Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 05 Aug. 2000, Vol 3 No. 31
 Microsoft Windows Me Upgrade Promotional Price


by Arie Slob

Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,

Windows Me Microsoft announced a limited-time promotional price of $59.95 for the Windows® Millennium Edition (Windows Me) operating system. The special price is available for Microsoft® Windows 98 or Windows 98 Second Edition customers who wish to upgrade their system to the forthcoming Windows Me, the latest operating system designed specifically for the home user. The promotionally priced product, which will be available in retail stores from Sept. 14 through Jan. 15, 2001, will make it more affordable for Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition users to update their systems with the most recent consumer operating system enhancements. Windows Me improves the home-computing experience by delivering enhancements in the areas of PC health, digital media, home networking and the online experience.

The estimated retail price for Windows Me is the same as for Windows 98: $209 (U.S.) for the full-package product and $109 (U.S.) for a version upgrade from Windows 95. For a limited time, Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition users may upgrade for the special $59.95 price, after which the $109 price prevails.


Microsoft finally releases Windows 2000 SP1

Windows 2000 Service Pack I Microsoft has released the long awaited Service Pack 1 (SP1) of Windows 2000. The full download (Network Installation) is a hefty 83.2MB, so unless you have a fast connection, you should think about ordering SP1 on CD-ROM.

You can download SP1 from the Windows 2000 site (currently SP1 is only available in the English language), and it's available as an Express or Network Installation. The Express installation detects your system components and installs only those updates that are necessary for your computer. This is for single computer installation only. If you want to install on more then 1 machine, or you want to save all files to your computer, choose the Network Installation.

According to Microsoft, using the Express Installation on a typical Windows 2000 Professional machine will be around 13.8MB, while a Windows 2000 Server and Advanced Server will be around 29.6MB.

Reported trouble

Two problems have been reported, both having to do with firewall software. Black Ice Defender will stop working (but that's quite normal... almost every Windows fix/service pack/update does this), and ZoneAlarm will also break. This will prevent you from accessing the Internet. A patch was released to make ZA compatible with SP1, you can download it from the ZA Web site.

BID have released an update on August 3 to support Windows 2000 SP1.


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  Highlights  

Cookies And Controversy

Cookies, you either hate them or don't care, but when does a cookie cross the line? And what you can do about it?

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Speed Up Your Computer With FireWire

Firewire peripherals now available in abundance to speed up your PC.

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Microsoft Announces Application Center 2000 Public Beta

Microsoft this week announced the public availability of beta 2 of Microsoft® Application Center 2000, the deployment and management tool for applications built on the Microsoft Windows® 2000 operating system, and a key member of the .NET enterprise server family.

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Problems running ScanDisk and Defrag

Many people have problems running ScanDisk and/or Defrag, with the program running 10% or 30% and then stalling. Often with a message that Windows is trying to write to the drive. To run ScanDisk/Defrag successfully, follow these tips:

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The Sleuthhound! Personal Search Engine enters Shareware Hall of Fame.

The Sleuthhound, the instant Personal Hard Disk search tool from Rose City Software and iSleuthhound Technologies, has been inducted into the prestigious WUGNET Shareware Hall of Fame for the week commencing July 31, 2000.

The Sleuthhound!

BCWipe v2.31

This shareware tool hooks into the Explorer right-click context menu to enable you to get rid of data permanently. Files and folders can be wiped clean and deleted quickly. Two main modes of wiping are provided: Normal standard wiping and U.S. Department of Defense seven-pass, extended-character, rotation wiping.

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  Microsoft Security

Patch Available for "Malformed IPX Ping Packet" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft® Windows 95, 98 and 98 Second Edition. The vulnerability could be used to cause an affected system to fail, and depending on the number of affected machines on a network, potentially could be used to flood the network with superfluous data. The affected system component generally is present only if it has been deliberately installed.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Windows 9.x

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Patch Available for "Service Control Manager Named Pipe Impersonation" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft® Windows 2000. The vulnerability could allow a user logged onto a Windows 2000 machine from the keyboard to become an administrator on the machine.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 (all versions)

More information


Patch Available for "Relative Shell Path" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft® Windows NT® 4.0 and Windows® 2000. Under certain conditions, the vulnerability could enable a malicious user to cause code of his choice to run when another user subsequently logged onto the same machine.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 (all versions)
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 (all versions)

More information

  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.


InfiniSource.com

Added: Speed Up That Computer of Yours!
Updated: InfiniSource, Inc. Press Releases
Added: Cookies And Controversy
Added: Speed Up Your Computer With FireWire


Windows-Help.NET

Added: Patch Available for "Malformed IPX Ping Packet" Vulnerability
Added: Microsoft Announces Application Center 2000 Public Beta
Added: Patch Available for "Relative Shell Path" Vulnerability (Win 2000/NT)

Windows Me

Added: Microsoft Announces Promotional Pricing For Windows Millennium Edition Upgrade

Windows 2000

Added: Patch Available for "Service Control Manager Named Pipe Impersonation" Vulnerability
Added: Microsoft finally releases Windows 2000 SP1
Added: Patch Available for "Relative Shell Path" Vulnerability


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