Windows-Help.NET Newsletter15 Apr. 2000, Vol 3 No. 15
 Microsoft Releases Beta 3 of Windows Me

by Arie Slob

Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,

Windows Me

Microsoft Windows Me has reached the long-awaited Beta 3 milestone. Beta 3 adds a number of changes over Beta 2, including Microsoft's new Movie Maker, Windows Media Player 7, USB updates, improved application compatibility, and a number of bug fixes. This will be the last Beta phase before Windows Me hits RTM (Release To Manufacturing), currently scheduled for the first week of June this year.

Windows Me is the successor to Windows 98 / 98 SE, and should be the last OS based on the 9.x kernel. As such, Me will not be a complete new OS, it looks like Windows 2000, but then running on the older 9.x kernel.

Windows Me will disappoint most people when they realize there's only a few new features. But this has never been Microsoft's goal with Windows Me, it's primary goal being to improve reliability and workability. The biggest features continue to be what Microsoft calls PC Health, which include System File Protection, System Restore, and the Help Center.

I wrote up a small review of Windows Me Beta 2, where you can find some information and screenshots.

AOL Realeases Instant MessengerAOL Releases Instant Messenger 4.0

AOL has released the final version of its popular instant messaging service, AOL Instant Messenger 4.0. This version includes some new features, along with some minor bug fixes.

Some features in the latest version include:

  • Instant Images - This exciting new feature allows you to send and receive photos, images, sounds, and animation
  • Instant Alerts - Receive stock alerts or alerts when your buddies come online or get off-line
  • AIM Talk - Enjoy live conversation online -its FREE and never been easier
  • Get e-mail notification whenever you get new e-mail messages
  • Automatic Upgrades Get the newest version of AIM as soon as it is released
  • Window can be docked

For more information, visit the AIM 4.0 Web site, or download [1.98MB] your copy.

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Networking Computers

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

Part V: Some helpful tips on how to troubleshoot a network.

Part VI: Security measures for your networked system and how to test the security that you have now.

New Web site design

I have completed the initial redesign, and updated the InfiniSource home page to reflect the new design.

If you have any comments, please let me know!

Runtime 216 Errors

Most Runtime 216 Errors are associated with known Trojans ("viruses")

Here are the most frequently experienced Runtime 216 errors:


Windows 98: Improving Performance

Although Windows 98, when running on an identical setup to Windows 95, outperforms the latter, there are still a few "tweaks" to improve the performance of Windows 98.

This page covers:

  • Optimizing the swap file
  • Change the typical role of your computer
  • Optimizing I/O transfers by using Direct Memory Access
  • Optimizing DVD file system performance
  • Optimizing removable disk drive performance
  • Networking
  • MS Office
  • Win386.swp


Windows 95 users should check out this page instead.

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 Microsoft Security

Patch Available for "OffloadModExpo Registry Permissions" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a tool that installs tighter permissions on a Windows NT® 4.0 registry key. The default permissions could allow a malicious user who can interactively log onto a Windows NT 4.0 machine to compromise the cryptographic keys of other users who subsequently log onto the same machine.

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

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.

Added: Windows Millennium: Preview Beta 2
Added: Networking Computers, Part VI
Added: Microsoft Security: Patch Available for "OffloadModExpo Registry Permissions" Vulnerability
Updated: How to Install Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
Added: Networking Computers, Part V


Windows 95

Added: Runtime 216 Errors

Windows 98

Updated: Fatal Exception 0E Errors
Added: Runtime 216 Errors

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