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WIndows 2000 SP3 - Good to go?

By Sean Wyatt ·
I was curious if anyone has seen glitches with SP3, primarily on Win2K server. I will probably let it sit for a month to see what's up but would be interested in any issues those who are braver than I came upon when installing it.

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SP3 Gotch's

by todwight In reply to WIndows 2000 SP3 - Good t ...

I'm having real problems with a terminal server and SP3. I didn't initally install the server in application mode, but switched later. When making the switch, the system warned me that some applications I had installed may not work in App Mode. Idid not have any problems until I installed SP3. Now I cannot use the apps, I cannot uninstall them, and I cannot re-install them.

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by raymond In reply to SP3 Gotch's

Did you manage to get any help on this? Can you confirm it is W2K SP3 related?

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Read this article from

by chris_yee In reply to

Like you I was looking for reviews on SP3 before implementing. Surprisingly no one was talking about it until I came across this article.

BRIAN LIVINGSTON: "Window Manager"

Monday, August 26, 2002


Posted August 23, 2002 01:01 PM Pacific Time

WINDOWS USERS are steaming over the terms in
Microsoft's new Service Pack 3 for Windows 2000, which
was released on Aug. 1, and Service Pack 1 for XP,
which is in beta but will probably ship next month.

The licenses of these updates say, "You acknowledge and
agree that Microsoft may automatically check the
version of the OS Product and/or its components that
you are utilizing and may provide upgrades or fixes to
the OS Product that will be automatically downloaded
to your computer."

In an interview, Windows Product Manager Charmaine
Gravning said these terms are similar to "language in
the EULA [end-user license agreement] for Windows XP,"
but she confirmed that they're new for Windows 2000.

She pointed to a recent Microsoft white paper
documenting 11 components of XP that automatically
download material from the Internet.

For example, XP's Media Player pulls down upgrades and
then alerts you. If you have administrative
privileges, you can click OK to install a newer player
version. However, the app also downloads and installs
newfound media codecs without any notice, if you've
ever clicked the "always trust Microsoft" box while
browsing the Web.

To disable such downloading, see the white paper at

One thing you can't get around, however -- and a big
reason for the latest fears -- is Microsoft's DRM
(digital rights management) scheme. This built-in XP
feature si

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