10 Frequently Asked Links on Windows XP Service Pack 2
1. Download Locations
2. Avoiding the installation of Windows XP Service Pack 2
Disabling Delivery of Windows XP Service Pack 2 Through Windows Update and Automatic Updates
3. Installing Windows XP Service Pack 2
Installing Service Pack 2
4. Internet Explorer Changes
Internet Explorer Information Bar
5. Windows XP Firewall Changes
What to do if a program stops working after installing Windows XP Service Pack 2
6. Website Changes
Fine Tuning your website for Service Pack 2
Configuring Windows XP with SQL Server
8. Windows XP Service Pack 2 Information
Official Windows XP Service Pack 2 Support Center
9. Creating a Windows XP Boot CD with the Service Pack 2
Bink’s Guide to integrating Service Packs with a Windows OS
10. What to do when nothing else works
Over the last year I’ve taken a much more avid interest in knowledge base solutions. During my internship at Unisys, I started working on the framework for a knowledge sharing platform. Infact, my internship timing was perfect, because Unisys was in the middle of a large roll out for the blue print marketing campaign. In essence, Unisys designed various solutions for industries and called each solution a blue print. For example, a frequent flyer program for the aviation industry was a blue print. So if Air New Airlinesio wanted a frequent flyer program, Unisys could deliver a solution based on the blue print. Common sense?
But factor in multiple languages, diverse needs, cultural restrictions, financial constraints and you see why many software consulting companies end up developing multiple solutions for a single problem.
In essence, knowledge has to be captured because you never know how valuable the knowledge is until it’s lost. Building on this concept, it seems logical therefore to assume that in various support scenarios a knowledge base of support issues can help radically reduce the time taken to solve a problem.
At a recent Help Desk Institute meeting, Judy Benda summarized a methodology for Knowledge Centered Support as:
– Create content as a by product of solving problems
– Evolve content based on demand and usage
– Develop a knowledge base of our collective experience to-date
– Reward learning, collaboration and contribution
The final goal, is to move from being reactive to proactive. In the case of a support center, the reactive center knows the answer and responds only when the customer requires help, whereas a proactive center moves the answer closer to and more accessible to the customer.
I’m going to coin a phrase that I haven’t seen elsewhere but hope at the same time that I’m not abusing someone’s copyright. Either way, we’ve all heard of Frequently Asked Questions or Frequently Answered Questions, but more often I find myself looking for information sources where I can spend time trying to learn or understand something as opposed to just finding an easy solution. So, to aid with this, if I come across something that should be helpful in learning or understanding something I’ll drop it in a section called Frequently Asked Links or FALs to aid others in their quest for knowledge.