The distribution of Windows XP SP3 via Automatic Updates means that XP copies with Automatic Updates enabled and with a previous SP will receive the service pack straight from Microsoft. The integration of SP3 will be performed automatically. The best way to stop the automatic delivery and installation of the gold bits of SP3 is use the Windows Service Pack Blocker Kit. Until May 2009, the kit will block SP3 through AU, but only through AU. If the service pack is grabbed via WU or the Download Center, its deployment will not be blocked. After a year since the release of SP3, the Windows Service Pack Blocker Kit will no longer stop the delivery of SP3 from Automatic Update.
A blocking tool is available for organizations that would like to temporarily prevent installation of Service Pack updates through Windows Update. This tool can be used with:
- Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (valid through March, 2008)
- Windows XP Service Pack 3 (valid for 12 months following general availability)
- Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (valid for 12 months following general availability)
This toolkit contains three components. All of them function primarily to set or clear a specific registry key that is used to detect and block download of Service Packs from Windows Update. You only need to use the component which best serves your organization’s computer management infrastructure.
- A Microsoft-signed executable
- A script
- An ADM template
More info & Download: Windows Service Pack Blocker Tool Kit