Windows 2000

Windows XP vs Vista, 98 and 2000

Who cares, right? I know I don’t. I remember when Windows XP first came out, I don’t go back the CP/M days, but I did start on DOS 3.3 and can very well remember the grumblings about the latest version of Windows, no matter what the version. Of course, in the good old days we didn’t have this big blogosphere that magnifies everything, it was just news sources and some of the first websites. Heck, I can remember being excited about Windows 95, let alone XP. Anyway, the same thing has happened every time, only this time it’s magnified and bigger and it is Windows Vista that is being beat down, not Windows XP. Truth be told, I don’t think I have even read over a handful or articles or blog posts that compared the two, while I may have written a couple, but nothing like some of the ones you see bashing Windows Vista.

This is why I really liked Ed Bott’s latest post, Remembering Windows XP’s early days, in which he compares when Windows XP first came out to when Windows Vista first came out.

Those of us who are willing to supplement our memories with some help from Google can attest that XP was not welcomed with open arms. In fact, it was slammed by magazines like InfoWorld, where P. J. Connolly and the very same Randall C. Kennedy published this not-so-glowing review in the October 26, 2001 issue:

Hopeless optimism must be a fundamental part of human nature, because we want to believe that new operating systems truly represent an improvement on their predecessors. It’s easy to point to certain features in a new OS as examples of progress, but end-users often find that a new OS performs like molasses compared to the version they were using. As a result, CTOs wanting to capitalize on the benefits of a new OS may find that new hardware investments are necessary — and expensive — requirements.

Unfortunately, Microsoft’s Windows XP appears to be maintaining that tradition …

Windows 2000 significantly outperformed Windows XP. In the most extreme scenario, our Windows XP system took nearly twice as long to complete a workload as did the Windows 2000 client. Our testing also suggests that companies determined to deploy Windows XP should consider ordering desktop systems with dual CPUs to get the most out of the new OS. …

Sound familiar? Source: Remembering Windows XP’s early days

Yes it does Ed, yes it does. Should we care? Sure. I want the latest, greatest, fastest, etc just like everyone else, but I also like having a PC that does the same thing for me every time I boot it up. I install, work on, repair, hundreds of computers a year, so for me, XP can get old because it’s now the same old problems every time, lets see some more Vista and some new problems to mix it up. lol Check out his post and the hundreds of comments that are already there for some good cheap laughs.

What I would like to know is, how many Windows haters post comments on blogs and forums using a Windows machine while pretending to be on Linux. Come on, you know it happens a lot….

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - February 26, 2008 at 7:15 pm

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Windows Client Server Run-Time POC

Microsoft released a notice on their Microsoft Security Response Center Blog about a possible proof of concept affecting Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Server 2003 SP1, Windows XP SP1, Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista operating systems. Initial indications are that you already have to be authenticated.

Aside from discussing the holidays, the reason I am dropping in on the blog is that right now we are closely monitoring developments related to a public posting of proof of concept code targeting an issue with the Client Server Run-Time Subsystem. The PoC reportedly allows for local elevation of privilege on Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Server 2003 SP1, Windows XP SP1, Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista operating systems. Initial indications are that in order for the attack to be successful, the attacker must already have authenticated access to the target system. Of course these are preliminary findings and we have activated our emergency response process involving a multitude of folks who are investigating the issue in depth to determine the full scope and potential impact to Microsoft?s customers. Currently we have not observed any public exploitation or attack activity regarding this issue. While I know this is a vulnerability that impacts Windows Vista I still have every confidence that Windows Vista is our most secure platform to date. As always, we here at the MSRC encourage everyone to enable a firewall, apply all security updates and install anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Source: New report of a Windows vulnerability

They say no current exploitations or attacks have been seen yet.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - December 22, 2006 at 5:16 am

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Windows 2000 and Windows XP Exploit Code Published

Microsoft announced today that proof of concept code had been released for the recently fixed vulnerability in the Workstation service in Windows 2000 and Windows XP SP2. As of this posting Microsoft has not seen any indications of active exploitations of this vulnerability.

Here is the link to the security advisory:

Microsoft is aware of public proof of concept code targeting the vulnerability addressed by security update MS06-070. At this time Microsoft has not seen any indications of active exploitation of the vulnerability Microsoft has activated its emergency response process and is continuing to investigate this public report. Source: Microsoft Security Advisory (928604) via Faill.com

Here is the original security bulletin:

This update resolves a newly discovered, privately reported, vulnerability. The vulnerability is documented in the “Vulnerability Details” section of this bulletin.

An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Source: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-070

They say you can help block this vulnerability by Blocking TCP ports 139 and 445 at the firewall.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - November 17, 2006 at 4:27 am

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Latest Windows 2000 Knowledge Base Articles

Here are the latest Windows 2000 Knowledge Base articles.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - July 10, 2006 at 3:55 pm

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HOW TO: Use Windows XP to Create a RAID-5 Volume on a Remote Windows 2000 Computer (Q309043)

Wow, sounds pretty important doesn’t it.

This article describes how to create a RAID-5 volume on a remote Windows 2000 Server-based computer by using the Disk Management snap-in in Microsoft Windows XP.

A RAID-5 volume is a fault-tolerant volume in which data and parity is striped across three or more physical disks. If part of one physical disk fails, you can recover the data on the failed disk by using the data and parity information on the functioning disks.

RAID-5 volumes are not available on computers running Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional. However, you can use a computer running Windows XP Professional to create RAID-5 volumes on remote computers that are running Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, or Windows 2000 Datacenter Server. You must have administrative privileges on the remote computer in order to do this.

Click here for the article.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - January 4, 2004 at 11:01 pm

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