Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 23 June 2001, Vol 4 No. 25

In this issue:

w   "Windows XP Ready" PC Specifications
w   Microsoft Unveils Microsoft Producer
w   Featured Rose City Software: The Sleuthhound
w   Microsoft Security Bulletin
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia


  "Windows XP Ready" PC Specifications

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Windows XP Microsoft this week published "Windows XP Ready" PC Specifications, so that consumers wanting to buy a new system can buy one and be sure that it meets the system requirements for the new operating system. That will allow them to upgrade to Windows XP the day it ships. Compaq Computer Corp., Dell Computer Corp., eMachines Inc., Equus Computer Systems, Gateway Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp., KDS Computers, MicronPC, Northgate Computers, Premio Computer Inc., Sony, Systemax Inc. and Toshiba are current PC manufacturers offering Windows XP Ready PCs worldwide today. The complete list of Windows XP Ready PCs worldwide can be viewed online at the Microsoft Windows XP Web site.

The Windows XP Ready PC Program ensures that the PC meets or exceeds the Windows XP system requirements and has passed Windows Hardware Quality Lab test for Windows 2000, and that PC manufacturers will provide any necessary drivers at the launch of Windows XP.

System Requirements for Windows XP

Customers can begin to prepare their current PC systems for a Windows XP upgrade by reviewing the Windows XP system requirements, which are now available for Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional.

  • PC with 300MHz or higher processor clock speed recommended; 233MHz minimum required;* Intel Pentium/Celeron family, AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family or compatible processor recommended (dual processor support in Windows XP Professional)
  • 128MB of RAM or higher recommended (64MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features)
  • 1.5 GB of available hard disk space*
  • Super VGA (800x600) or higher resolution video adapter and monitor
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

* Actual requirements will vary based on system configuration and the applications and features chosen for installation. Additional available hard disk space may be required if installing over a network. Additional requirements may be needed for additional programs and peripherals. More information is available at the Microsoft Windows XP Web site.

Note: Personally I would not recommend anything less than a PC with 300MHz or higher processor clock speed, and 128MB of RAM. Since RAM is cheap these days, get some more: Windows XP will use it!

  Microsoft Unveils Microsoft Producer

* Microsoft announced Microsoft® Producer, the first comprehensive tool that enables enterprise media professionals and everyday business users to create, edit and publish rich media presentations. Rich media presentations combine the power of Windows Media™ audio and video, HTML and PowerPoint® slide presentations to take the communication of ideas and information to a new level. Microsoft also delivered a Technology Preview of Microsoft Producer, designed for evaluation by content developers and technical evaluators. Microsoft Producer, a companion tool for Office XP users, is a milestone in enabling broader use of digital media to rapidly deliver critical information throughout large organizations right to the PC desktop.

Rose City Software

The Sleuthhound

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Microsoft Security

Unchecked Buffer in Index Server ISAPI Extension Could Enable Web Server Compromise

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in the Microsoft Index Server 2.0, and the Indexing Service in Windows 2000.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Index Server 2.0
  • Indexing Service in Windows 2000


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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: The Future Of Netscape
Added: Can Blackouts Cause Power Surges Which Destroy Sensitive Computer Equipment?
Added: What Happens When Your ISP Goes Down?
Added: AppWorx Offers Innovative Enterprise Solutions To IT Professionals


Added: Microsoft Publishes "Windows XP Ready" PC Specifications
Added: Microsoft Unveils Microsoft Producer

Windows 2000
Added: Microsoft Security: Unchecked Buffer in Index Server ISAPI Extension Could Enable Web Server Compromise

Windows XP
Added: Microsoft Publishes "Windows XP Ready" PC Specifications
Added: Microsoft Names "Whistler" Server Family: Windows .NET Server
Added: Microsoft Security: Unchecked Buffer in Index Server ISAPI Extension Could Enable Web Server Compromise


The Future Of Netscape

Netscape's future as an alternative choice of browser looks dimmer every day...

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Can Blackouts Cause Power Surges Which Destroy Sensitive Computer Equipment?

You may be able to get compensation for damage caused by power surges brought on by rolling blackouts from your local utility company!

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What Happens When Your ISP Goes Down?

ISP problems? Is it a squabble? Another Bankruptcy? Who are you going to call?

Read Full Article

AppWorx Offers Innovative Enterprise Solutions to IT Professionals

This cutting-edge Enterprise software promises reduced operating expenses, optimized efficiency.

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Microsoft Names "Whistler" Server Family: Windows .NET Server

In his keynote address to corporate customers and partners at TechEd 2001, Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corp., revealed that Microsoft's enterprise server products, previously code-named "Whistler," will be released under the name Windows .NET Server.

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Microsoft Comments on the "AD Backup Bug"

Two weeks ago I provided a link to a WinInfo article by Sean Daily, describing a bug with Microsoft backup when used with Windows 2000 networks based on Active Directory (AD). As was suggested in the article, the bug was fixed in Windows 2000 SP2, and Microsoft acknowledged this with a Knowledge Base Article.

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