Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 21 Oct. 2000, Vol 3 No. 42
 Windows Me System Restore

by Arie Slob

Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,

Windows Me This week I took a closer look at the Windows Me System Restore function, one of the few new features in Windows Me. System Restore acts as a safety net, allowing you to return your system to a previously known (working) state in the event that an application or driver installation wreaks havoc with the system. It's not a backup program, like Microsoft Backup, and it shouldn't be used instead of one.

System Restore is designed to automatically monitor and record changes made to the core Windows system files and to the registry. System Restore can then allow you to undo a change that caused a problem in your system. This is accomplished by periodically recording a "Restore Point" (or System CheckPoint) that gives you the ability to roll your system back to the point in time when your computer was known to function properly.

You must remember that System Restore is not intended to be an "uninstaller" (or a backup program). If Windows does not function properly after installing software or drivers, you should use the Add/Remove Programs tool in Control Panel to remove the software before using System Restore.

You can read the full article on the Windows-Help.NET Web site.

Dell recalls around 27,000 notebook batteries

Last week Dell started a voluntary recall of certain batteries it sold for use with some Latitude and Inspiron notebook computers. These batteries can short circuit, even when the battery is not in use, potentially causing them to become very hot, release smoke and possibly catch fire.

The batteries were also sold separately, sometimes in response to service calls. The batteries were shipped to customers between June 22 and September 15, 2000 (in North and South America) and between June 22 and October 4, 2000 (in Europe, the Middle East and Africa).

Sanyo Electric made the potentially defective batteries for Dell. One incident of fire had been reported, prompting Dell to issue the recall.

For more information, see the Dell Web site.


Plextor's New PlexWriter 12/10/32 CDRW

Shopping for a reliable CDRW? A new PlexWriter with Burn Proof Technology will satisfy your burning desires!


CDRW Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting writing to discs:

Part I | Part II

ATI Windows 2000 Rage Drivers Finally Posted

ATI have finally released their ATI Rage drivers for Windows 2000. you can get them at the ATI Web site.

Microsoft Ships October Compatibility Update For Windows 2000

Microsoft has shipped the fourth "Compatibility Update" for Windows 2000, which is designed to add compatibility with various consumer-grade software packages.


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  Microsoft Security

Patch Available for "HyperTerminal Buffer Overflow" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in the HyperTerminal application that ships with several Microsoft® operating systems. This vulnerability could, under certain circumstances, allow a malicious user to execute arbitrary code on another user's system.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Windows 98 and Windows 98 SE
  • Microsoft Windows Me
  • Microsoft Windows 2000

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Patch Available for "NetMeeting Desktop Sharing" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in NetMeeting, an application that ships with Microsoft® Windows 2000 and is also available as a separate download for Windows NT 4.0. The vulnerability could allow a malicious user to temporarily prevent an affected machine from providing any NetMeeting services and possibly consume 100% CPU utilization during an attack.

Affected Software Versions

  • NetMeeting Version 3.01 (4.4.3385) on Windows 2000 or Windows NT 4.0

More information

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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: Plextor's New PlexWriter 12/10/32 CDRW
Added: CDRW Troubleshooting Part IV
Added: CDRW Troubleshooting - Part III


Added: Patch Available for "HyperTerminal Buffer Overflow" Vulnerability
Added: Patch Available for "NetMeeting Desktop Sharing" Vulnerability

Windows 98

Added: Patch Available for "HyperTerminal Buffer Overflow" Vulnerability

Windows Me

Added: Patch Available for "HyperTerminal Buffer Overflow" Vulnerability
Added: Windows Me System Restore

Windows 2000

Added: Patch Available for "HyperTerminal Buffer Overflow" Vulnerability
Added: Microsoft ships October Compatibility Update for Windows 2000
Added: Patch Available for "NetMeeting Desktop Sharing" Vulnerability

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