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 Post subject: A bug in Windows XP could be a game breaker
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:39 am 
Smithfield
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http://arstechnica.com/information-tech ... -be-fixed/

tl;dr, the algorithm used in checking for updates via Windows Update (since XP goes through IE6/7 to do it) takes exponentially longer the more patches the update service can provide. Since XP checks for updates on boot, you'll have a period where your computer has slowed down to a crawl for an indeterminate amount of time.

Microsoft claims they're working on a fix, but considering XP is EOL in four months, that may not happen.


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 Post subject: Re: A bug in Windows XP could be a game breaker
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:13 am 
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Well, that would be a reason to remove IE on April 9th and turn off the updater.


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 Post subject: Re: A bug in Windows XP could be a game breaker
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:18 am 
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FascistNation wrote:
Well, that would be a reason to remove IE on April 9th and turn off the updater.

Removing IE in XP is like trying to remove a brain tumor, and none of us are skilled surgeons. But yeah, you could turn off the updater and hope the problem goes away if Microsoft doesn't release a fix.


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