Thank You Microsoft - NOT

Friday 15th October, 2004
Well, I'm not quite sure what I did to deserve it but XP SP2 decided to give me an update last night that required an update.

Apparently, without applying the patch I was at risk of somebody taking over my PC.

Well, after applying the patch there's certainly no risk of that!!!! I can't even use the damn thing myself. All the login profiles are knackered with an explorer.exe error during login:

explorer.exe - entry point not found

the procedure entry point AssetGetPerceivedType could not be located in the dynamic link library SHLWAPI.dll

Anybody got any ideas? I'll be searching for help today to try and fix it as I really don't fancy rebuilding the OS...again.

If you find this page looking for a solution to the problem yourself, please click through to the comments section and say hi.

UPDATE - For anybody that should suffer this problem, don't waste your time looking for a fix...get the CD out and reinstall in a new folder.

I found many similar issues online but the fix didn't work in this instance. I finally got rid of the problem by copying the files over from another machine. This then game me a "product activation" error that was unfixable even on a licensed copy of XP.

  1. 1) Colman Carpenter Said: (15/10/2004 10:37:30 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Linux ?

    Sorry, couldn't resist :)

  2. 2) Ben Rose Said: (15/10/2004 11:15:44 GMT) Gravatar Image

    That was quite predictable but I'm a games player.

    Linux makes a decent server, no denial, but it offers me very limited benefit on a desktop and removes my ability to run most of the software I own...

  3. 3) Colman Carpenter Said: (15/10/2004 11:28:59 GMT) Gravatar Image
    I´m nothing if not predictable :)

    I know what you mean though. I've played around with RedHat and Mandrake at home, but still use Win2K day-in and day-out. One day I may take the plunge as I think there are equivalents for pretty much everything I run in Windows, although I may keep a windows box (or a dual boot) for those occasions when nothing else will do.

  4. 4) Ben Rose Said: (15/10/2004 11:31:48 GMT) Gravatar Image
    To be honest...

    I struggle to find days where Linux would be suitable for what I am doing. I even use IE in windows as most online banking and stuff depends upon it.

    I know that's the developer's fault, but why would anyone waste money developing for a serious minority platform? I can see the benefits server side, but not on the client.

    I guess J2EE will level the field eventually and good on IBM for supporting it so heavily.

  5. 5) Colman Carpenter Said: (15/10/2004 12:45:58 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Minority platform

    It is now, but I think linux and open source is building up a head of steam. The fact that a significant percentage of people have switched from using IE as browser of choice to using Firefox is not to be sniffed at. Indeed, we've just changed our website so that the growing number of non-IE browsers (over 15% now) aren't disadvantaged, and I'm sure many other organisations are in the process of doing the same.

    Changing OS is, of course, a much more major decision, but I wouldn't be surprised if a good percentage of desktops in a year or two were non-MS.

    It might not be the death knell for Microsoft, but it's nice to have a realistic choice these days !

  6. 6) Ben Rose Said: (17/10/2004 11:29:52 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Thank You Microsoft - NOT

    For anybody that should suffer this problem, don't waste your time looking for a fix...get the CD out and reinstall in a new folder.

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