Windows XP Service Pack 2 Breaking Applications

The SP2 saga begins....

I believe that Windows XP Service Pack 2 is important, or I wouldn't keep mentioning it. I am also aware that it can cause issues, which is why I keep bringing the topic to your attention. This week Microsoft has listed a number of programs (around 50) that have problems with the update. Some are games, such as:

  • Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2
  • Unreal Tournamenet 2003
  • Unreal Tournament Game of the Year Addition
  • Star Trek StarFleet Command III 1.0

Others are your more standard programs such as:

  • Visual Studio .Net (yes, their own programs)
  • SQL (Microsoft's)
  • Ghost Server Corporate Edition 7.5
  • Symantic AntiVirus Corporate Edition 8.0 & 9.0
  • SMS 2003 Server (yes, also Microsoft's)
  • AutoCAD 2000, 2002, and 2004
  • ColdFusion MX Server Edition 6

These are just a few of the programs that you could have an issue with when installing SP2. For the list, you can go to the following page on Microsoft support site:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=842242&product=windowsxpsp2

As mentioned before, SP2 is a very big change. As such, problems can be expected. The end results; however, are expected to be a more secure system. As such, the end results should be worth any pains. Time will tell.

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