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Microsoft details XP SP2 conflicts

Microsoft has published a list of nearly 50 applications and games that may not work correctly after installing Service Pack 2...

Microsoft has published a list of nearly 50 applications and games that may not work correctly after installing Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows XP.

The list, published in a knowledge base article on Microsoft's website, includes developer and back-up tools, anti-virus software and an FTP (file transfer protocol) client. The applications may not work correctly after installing SP2 because the update installs and enables a new program called Windows Firewall.

"After you install Microsoft Windows XP SP2, some programs may seem not to work. By default, Windows Firewall is enabled and blocks unsolicited connections to your computer," Microsoft said. The firewall in Windows was previously not enabled by default.

Applications on the list include several Microsoft products, as well Ghost Server Corporate Edition 7.5 and AntiVirus Corporate Edition 8.0 from Symantec, ColdFusion MX Server Edition 6 from Macromedia and several eTrust products from Computer Associates International.

Games that may require changes to the firewall to work properly include Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2, Unreal Tournament 2003 and Scrabble 3.0, according to the knowledge base article.

Users can change Windows Firewall settings to allow the applications to work correctly. The firewall can be tweaked to allow traffic for specific applications to pass through. The knowledge base article details how to make the changes.

In the months leading up to the SP2 release, Microsoft warned that the service pack could break applications. The company issued warnings that its CRM (customer relationship management) product and Baseline Security Analyzer tool need updates to work with SP2.

Other Microsoft applications that may not work correctly with SP2 include Microsoft Operations Manager 2000 and Systems Management Server 2003, according to the knowledge base article. 

Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service

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