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That previous entry did amazing things… (update 5 April)


Visitor #100,000 arrived during that…

Can’t tell who as Sitemeter only gives me full details of the last 100 visits, and it’s now on 100,150…

2 hours later

… make that 100,566! Now this blog is #6 on WordPress Top Blogs! WordPress says there have been 1,396 views since 10 am our time today.

Next day: 5 April
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Written by Neil

April 4, 2007 at 3:01 pm

Microsoft update today: what fun!

tuesday_thumb3.jpgAny other XP users have this experience today?

STEP 1: Alert notice — updates available.
STEP 2: Go to Windows Update and eventually (you know what I mean!) discover just one little security update.
STEP 3: Download and instal update.
STEP 4: Restart computer.
STEP 5: Receive message: Rthdcpl.exe – Illegal System DLL Relocation
The system DLL user32.dll was relocated in memory. The application will not run properly. The relocation occurred because the DLL C:WindowsSystem32Hhctrl.ocx occupied an address range reserved for Windows system DLLs. The vendor supplying the DLL should be contacted for a new DLL.
STEP 6: Go to System Restore and go back to anytime before today.
STEP 7: Success! Message gone.
STEP 8: Check email and read from ZDNet/CNet: People getting Illegal System DLL Relocation after update .
STEP 9: Having read that, go to Microsoft Support as advised in Step 8 and read The Realtek HD Audio Control Panel may not start, and you receive an error message when you start the computer: “Illegal System DLL Relocation”.
STEP 10: Attempt to download appropriate patch.
STEP 11: Try again when validation of my XP package fails.
STEP 12: Success with second go of Step 11.
STEP 13: Download patch to fix the bad security patch.
STEP 14: Restart computer.
STEP 15: Sent back to Windows Update.
STEP 16: Eventually told by WU that the one little security update has already been downloaded but (thanks to System Restore doing its job at Step 6) is not installed.
STEP 17: Having installed the patch-repairing-patch, I figure it ought to be OK to instal the original security patch now…
STEP 18: Do so.
STEP 19: Restart computer.
STEP 20: All apparently sweet at last.
STEP 21: Write this entry.

Time taken: around 60 minutes. That’s OK. Nothing better to do.

As the Houston Chronicle Techblog (from whom I borrowed the picture) notes:

Patch Tuesday’s coming a little early this month.

News.com reported that Microsoft said Sunday it will move quickly to release a fix for the animated cursor flaw that was discovered just last week in December. Look for it to come down the tubes on Tuesday.

Microsoft normally releases fixes for its products on the second Tuesday of each month, which has come to be known as “Patch Tuesday.”

Or Wednesday here in Australia. Yeah, I thought it was early…

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Written by Neil

April 4, 2007 at 10:59 am