Microsoft: Vista Update May Screw Up Your Programs

First service pack shuts down virus protection programs
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2008 12:48 PM CST
Microsoft: Vista Update May Screw Up Your Programs
Different editions of the Windows Vista computer operating system are on display at a store in New York in this Jan. 30, 2007 file photo. An analysis by The Associated Press reveals that targeting small businesses is lucrative for the Business Software Alliance, the main copyright-enforcement watchdog...   (Associated Press)

Vista’s first major service pack may do more harm than good. Microsoft is warning that its upcoming update may disable various third party programs, particularly virus protection and security software, which accounted for half of the dozen programs Microsoft listed as victims. Microsoft said that list wasn’t comprehensive, and told users to contact the software developers, not Microsoft, with any problems.

This is already the second problem to plague Service Pack 1. Microsoft had to abandon a preparatory update for the pack because it reportedly sent machines into an update loop. Service packs are big, landmark updates for Windows. This first one will be available in February for businesses and in mid-March for home users. (Read more Microsoft Vista stories.)

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