Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,
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
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.
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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