Microsoft has been pushing Windows XP Service Pack 2 via Windows Update ever since it was released back in August. However, unbeknownst to most folks, SP2 is also available on CD for free. All you have to do is fill out the order form on the Windows XP site, and Microsoft will send you the CD for free. Not only is the CD free, but there's no shipping charge either.
While the information on the order page states that it may take approximately 4-6 weeks for shipping, many people are reporting that they received their CDs within a couple of weeks.
And, best of all, installing SP2 from the CD is a snap. You just insert the CD, wait for Autostart to kick in, and then just follow the onscreen instructions. Another benefit is that you can install SP2 easily on multiple PCs without having to download it via Windows Update on each PC.
Order Windows XP Service Pack 2 on CD: