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Microsoft Desktop Search brings nightmares to Sysadmin

System administrators (opens in new tab) around the world are waking up to yet another sinister Microsoft Tuesday Update cock-up.

After the Skype chaos (opens in new tab) back in August (apparently caused by Microsoft Updates), reports are coming from a number of different locations mentioning the fact that Windows Desktop Search 3.01 had installed itself on computers throughout entire companies with Windows XP and Office 2007. (opens in new tab)

It has done so without asking for permission and bypassed a number of rules set up by sysadmin to prevent such things from happening.

The problem with WDS is that, although it is a seriously useful tool - we use extensively at - you better watch out the first time you use it.

The initial indexing process is a long and tedious one and grabs as much free resources as it can get (especially if it has to crawl through the whole network), which means that it is best done at night.

Fingers are being pointed to the Microsoft Windows Server Update Services which decides what needs to be installed and when.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.