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Microsoft Blues
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    Microsoft Blues
    by Tony Dean

    With the advent of 'Service Pack 2' for Windows XP
    operating system, Microsoft have really made the forums hum.

    Every forum on computer problems is replete with complaints
    that since downloading and installing 'SP2', many 'third
    party' applications don't work.

    This service pack was needed to keep viruses and trojans
    out of people's computers when they are on the internet, but
    it has caused a world wide backlash against the software giant
    because people's favored applications won't work, or the
    computer crashes when they try to open them. Many people
    have said they will buy a Mac or try Linux instead.

    What causes all this fury against Microsoft who are only
    trying to make surfing the internet safer?

    Maybe there was an almighty rush to release this service
    pack before it had been thoroughly beta tested on all
    applications to see what the issues would be.

    The complexity of this service pack is such that you really
    need to have a degree in I.T. just to set it's parameters,
    instead of relying on it's default settings, before you can
    successfully use it. It really needed a dvd movie to
    accompany it to visually show what you had to set before
    starting up any 'third party' applications, but this was not
    thought necessary because Microsoft were offering free
    technical support via a free phone number.

    Some applications require that you open ports manually,
    but who would know that without clear instructions?

    Some of the applications that need ports to be opened for
    them include the following:- "Visual Studio.Net", "SQL",
    "Backup Exec 9", "Ghost Server Corporate Edition 7.5",
    "Symantec Anti-Virus Corporate Edition 8.0", "SMS 2003
    Server", "CuteFTP 5.0 xp", "Exceed 7.0 and 8.0", "Kea!
    340 5.1", "View Now 1.05", "Microsoft Operations Manager
    2000", "AutoCad 2004", "Backup Exec 9.1 4691", "Windows
    Scanner and Camera Wizard", "Cold Fusion MX Server
    Edition 6", "eTrust 6.0.100", "Netshield 4.5", "IBM Tivoli
    Storage Manager" ...and the list goes on.

    Many games won't work. Games that need "DX9.0c" to run,
    are not supported by the 'SP2', so games don't run.

    Virus scanning software by McAfee, Sourcenet, Sonic Wall,
    Command Anti-Virus, either give error messages, or crash the

    Most scanners including Umax scanners may not work and
    give error messages, or continually re-boot the computer.

    Some of the features of Ebay Toolbar will cease to
    function. Users of Ebay's Enhanced Picture Service are locked

    Applications which may not work are programs that have to
    contact a server to work at all, some ftp, multimedia streaming
    software, 'new mail' notifications in some email applications.
    Some programs reported not working are webservers such as
    "Internet Information Services" (IIS), "Remote Desktop", "File

    Many large companies are so concerned about the
    applications incompatability issues that IBM have notified all
    staff not to install 'SP2'.

    Complaints to 'third party' software suppliers are soaring
    as if it is their fault applications don't work.

    Even e-books downloaded from the internet are refusing to
    fully open.

    The only way to get these applications to work is to
    uninstall 'SP2' by going to 'Start' then 'Control Panel' then 'Add
    Remove Programs'.

    Microsoft, as if to shove the blame on users, have warned
    that installing 'SP2' on a 'spyware' infested machine is a 'bad

    Summing up the pro's and con's of installing 'SP2', one
    forum poster stated it simply:-

    "Windows XP is incompatable with SP2".


    Tony Dean is a published author and runs a web site
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    DISCLAIMER: The content provided in this article is not warranted or guaranteed by Developer Shed, Inc. The content provided is intended for entertainment and/or educational purposes in order to introduce to the reader key ideas, concepts, and/or product reviews. As such it is incumbent upon the reader to employ real-world tactics for security and implementation of best practices. We are not liable for any negative consequences that may result from implementing any information covered in our articles or tutorials. If this is a hardware review, it is not recommended to open and/or modify your hardware.

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