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Microsoft Pulling O2K SR1 From the Market
I got this in a mail today, I thought it might concern a great deal of you. Rather than try and misquote and offer my opinion, I will simply say: "It figures..." and cut and paste the mail into this column. Take heed this is the truth, hopefully it won't effect too many of you.I got this in a mail today, I thought it might concern a great deal of you. Rather than try and misquote and offer my opinion, I will simply say: 'It figures...' and cut and paste the mail into this column. Take heed this is the truth, hopefully it won't effect too many of you.
* MICROSOFT TO REISSUE OFFICE 2000--WITH FIX--AS SR-1A
According to internal Microsoft documents, the company will pull Office 2000 Service Release 1 (SR-1) from the
market and release a fixed version called Office 2000SR-1a. The company recommends that customers running
Office 2000 on Windows 2000 (Win2K) systems that have been upgraded from Windows NT 4.0 not install SR-1
at all until the SR-1a update is released. Such upgraded systems have had Internet Explorer (IE)-related
problems with searching and hyperlinking. When you add this SR-1 problem to others I've discussed in previous
WinInfo UPDATES, it's pretty clear that the Office team has done it again: SR-1 is not acceptable for production
The updated service release, SR-1a, will also be included in the new version of Microsoft Office that's due to
ship next month. SR-1a, which will be available on the Web in about 2 weeks, fixes a number of problems that
were introduced with the under-tested SR-1 release, such as the prompt asking for "the SR-1 CD-ROM" on an
Internet-based install of SR-1. With reader feedback, I've identified a new problem that Microsoft has now
corroborated: Certain customers, such as press reviewers and book authors, who received near-final Office 2000
code last year, are unable to upgrade to SR-1. When SR-1 is installed on systems with this prerelease code,
Office applications start up and then shut down almost immediately--behavior Microsoft usually reserves for those
who pirate Office 2000.
In addition to the predictable rerelease of SR-1, Microsoft offers an Office 2000/Win2K Registry Repair Utility to
help customers who have upgraded from NT to Win2K and then applied the SR-1 patch. If you're one of those
unlucky enough to have been burned by this, please visit the Office Update Web site to get the utility.
Let me know how many of you have gotten burned by this.