More XP SP3 Problems

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News Posted: Mon, May 19 2008 4:59 PM

XP SP3 has suffered a few post-release compatibility issues, the latest of which impacts users with a Windows Home Server on their network:

“Windows XP users running Windows Home Server, Microsoft's home storage and local networking server, report that SP3 is cutting off their access to the server from their PCs. The remote desktop access feature would ask users to add their home server's Web site address in order to access it even after they already had, users reported.”?

Luckily there is already a workaround. Users need only enable the Terminal Services ActiveX control and the situation should be resolved.  This certainly isn't the ideal solution, and could potentially compromise your PC's security.

With the campaign to keep Windows XP alive, one has to wonder if glitches like this were a product of a less than complete testing cycle. If customers began viewing XP as less than rock-solid, they might be willing to take another look at Vista.



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Don't be in a hurry to install SP3, especially if you have an HP desktop rig with an AMD processor. Wait until Microsoft is satisfied with it and offers it for distribution on CD before you install it.

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 Haven't had any issues here on my rig. Everything still runs fine! : )

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SqUiD267 replied on Mon, May 19 2008 7:07 PM

 Lol so many problems with WIndows. Sad I'm watching tv and the stupid Mac and Vista commercial came on. But its true Windows does get many problems but it does the job overall.

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digitaldd replied on Tue, May 20 2008 5:38 AM

Super Dave:
Don't be in a hurry to install SP3, especially if you have an HP desktop rig with an AMD processor. Wait until Microsoft is satisfied with it and offers it for distribution on CD before you install it.
 

I hear HP used some nonstandard chipset drivers which is the culprit causing the endless reboot loop. Fortunately I heard that you can boot into safe mode on these systems and uninstall SP3. 

 

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Drago replied on Tue, May 20 2008 7:25 AM
Been installing SP3 at work and havent had any issues on the custom built ones ive made, our sony's or our tons of dell's.

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I suffered a hefty performance penalty the first week that I installed it (probably because prefetch was reset) and I had lots of application glitches. They seem to have all subsided now and the system is running fine. My mom is reporting random shutdowns and lockups though, so I'm not sure what to make of it on that end.
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ice_73 replied on Tue, May 20 2008 1:05 PM
windows needs service packs for service packs. i never hear of macs needing more than 1 service pack (i may be wrong though so dont quote me on this) but it seems that windows is overall sloppy coding, mostly due to the huge mass of people that work on it. having hundreds of coders trying to work together is hard i presume and could cause some sloppy code.

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No issues here at work either. Not sure what's up with you guys machines. Installed this on all my machines in my home also and the two offices i support and no ones had an issue.

Did get hit by that Vista update last week...completely screwed up a laptop at one of my offices.... damn Vista! Burn it at the stakes!

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digitaldd replied on Wed, May 21 2008 6:51 AM

ice_73:
windows needs service packs for service packs. i never hear of macs needing more than 1 service pack (i may be wrong though so dont quote me on this) but it seems that windows is overall sloppy coding, mostly due to the huge mass of people that work on it. having hundreds of coders trying to work together is hard i presume and could cause some sloppy code.
 

 

what do you think the final number after the decimal is? umm 10.4.x 10.4.11?  When apple releases software updates they generall have hundreds of fixes in each batch.

 Had some issues with the work machines thus far, Dell systems with ATI/AMD video cards using Dell's drivers [Dell hasn't updated their video drivers in over a year and Dells drivers caused problems with portrait display mode enabled once SP3 was installed. Some weird freezing of the display driver. Upgrading to newer catalyst drives fixed it for me, so we upgrade 400+ workstions video drivers before we deploy SP3.. joy...

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