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Windows-Help.NET Newsletter30 Oct. 1999, Vol 2 No. 43

 Windows 2000 Release Date!

by Arie Slob

Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,

Windows 2000

The long-awaited public release of Windows 2000 will be on Feb. 17, 2000, Microsoft executives said late Tuesday. After years of development, Windows 2000 Professional, Server, and Advanced Server are on schedule to be Released To Manufacturing (RTM) in calendar year 1999 and released to general retail, channel, and computer makers in mid-February, the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant announced.

"Microsoft is committed to delivering the best business operating system for the next generation of PC computing, and we are thrilled that customers and partners can build their plans around the general availability of Windows 2000," said Deborah Willingham, vice president of the Business Enterprise Division at Microsoft.

Microsoft's news release also left room for the company to change its mind - if needed - on when it lets the product ship: "While we are working closely with the industry to prepare solutions for retail availability in mid-February, we stand firm on our commitment to release Windows 2000 only when our early-adopter customers agree it's ready."

I'd just like to say: "told you so a long time ago!"

You can find more information on Windows 2000 on the Windows-Help.NET Web site.

Updated Windows 98 Shutdown Supplement

Microsoft quietly updated the Windows 98 Shutdown Supplement. It was found that, for some people, the original Shutdown Supplement was not working.

The update is only to the install & uninstall .INF file, apparently a file was not copied during install which affected a small number of users.

If you installed the Windows 98 Shutdown Supplement, and it's working for you, there is no reason to install this new one. But if you are having problems with the original Shutdown Supplement patch installed, we recommend that you try this new version.

You can identify the new version by it's size. The original Windows 98 Shutdown Supplement is 491KB, while the updated one is 489KB. The updated .INF files have a time stamp of 27/09/99, but according to sources, the update was only posted this week.


Processor Launch Bonanza

Last Monday, Intel introduced 15 Pentium III (Coppermine) chips for desktops, notebooks, workstations and servers, including nine desktop Pentium III chips. Pricing on those chips ranges from $239 for the 500MHz Pentium III (designated with an E to distinguish it from the existing 500MHz Pentium III) to $776 for the 733MHz Pentium III.

These Pentium IIIs, code-named Coppermine, are based on a 0.18 micron manufacturing process. To make way for those chips, Intel cut prices on existing Pentium IIIs, which are based on a .25 micron manufacturing process, by 14 to 24 percent.

AMD wasted no time in responding to Intel's chip launch and corresponding price reductions, cutting prices on its flagship Athlon processor by as much as 18 percent.

By way of comparison, the 700MHz Athlon's new $699 price makes it $55 cheaper than Intel's 700MHz Pentium III, which is priced at $754.
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Rambus DRAM Systems Released!

Rambus hopes for success pinned on cooler-running Coppermine CPU's with an on-chip level-2 cache.


Upgrade Your Monitor to an LCD?

Or should you simply buy a monitor filter? The straight story on radiation exposure, eyestrain, screen refresh rates, LCD's, etc.


How to Print the Favorites List in Internet Explorer 5

If you want to print a list of Favorites from Internet Explorer 5, this article describes how to do just that.


Winamp 2.50e

Nullsoft Winamp is a fast, flexible, high-fidelity music player for Windows 95/98/NT. Winamp supports MP3, CD, WMA, Audiosoft, Mjuice, MOD, WAV and other audio formats, custom appearances called skins and audio visualization and audio effect plug-ins. Winamp is now freeware. Download and enjoy it free of charge, free of guilt.

Winamp also has different language packs available: German (Version 1.51) - Greek - French - Ukranian - Svenska (Swedish) - Polish - Russian - Latvian - Turkish.

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Windows 98 Tip:

Optimizing Removable Disk Drive Performance

Windows 98 gives you the option to use write-behind caching to improve the performance of removable disk drives, such as the Iomega ZIP or JAZ drive.


Pandora's Box

From the creator of Tetris (Alexey Pajitnov), Microsoft Pandora's Box makes for a real challenging puzzle game! You can download a free trial [15.9MB] from the Microsoft Games Web site.

There are also some additional puzzle downloads:

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  Microsoft Security

Patch Available for "Virtual Machine Verifier" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a new version of the Microsoft® virtual machine (Microsoft VM) that eliminates a security vulnerability that could allow a Java applet to take unauthorized actions on the computer of a web site visitor. Although no standard Java compiler can generate such an applet, a Java applet constructed by hand with a Java bytecode assembler could bypass the sandbox and take virtually any action on the computer that the user would be capable of taking.

Affected Software Versions

Versions of the Microsoft VM are identified by build numbers, which can be determined using the JVIEW tool, as discussed in the FAQ. The following builds of the Microsoft VM are affected:

  • All builds in the 2000 series
  • All builds in the 3000 series prior to but not including build 3188

Note: The Microsoft VM ships as part of several products. However, the primary ship vehicle is Internet Explorer. IE 4 ships with builds in the 2000 series; IE 5 ships with builds in the 3000 series.

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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: Windows 2000 Retail Availability scheduled for Feb. 17, 2000
Added: Rambus DRAM Systems Released!
Added: Upgrade Your Monitor to an LCD?
Added: Patch Available for "Virtual Machine Verifier" Vulnerability


Windows 98
Updated: Problems Accessing Windows Update
Updated: Problems running ScanDisk and Defrag
Added: No Windows or Network logon dialog box
Updated: Windows 98 Second Edition Shutdown Problems

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