Microsoft Pulling O2K SR1 From the Market

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Apr 1, 2000


Christopher Rice

   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

environments.

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.

http://officeupdate.microsoft.com/2000/articles/o2ksr1up.htm

 

    Let me know how many of you have gotten burned by this.

 

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