Microsoft’s decision to scrap plans for Windows 2000 Service Pack 5 has effectively killed all hopes that security enhancements built into Windows XP SP2 will be back-ported to Windows 2000.
Following a spate of recent analyst reports warning of long-term security problems with the platform, some enterprise customers anticipated that Redmond would reconsider the Service Pack 5 issue. This hope has endured despite Microsoft’s rejection of XP SP2 fixes for Windows 2000 as well as IE-specific SP2 fixes for orphan versions of Windows.
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