XP and Office 2003 Updates

On Dec 9th, I got 9 overnight automatic updates installed for XP and Office 
2003. The very next morning, my wireless adapter froze.  I inserted the 
driver disk to reinstall, but found my CD/DVD drive wasn't working either.  
And I couldn't even get the computer to shut down.  A hard reboot gets it all 
working again, but only for about 6 to 8 hours, then they freeze up again  
(or maybe it is caused by a few hours of inactivity).  Downloaded the latest 
driver for the D-Link wireless adapter and reinstalled it, but to no avail.  
I've also got a few messages about "Window not being able to initialize the 
application."  (Not sure which app it was refering too.) 

What happened with these updates that broke everything?  Is there a fix?
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"Bob C" <me@donotspam.com> wrote in message news:057E8EA9-1ABB-421B-B7C3-D0A680678D10@microsoft.com...
> On Dec 9th, I got 9 overnight automatic updates installed for XP and Office
> 2003. The very next morning, my wireless adapter froze.  I inserted the
> driver disk to reinstall, but found my CD/DVD drive wasn't working either.
> And I couldn't even get the computer to shut down.

> A hard reboot gets it all working again, but only for about 6 to 8 hours,
> then they freeze up again


That symptom can be cause by an AV feechur called Link Scanning
(or any other app which implements a proxy filter.)   You could check
on that possibility using  netstat  in a cmd window before booting.
E.g. see if

    netstat /abnop tcp

gives some clues.  Use that command during normal conditions so you
have something to compare its output to in the hung state.


> (or maybe it is caused by a few hours of inactivity).  Downloaded the latest
> driver for the D-Link wireless adapter and reinstalled it, but to no avail.
> I've also got a few messages about "Window not being able to initialize the
> application."  (Not sure which app it was refering too.)


Try using  Go To Process  in Task Manager's Applications tab
in case the window's Image name identifies it.

Otherwise I would use ProcMon to figure that out.


>
> What happened with these updates that broke everything?  Is there a fix?
> -- 
> Bob


Often, a problem is that other products which are installed using
hooks into the OS or a main app are the cause of the symptoms.
Then it would be a good idea to either repair or uninstall and reinstall
those products in case their repair or install procedures need to adjust
for the new conditions created by the updates to the things they need
to hook into.


HTH

Robert Aldwinckle
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12/18/2009 6:47:05 PM
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