Adventures in XP (part 2)

XP is seeming decreasingly functional in comparison to Knoppix.
My new laptop came preloaded with Office XP.
Normally I don’t use office much but when my other half tried to use it she and I got a rude introduction to the world of Microsoft product activation.

First it asked for the product version number – this would have been fine if I had brought it with me on the trip we were on.

Now we are home and I enter the product code.
Then it asks for product activation.

OK so I plug in a network cable and expect the network connection that has worked previously to be available. I go through the designed-by-an-idiot wizard to allow me to connect to my home network (no i don’t want to use my windows XP disk to configure every other machine on the network, that is 2 windows boxes and a Ubuntu linux box – they all play together just fine thank you). The wizard completes but fails to add the network connection or tell me that it has failed to do so.

The assumption at that point is that the network cable has a problem. SO without moving the machine or the cable I put a Knoppix 3.9 cd in the drive and restart the machine. I have internet connectivity! This implies that the problem is with XP.

There is something seriously wrong with XP that prevents an out of the box setup from connecting to a network. I have tried switching off the MS firewall (don’t worry it is behind a NAT router).

Rebooting the machine with the network cable plugged in seems to resolve the problem -for now. The question remains: Is XP ready for the home network?

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