The single user edition of SP2 is not yet available .. even if you accept or activate automatic updates.
The information on Microsofts site appears to indicate that it will be activated "towards the end of the month"
A version specifically for XP pro will be out sometime after this.
The single user version is approx 80Mb compared to 250 Mb plus that some users ahve downloaded and installed (a multicomputer network version) any way if you wait until next month PCA will be supplying it on the November issue cover disc.
If your computer is set to auto update, then it will update to SP 2, I don't know why you should want to stop it I have been running SP2 Beta and now the full version forover 2 months, and it is much more secure with no problems here. I know a lot has been made of some problems but I don't regard these as serious set backs. If you really want to stop it, turn off auto update but you will leave yourself wide open to attack and unable to load any further patches that may come along.
SP2 for XP pro will be available tomorrow the 25th. Aug. but only through auto download. It will be available at a later date for manual download but not sure when.
I was looking on the Microsoft site and they say that the present version is for multi users and do not install to single machines, also they are the only official site to download a licenced version from, do not download from any other site. I don't know the reason why this is but that is what they say.
As I understand it there is only one SP2 file. The multi-user network "version" has, I believe, been offered in this way so that network administrators can avoid having to connect every machine to Windows Update. Simply download it once, copy to each machine and install, as I am doing.
It goes through the motions of analysing each machine and determines which files to back up and replace. This is what WinUpdate will do. The only difference is that this will be done online, and not locally.
I could of course be completely wrong. It will be ineresting to see what PCA put on their cover disc next month.