Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Windows XP Service Pack 3 Breaks stuff - this helps fix them

Service Pack 3: Every Issue I can find a fix for!

(Thanks to Kalen Arndt http://www.adminjr.com )

1.Remote Desktop 6.1 (MSTSC.exe):
The following parameters have changed: "/console"
Effected Users: Administrators, Terminal Users.
The RDP client can no longer connect to a remote terminal with "hostname
If you are having problems connecting then replace the /console switch with

2.Dragging and Dropping (Network source to your computer):
Effected Users: All
The original network dragging and dropping is disabled due to a security
measure to re-enable the function Start Control Panel Internet Options Security (Select the zone) Custom Level Drag and drop or copy and paste files and "File Download” under "downloads"

3.USB 2.0 ( Problems transferring to a USB device)
Originally Microsoft had created a fix for this
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/908673 This was made for SP2 and when you
upgrade to SP3 it deletes the .reg key
Please check the key in the registry:
Start Run Regedit HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM CurrentControlSet
Services USB EnSoftRetry
If the registry key entry is not present then create a DWORD value as the
same (EnSoftRetry) and set it to 1.

4."Stop 0x0000007E" on HP AMD based Computers
The stop error is generated due to the fact that HP shipped their machines
out with the wrong image on the AMD systems.
To fix the error:
Restart your computer in Safe Mode (F8 on boot)
Start Run Regedit HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM ControlSet001
Services Intelppm
Click on the Start Entry and then click Modify.
In the Value Data box, type 4 then click ok
Restart your computer

5.Windows Update (Failing After Install)
"Found SP3 available on Windows Update site, I downloaded and installed it.
However after the install my machine would not install any further updates
from Windows Update. It would download them but fail on the install"
The solution goes like this:
Start Run C:\Windows\System32
Find "Wups2.dll" (I swear it's in there)
Right click the file and click "Open With" and then "Choose Program" Then
navigate to C:\Windows\System32\Regsvr32
After you have registered that DLL then everything will work just as it

6.Get your Address Bar back!
Microsoft released a statement "We had to remove the address bar
functionality due to legal restrictions. The release notes carry this as a
known issue"
I found a blogger by the name of Ryan T Adams who had a helpful Article on
how to get it back!
Simply download the file from http://blog.ryantadams.com/2008/05/08/restore-the-address-bar-in-windows-xp-sp3/
then look for: xp_sp3_address_bar.zip
Extract the files directly to your desktop
Restart and boot into safe mode
Double click InstallAddressBar.bat
When done hit any key and the batch will reboot the computer.
(Thanks Ryan @ RyanTadams.com)


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