Microsoft has said it will beta test all its bug fix packages in future, after a flood of complaints following the problems caused by its Service Pack 2.0 (SP2) for Windows NT 4.0 (see previous story).
SP2 was released in the middle of December to repair 100 bugs in the operating system, but caused more problems than it fixed.
Users that ran virus scanners after installing SP2 activated the so-called Blue Screen of Death bug, which caused their systems to shut down. Another bug led to errors when they tried to connect to a remote server via a modem from their laptop.
Mark Hassel, Microsoft?s Windows NT product marketing manager, said: ?We are introducing a policy whereby SPs will go into beta testing to ensure there are no gremlins in there. The policy is likely to start from the next release, but it will probably be a scaled-down version compared to what they used to be as one of the benefits of the old system was that it was really quick.?
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