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XP SP2 glitches to trip up one in 10 upgrades - report
The Register (U.K.) ^ | September 2, 2004 | John Leyden

Posted on 09/02/2004 8:58:56 AM PDT by Stoat

One in 10 corporate PC users will encounter difficulties in upgrading to Windows XP Service Pack 2, according to AssetMetrix. Smaller firms will be hit hardest by compatibility problems between their applications and the much anticipated update of Microsoft's flagship operating system, the Canadian asset management firm says.

Microsoft has issued a list of applications that require modification in order to work properly with XP SP2. The list has been in a state of flux since XP SP2 was released. But based on the current list of approximately 60 applications with SP2 compatibility problems, AssetMetrix reckons that an average company using Windows XP will encounter problems with SP2 on 10.3 per cent of its Windows XP-based PCs.

Win XP SP2 made its debut as a beta in March. It bundles major security revisions and a new Windows update procedure, and additions include: Windows Security Centre; automatically turning on Windows Firewall; and browsing enhancements to Internet Explorer (providing far more control of ActiveX controls, for example).

Problem application require "unblocking" (or manual reconfiguration) because XP SP2 sets Windows Firewall on by default. Other applications suffer a loss of functionality after SP2 is installed. Both types of problems were considered in AssetMetrix's study.

The analysis reviewed the installation of specific software - identified by Microsoft as having various compatibility and functionality issues with SP2 - on more than 44,000 Windows XP-based PCs from over 340 companies. AssetMetrix study showed that companies with less than 100 XP installations had an average impact of around 12 per cent, while larger companies tended to have closer to six per cent of their Windows XP PCs affected.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; Technical
KEYWORDS: computer; computing; microsoft; sp2; xpsp2
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1 posted on 09/02/2004 8:58:56 AM PDT by Stoat
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To: Stoat

ALL YOUR UPGRADES ARE BELONG TO US!!!


2 posted on 09/02/2004 9:02:30 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (I am not late for Zots, I have stealth Zot capability.....)
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To: Stoat

I am not upgrading until they get this crap fixed. There is no excuse for releasing garbage with that many issues.


3 posted on 09/02/2004 9:02:30 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn't be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: Stoat
I've had problems getting it to install, and based on what my wife was saying they had going on at work, I'll wait until they upgrade their upgrade.
4 posted on 09/02/2004 9:03:18 AM PDT by atomicpossum (If there are two Americas, John Edwards isn't qualified to lead either of them.)
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To: Stoat

I upgraded on Sunday. No conflict issues, so far.

But, I cannot delete any files in Windows Explorer or off the Quick Launch toolbar. When I try, I get a Dr. Watson and explorer.exe shuts down.

Weird problem, but I have confidence MS support will get me through it.


5 posted on 09/02/2004 9:07:24 AM PDT by Skooz (My Biography: Psalm 40:1-3)
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To: Skooz
I upgraded on Saturday, Office 97 wouldn't work, restored the computer to before the upgrade.

I'll now wait until MS figures how a conflict can exist with its' own product.

6 posted on 09/02/2004 9:10:33 AM PDT by Don Munn
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To: atomicpossum
Windows NT4.0 SP7 = Windows 2000

Windows NT4.0 SP10 = Windows XP

Windows NT4.0 SP12 = Windows XP SP2 =


7 posted on 09/02/2004 9:11:36 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (I am not late for Zots, I have stealth Zot capability.....)
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To: Don Munn

Oh, I'm sure they'll say you need to upgrade to Office '03. :0)


8 posted on 09/02/2004 9:12:14 AM PDT by Skooz (My Biography: Psalm 40:1-3)
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To: Stoat

I upgraded last week. No problems here.


9 posted on 09/02/2004 9:12:52 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: All

I have installed the upgrade on my home PC running XP Home Edition and my work laptop running Professional. Not a single problem with either install.


10 posted on 09/02/2004 9:16:24 AM PDT by WillVoteForFood
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To: Stoat

Upgraded 3 pcs with SP-2. No problems. All work fine.


11 posted on 09/02/2004 9:16:30 AM PDT by B-Cause
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Yea I did the Windows XP Service Pack 2 upgrade.... I had no major problem...until I tried to save a picture from the web... explorer locks up the whole system…. Had to go to Netscape browser


12 posted on 09/02/2004 9:16:30 AM PDT by tophat9000 ("Karma Sutra Kerry"... he's got 101 positions on any issue but in the end your just F....ed!)
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To: All
Funny, I installed the full version of SP2 (267mb) on both my computer at work and my computer at home and neither has had a problem. My work computer runs a bunch of crap that is notorious for crashing after Microsoft updates and so far it was worked fine.
13 posted on 09/02/2004 9:16:52 AM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Hannity Was Right, FReepers Tend To Eat Their Own)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I'm not either. But, is this problem for XPhome ed. PC.


14 posted on 09/02/2004 9:18:21 AM PDT by mlbford2 ("sycophantic kerry koolaid sucker" -- S. Hannity)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I've updgraded two computers, my laptop and the one I'm typing on. No problems.


15 posted on 09/02/2004 9:18:36 AM PDT by MarkeyD (<a href="http:\\www.michaelmoore.com>Maggot</a>)
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To: Chad Fairbanks

Ping!


16 posted on 09/02/2004 9:19:16 AM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet (God bless Senator Zell Miller.)
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To: Stoat

Just discovered I now can't read my camera card reader.

All the USB hubs are stated as functioning normally yet no cigar.

Infuriating, as usual, with MS.

GREEDY, CHEEKY, INSULTING IDIOTS!


17 posted on 09/02/2004 9:22:17 AM PDT by Quix (PRAYER WARRIORS, DO YOUR STUFF! LIVES AND NATIONS DEPEND ON IT)
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To: Stoat

I'v# upg%*d@d my sy@t&m and and and and so far Th^^&9 is N#ot 1 Pro%(oBl$m.


18 posted on 09/02/2004 9:25:21 AM PDT by SirChas
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To: Don Munn

Office '97 was released in late 1996. You are running software that is nearly 8 years old on the latest operating system. Thats really pushing it where computing is concerned.

Office 97 was designed to run on Windows 95. That is 4 operating systems ago. (Win 98, Win 98 SE, Win 2k, WinXP.) I hate to be the Microsoft salesman, but its either time to upgrade Office or downgrade your operating system.

IMHO


19 posted on 09/02/2004 9:38:29 AM PDT by NationSoConceived ("Truth bestows no pardon upon error, but wipes it out in the most effectual manner." - M.B.E.)
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To: MarkeyD

Good to know...I sent for the free upgrade CD.


20 posted on 09/02/2004 9:38:46 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (I love the 1st Amendment...Zell Miller can speak the truth.)
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