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service pack ?

by chris_prior / March 19, 2012 8:08 AM PDT

i have an xp service pack 3 machine. can anyone please tell me why it is trying to download a service pack 2 ,dll file via win update? called xpsp2res.dll and is this .dll dangerous

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Clarification Request
service pack ?
by chris_prior / March 19, 2012 8:23 AM PDT
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thankyou i 'get the' hotfix, but why is it trying to down load a sp2 onto a sp3 machine?

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Check the link.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 19, 2012 8:26 AM PDT
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The name of the file.dll seems to be confusing some.

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service pack ?
by chris_prior / March 19, 2012 8:53 AM PDT
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thanks again for reply, is hotfix not another name for a patch? just read this on
(The service has no detailed description. xpsp2res.dll is not a Windows system file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 64% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.)

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Which is why
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 19, 2012 9:12 AM PDT
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We get such from Microsoft and hope for the best. I don't want to re-write the Microsoft article but this patch/hotfix is not SP2. It only required SP2 (or later) before the HOTFIX is applied.

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one last one
by chris_prior / March 19, 2012 9:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Which is why

thanks a mill Bob, Is there any chance the .dll could cause problems with DNS ?

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It didn't here. But since you asked.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 19, 2012 9:38 AM PDT
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by chris_prior / March 19, 2012 9:45 AM PDT

and I thought they were such nice people! Thanks again,

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Just a note about the site you referenced..
by Carol~ Forum moderator / March 19, 2012 9:55 AM PDT
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I see no reason why you would want (or need) to take advantage of the scans they ( offer. BUT .. on the outside chance you do, I would warn you against it.

The links they provide to identify and fix errors, are nothing more than a (disguised) download for Uniblue's Registry Booster. The site "appears" to have specialized fixes, when in fact they are not.

If you read this thread, paying special attention to this post, everything should fall into place.

Personally, I wouldn't trust anything about the site.

Only a friendly warning.. Happy

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Mmmmn ok
by chris_prior / March 19, 2012 9:57 PM PDT

thanks, i'll take that on-board

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It appears to be a HOTFIX and not a service pack.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 19, 2012 8:11 AM PDT
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That link.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 19, 2012 9:50 PM PDT
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Hi Chris. I read the article in that link Bob provided and I believe I understand what is going on.

When SP2 was introduced, some years ago now, it caused problems in some machines with software that caused them not to run. The article provides 3 error messages users may have seen, to do with memory or storage errors.

It seems Microsoft has hunted this error down and found it applies to changes made by installing SP2. The {potential} problem may still exist, even for those users who, like you, are up to date with Windows Updates and installed SP3 and others afterwards, hence this Windows Update. Microsoft called it xpsp2res.dll simply to signify that it "resolves" problems created by installing SP2. That is an assumption by me because I don't know Microsoft's method of naming files and updates.

It seems that, prior to this general release of the fix, Microsoft offered Hotfixes for those users who reported the problem. But now Microsoft has incorporated the fix into a Windows Update. I am assuming, (sorry, a lot of assumptions), that being a DLL file it is intended to be called by the OS whenever such a problem exists, although it might even replace an existing file on the system with an updated and corrected DLL.

I have always trusted Microsoft Updates on all my Windows machines even if I don't really know what they are or what they are for. It is just too complicated for me to understand, Happy

That said, I have, on the odd occasion, created a System Restore point before installing some updates if there was a slight concern in my mind. Windows Vista and Win 7 always creates SR points beforehand anyway, but I never quite trusted XP to do this all the time, so that is why I created a manual SR point.

Also, XP allowed us to visit the Windows Update web site to view updates and see whether they were noted as security, or critical, or optional, and to 'hide' updates if we wanted to. I'm not sure if XP still allows that, (Start menu > Windows Updates), as Vista and Win 7 did away with that option.

In this case I would suggest to trust Microsoft and apply the update. You may not have experienced any problems as said by Microsoft so far, but we can't say that you never will, especially for any new software you install, and so this can be treated as a preventative measure.

I hope that helps, but any problems come back and we will help.


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yup! makes sense
by chris_prior / March 19, 2012 11:02 PM PDT
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thanks a mill mark.

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(NT) You're welcome.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 20, 2012 6:31 AM PDT
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