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Windows-Help.NET Newsletter29 May 1999, Vol 2 No. 22

 Microsoft vs. DOJ trial to resume

by Arie Slob

Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,

After a lengthy recess, the Microsoft vs. DOJ trial is set to resume on June 1, when Microsoft will question AOL executive David Colburn. I can't say that I'm extremely interested in the trial, we'll just have to wait and see what the DOJ comes up with. If - by any chance - you are interested in this trial, ZDNet News has an ongoing Microsoft vs. DOJ Special Report, where you can find the latest information, backgrounds & witness lists.

AMD Introduces Highest Performance x86 CPU for Notebook PCs

In last week's newsletter I wrote about the new mobile Intel® Celeron™ processor, running at 366 MHz. To emphasise that Intel does not hold the speed record for mobile processors, AMD announced this week the arrival of the industry's highest performance x86 mobile PC processor available, the Mobile AMD-K6®-III-P. The new Mobile AMD-K6-III-P processor is based on AMD's advanced sixth generation micro-architecture, with AMD's unique TriLevel Cache™ design, and a 100 MHz front-side bus (the Intel Celeron's bus runs at 66 MHz). The processor is available immediately at clock speeds of up to 380 MHz.

AMD's TriLevel Cache architecture includes a full-speed 64KByte Level 1 (L1) cache, an internal full processor-speed backside 256KByte Level 2 (L2) cache, and a 100-MHz frontside bus to an optional external Level 3 (L3) cache of up to 1MByte. The TriLevel Cache maximizes overall system performance of Mobile AMD-K6-III-P processor-based notebook PCs by delivering the mobile computer industry's largest combined system cache.

The K6-III-P also supports AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port) and offers AMD's 3DNow set of instructions to enhance 3-D graphics performance. Intel will not offer its enhanced instruction set for notebooks until the debut of the mobile Pentium III at 450 MHz in September of this year.


Executive Software, the leading supplier of reliable system management tools, has released a freeware version of its Emergency Undelete file recovery tool for Windows NT. Now available for download from, Emergency Undelete is a new tool that recovers accidentally deleted files directly from any NTFS or FAT disk and can even recover files that were deleted prior to its installation. It can eliminate the hours of time spent searching through back-up tapes for vital lost files, and can quickly restore what was previously unrecoverable.

The Recycle Bin captures files that are deleted from Windows NT Explorer only. Files deleted through other programs such as File Manager, from the command line, or from within applications, are not sent to the Recycle Bin. In addition, files that are deleted across a Windows NT network from one computer to another also bypass the Recycle Bin and are permanently deleted. Emergency Undelete is one module of the full Undelete data protection product. The full-featured product provides an enhanced "Recovery Bin" that captures and stores files deleted from all sources, including all files that bypass the Recycle Bin. The full version is the only product with enhanced "Recovery Bins" that work across the entire Windows NT network to allow for remote recovery of files.

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Visual Studio 6.0 Service Pack 3 Released
Microsoft released the third service pack for Visual Studio 6.0 this week. Service Pack 3 (SP3) provides the latest updates to Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 development system and its component products. SP3 is currently available for customers to order on CD or download.
SP3 includes all of the fixes in SP1 and 2 as well as new updates. Visit the Visual Studio 6.0 Web site for more information about SP3, as well as download locations.

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  Microsoft Security

Patch Available for "RAS and RRAS Password" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a vulnerability in the Microsoft® Windows NT® Remote Access Service (RAS) and Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS) clients, in which a user's password is cached even if the user de-selects the "Save password" option.

Affected Software Versions:

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

Microsoft has released patches that fixes the problem identified. More information can be found in these Microsoft Knowledge Base Articles:

Q230681 - RAS Credentials Saved when "Save Password" Option Unchecked
Q233303 - RRAS Credentials Saved when "Save Password" Option Unchecked
Note: It might take 24 hours from the original posting of this bulletin for the KB article to be visible in the Web-based Knowledge Base.

Patches are available for RAS and RRAS

Patch Available for "Malformed Favorites Icon" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a single patch that eliminates two security vulnerabilities in Microsoft® Internet Explorer 4.0 and 5. The first potentially could allow arbitrary code to be run on a user's computer. The second potentially could allow the local hard drive to be read. A fully supported patch is available to eliminate both vulnerabilities, and Microsoft recommends that affected customers download and install it, if appropriate.

Affected Software Versions:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 and 5.0

Microsoft has released patches that fix the problem identified. More information and the location of the patches can be found in these Microsoft Knowledge Base Articles:

Q231450 - Update Available For "Malformed Favorites Icon" Security Issue in Internet Explorer 5
Q231452 - Update Available For "Legacy ActiveX Control" Security Issue in Internet Explorer 5
Note: It might take 24 hours from the original posting of this bulletin for the KB article to be visible in the Web-based Knowledge Base.

The patch can be found at

Note: The patch will determine the version of IE and the platform on which it is installed, and will apply only the appropriate fix. As a result, the single patch above is appropriate for use by customers who are affected by either or both of the vulnerabilities.

  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 Releases Internet Explorer 4 and 5 Security Patch
Added: Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition Preview
Updated: Web Design Resources
Updated: Windows 95 Support page

Windows 95
Added: Cannot Use CabView to View Contents of Cabinet Files
Added: Scroll bar arrows, Maximize and Minimize buttons, and other controls in Windows 95 are not displaying correctly
Added: Unable to Connect to Secure Web Page Using Internet Explorer

Windows 98
Added: Unable to Access CD-ROM Drive After Installing Windows 98
Updated: Suspend or Stand by option missing from Shutdown menu
Updated: Using System File Checker
Added: Cannot Use CabView to View Contents of Cabinet Files
Updated: Problems Accessing Windows Update
Updated: Start- and Favorites Menu Not Listed in Alphabetical Order
Added: Unable to Connect to Secure Web Page Using Internet Explorer

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