Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 10 Feb. 2001, Vol 4 No. 6
 Microsoft Announces Windows XP and Office XP

by Arie Slob

Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,

Microsoft this week announced the product names for the upcoming new Microsoft Windows® desktop operating system and Microsoft Office desktop applications suite. Windows (formerly code-named "Whistler") will become Windows XP, and Office (formerly code-named "Office 10") will become Office XP. The XP name is short for "experience," which, according to Microsoft, symbolizes the "rich and extended user experiences Windows and Office can offer by embracing Web services that span a broad range of devices."

"These breakthrough versions of Windows and Office will give people the most powerful end-to-end computing experiences ever available," said Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft. "The coming generation of Windows XP and Office XP will enable customers to communicate and collaborate more effectively, be more creative and productive, and have more fun with technology."

Windows XP and Office XP are currently in beta testing. Windows XP is scheduled to be generally available in the second half of 2001. Office XP is scheduled to be available toward the end of the first half of 2001

Microsoft Releases Free Resource "Pocket PC StarterPak for Dummies"

Pocket PC StarterPak for Dummies Microsoft this week announced it is offering U.S. and Canadian Pocket PC owners a free reference book and Pocket PC software collection designed to help them learn about their Pocket PCs more quickly and get the most out of them. Part of the "for Dummies" series, the "Pocket PC StarterPak for Dummies" reference takes a lighthearted approach in presenting easy-to-understand instructional content, including tips on how to quickly master the vast functionality the Pocket PC offers. The guide helps Pocket PC owners explore this functionality, including access to the Internet, multimedia and networking that makes the Pocket PC more than a simple organizer. The StarterPak also includes a CD containing 10 Pocket PC software applications from various solution providers, which will help owners unlock the power of their Pocket PCs.

To order a complimentary copy, customers must register at the Pocket PC Web site. A Pocket PC serial number is required to complete registration.

This offer is available through April 30, 2001 (or while supplies last).


Napster Set to Charge Fees

Napster's wild ride from its simple beginnings to present day troubles; will charging access fees bail them out?


DirectX 8.0a

On February 5, 2001, Microsoft silently updated DirectX to version 8.0a. This updated version addresses installation issues encountered by some users and fixes some issues with input devices.

Windows 9x / Me
Windows 2000

Localized versions (14 languages) are available on the DirectX Downloads page.

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Internet Explorer 5 Tip: Printing Problems

Internet Explorer 5.x seems to generate any number of printing errors for some people. Here are some simple work-arounds to try.


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  Microsoft Security

Patch Available for "NTLMSSP Privilege Elevation" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft® Windows NT 4.0. The vulnerability could allow a locally logged on user to grant herself administrator level privileges.

Affected Software Versions

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

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Patch Available for "Network DDE Agent Request" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft® Windows® 2000. The vulnerability could, under certain conditions, allow an attacker to gain complete control over an affected machine.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Server, and Advanced Server

More information

  Recommended Book: Windows 98 Annoyances  
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Uncover and trash hundreds of useless files wasting precious hard drive space. Learn how to turn off mindless default settings which drain system performance. Clean the crud off your desktop and Start menu and actually wind up with a working computer. Fix those nasty error messages.

Also included with the book is a CD that contains a 30-day trial version of O'Reilly Utilities: Quick Solutions for Windows 98 Annoyances, with a discount offer toward the purchase of the fully licensed version of the software.

To Order: USA | EU (£14.00)

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Updated: Microsoft Knowledge Base Articles dealing with Internet Connection Sharing
Added: Napster Set to Charge Fees


Added: Patch Available for "NTLMSSP Privilege Elevation" Vulnerability
Added: Microsoft Releases Free Resource "Pocket PC StarterPak for Dummies"
Added: Microsoft Announces Windows XP and Office XP

Windows 98

Updated: Using ScanReg
Updated: Problems running ScanDisk and Defrag
Added: Internet Explorer 5 Tip: No prompt to disconnect

Windows Me

Updated: Windows Me System File Protection (SFP)

Windows 2000

Added: Patch Available for "Network DDE Agent Request" Vulnerability

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