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Windows-Help.NET Newsletter18 Sep. 1999, Vol 2 No. 37

 Microsoft MSN Messenger Service to go Wireless

by Arie Slob

Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,

Microsoft announced it will bring MSN Messenger to even more users by making versions of the software available to users of Windows CE, WebTV, and the Macintosh platform. In addition, Microsoft will make it possible for cell phone users to receive instant messages by integrating MSN Messenger with MSN Mobile Service, Microsoft's wireless information service launched in June.

Microsoft's MSN Messenger Service automatically notifies you when one of your contacts comes online, when you receive new Hotmail messages, and enables users to set online status, control who sees them online and who can send them instant messages. The number of unique MSN Messenger users skyrocketed from 200,000 in the first six days to nearly 2.5 million within two months of its release.

By extending MSN Messenger Service to a greater number of platforms, Microsoft is taking another step toward making communication universally accessible to consumers. "Our goal for MSN is to provide people with information and the ability to communicate anytime, anywhere, from any device," Deanna Sanford, Microsoft's lead product manager for MSN said. "I should be able to stay in touch whether I'm using my desktop PC, Windows CE device, WebTV, Macintosh, or wireless device."

Microsoft Declares Windows 2000 RC2

According to BetaNews, Microsoft late last week declared Build 2125 Release Candidate 2, ending a short delay of the upcoming release. Microsoft's internal testers will have until Tuesday, September 14th to find any last minute problems, which may bring the build number up to 2126. Windows 2000 RC2 is expected to be made available to testers and CPP customers starting this week.

Release Candidate 2 will be the last major release before Windows 2000 is Released To Manufacturing (RTM) on November 15th. RC3 is set ship on October 27th, but will merely be a last minute check-up build for top testers and OEMs.

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Last week's question was about your Y2K readiness. Here are the results:

  • 86% Is fully Y2K compliant
  •  4% Is still working on Y2K compliance
  •  9% Has not yet begun to evaluate for Y2K compliance

Windows Tip
Add Icon Dividers to your Quick Launch Toolbar

If you have a bunch of icons on your Quick Launch toolbar, it would be nice if you could place some dividers between them, to keep them more organized.

Windows 95
Windows 98

Windows 98 Tip
Using System File Checker

You can use the System File Checker to verify the integrity of your operating system files, and to restore them if they are corrupted. The System File Checker also gives you a convenient way to extract compressed files (such as drivers) from your installation disks.


An amazing utility, designed to help you implement the MaxMTU Fix and other speed tweaks effortlessly and easily.

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  Microsoft Security

Internet Explorer 5 "ImportExportFavorites" Vulnerability

Microsoft has learned of a vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 that could allow a malicious web site operator to take inappropriate action on the computer of a person who visited the site. Customers can immediately protect themselves against this vulnerability by disabling Active Scripting in IE 5, as discussed in the FAQ. Microsoft also is developing a patch that will restore safe operation to the affected feature.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5

More information

Windows NT 4.0 Does Not Delete Unattended Installation File

When an unattended installation of Windows NT 4.0 completes, a copy of the file that contains installation parameters remains on the hard drive. Depending on the method that was to perform the installation and the specific installation parameters that were selected, the file could contain sensitive information, potentially including the local Administrator password.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition

More information

  BBS 's

These topics are from recent discussions on the Windows-Help.NET Support BBS:

VFAT & IFSHLP.SYS Questions.... (Windows 95)

"Okay, VFAT (Virtual File Allocation Table) and IFSHLP.SYS work concurrently to load the FAT32, right? My question is, does anyone know of a way to correct VFAT errors other than reinstalling Win95 on top of itself?

Just curious, because I was searching for a quicker solution to a problem I solved this afternoon on a PC that was receiving, "VFAT failed to load or is corrupted. Device is unavailable" errors...."
Thread continues here.

Win 98 with both Novell and MS Clients (Windows 98)

Running Windows 98 with Novell's client and I have no problems. As soon as I add the Microsoft Client, I immediately get blue screens upon boot. I sometimes have to boot 5 or 6 times before I'm successful. If I remove the Microsoft Client - the problem goes away. I am using a 3C905B-TX.

The following are the 3 blue screens I get (one after the other):
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  Web site updates

These pages were added/updated in the past week. Information on previously updated/added pages is available on the What's New? page for 1 month.
Added: Microsoft's Year 2000 Product Analyzer
Updated: 'Net Humor Page
Added: The Lighter Side
Added: Internet Explorer 5 "ImportExportFavorites" Vulnerability
Added: Microsoft Security: Windows NT 4.0 Does Not Delete Unattended Installation File


Windows 95
Updated: Add Icon Dividers to your Quick Launch Toolbar

Windows 98
Added: Internet Explorer 5 Tip: Web Folders
Updated: Problems Accessing Windows Update
Updated: Add Icon Dividers to your Quick Launch Toolbar
Updated: Internet Explorer 5 Tips: Security Patches

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