I do not want
Service Pack 2 installed now but I want to leave Automatic
If Automatic Update is enabled for a sufficient
amount of time, an icon will appear in the Notification Area by
Hover the mouse over the icon and you will see information about
1. Double-click the icon or the pop-up.
2. Click "Custom" to display available updates.
3. Uncheck the box next to Service Pack 2, then press the
4. Check the box by "Don't notify me about these updates again".
This procedure allows you to keep Automatic
Updates enabled and at the same time prevent the installation of
Service Pack 2.
You should periodically verify the reasons for not installing
Service Pack-2 are still valid and consider installing if
circumstances change sufficiently.
You should not do this unless you have a compelling reason for
not installing SP-2.
Service Pack 2 has many improvements not just in performance,
but also security.
See this link for more information:
Windows XP Service
Follow the Service
Pack Installation Checklist to help be sure your
computer is ready for Service Pack 2.
2 is important, install it when possible