Windows XP SP 2 update causes headaches

“Games, security software and popular business programs are clashing with Microsoft’s long-awaited security update for Windows XP. Since SP2 was released to business users, reports have circulated about programs behaving differently once the upgrade is in place,’ BBC News reports. “Microsoft has drawn up a long list of programs that do not sit well with SP2. Included in the list are games such as Unreal Tournament, Photoshop Elements and most file-sharing programs.”

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  1. And in other news…

    Mac users download and install patches and upgrades with little to no problems.

    Oh wait… OSX is already secure.

    <Officer Barbrady>
    Nothing to see here folks, move along…
    </Officer Barbrady>

  2. SP2 has been blocked at various labs pending long, exhausting, frustrating checking of all and everything. Installing it and having applications and services not working is not an option.

    Corporates and businesses will take months before applying it.

    Just about same average low quality Microsoft experience. Windows users will believe all platform share the same crappy computing experience.

    Or maybe realize that quality and security do not go along with Microsoft in the same sentence.

  3. This is so typical of Microsoft!

    When are these pc idiots gonna learn!!


    I have NO respect for any person who puts up with this crap!

  4. Solar Flare…Perfect Name.

    A sudden eruption of gas in a forum, usually associated with spouting off of uncontolable trolling and accompanied by a burst of FUD that is often followed by a mental disturbance otherwise known to Erupt or Intensify Suddenly, to become angry or to make a sudden outbreak in verbal abuse. A sudden outburst or worsening of a disease…

    Do you need TP for your Bunghole?

    Get a Clue…

  5. “C’mon, I’m as anti-MS as the next guy, but do we really need 4 (at least) stories on this SP2?”

    Yes, and more stories are needed. Clueless Mac zealots have an endless supply of ignorant comments.

    For instance, we need a story on how the NX support in SP2 is preventing some programs from working. Then the clueless Mac zealots who don’t have the slightest fscking clue what NX is could post some ignorant comments about that as well.

  6. what’s more funny?

    the Mac “zealots” who read this site, or the PC Trolls who come here as well?

    hmmm….. oh, the average Mac user is ignorant of Windows problems? what a surprise! how does anyone keep up with that ever expanding, confounding, and exasperating domain? by the same token, what does the average PC user know about the Mac? oh – they come here to read anti-Windows news, and then get upset?

    that’s very funny. I never feel the urge to read Windows sites. Guess why? I never have to know about “NX support,” and hopefully, I never will.

    Go on back home, and stop wishing you had the Mac user experience. it will only keep you up at night. In the meantime, we are happy to make fun of every anti-Windows reference on this site, and still continue to work.

    I’ll tell you what Mac “zealots” have a clue about: staying the hell away from inferior software and hardware that require endless patches, special third party “promising” fixes, and the endless blue screen of death. Not to mention the viruses, spyware, and malware which I just spent two days excising from my niece and nephew’s PC. Not surprisingly, they have been exposed to bad things already. Also not surprisingly, my sister is buying a Mac next weekend. She doesnt’ want her kids growing up to know about NX support either.

  7. A lot of Mac zealots have to use Windows at one point or another during their day. Believe me, we know the pain of using Windows.

    Windows using trolls, we feel your pain. If attacking smug Mac users makes you feel better then you just go right ahead and attack us.

    We understand.

  8. I used to visit this site alot, but I’ve been away. Now that I’m back strolling around, I can’t believe I ever used to agree with most of this garbage. Don’t get me wrong, I love Apple products, and I carry my share of zeal, but this “news” site is crap. Mac Daily News. OK, so where’s the Mac news? It seems that MDN relishes in the misfortune of MS/XP. That is not Mac news.It is MDN throwing a big juicy steak to a pack of wolves, exactly what they criticize the trolls for. Mac users don’t need to convince anybody that their product is superior, especially at this particular site. The trash that is talked about companies other than Apple (even talk trash about IBM for delayed chips, but you all jump for joy that you have a G5) is the same sort of stuff that your MS counterparts do. I thought the Mac community was a little more sophisticated than this. Reporting the dirty laundry of other companies is not Mac news. It’s exactly what CNET, Enderle and all those other boneheads do. Trash talk the competition. But it’s ok for us to do it because it’s Apple? Now that I’m back reading this site after being away, it is painfully (and embarassingly) obvious that the banter in here is no better than the crap that PC users talk. The bar is higher for us guys. No need to be like the trolls.

  9. “I never have to know about “NX support,” and hopefully, I never will.”

    If one wants to criticize something and be taken seriously, one better know what the fsck one is talking about.

    Then again, nobody in their right fscking mind comes to this site to find intelligent criticism of Microsoft products.

  10. “Then again, nobody in their right fscking mind comes to this site to find intelligent criticism of Microsoft products.”

    Then please enlighten us; why exactly are you here? Maybe it’s just me, but shouldn’t intelligent criticism of Microsoft products take place on Windows sites? I believe in live and let live, and I don’t visit Windows-centric sites, much less post on them. What is it about MDN that attracts Windows users? By the way, don’t expect to hear me trashing Windows; I’ve never used it, nor had reason to, so it would be hypocritical of me. Microsoft’s business practices, on the other hand are a different kettle of fish.


    I have to agree that the MDN editors seem to love getting the zealots all worked up, and sure enough the morons always respond.

  11. >Dantes wrote: C’mon, I’m as anti-MS as the next guy, but do we really need 4 (at least) stories on this SP2?

    Not so much anti-anything (I use what works for me)… but you’re right. Somewhat redundant, especially when you can cut and paste comments from just about any thread and use them over again.

    Here’s the average MDN news thread:

    – Everything Microsoft sucks and people who use them are idiots.

    – Anything Apple and Steve Jobs is great and we’re smarter than Windoze.

    You can read any two threads – the don’t even need to be related – and you’ll uncover this trend. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”raspberry” style=”border:0;” />

    …. and so who’ll be the first to start name-calling?

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