Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 28 June 2003, Vol 6 No. 23

In this issue:

w   Microsoft Releases Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
w   Microsoft Security Bulletin
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Rose City Software Gets Face-Lift
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia

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Microsoft Releases Windows 2000 Service Pack 4

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Windows 2000 SP4 Microsoft has finalized Service Pack 4 (SP4) for Windows 2000, just a little under 12 months after Service Pack 3 was released.

SP4 contains a list of some 675 bug fixes and security enhancements. You can see the full list in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 327194. Service packs are cumulative. This means that the bugs that are fixed in a service pack are also fixed in later service packs. For example, Windows 2000 SP4 contains all the fixes that are included in Windows 2000 Service Pack 1, Service Pack 2, and Service Pack 3. You do not have to install an earlier service pack before you install Windows 2000 SP4.

The Readme file provides installation instructions & and other information, while the Release Notes provide most up-to-date information on Windows 2000 SP4 release notes and known issues. Ther's also a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Another document which could be particularly useful for system administrators it the Installation and Deployment Guide. The guide provides instructions for administrators installing hotfixes for Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, and Windows 2000 with Server Appliance Kit. This guide includes technical details, procedures, and recommendations for successfully installing Windows 2000 hotfixes on multiple computers in a small business or corporate environment.

Other helpfull tools Microsoft provided:

  • Windows 2000 SP4 Deployment Tools
    Download the latest deployment tools for help installing Windows 2000 on multiple computers. This file contains updates to the deployment tools and documentation.
  • Windows 2000 SP4 Support Tools
    Download the latest support tools to help support personnel and network administrators better manage their networks and troubleshoot problems.
  • Hotfix Deployment Guide
    Read this guide that provides instructions for administrators installing hotfixes on multiple computers in a small business or corporate environment. You can install hotfixes either alone or in combination with Windows 2000 (with or without a service pack).

There are two ways to get Windows 2000 SP4. You can download it directly from Microsoft, or you can order the Windows 2000 SP4 CD (USA/CAN only). International customers can obtain the CD through their local Microsoft subsidiary.

SP4 is 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. For example, files for Windows 2000 Professional will not be installed if your computer is running Windows 2000 Server. This method is recommended for customers who want to reduce their download time. This is for single computer installation only. If you want to install on more then one machine, choose the Network Installation.

The Network installation includes all of the Windows 2000 SP4 files needed for installation on Windows 2000 Professional, Server, or Advanced Server. This is an ideal download mechanism for IT professionals who require a downloadable copy of Windows 2000 SP4 that they can use for network deployment.

According to Microsoft, Windows 2000 SP4 requires between 105 - 340 MB disk space for Windows 2000 Professional, and between 105 - 410 MB for Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Advanced Server.

Note: If you have not installed a previous Windows 2000 Service Pack, you only need to install Windows 2000 SP4 to get all of the Windows 2000 updates. If you have installed a previous Windows 2000 Service Pack, Microsoft recommends that you install Windows 2000 SP4 without uninstalling the previous service pack.

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Microsoft Security

Flaw In Windows Media Player May Allow Media Library Access

Microsoft issued a patch for Windows Media Player 9 Series which contains a flaw that could allow an attacker to read files or run programs on your computer after you viewed a Web page.

Severity Rating: Moderate

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Windows Media Player 9

Note: Microsoft Windows Media Player 6.4, 7.1 and Microsoft Windows Media Player for Windows XP (8.0) are not affected.


Recent Support BBS Postings

Repairing XP Pro - Windows XP
Adding Bcc in address bar as default - Internet Explorer
Registry needs fixing every start up - Windows 98
Remote Deskptop Access behind DSL Router and Hub - Networking
XP and games - Windows XP

Rose City Software Gets Face-Lift

Have a look at the new Rose City Web site... we have award winning software for every occasion! Rose City Software, the award winning software division of InfiniSource and Windows-Help.NET, has recently had a face lift. The whole website has been completely redesigned. The new design is at once more professional and pleasing to look at as well as being a bit easier to navigate around and find what you are looking for. Stop over at Rose City Software and have a look around... we think you will like what you see!

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.

Updated: TradeTrakker 2.16
Updated: DU Meter 3.05


Added: Bill Gates e-mail: Toward a Spam-Free Future
Added: Microsoft Security: Flaw In Windows Media Player May Allow Media Library Access

Windows Me

Added: Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 and Internet Tools for Windows Me

Windows 2000

Added: Microsoft Releases Windows 2000 SP4


Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 and Internet Tools for Windows Me

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 and Internet Tools for Windows Me. This version of Internet Explorer includes improved support for DHTML and CSS, which gives Web architects greater control over browser appearance and behavior.

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Bill Gates e-mail: Toward a Spam-Free Future

This week, Microsoft's Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates published an "Executive E-mail" on the Microsoft Web site titled "Toward a Spam-Free Future", in which he pledges to combat spam and its pollution of the email ecosystem as part of Microsoft's drive to create a more trustworthy computing environment.

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Windows XP How To: Using Remote Desktop in Windows XP

If you enable Remote Desktop in Windows XP Professional, it will give you the ability to access your desktop from a remote location. You can access your applications, files and network resources as if you where sitting behind your computer. Remote Desktop is an evolution of the Terminal Services functionality formerly available only in the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Server family of operating systems. Remote Desktop is not available in Windows XP Home Edition.

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Windows Server 2003 Virtual Conference Seminars

These seminars of technical resources, tools, security guides, and other information are designed to help IT professionals deploy, maintain and support Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5
Office Converter Pack

The Microsoft Office Converter Pack provides a collection of text and graphic converters and filters previously available individually but now packaged together in a convenient download.

The Office Converter Pack can be useful to users or organizations that use Microsoft Office XP, Office 2000, and Office 97 in a mixed environment with previous versions of Microsoft Office, including Office for the Macintosh or other Office-related productivity applications.

You can customize the Office Converter Pack to deploy any number of these converters that your organization needs. You can also choose to deploy them with no user interaction or full user interaction, or you can include the converters with your deployment of Microsoft Office.

Note: When you install the Office Converter Pack setup detects which versions of the Office programs you are running and installs only the converters and filters appropriate for your versions.

Download English [12.1 MB]

The pack is available in these languages: Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. You can select a language download from the Microsoft Download site.
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