CRN Test Center: Windows XP Service Pack 2 causes ‘mayhem, blue screens’

“The real surprise with Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 isn’t potential compatibility issues, but the mayhem that can occur when SP2 is downloaded onto a system,” Frank J. Ohlhorst and Vincent A. Randazzese report for CRN.

“CRN Test Center engineers evaluated a release candidate two (RC2) version of SP2, and upon completion of the install on three out of five systems, the machines blue-screened. A message stated that “winserv” was missing. The blue screen occurred on both Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Intel platforms, and all systems were running Windows XP Pro with Service Pack 1 installed. Every possible avenue to get back into Windows failed.”

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  1. This does not surprise me at all. I just spent my 4 hour work day (short saturdays, thank God) doing nothing but scanning customer computers for Spyware and Adwave and Viruses, plus answering tech calls for the same. That SP2 causes more problems, I expect our repair load to nearly double when it comes out. *Sigh* I’m glad I have my iBook and my G5 to come home to.

  2. A “release candidate” at that. Not just a beta. When are people gonna learn that Microsoft can not produce valid sofware. Soon, people might start realizing that Windows is simply not “good enough” anymore and will understand that there are alternatives.

  3. This is an important step in the process of updating to the soon to be released longhorn. Microsoft is a leader in the world of cutting edge inovations… and Longhorn will take the computer to the next level of design and function.

  4. sputnik? do you even use a computer?
    not even a windows lover’s comments could be anywhere near as brainless as yours.
    I think you are typing all this on a dual G5 or a 17inch powerbook.
    and I have to say, your sense of sarcasm is excellent.
    i get a laugh out of it every time

  5. Dare I say it yet again!…



    Why on earth do people put up with all this crap from Microsoft???

  6. I’ve just suffered the ignominy of spending 4 and 1/2 hours simply trying to connect the first PC i ever bought to the internet using a wireless connection. (My wife is forced to use a proprietary app that is Windows only. After 1 and 1/2 years of Virtual PC it’s simply too slow on her iBook- plus, owned by MS now!) I own 5 macs, 3 laptops and 2 desktops. Never has it taken more than 15 minutes to open the box, set up the Mac and be online.

    Windows is the most counter-intuitive excuse for a user-interface I’ve ever encountered. Even following the so-called “help” prompts force you into a never ending circle of frustration as if the operating system cannot determine what selection you just made. This says nothing about the chintzy, poorly fitted physical aspects of the CPU, monitor, mouse, and especially the keyboard (it must have 3/4 of an inch of travel- Gates must have a deal with physicians treating carpal tunnel syndrome). What a horrible difference from the “Christmas Morning” experience of unpacking an simply touching a new Mac.

    No surprise that their “service pack” is nothing but a pathetic band-aid stretched over a gaping hole filled with crap that passes as an OS.

    I think I’ll buy a new Mac just for the catharthic effect.

  7. Hey, that’s job security for all of you tech support personnel. So, I thought you would be happy. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  8. “Why on earth do people put up with all this crap from Microsoft???”

    Because most are not aware of alternatives. And most of those that are, remain ignorant to the superiority of at least *one* of the alternatives.

  9. Ya, all the geeks should be happy with this news…it’s the Bill Gates full employment system. Without Windows, geeks would be lining the streets with “will work for food” signs. And sleeping in our parks. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  10. on well, if someone asks about macs, let them know.. but if they’re pointing a gun at their own foot and keep firing.. really.. are they worth saving?

    I don’t evangelize to my friends, but get little comments in like, “…of course, I don’t get viruses.. it’s a mac” and they acknowledge..

    what they DON’T understand is how quickly and easily i was able to decide that my next computer was going to be a mac. I was a little surprised when someone asked me if I was getting a Dell.. it hadn’t even occured to me to spend the same amount of money on something that I wouldn’t even like using… an ugly black dell box that I spend my hard earned money on? No way. Let the bank have those.

  11. I would like to see the following commercial come out on TV for the months leading up to Christmas sales:
    [Open on a couple who is depressed and frustated about their performance… reminiscant of a Cialis commercial.]
    Announcer: Most couples who purchase Windows have severe performance problems and a lack of satisfaction. But not Bob, he switched over to Apple’s PowerMac G5 and Mac OS X and look at his smile. Even the misses seems to be happier now that they enjoy a safe and virus free life while putting that certain spark back into their home. Do it for you and do it for your family. Switch to Apple products, you’re family will appreciate it.

    NOTE: If this ever gets used, I would appreciate one of those new 30″ inch screens Apple LCDs. Like Cialis, I need to see my screen size reach enormous proportions… and it would make my girlfriend very, very happy.

  12. One of these days all these windows users are gonna finally wakeup and Bill Gates will have a lynch mob of 25 billion people with torches knocking on his door!!

    I seriously think Microsoft have lost it.

    They are concentrating all their efforts on Longhorn and ignoring everything else.

    If Longhorn dosn’t work after god knows how many years and billions of $ indevelopment Microsoft will be finished, dead and buried and it won’t matter how much cash they have in the bank or how many people use windows worldwide!

    If I had installed this XP patch on a windows machine and had 3 years of family photos stored on it without backup I think I would have put a gun to my head and pressed the trigger!


  13. Sputznik says: “Microsoft is a leader in the world of cutting edge inovations… and Longhorn will take the computer to the next level of design and function.”

    Unfortunatley, it will still be one level below OS X. Bummer if you’re a PC user huh?

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