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#1 pscEx


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Posted 04 May 2014 - 06:10 PM

Hi all,


I made a strange and (for me) unexplainable experience I want to share with the community.


It is due to my Ice-Aged standard OS XP, which is still running, and the host for all my development including WinBuilder 2013 / 2014


As known, M$ stopped XP support anywhen in April 2014.


But today I got a new UPDATE, which told me that it will be installed on shutdown.


I clicked restart.


Something happened, some log messages were shown, but no shutdown / reboot after all.


After about one hour I hard rebooted.


Now the surprises in the coming up XP:



Previously TaskManager showed me a list of processes, which did not fit onto one screen height. So the scroll bar was visible.

Now TaskManager has a list which fits into one screen height, and has about 5 lines free.


Previously right clicking on an item in Explorer (to get context menu) needed sometimes several seconds until result.

Now: Right-click and see the context menu


Does somebody have similar experience?


IMHO: As long as M$ supported XP, there have been several spies in the system, which reported WHAT? to Billy the Door.




BTW: Until now I have no troubles with the changed OS.

#2 erwan.l


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Posted 04 May 2014 - 06:36 PM

About the new update, I believe MS released one ultimate update about a serious threat in IE.

They initially announced they would not relase this update for XP but finally did under pressure (I guess).


So that could explain the update part.


Now for the rest of the story, so far no clue :)

#3 Wonko the Sane

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 07:15 PM

Yep :), the update has been induced by the widespread panic over the internet, and has already been criticized widely (because it may induce the feeling that after all good ol' XP is not EOS, and thus slow down the senseless upgrade to new, senseless MS OS's :w00t:).


JFYI, some discussion/comments are here:




BTW, the actual "vulnerability" poses "next to none" risks for any user with a few working cell brains (and such users would not use Internet Explorer anyway, and certainly NOT on "suspect" sites).


But the actual update in itself should not affect much a system (if not for the targeted part), the update:


contains just a few "new" files:


for x86 and the additional:

for x64 ones.


Check Windowsupdate.log:


and verify that this is the actual update. 

And/or that it is *something else*. :dubbio:




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