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4:25 pm on Apr 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft has released a whole fleet of security patches in the past 24 hours - including IE 5 and IE 6 patches for the various flavors of Windows.

[microsoft.com...]

Also of note, a security fix for MS Word:

[microsoft.com...]

And finally, the great SP2 forced update has begun - you may find that your machines or some of your customers' machines are not acting the way you are used to.

4:37 pm on Apr 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Also, the great SP2 forced update has begun

Now this worries me a little. I agreed to be guinea pig for all of us here when they released SP2 first and ended up having to reformat my entire hard drive and reinstall SP1... I hope that they've got it right this time!

4:48 pm on Apr 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I didn't have to update to SP2, but I missed noticing the Messenger update and got the damn thing back. So far, I haven't been unable to uninstall it as the insturctions on MS don't work!

Be careful updating if you don't want Messenger!

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...ended up having to reformat my entire hard drive and reinstall SP1

I was one that was in on the initial tests of SP2 as well and it blew everything up for me too. Required me to scrub my drive and start over. I did install SP2 in it's final release and it has worked fine for me since.

Be careful updating if you don't want Messenger!

Messenger is easily removed through add/remove programs and windows components.

7:47 pm on Apr 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Two of my office machines were auto-updated - SP2, the whole nine yards.

Everything seems to work ok except for one small thing... I can no longer access google.com with IE. No joke.

8:00 pm on Apr 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Is there anything to do to prepare before updating to SP2?
8:08 pm on Apr 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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>messenger

I find it easiest to just rename the exe file...then if for some obscure reason you ever need it you can just change it back later.

8:18 pm on Apr 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Messenger is easily removed through add/remove programs and windows components.

Not after this last update that didn't work on my XP Pro SP1. I ended up using Restore to go back and made sure the mess(enger) update was unchecked.

In another thread [webmasterworld.com] outrun provided a quicker and easier solution.

8:29 pm on Apr 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Is there anything to do to prepare before updating to SP2?

Not that I know of - I've been poking around looking for anything and it seems like the whole thing will just run on the MS autopilot. They are pretty confident that the early confilcts are all resolved.

Related article - "Time Runs Out For SP2 Refuseniks"
[pcpro.co.uk...]

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I just upgraded to SP2 last week and happily all went well. Truth be told, I don't notice anything different at all - although I did disable their irritating firewall (I use Zone Alarm instead).
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Is there anything to do to prepare before updating to SP2?

Make sure you have a good full system back up with proven disaster recovery.

You probably won't need it, but if for some reason you do it will save you days worth of effort redoing your machine, not to mention it's just a good feeling to know you have options.

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At the VERY least, create a new restore point before doing the update. (You should be doing this every time your system is working well, by the way.)
3:16 am on Apr 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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>>>create a new restore point before doing the update

I would like to do this now. How do I create a restore point?

4:04 am on Apr 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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In my installation of Windows XP the Restore Wizard is here:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

You can run this program and the Wizard will walk you through the process.
  • You can also search Help for Restore Wizard to find the same program.
  • Start Programs Accessories System Tools System Restore
10:37 am on Apr 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Then again if you never let IE get near the internet anymore from your box you can neither be forced into the latest feature /update / patch ..and all the nasty stuff cant get at the OS anyway ..

Strikes me a much safer way to live ..last time I let IE or outlook near the net was last year just before I got hit with a 2kb encrypted .js file in an incoming mail header .. never did find out what was in it but it killed all files in system folder that began with the letter L ..and exploded outlook ..

So now IE isn't allowed to connect ..and Outlook neither .
Curiosty prompts me to ask you guys ..how big are the file sizes of the current crop of "shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted"...M$ never seems to think of the poor slobs on dialup who are looking at 3 day downloads when they are suddenly auto updated from Redmond

1:54 pm on Apr 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I wonder how MS fared with using the same day for both their Security Alerts and their SP 2 updates.

April 13 turned out to be a day of technical trouble on the Internet - with 2 huge spikes of packet loss. From my spot here in Boston trying to send email or get to a website during those periods was like trying to get through a thicket of thorns. I've been looking for some news about the problem but have found nothing -- except that [internettrafficreport.com...] shows the trouble on their graph (see the 7-day packet loss graph right now).

3:01 am on Apr 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Everything seems to work ok except for one small thing... I can no longer access google.com with IE. No joke.

I'd like to hear more about this. Has anyone else experienced this type of behavior? (I use W2K so can't test myself...)