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    Programs broken by SP2 (XP SP1)

    Better late than never, Microsoft has provided a "List of Programs Broken by XP SP2" as <!mskb=842242>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 842242<!/mskb>.

    The actual wording is Some programs seem to stop working after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2. I just love the "seem to"!

    I suppose the list is shorter than anyone might hope!

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    Re: Programs broken by SP2 (XP SP1)

    Isn't that lengthy epistle just an editorial on what happens when you LEAVE the Windows firewall turned ON? My view is that it's not a list of programs that won't run after SP2, rather a list of programs that "may" be impacted by the firewall. All this business of opening up ports, retraining, etc. seems to result from the usual bloat of a MS solution (in this case, firewall). I think I'll stick to my third-party firewall and hope for the best. P. S. I've not yet installed SP2 on this, my primary computer, which runs Sygate's PF.

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    Re: Programs broken by SP2 (XP SP1)

    You're probably right, Al, but there will be quite a few people who don't have any firewall other than what comes with XP. Those may be interested in what they need to check for before taking the Fateful Step!

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    Re: Programs broken by SP2 (XP SP1)

    Big Al,
    I'd expect that having to tweak the firewall to open ports would be the bulk of the problems with SP-2. I don't see this as the usual MS bloat. You need to do some amount of 'training' with any new firewall installation. Don't know if MS migrates the ICF settings or not. Even if it doesn't that should not be a really big deal anyway. If anyone is running a thrid party firewall they will be better off disabling the MS firewall and sticking with the current one. The MS firewall does NOT block outgoing traffic. It is intended to be a 'better than nothing' solution for those who currently run no firewall (or the XP ICF).

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    Re: Programs broken by SP2 (XP SP1)

    I guess I shouldn't have said that, Joe. I was just needling John about it - kinda like the MS Backup program that no one (?) uses, and so on. It wasn't meant to knock SP2, not in the least. Like you said, it's "expected" with a firewall that you have to train it - and the document isn't portraying a list of software which no longer works, as sometimes happens with "Software ABC" used to work with Win98 and now doesn't work in XP. T'ain't that kinda situation at all, at least not because of SP2 !

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    Re: Programs broken by SP2 (XP SP1)

    Well Al,
    Maybe what we should say is this is UNusual MS bloat. <img src=/S/devil.gif border=0 alt=devil width=15 height=15> That is, it will be useful for more than two people in the known universe. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

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    Re: Programs broken by SP2 (XP SP1)

    But the number of users out there that do NOT use a AV or firewall is still reckless and puts the rest of the world in danger, So, I do not think that this is a over kill or even bloat on MS's behalf. Until people learn to protect their computers it is going to be MS's fault.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Programs broken by SP2 (XP SP1)

    Easy Dave, I said I was just kidding! I'm all in favor of "safe computing."

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    Re: Programs broken by SP2 (XP SP1)

    Dave,
    I couldn't agree more. For MS it is UNUSUAL bloat in that it is useful for a large number of people. Guess I should have picked better phrasing and different or more emoticons.

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    Re: Programs that may behave differently in SP2

    John is that a typo? I'm sure you meant Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 884130

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    Re: Programs that may behave differently in SP2

    John,
    That MSKB article you linked to says that it is no longer available. <img src=/S/note.gif border=0 alt=note width=20 height=20>

    Edited to add Tony just beat me to it. That's quite a list
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    Re: Programs that may behave differently in SP2

    What's with the list that Microsoft provided. Would it have been too much to list the programs in alphabetical order?

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    Re: Programs that may behave differently in SP2

    Chris,
    They are list alphabetically be vendor then by program name within vendor.

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    Programs that may behave differently in SP2

    Microsoft had produced a much longer list of "Programs that may behave differently in Windows XP Service Pack 2" <!mskb=884130>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 884130<!/mskb> which is worth a look.

    It's just a list -- there are no details...

    There's an article in The Register discussing this topic.

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    Re: Programs that may behave differently in SP2

    What amazes me is how many Microsoft programs are in the "problem" list. What were they thinking??? (Don't answer that)

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