Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 31 Aug. 2002, Vol 5 No. 35

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w   Windows XP Service Pack 1 "Soon"
w   Microsoft Security Bulletin
w   Featured Software: Registry First Aid
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia

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Windows XP Service Pack 1 "Soon"

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Windows XP Last Tuesday, Microsoft announced that it would deliver Windows XP Service Pack 1 "Within 10 Days". The announcement was part of it's proposed settlement with the US Department of Justice, which specifies a timetable for delivering compliance changes which are part of SP1.

Besides the compliance changes, Windows XP SP1 will also include support for USB 2.0, Internet Explorer 6 SP1, sucurity updates and a number of bug fixes.

Microsoft will also be making a number of changes to Windows XP's product activation, aimed at ensuring licensed customers receive full benefits and to make it more difficult for those who pirate software to obtain these same benefits. These changes are:

  • Eligibility for Windows XP Service Pack 1 and Windows Update
  • Additional grace periods for hardware out-of-tolerance situations
  • Volume license key (VLK) encryption
  • Product key inclusion in Installation ID for activation
  • Repair of activation circumventions

Microsoft has determined through investigations that most pirated installations are made with either of two volume license product keys (keys used by corporate or other volume license customers to install Windows XP). When such a product ID is found during installation of SP1, the installation will fail. Access to Windows Update will also be denied to these pirated ID's.

A positive note is that Microsoft will add a three-day grace period for users who are asked to re-activate due to changes in their hardware configuration. Before SP1, a user was required to reactivate immediately upon boot if significant hardware changes had occurred. With SP1, users will have three days to complete this re-activation. This is specially welcome for mobile users who might not always have access to the Internet.

You can read more details in Changes to Windows XP Product Activation in Service Pack 1.

Microsoft Security

Flaw in Certificate Enrollment Control Could Allow Deletion of Digital Certificates

Microsoft released a patch for all current Windows versions to fix a flaw in an ActiveX control designed to allow web-based certificate enrollments.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Windows 98, 98 Second Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Millennium
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Microsoft Windows XP


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Registry First Aid

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Recent Support BBS Postings

Strange Folder in Windows - Windows XP
Bad sector on hard drive question - Hardware
How edit/modify OE saved msg Subject? - Outlook Express
Netscape 7 (Final) Released - Netscape
Win Me Restore - Windows Me

Web Site Updates

These pages were added/updated in the past 2 weeks. Information on previously updated/added pages is available on the What's New? page for 1 month.
Added: Need An Answer From Google, But Not At Your Computer?
Added: Web Site Hosting Prices Spiraling Upwards

Added: Microsoft Security: Flaw in Certificate Enrollment Control Could Allow Deletion of Digital Certificates

Windows XP
Added: Changes to Windows XP Product Activation in SP1


Need An Answer From Google, But Not At Your Computer?

New Email Service Called GoogleMail puts Google at your beck and call.

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Web Site Hosting Prices Spiraling Upwards

BTW, do you have Homestead? Are you ready for a 900% hike in yearly hosting fees?

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Modify message composition windows on-the-fly to allow for correct quoting and to change the appearance of your plain-text replies and forwards in general: move your signature, use compressed indentation, have RFC compliant signatures, etc. But the second feature is equally practical: OE-QuoteFix can instantly color quoted passages (according to the level of indentation), fix bad quoting and generally beautify messages as you view them in Outlook Express.

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Windows XP Tip: Repair Internet Explorer

How to Reinstall or Repair Internet Explorer and Outlook Express in Windows XP.

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