Wednesday, December 08, 2004 9:30 PM bart

Tell people "Hey, you didn't install XP SP2 yet" when they boot their machine - Let's explain how

Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 introduce a very little "toy feature" (okay, there will be legal issues to do this) that can make you feel like a magician. Quite some people were pretty amazed in the last couple of weeks when I told them "Hey, you didn't install XP SP2 yet" or "Cool, you're running XP SP2 already" during their system boot (btw - you won't see this screen often on my laptop; I'm now running 15 days without reboot on W2K3, the last reboot caused by a low battery problem). The way to do this is pretty simple, there are a few modifications in the boot logo of XP and W2K3 when the latest service pack is applied. Let's show these:

 

Windows XP Professional RTM/SP1 to SP2:

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New:

 

Windows Server 2003 RTM to SP1 (RC1):

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New:

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# re: Confusion over whether you have Windows XP SP1 or SP2

Friday, March 18, 2005 6:56 PM by TrackBack

# re: Tell people "Hey, you didn't install XP SP2 yet" when they boot their machine - Let's explain how

Tuesday, March 22, 2005 3:21 AM by bart

How did you get the screenshot? VMWare?

# re: Tell people "Hey, you didn't install XP SP2 yet" when they boot their machine - Let's explain how

Tuesday, March 22, 2005 4:19 PM by bart

Hehe, no, it was made using Microsoft Virtual PC 2004.