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Cannot Install SP2? Stuck on "Checking Product Key"

I recently had a Dell D505 laptop in the workshop that refused to install Service Pack 2. Each time, it just stopped on "Checking Product Key"

The product key was correct but it could get no further - the Update process would then use 100% of the CPU and had to be closed manually.

After searching the net, I found a few other users with the same problem and generally the solution was to reinstall Windows with SP2 slipstreamed into it already. Since this was already a fresh install after a hard disk failure, I was not keen on this plan.

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Verisign digital signature in Outlook in 2 minutes

  • Go to https://digitalid.verisign.com/client/class1MS.htm in Internet Explorer.
  • Fill in your first name, last name, email address and a simple memorable password (in the challenge phrase box)
  • Select "I'd like to test drive a 60-day trial Digital ID for free"
  • Scroll down and accept, check the details and agree.
  • When the email from Verisign comes in, copy the Digital PIN and click on the link.
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Amazing email worms that are traced back to an email account.

Got an email from a customer today containing this.
From: serv@elamex.com [mailto:serv@elamex.com] 
Sent: None
To: xxxx@xxxxx.com
Subject: Mail server report.

Mail server report.

Our firewall determined the e-mails containing worm copies are
being sent rom your computer.

Nowadays it happens from many computers, because this is a
new virus type (Network Worms).

Using the new bug in the Windows, these viruses infect the
computer nnoticeably.
After the penetrating into the computer the virus harvests
all the e-mail addresses and sends the copies of itself to
these e-mail addresses

Please install updates for worm elimination and your computer
restoring.

Best regards,
Customers support service

I had to admit it made me chuckle, a customer asked me what it was. My reply was something along these lines.

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