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Old 06-29-2006, 12:50 AM   #1
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Default CIS Dialup + Win XP: FYI

I know my husband may be the only person left on the planet who ever uses CIS dial-up (only in travel emergencies, I swear!) but for the past couple of weeks he's been completely unable to connect to CIS via dial-up on his laptop. He phoned me in total frustration today and I tested on the backup laptop, same problem. Tried my desktop, however, and it worked fine - major mystery.

So I called CompuServe tech support - something I avoid whenever possible - but at 10:30 pm there was only about an 8 minute wait to reach a human being who was, fortunately, a thoroughly competent one. Turns out the Windows XP security updates of June 15th stomped on the CIS script required for dial-up! The reason my desktop was unaffected was that by the time we returned from France on the 21st someone had discovered the problem with the updates and pulled them so my desktop was spared. Removing the offending updates via Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs fixed the problem on both laptops.

I wonder what else those June 15th security updates messed with??

   
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Old 06-29-2006, 10:53 AM   #2
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On June 27, Microsoft released an updated "Version 2.0" of Security Update KB911280, to fix the Dial-Up Scripting problem caused by the previous version.
Microsoft also issued a revised Security Bulletin, which you can read here.

Note: if you have the original KB911280 installed you will need to remove it in order to install the corrected version.
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I wonder how MS would fare if one could compare user time stolen by their updates (whether useful or botched ... still takes time to download them) to user time lost to viruses.

   
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There's at least one other person who uses CIS dial-up! I've had to use it on trips out of town (that's the only reason I keep my CIS account). And I've got XP on my laptop, so I'm glad to read your message so I know about the potential problem.

I was dragging my feet on the recent XP updates because I read something in the Washington Post (I think) about some sort of anti-piracy thing installed in a recent update that would report back to Microsoft whenever the machine rebooted. Although I have legit versions of Windows on all my machines, I don't like being stalked!

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I was dragging my feet on the recent XP updates because I read something in the Washington Post (I think) about some sort of anti-piracy thing installed in a recent update that would report back to Microsoft whenever the machine rebooted. Although I have legit versions of Windows on all my machines, I don't like being stalked!
A lot of others feel the same, so M$ has backtracked a bit on this. See this PC Pro news item.

   
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Old 06-30-2006, 09:32 AM   #6
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Steve:

Adobe's updates, though less frequent than Microsoft's, tend to be doubly annoying: although Acrobat & Acrobat Reader updates are done at the same time, Adobe Update insists on treating each separately (at different times), & then of course, after a long installation process, reports that the installation failed.

   
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My Windows updates frequently fail. They commence and then they sit there forever without any forward progress. No error messages, nothing. I find that I must reboot before allowing them to go ahead if I want any assurance that the installation will complete normally. Deeply annoying.

   
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Franca:

My Windows updates frequently fail

Which are you using, Windows Update or Microsoft Update? I have found both reliable, but prefer MS Update, because then I get any Office updates too.

   
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Which are you using, Windows Update or Microsoft Update? I have found both reliable, but prefer MS Update, because then I get any Office updates too.
Good question - they're the MS updates. Maybe I should try the Windows updates since I don't allow MS Office on my computer. Seriously, I never thought about the two being different and was just using the one that reminded me.

   
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...Office updates too.
I assume you know that they are also available at http://officeupdate.microsoft.com/
(Two-stop shopping but no additional invasive MSware)
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