Windows xp is not updating
Internet Explorer was given added security, for the first time introducing a function that stopped pop-ups and drive-by downloads.
In addition to the security-focused alterations, SP2 introduced a number of multimedia updates – including the Windows Media Player 9.
The updates (called Service Packs) provide convenient, all-in-one access to the most up-to-date drivers, tools, security updates, patches, and customer-requested product changes.
that even Microsoft is pulling its extended support for it in a little over a month.
In a related move, Windows Firewall was automatically turned on as its default setting.There were also questions as to why features such as Trojan scanning and anti-virus were not included.Pro's: better security interface through new Security Center; improved Windows Firewall configuration; added Internet Explorer protection and better multimedia software Con's: compatibility issues across exisiting software and Internet Explorer; no comprehensive anti-virus or Trojan threat scanning.A driver update isn't always a fix-it task, either.
An updated driver might enable new features for the hardware, something I see on a regular basis with popular video cards and sound cards.
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