If you’re on your computer and can read this, you probably don’t NEED to read this, but if you know someone who is having problems with their computer on Thursday or if you read this before Thursday, take note:
As you may or may not have known, Microsoft is preparing to stop supporting Windows XP in favour of Vista. On Thursday, July 10th, if you have Windows Update installed, any XP computers will be automatically updated from Service Pack 2 to Service Pack 3. There have been a lot of people who have had problems with SP3 screwing up their computers – especially to do with Office, from some of the posts I’ve been seeing. Do yourselves a favor and back up any important work “just in case”. Better to be safe than sorry.
Also, they did an update today (Wednesday July 9th) that caused all our XP computers to be unable to connect to the internet – whatever the update was, it conflicted with the machines that had Zone Alarm installed. Either you have to back out of the update (not easy to do) or you have to change a setting on Zone Alarm – if you know any one who is having problems have them open Zone Alarm, click on “Firewall” on the left, then on the “Main” tab on the right. Set the Internet Zone Security to Medium if it was on High. It’s the easiest way of getting back ‘out there.’