SP2 and Media Center Add-Ins oddities

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Dana Cline - MVP, Aug 16, 2004.

  1. Well, had a bizarre experience with upgrading MCE 2004 to SP2 yesterday...

    I installed SP2 and didn't seem to have any problems. I then uninstalled and
    upgraded WinDVD to the newest version. Still no problems. Then, inside Media
    Center, I decided to run mceWeather, by some guy in Germany. Wham...major

    Basically, the system hung. Hitting the Windows key finally showed me the
    menu, and the Zone Alarm popup of mceWeather requesting net access. I
    allowed it, but the system still hung. Finally did the 3-finger salute
    (ctrl-alt-del) and managed to kill Media Center.

    At that point, I figured that maybe ZoneAlarm was conflicting with SP2's
    builtin firewall, so I tried to uninstall it. Every time I attempted to
    uninstall Zone Alarm, the system would reboot. No BSOD, just an outright
    reboot. When it came up, I had a notice (the MS error reporting) that talked
    about massive system failure (yeah, I'd consider a reboot a massive system
    failure) and how it was because of a device driver. Of course, it didn't say
    which one. It had a link that told me how to find out which driver, but that
    required a BSOD with a specific STOP message...I didn't have that.

    Finally, I went to System Restore and restored to the day before. Cool...no
    more problems. Sort of. I was able to uninstall Zone Alarm then. However,
    the WinDVD product was in an indeterminate state - it had remains of version
    3, but not enough remains to uninstall version 3. It also had version 6 but
    didn't know about it from the menu. Finally I just deleted the whole
    InterVideo program tree and reinstalled version 6.

    Now the only thing remaining was mceWeather, which refused to uninstall. I
    again deleted its program tree. In the process, I found that it loads
    something called cbServer, which also was giving me problems as it was in
    the startup group.

    Finally, I reinstalled SP2. This time, I don't seem to have any problems,
    but I'm wondering what leftover bits may someday bite me. Worst case I guess
    I'll nuke the whole system and reinstall, but I'd rather not do that just
    yet. Time will tell how stable it is.

    Dana Cline - MVP
    Dana Cline - MVP, Aug 16, 2004
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    Jean Valjean Guest

    Here is a list of softwares that might have problems with SP2. I'm not sure
    if I'm going to download it...

    Jean Valjean, Aug 16, 2004
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  3. Jean,

    Thanks for that list...I hadn't seen it before. It's HUGE! And I notice a
    lot of MS software on it, such as recent versions of Office, Outlook, Visual
    Studio. Also most antivirus packages and firewalls, including the ZoneAlarm
    I had problems with. Wish I'd seen this before I upgraded...

    It's really gonna be a problem for my son as he has a lot of the games
    mentioned. Fortunately I haven't upgraded his box yet.

    Too bad MS doesn't tell us exactly _what_ in their software doesn't work the
    same under SP2...

    Dana Cline - MVP
    Dana Cline - MVP, Aug 16, 2004
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    Jason Tsang Guest

    For the most part, anything that requires a listening port will be impacted
    by the Windows XP SP2 firewall.
    That probably makes up a majority of the cases...
    Jason Tsang, Aug 16, 2004
  5. Then I guess that begs the question...why does Office or Visual Studio
    require a "listening port"? And if it does, wouldn't the firewall notify me
    and allow me to enable it for that app?

    Dana Cline - MVP
    Dana Cline - MVP, Aug 17, 2004
  6. The firewall will. If those listen for inbound traffic, the firewall
    will ask you if you want to allow access.
    Ed Hansberry (Please do *NOT* email me. Post here for the benefit of all)
    What is on my Pocket PC? http://www.ehansberry.com/
    Microsoft MVP - Mobile Devices www.pocketpc.com
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    Ed Hansberry, MS-MVP/Mobile Devices, Aug 19, 2004
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