Managing project tasks in email is unproductive. So I figured out how to convert or export my Outlook email message to MS Word.
Whether youâ€™re using a PC or a Mac, I think youâ€™ll find todayâ€™s post most enjoyable.
If youâ€™re not aware, by popular demand, Microsoft has released a second service pack installment (SP2), to their popular operating system Windows XP. The update is supposed to eliminate many of the problems associated with Windows security.
I was reluctant to install the new update for fear it may wreak havoc on our machines. (See eWeekâ€™s article on IT admins not trusting XP2). But not installing it could produce even more disasters, so I decided to test an installation before loading it onto our production systems.
After downloading and installing SP2, I was asked to reboot my machine. (You know where this is going, donâ€™t you)?
Upon reboot I got the following warning message:
“Microsoft Broadband Networking has a known compatibility issue with this version of Windows.”
Wait a minute! Microsoft is having a conflict with one of its own products? Oh boy.
I thought I might get some non-believers so I took a screenshot of the error.
So the install just blocked my internet access. I guess thatâ€™s Microsoftâ€™s solution â€“ just completely block all access to the internet. Thatâ€™s like preventing heart disease by not eating.
It turns out I had to install the latest update for Microsoft Broadband Network. According to the directions, I was to update using the MS Broadband Network utility. Well, when I tried to load the utility via Internet Explorer, XP2â€™s pop-up blocker blocked access to my PCâ€™s hard drive. Oh great, now I couldnâ€™t even access my computer.
I eventually was able to gain access to my hard drive by right-clicking on the pop-up blocker toolbar and “allowing” access. I installed the update successfully and re-gained access to the internet. Whew!
I just thought it was incredibly ironic that the problems that were associated with installing a Microsoft update conflicted only with another Microsoft product. Go figure.
In conclusion, always test before you launch.
â€˜til next time.