Windows-Help.NET Newsletter01 Apr. 2000, Vol 3 No. 13
 Windows Me: Beta 3 Soon.

by Arie Slob

Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,

Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me), the successor to Windows 98 and Windows 98 SE (Second Edition), is reportedly moving forward at a steady pace in its development. Although there have been some brief delays with Beta 3 of this OS, Microsoft is expected to ship any day now. Microsoft wants to deliver this beta to attendees of its eXtreme technology preview event, to be held in theaters across the United States on April 8.

Although Microsoft has not confirmed a shipping date, it is now rumored to ship on June 6, a delay of one week from the original target date. One of Millennium's core components - Internet Explorer 5.5 - will ship on Windows Me's original ship date, May 26th.

I hope to do a review of a beta version of Windows Me in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is also preparing a Service Pack (SP1) for Internet Explorer 5.01. According to a note send to testers: "Our goal is to bundle and deliver external customer QFEs, fixes escalated via support channels, as well as public security fixes that were released after IE 5.01 gold. The bundling of such fixes in this Service Pack release ensures that our users maintain a fast, reliable and robust experience with the lowest ownership cost."

It's not yet known when the Service Pack will be available.

Irok worm spreading globally

Several Anti-Virus vendors are warning computer users about a new e-mail worm that is currently spreading rapidly in several locations around the world. The Irok.Trojan.Worm spreads via e-mail as an electronic chain letter, much like the infamous W97M/Melissa virus did exactly one year ago.

The Irok worm spreads via Microsoft Outlook e-mail and is very widespread right now.

The Irok worm is only a threat to Microsoft Windows users and only spreads further via the Microsoft Outlook e-mail application and Internet Relay Chat (IRC).


Download now and start making cash ! ePilot is a free desktop portal that directs consumers anywhere and everywhere that they need to go on the Internet. With timesaving features like meta-search capability, free email, real-time news and stock quotes, customizable menus and much more, there's nothing ePilot can't do! ePilot has attracted users from all corners of cyberspace due to its convenience, speed and simplicity. Start Here!


Networking Computers

InfiniSource's Sandra Underhill continues her series on Networking Computers.

Part III: Networking your home computers together brings forth a new host of opportunities and considerations...

Part IV: How to get your network up and going in Windows, simply and quickly.

Custom StartUp

Custom StartUp helps you to manage which programs will be started when windows starts, without need to edit registry or WIN.INI file manually. Moreover, Custom StartUp allows you to backup configurations and restore them later. This option is useful when you want to test several start-up configurations.

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TradeTrakker is an easy-to-use, yet powerful financial portfolio management application for Windows. Whether you are new to investing or an experienced trader, TradeTrakker will help you monitor and analyze your stock and mutual fund positions, providing powerful insight into how well your investments are performing.

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  Microsoft Security

Patch Available for "Malformed TCP/IP Print Request" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in the TCP/IP Printing Services for Microsoft© Windows NT© 4.0 and Windows©2000-2001. If this service is installed, the vulnerability could allow a malicious user to disrupt printing services.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Workstation
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Server
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Server, Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Server, Terminal Server Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server

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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: Irok worm spreading globally
Added: Microsoft Security: Patch Available for "Malformed TCP/IP Print Request" Vulnerability (Win NT/2000)
Added: Networking Computers Part IV
Added: Networking Computers, Part III
Updated: Internet Search Resources

Updated: TradeTrakker named Rose City Spotlight of the Week
Added: New TradeTrakker investment tracking software released!
Updated: DU Meter named by PC World Magazine as one of Five Tools to Make Your Windows Shine


Windows 98

Updated: Problems Accessing Windows Update 25 March 2000
Updated: Device Manager Error Codes 25 March 2000

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