Symantec Admits Fault in XP SP3 Registry Issues

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News Posted: Tue, May 27 2008 9:52 PM
You'll recall our earlier story on registry corruption for certain users upgrading to Windows XP SP3. The cases of registry corruption seemed to have a common thread: Symantec security products. Originally Symantec blamed Microsoft, but in a post on a Symantec support forum, a a senior manager with Symantec indicated the fault may indeed lie with Symantec's products.

"After a lot of testing, we've reproduced a number of different cases where applying the XP SP3 upgrade adds additional registry keys within already-existing Symantec registry keys," said Anschultz. "We have determined that the SymProtect feature is involved, though this issue is not exclusive to Symantec customers. To help prevent this issue from occurring, you should disable SymProtect prior to installing the Windows XP SP3 upgrade."

Symantec also noted they would post a standalone tool later.  However, a later post on the same thread seemed to indicate a similar issue with the installation of Vista SP1, although that same Symantec manager noted they hadn't noted such reports previously.
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SqUiD267 replied on Wed, May 28 2008 4:48 AM
I'm glad I switched to Avast before upgrading to Vista SP1

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ice_73 replied on Wed, May 28 2008 11:38 AM
i never like to update to sp's instantly i always want to wait because knowing microsoft something will screw up and there will be a patch for the sp.

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