ntb- OffTopic list is refusing me. If this gets through on the html list
could I kindly request the moderator to put it on the right list and maybe
work out why it is blocked - thanks
From: Dart Chris
Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2004 10:06 AM
Subject: RE: [NTO] XP SP2
Re Firewalls and SP2
I had McFee firewall running at home when I loaded SP2. SP2 identified McFee
firewall and accepted it, at the end of the setup I was presented with McFee
firewall as the default and all its settings intact. Windows firewall was
offered but my McFee firewall was set as default.
I don't think you can default Microsoft for that !
McFee Antivirus had a bit of a headache after loading SP2 - It had to be
manually started after starting the PC and the controls to handle this were
confused, showing it was OFF when it was ON etc. (I ran a virus check then
and again later but nothing found and no further problems) - I reloaded
McFee Antivirus and all was OK.
I mentioned before that Nero had a severe problem and there were conflicting
messages from Nero and Microsoft; each saying get the solution from the
other. I easily found a patch from Nero that solved the problem completely.
So far nothing else has shown problems: Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Fireworks,
WSftp_Pro, Pinnacle 9 Video, etc all OK . . . so far!
From: Robert Romberger [mailto:jestar@...
Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2004 7:05 AM
Subject: Re: [NTO] XP SP2
On 2 Sep 2004 at 3:26, Christine wrote:
> Any opinions on SP2? I've seen the (growing) list of apps that SP2 causes
> to freeze and it ain't looking good. My auto installer is nagging me to
> cliiiiiiick the button. Come on. Just installlll and everything'll be
> alllll right.
> Any feedback on your part yet?
A little late on my part, but here you go. Make sure you have a good
restore point ready in case something goes wrong with the install of SP2.
On my wife's computer (basically the same hardware as mine), the SP2
install went okay - no problems with the install or her apps. My computer
on the other hand, didn't make it past the updated installer/checker
software. On reboot I ended up with a black screen of death - complete
freeze. I had to roll back to a restore point from the previous day to get
back to doing work. I haven't bothered trying to figure out what went wrong
since I got back running. It is probably a driver incompatibility, but I
don't know which one yet.
What I do suggest is to turn off the automatic updates (even before
but keep a weekly schedule of checking for them. The why is illustrated in
my attempt with SP2 above - if something breaks, I want to be the one
looking at it when it happens. I've also seen where the updated SP2 ICF
(Microsoft's firewall) breaks the MS Office update option. It doesn't
complain about the MS Office update trying to connect, it just prevents
anything from coming down. I much prefer my own firewall that I've had long
before MS came out with theirs - Sygate Person Firewall. It works well and
has lots of configuration options (so it might not be as easy to set up as
others) to fine tune what can and can't reach the web. Lastly, the new SP2
"Security Center" service is just a pain - I turned it off finally by going
into the Services snap-in and setting it to disable. For some reason with
it running, it will try to turn back on the ICF and auto updates which I
had specifically set to off, which can lead to unexplained reboots.
Oh, and make sure you have plenty of spare time to run the update to SP2.
It is a 78+ MB package, so I highly recommend a DSL/Cable connection or
better if you want to download it. Otherwise, order the CD.
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