Microsoft has postponed the delivery of Service Pack 2, via Automatic Update, for Windows XP Professional Edition, in response to customer requests for more time to deploy the Toolkit to Temporarily Block Delivery of Windows XP SP2 to a PC Through Automatic Updates and Windows Update.

The relevant schedule is now:

        8/18    Release to Automatic Update for users running Windows XP Home Edition only.                                      8/25    Release to Automatic Update for all Windows XP users, including those running Windows XP Professional Edition.                                              Release to Windows Update for interactive user installations.
NOTE: See New Windows XP SP2 blocking tool.