Windows Firewall service starts automatically after installing Windows XP Service Pack 3

Installation of Windows XP Service Pack 3 results in the Windows Firewall service being set to Automatic startup, regardless of its previous startup setting. After installing Service Pack 3 for Windows XP, you may be surprised to see that both the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service and the Security Center service are started and… Read more

How to deploy XP SP3 in an existing wired 802.1x environment

Prior to SP3, the 802.1x service for XP is the Wireless Zero Configuration Service.  This service handles the 802.1x needs for both wired and wireless connections.  This has been problematic since not everyone uses wired 802.1x.  Also, because the wired 802.1x engine listens passively for EAP Identity traffic, we are not fully compliant with the… Read more