from lockergnome tech posting [href includes screen shots]:
Win2K SP3 Set to Change Things
Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 is set to follow in the footsteps of Windows XP
SP1, adding changes in the way default middleware applications are defined.
That's not all that will be added, however. My least favorite Windows XP
feature, automatic updates, is forced upon users. I don't mind the feature
itself all that much, but I do mind the fact that it's enabled by default.
As the recent IE roll-up patch proved, spoon-feeding updates isn't always
the best of ideas, particularly in a corporate environment. Windows
Installer is due for an upgrade from version 1.3 to 2.0, leaving some
installation packages useless. I'm sure there are benefits, of course, but
if there are well-known flaws introduced, it would stand to reason that they
should be fixed prior to being included in, of all things, a major service