Wed, Aug 25 2004 23:12
I can see the headline now... AOL doesn't work with XP sp2
I was called today by a reporter getting my experiences with XP sp2 given that TODAY was the start of pushing out to the masses day. I told the reporter that I had manually installed service pack 2 and on one laptop I had issues with it being installed due to the fact that it has two versions of AOL on there [version 7 and 9] and it corrupted the tcp/ip stack...mainly because AOL 7 in particular was back in the day when AOL build it's own funky dialer. I went on to say that my experiences with using my patch management tool Shavlik were flawless, no runs, no drips, no errors and that the rollout on the desktops went without a hitch.[Thank you Eric and the gang at Shavlik by the way] As I was talking to the reporter and he started saying things like “you would think that Microsoft would have tested this with AOL” and I could just imagine the headlines.
I'm not putting the blame on AOL exactly and especially not on SP 2. I mean like stuff happens. And especially on an older laptop that used to be Windows 2000, then updated to XP, Office XP with a layer of Office 2003 on there and previously on AOL 7 and had a second copy of AOL 9, it's no wonder it did what it did.
But anyway, the rollout with Shavlik's HfnetchkPro did go very very well. Get a patch tool folks, it makes your life WAY easier. And it gives folks like me who are control freaks a thrill when I can remotely push and reboot my computers in my network.
So if you read an article where it says “XP sp2 doesn't work with AOL”.... uh.... well.... you see.....it's like this.....
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