Microsoft has released a tool that will block all new service packs from being installed from the Windows Update service. Basically designed for businesses who do not want to upgrade to the next service pack release, this same tool can be used by home users as well.

Why a tool? One only needs to recall the havoc that Windows XP SP2 caused with some Dell systems, that in some cases totally rendered some systems useless as toast. With this in mind, if you do not wish to receive the latest service packs, you may wish to consider this handy tool.

On the site it states:

Overview

A blocking tool is available for organizations that would like to temporarily prevent installation of Service Pack updates through Windows Update. This tool can be used with:

  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (valid through March, 2008)
  • Windows XP Service Pack 3 (valid for 12 months following general availability)
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (valid for 12 months following general availability)

Comments welcome.

Microsoft service pack blocking tool here.