On March 17, 2004, Microsoft issued the Release Candidate 1 (RC1) build of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). This build includes no major new features, instead focusing on refinements to features introduced in last month's beta update. Here are some screenshots from the new build.

   
General tab of the Windows Firewall configuration utility.   Windows Firewall Exceptions tab.   Windows Firewall Advanced tab.
 
   
About Windows.   System Properties: Automatic Updates.   System Properties: Hardware (note the absence of "Add New Hardware" button).
 
   
Control Panel now features conspicuous Security Center link.   Security Center.   Security Center with expanded security feature links.
 
   
New wireless networking connection tray icon.   Wireless networking tray icon menu.   Wireless networking Connection dialog.
 
     
New Wireless Network Setup Wizard.   New wireless network connection icon in Network Connections.