Microsoft Offers Free Windows Update Security CD

Microsoft is offering an update CD for Windows 98, 98Se, Me, 2000, and XP with all the security updates through October 2003. Nice to have if you need to apply patches to a new installation, or if you have to reformat and rebuild from scratch. You can order it here.

The Windows Security Update CD will be shipped to you free of charge. This CD includes Microsoft critical updates released through October 2003 and information to help you protect your PC. In addition, you will also receive a free antivirus and firewall trial software CD.

This CD is only available for Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows 98, and Windows 98 Second Edition (SE).

Bob Baker

Windows XP SP2 Technical Preview Available

A Technical Preview of Windows XP Service Pack 2 is now available for download from You can find more information on this page. Keep in mind that this version of the service pack is available only as a preview for computer professionals who need to test software. You can find out more about how Windows XP SP2 affects developers by check out the XPSP2 page we have on the Security Developer Center.

Here's the Warning from the download page:

This technical preview is unsupported and is intended for testing purposes only. Do not use in production environments.

Bob Baker