windows XP Service Pack 2 installation walkthrough

  • Windows XP Service Pack 2 Support Center

  • Top 10 Reasons to Install Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • Download 266MB "Network Install" version of Windows XP Service Pack 2


    Installation Issues

  • KB885894 - Update for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (fixes stalled installer problem)

  • 884907 - Your Windows XP Service Pack 2 installation may stop, and you do not receive an error message

  • 878472 - You receive the Control ID not found error message when you try to install Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • 878474 - Your computer repeatedly restarts after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • 885523 - You receive a Stop c0000135 and winsrv was not found error message after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • 885626 - Your computer stops responding when you restart to complete the installation of Windows XP Service Pack 2


    SP2 Problems/Solutions

  • 875355 - How to use the Automatic Recovery feature to recover your computer if the Windows XP Service Pack 2 Setup program is not completed successfully

  • 873152 - You occasionally receive a STOP 0x000000D1 error message when your Windows XP Service Pack 2-based computer resumes from standby

  • 875363 - Your multiplayer games do not work correctly after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • 878459 - The Windows Explorer status bar is not visible after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2


    Uninstalling SP2

  • 875350 - How to remove Windows XP Service Pack 2 from your computer

  • 843020 - Cannot Play Licensed Media Content in Windows Media Player After You Remove Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • 878454 - How to help protect your computer if you decide to remove Windows XP Service Pack 2


    Internet Explorer

  • 843016 - How to configure the Pop-up Blocker in Internet Explorer

  • 843017 - Description of the Internet Explorer Information Bar in Windows XP SP2

  • Windows XP Service Pack 2 Use the Internet Explorer Information Bar

  • Changes to Functionality in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 Part 5 Enhanced Browsing Security

  • 883260 - Description of how the Attachment Manager works in Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • Windows XP Service Pack 2 Control Internet Explorer Add-ons with Add-on Manager

  • 883255 - How to configure Internet Explorer automatic download prompts on your Windows XP Service Pack 2-based computer

  • 870700 - How to troubleshoot problems accessing secure Web pages with Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 2

  • 883256 - How to manage Internet Explorer add-ons in Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • You cannot use the settings on the Privacy tab in Internet Options to permit or to block cookies for a Web site that is in a custom zone in Windows XP Service Pack 2


    Outlook Express

  • Windows XP Service Pack 2 What's New for Internet Explorer and Outlook Express

  • Windows XP Service Pack 2 Use the New Security Improvements in Outlook Express

  • 883260 - Description of how the Attachment Manager works in Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • 843018 - Images are blocked when you open an e-mail message in Outlook Express on a Windows XP Service Pack 2-based computer

  • 883257 - Description of plain text mode in Outlook Express in Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • 883613 - Outlook Express automatically downloads external content when you reply to a message or forward a message on a Windows XP Service Pack 2-based computer


    Windows Firewall

  • Understanding Windows Firewall

  • Understanding Windows Firewall in Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • 843090 - Description of the Windows Firewall feature in Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • 875356 - How to configure the Windows Firewall feature in Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • 875353 - How to use the Security Alert dialog box in Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • 875357 - Troubleshooting Windows Firewall settings in Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • Adjusting Windows Firewall Settings in Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • 841177 - Description of the DebuggerFirewall utility that makes the Visual Studio Remote Debugger work through the Windows XP Service Pack 2 firewall


    Networking/Wireless

  • 838207 - List of networking fixes in Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • 870702 - How to troubleshoot wireless network connections in Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • 871122 - Error message when you try to run the Wireless Network Setup Wizard after you update to Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • 883259 - How to install and configure Bluetooth devices in Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • 875362 - The Computer Browser service does not start and event ID 7024 is logged when you restart your Windows XP Service Pack 2-based computer


    Miscellaneous

  • What's New on Windows Update

  • 883605 - New features of the Scheduled Tasks Control Panel item that are included in Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • 838079 - Windows XP Service Pack 2 Support Tools

  • 824344 - How to Debug Windows Services


    Microsoft Knowledge Base Searches

  • Search the Knowledge Base: Setup

  • Search the Knowledge Base: Install

  • Search the Knowledge Base: Internet Explorer

  • Search the Knowledge Base: Downloads

  • Search the Knowledge Base: Outlook Express

  • Search the Knowledge Base: Firewall

  • Search the Knowledge Base: Wireless

  • Search the Knowledge Base: Networking

  • Search the Microsoft Knowledge Base