Windows XP Service Pack 2 causing major headaches on college campuses

“Microsoft Corp.’s decision to release a major upgrade for its flagship operating system in the same month that hundreds of thousands of students are reporting to college campuses across the nation is causing a major headache for the higher education community,” Brian Krebs reports for The Washington Post. “‘The timing is extremely unfortunate,’ said Anne Agee, deputy chief information officer at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., whose school is blocking automatic installation of SP2 on all faculty and staff computers because the update interferes with software that the university uses to run faculty PCs.”

“Other schools across the country are taking similar action… Computers running Windows XP that are not updated with SP2 will be more susceptible to catching and spreading Internet worms and viruses on the school networks, even in the short span of time it takes to download and install the latest updates,” Krebs reports.

Full article here.

23 Comments

  1. Seriously, anybody who thought this SP2 piece of shit would solve loads of problems and not create any new ones must be seriously short sighted.

    When are people gonna LEARN??? Ditch M$ shite and get Linux, OS X or even AmigaOS 4.0. Anything other than this piece of Swiss Cheese.

  2. If the router is configured properly, you can set each port to only communicate with a central server. This server will then make sure that the computer has the latest patches and updates (forcing the installs if necessary). After the client computer is configured properly, the server will tell the router to allow outside communications into the port.

    How hard is that???

  3. Other schools across the country are taking similar action… Computers running Windows XP that are not updated with SP2 will be more susceptible to catching and spreading Internet worms and viruses on the school networks, even in the short span of time it takes to download and install the latest updates,” Krebs reports.

    Are you they for real???

    “in the shirt spanof time it takes to download…”

    Oh yeah, my standard 2 day dial up download isn’t that bad, considering the added benefits.

  4. [Sarcasm]
    Aww, I feel SOO sorry for you Windows users that must be so rare for it to suck so badly
    [/Sarcasm]

    When I read this, all I could here was Governer Arnold S. speaking..

    Aww, I feel SOO sorry for you Windows users…

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  5. All I could here? I mean hear… hehe

    [Sarcasm **Gov. Swarzeneggar]
    Aww, I feel SOO sorry for you Windows users that must be so rare for it to suck so badly
    [/Sarcasm]

    teehee ;-D

  6. If the router is configured properly, you can set each port to only communicate with a central server. This server will then make sure that the computer has the latest patches and updates (forcing the installs if necessary). After the client computer is configured properly, the server will tell the router to allow outside communications into the port.

    How hard is that???

    Huh???

    Not hard if you’re a tech geek or an IT, but that’s why we have Macs.

    remove that damn blinking bush ad!!!!

    There’s blinking ads here? Who the hell leaves their plug-ins turned on anymore? It’s not just this site, it’s everywhere. Turn off your damn plug-ins, animated GIFs too.

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