Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Security Information for Developers
With Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Microsoft is introducing a set of security technologies that will help improve Windows XP-based computers' ability to withstand malicious attacks from viruses and worms.
These technologies include:
- Network protection
- Memory protection
- Improved email security
- Safer browsing
Together, these security technologies will help make it more difficult to attack Windows XP, even if the latest patches or updates aren't applied. These security technologies together are particularly useful mitigation against worms and viruses. To developers these technologies will have impacts on the applications that they create and the tools they use. This page contains resources to assist developers in dealing with these impacts.
Microsoft Windows Update|
Windows XP Service Pack 2 is now available through Windows Update. Windows Update is your best option for updating a single machine to Service Pack 2.
Windows XP Service Pack 2 Available to MSDN Subscribers|
Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, available through Subscriber Downloads. (MSDN subscribers should use this link.)
Windows XP Service Pack 2|
Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, available from the Microsoft Download Center.
Windows XP Service Pack 2 Checked Build|
This is the "Checked Build" of Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, available from the Microsoft Download Center. Note that this is a special build of Windows XP Service Pack 2 for developers using the program for debugging and testing their applications. Do not install this version on a production machine. It is for test purposes only.
Windows XP SP2 Platform SDK |
The Windows XP Service Pack 2 Platform SDK contains the information you need to develop applications for Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.
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