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Patch Plugs Win XP Hole Without SP1

Third-party program rescues Win XP users having trouble installing Microsoft’s update to fix serious flaw.

Windows XP users unable to successfully install the operating system’s first service pack face a bad choice: an unstable system or a vulnerable one with an extremely serious hole that the newly released SP1 corrects. Now, a software developer has released a freeware tool to block exploits of the previously undisclosed flaw–even without SP1.

The flaw, described on a handful of security message boards and revealed earlier this week, relates to the operation of Windows XP’s Help and Support Center’s “self healing” function. It could let a malicious cracker delete files by remote access. The exploit could be easily distributed as a URL in an e-mail or on a Web site.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - March 27, 2004 at 10:23 pm

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Windows XP Update Crashes Some PCs

Users who forgo recently released SP1 risk a major vulnerability, as well as missing numerous small fixes.

Some Windows XP users are having trouble installing the operating system’s first service pack, bulging with bug fixes and updated drivers–and are judging the cure worse than the disease.

Although SP1 plugs a major hole in the OS, the fix has been painful for a tiny but vocal few of the estimated 1 million users who have downloaded the update, which Microsoft posted on September 9. For the vast majority, the download and installation has gone well, according to a Microsoft spokesperson, who calls the process “smoother than a lot of previous releases.”

But Internet support forums and e-mail to PC World from disgruntled users show that many people continue to have serious problems with the update. The chief complaint: PCs that run like molasses after installing SP1. Running a close second are reports that PCs refuse to restart after installation or become highly unstable. Some systems continuously reboots. Other users complain that applications won’t start or now crash repeatedly, including Microsoft’s own programs.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - March 26, 2004 at 10:20 pm

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Network File Errors Occur After You Install Windows XP SP1

After you install Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1), you may see a variety of errors relating to Windows XP SP1 client computers. These errors may include, but are not limited to the following errors:

When you open Microsoft Office files, they are opened as read-only (you have to click Save As to save a file).

You cannot copy files.

The file or the network path no longer exists.

Network paths are not accepted by any network provider.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - March 24, 2004 at 10:06 pm

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Availability of the Windows XP Service Pack 1 Driver That Supports the Mobile Processor Power Management Features of Intel Pentium M Processors

Microsoft has released a processor driver for Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) that supports the mobile power management features of Intel Pentium M processors. These features include Intel Enhanced SpeedStep Technology and Intel Deeper Alert Sleep State. Without this processor driver, Windows XP-based computers that are based on the Intel Pentium M processor may experience reduced battery life, decreased performance, or increased operating temperatures.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - March 19, 2004 at 9:56 pm

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