Typepad Resources recently posted a great article on news aggregators which are useful to bloggers who reference news media and other publications in their blog. On the strength of this post, I decided to install Newsgator since I use MS Outlook and Newsgator is an Outlook plug-in.
While I like Newsgator a lot…installing its software also installed .NET Framework 1.1. This isn’t what I bargained for and I didn’t see any mention in the Newsgator documentation that .NET would be installed. After installing both programs, my PC totally changed its login forcing me to identify myself each time I logged in. It also completely reset my hibernation and sleep functions to annoyingly short intervals forcing me to essentially restart the PC each time it hibernated. Previous to this installation, I had no password on my PC and did not need to confirm my identity in order to login. Installing .NET adds an unnecessary element of clutter and keystrokes to login, hibernation and sleep that I didn’t want.
I’m delighted to report that Greg of Newsgator found a solution to this problem in the MS Knowledge Base. The article problem description is ‘Welcome to Windows’ Screen Appears When You Start Windows XP After You Install the .NET Framework 1.1.
I think that Greg and his product deserve an enormous amount of credit for going out of his way to help me resolve the problem caused by .NET. If only all customer service was as good as his and TP’s!