The "Windows is a virus" dialogue is very old and tired. Let's not get into bashing so we can tackle your issue. Your post is laced with opinion (rage?) and I'm going to note jsut two items that might help you.
" Media player & Directx, "
If you type "WMP MINI FAQ" without quotes into google.com, you find the FAQ which writes how to uninstall WMP and roll back to an older version. BUT when I installed SP2, WMP was on another checkbox of Windows Update. It was not a forced update.
About DirectX. In SP2 I didn't find it a forced update, but "DXBUSTER" into google.com starts you on your way on how to remove DirectX and roll back if you need to.
Let me be clear that I will not help you do these things but can help you find the tools and articles.
If I were to try and define a virus it would be something like this:
A program that cause damages, hangs the system, removes system restore points , permanently overwrites applications thus causing you to reformat your disk ...etc
Now microSOFT has started this new type of update that I'd call a virus.
If you updated to the sp2 xp....then you now have these ----UN-INSTALLABLES---- in your systems.. the main ones are: Media player & Directx, both are what many people need out of an operating system ,entertainment, games, high end graphics etc..
Not only have they inserted something I want to remove!!! but they have overwritten my RESTORE POINTS and made sure that---- their updates were not removed -----thus causing the system to still use what ----I WANTED TO REMOVE or RESTORE and reverse the damages that are now installed!!!!!
----To see if yours has a problem try to run directx diagnostic tool:
--goto- Start--> All Programs---> Accessories----> System Tools----->System Information, -- then at top goto -tools tab --> directx diagnostic tools---- and run the tests -----be ready to unplug your system after that
---->SO SAVE ALL WORK AND CLOSE ALL OTHER PROGRAMS
So send them a few words of your own....maybe in the "make a suggestion box "... I have made a few !!!!
------ No more un-installables that take out /remove my restore points ------
This from Mr. L.C. oct 30 2004
The free microSOFT- tester for over 6 years now and the OVERTIME bill keeps rising $$,$$$.00