Colleges fear XP update will jam networks

Monday, 30 August 2004, 1:39 PM EST

Microsoft Corp.'s decision to release a major upgrade for its flagship operating system in the same month that hundreds of thousands of students are reporting to college campuses across the nation is causing a major headache for some universities.

The upgrade, known as Service Pack 2, is designed to patch numerous gaps in Windows XP, the operating system of choice for an estimated 200 million computer users worldwide. The free update includes safeguards against spyware and viruses, a hardened Internet firewall to keep out hackers, and changes to help better alert users to security risks on their personal computers.

By Brian Krebs at Boston.com

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