Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 13 March 2004, Vol 7 No. 10

In this issue:

w   Microsoft Releases Office XP Service Pack 3
w   Microsoft Security Bulletin
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Recommended Web Sites
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia

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Microsoft Releases Office XP Service Pack 3

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Office XP This week, Microsoft released the third Service Pack for Office XP. Office XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) provides the latest updates to Microsoft Office XP. SP3 contains significant security enhancements, in addition to stability and performance improvements. This service pack applies to any level of Office XP. It contains all updates included in Office XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Office XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), and updates released after SP2.

Microsoft suggests using the Office Updates Web site, which will detect your Office installation, and prompt you to install exactly what you need to be fully updated, in order to minimize the time required to download this update. But you can also download [Eng - 16 MB] the full SP-2 client update.

You can find more information on Office XP Service Pack 3, including a list of fixes, from the Overview of the Office XP Service Pack 3 Web page. Administrators can use several ways to roll out SP3 in their organization, more information can be found on the Office XP Web site.

Install SP3 without the original Office XP CD

When installing SP3, you may be prompted to insert one or more of your original Office XP CD-ROMs. If you do not have access to your original Office XP CD-ROM you can install Office XP SP3 Full File Version [Eng - 57.5 MB]. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete installation. For more information, please see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 828451: Why Service Packs, Updates, and Security Patches May Require the Office XP CD-ROM.

Supported Operating Systems

Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP

Other language version are available from the Microsoft Download Center.

Microsoft Security

Microsoft Windows Security Bulletin Summary for March, 2004

Included in this advisory one update describing a newly discovered vulnerability in Microsoft Windows Server 2000.

Severity Rating: Moderate

Vulnerability in MSN Messenger Could Allow Information Disclosure

Severity Rating: Moderate

Affected Software:

  • Microsoft MSN Messenger version 6.0 & 6.1

More Info

Vulnerability in Outlook Could Allow a Remote Code Execution

Severity Rating: Critical

Affected Software:

  • Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Outlook 2002 Service Pack 2

More Info

Recent Support BBS Postings

System Restore Not Setting Restore Points Every 24Hrs - WinXP
Linux without needing an install - General Discussions
After Office SP3, annoying Outlook pop-up - Other Software
Run Ad-aware before/after Spybot? - Security / Virus / Spyware
Delete old programs in the Notifications Area - Windows XP

Recommended Web sites

Each month we will feature a few Web sites here, ones which sent us the most visitors to our Web site in the previous month. We would encourage you to visit these popular Web sites yourself!

Here are some sites in the Top 15 for February 2004:

  • Cyber Tech Help - Free Computer Help and Technical Support.
  • [H]ard|Forum - (Computer) Hardware Discussion Forum.
  • Kelly's XP Korner - Troubleshooting Windows XP pages by
       MVP Kelly Theriot.

    The Top 15 sites are listed on our Web site.

    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: Remove Advertising from MSN Messenger 6.1
    Added: Microsoft Security: Vulnerability in MSN Messenger Could Allow Information Disclosure
    Added: Microsoft Releases MSJVM Removal Tool
    Added: Microsoft Releases Office XP Service Pack 3

    Windows 2000

    Added: Microsoft Windows Security Bulletin Summary for March, 2004

    Windows XP

    Added: CopyProfile command-line tool
    Updated: Remove Microsoft Java Virtual Machine and Install Sun Java

  •   Highlights

    Microsoft Releases CopyProfile command-line tool

    The CopyProfile tool enables an administrator to copy the user profile of one user to another user from the command line.

    Administrators can use the CopyProfile tool to copy a profile from one user to another using a command line and also create default user profiles (see KB article 305709). This tool removes the dependency on the graphical interface and allows the administrator to copy profiles using scripts.

    Supported OS: Windows Server 2003, Windows XP

    More Info
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    Microsoft Releases MSJVM Removal Tool

    This week, Microsoft released the MSJVM Removal Tool. The tool can be used to remove the MS Java Virtual Machine (MSJVM). According to Microsoft, the use of this tool is the only supported method for removing the MSJVM from a Microsoft operating system.

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    Windows Server 2003 Troubleshooting Stop Errors

    A basic understanding of Stop errors and their underlying causes improves your ability to locate and understand technical information or perform diagnostic procedures requested of you by technical support personnel.

    Supported OS: Windows Server 2003

    Microsoft Word or Word Viewer, Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5.0 or later.

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    Windows XP Tip: Clean up your Hard Drive

    Over time, your Hard Disk fills up with all kinds of stuff, and before you know it, that drive you bought just a year or so ago, and whose capacity looked great back then, is already alarmingly full. You need a certain amount of "headroom" or empty space on your harddrive for Windows to function properly. Things like the Windows swap file require empty space on the harddrive for standby utilization and your system can slow down enormously if it's not available.

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