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What is Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2?

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Windows XP Professional SP2 is a version update to the now-unsupported Windows XP operating system, as of 2015. It is the second of three major updates to Windows XP, and it adds several security, quality of life and functionality changes to the operating system.

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Some of the changes the service pack offers include enhanced memory and network protection, email handling changes, increased Web browsing security, and changes to the NetSchedule and Task Scheduler APIs. While most of the updates in Windows XP SP2 are aimed at increasing system security, some changes, such as adding a filter to the Add and Remove Programs applet for readability, are simple quality changes.

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