My Son Ran Into This XP Problem

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    Literally, no sooner had he got the ethernet connection, that the notice came up for upgrade, then university message came up saying to wait, the university wanted time to check their system. Blocked from adding update.

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    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/washpost/20040823/tc_washpost/a26111_2004aug23

     
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    Wow, I'm amazed that a university has actually done something SMART about microsoft automatic downloads. As well they should, having been on the receiving end of some bad patches, but all in all Kathianne, tell him not to sweat it yet. There's already a bunch of security snafu's with SP2 that waiting will help him more than hurt him.
     
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    That's what the University said. :)
     
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    My Goddess http://www.komando.com says.......


    If you want to know more about Service Pack 2, keep reading today's
    newsletter. I have a lot of information about it, especially in the
    Killer Tip at the end.

    SECURITY 'FLAWS' REPORTED IN SERVICE PACK 2
    A German company reported two supposed security vulnerabilities in
    Service Pack 2, the massive update of Windows XP. According to the
    company, the flaws could trick users into running malicious programs.

    These issues involve a warning service from Outlook Express. In some
    cases, Outlook Express will tell you that an attachment could be
    dangerous. In this case, it does not. And if you open a DOS window and
    drag a particular program to it, you could have problems.

    A second reputed flaw requires that you agree to go to a particular Web
    page. There you have to follow directions to drag a picture which is
    hiding malicious code. This, too, could cause you problems.

    Of course, you could have problems if you play with loaded guns, too.
    These fall under the heading, "Don't Be Stupid." Microsoft can't
    protect you against everything. Don't open e-mail attachments you
    weren't expecting, and don't be gullible. You'll be fine.


    MY "KILLER TIP OF THE WEEK" IS JUST FOR YOU!

    I'm going to skip the question and answer format this week. I'm getting
    a lot of questions about Service Pack 2, the update for Windows XP, and
    I need to address them.

    Before getting into the various issues that have cropped up, I want to
    reiterate that you should not delay installing Service Pack 2. It could
    have issues, but I expect them to be minor. I am running it on my
    office computers without problems. I also had no problems with the beta
    (test) version, which I ran on one of my boxes.

    --> WHEN CAN I GET SERVICE PACK 2?
    Microsoft started the downloads this week. Next week, more XP users
    will get the updates via Automatic Update. To set up Automatic Updates,
    click Start>>Control Panel. Double-click System. Select the Automatic
    Updates tab. SP2 should be available on CD at the end of the month.

    --> WHAT IS THIS OR THAT ABOUT THE FIREWALL?
    I have had a number of questions about firewalls. In SP2, the Windows
    firewall is enabled by default. So if you are already using a firewall,
    such as ZoneAlarm, you must disable one or the other. Otherwise, you
    may have conflicts between the two.

    I recommend that you continue to use your third-party firewall such as
    ZoneAlarm. XP's firewall still does not block outbound transmissions.
    Microsoft believes that it is the job of anti-virus software to stop
    malicious programs that send outbound transmissions from your computer
    to the Internet. I agree, but I want the firewall to block
    transmissions. I use ZoneAlarm. You can download it through my site at:
    http://www.komando.com/bestshareware.asp#firewalls

    To turn off the XP firewall after installing SP2, click Start>>Control
    Panel. Double-click Windows Firewall. Select Off. Ignore the warning
    not to disable the firewall.

    --> ARE THERE ANY INCOMPATIBILITY PROBLEMS?
    If you use the XP firewall, you could have compatibility problems with
    some programs. Microsoft has a list of programs that have problems at:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=842242

    --> SHOULD I MAKE A BACKUP BEFORE INSTALLING SP2?
    Backups are always smart, but SP2 shouldn't be dangerous. However, I
    did hear from one guy whose network settings were fouled up, apparently
    by the SP2 installation. So, if you don't have any type of backup,
    maybe this is the excuse you need to finally make one. I have
    information about backups at:
    http://www.komando.com/tips_show.asp?showID=5441

    MORE...................
     

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