Security rollup planned for Windows XP

Monday, 15 September 2003, 7:21 AM EST

Microsoft is hurrying to produce a post Service Pack 1 security rollup package for Windows XP, reversing its August decision to rely solely on Windows Update to deliver individual patches.

Since it came to light that Windows XP SP2 was delayed until at least mid-2004, pressure has mounted for Redmond to tend to customers without broadband connections.

BetaNews has learned that in response, Microsoft has tasked beta testers with evaluating the detection and installation of a package that installs multiple patches simultaneously, collectively called a "rollup."

The pre-SP2 rollup, which incorporates 22 previously released updates, is due to be released to manufacturing on September 24. It will be available for both pre-SP1 and post-SP1 installations of Windows XP -- effectively superseding SP1b.

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