February 2, 2009

Microsoft to let service pack blockers die

U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp. said it would allow two service pack upgrade blockers to expire to encourage upgrades.

In an online company column, Windows communications manager Brandon LeBlanc wrote that the company would let the Service Pack Blocker Tool for Windows Vista SP1 expire April 28, while the blocking tool for Windows XP SP3 would expire May 19, InformationWeek reported Monday.

Our goal, he wrote, was to ensure you're prepared to deploy the appropriate service pack when the blockers expire.

Customers could still avoid installing new service packs on their computers by ignoring an update alert. Those who don't have automatic updates activated will have to manually turn them on to install the new service packs, InformationWeek said.

The service packs provide updates on security systems and operating functions.