Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 07 July 2001, Vol 4 No. 27

In this issue:

w   Microsoft Releases Windows XP RC1
w   Your Windows XP Product Activation Comments
w   Featured Software: Academic Flashcards
w   Microsoft Security Bulletin
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia

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  Microsoft Releases Windows XP RC1

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Windows XP Last Monday, Microsoft announced the availability of the first release candidate (RC1) for Windows® XP, the new Microsoft® Windows operating system for home and business. Windows XP RC1, the first feature-complete version of the operating system, provides consumers and corporations with the opportunity to evaluate and experience Windows XP prior to its Oct. 25 launch. Windows XP RC1 is the result of a tremendous amount of customer and tester feedback. More than 500,000 testers have been involved in the beta testing program to date.

"The feedback that Microsoft has received from over half a million beta testers tells us loud and clear that people are super-excited about the experiences enabled by Windows XP and that we're in the home stretch for delivering the system to our customers," said Jim Allchin, group vice president of the Windows Division at Microsoft. "Today's release of RC1 further underscores Microsoft's commitment to excellence and to delivering the highest-quality product to our customers on Oct. 25."

Through Windows XP RC1, users will be also able to experience the features planned for the final product including Windows Messenger. In addition, RC1 introduces new Visual Desktop Color, Schemes, performance improvements and greater applications and device compatibility.

Windows RC1 provides businesses with the ideal opportunity to begin evaluating Windows XP Professional and experience improved security, reliability and performance combined with new features such as Remote Assistance and Windows Messenger. Businesses can receive evaluation kits either through Microsoft TechNet at or through a subscription in the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN).

More than 100,000 participants are enrolled in the Windows XP Preview Program, and for a small fee, consumers can join the program and test drive Windows XP prior to its general availability on Oct. 25. Program members who ordered a copy of Windows XP RC1 will receive it immediately through their selected option of either a download provided in agreement with Conxion Corp. or through the post. In addition to receiving a copy of Windows XP RC1, participants will be automatically eligible to receive the Windows XP Preview Program Newsletter, which will contain technical information on how to take advantage of the powerful new functionality that Windows XP can deliver. Registration for the Windows XP Preview Program is available through the Windows XP Preview Web site.

I will take a closer look at RC1 in the next few days, and will report about my findings later.

  Your Windows XP Product Activation Comments

Last week I published some information on the new Product Activation for Windows XP, and asked for your comments. Quite a few of you left your comments on the matter. I will be writing a follow-up to the article, and will try to address most of the questions/comments.

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Academic Flashcards

"I'm a college student at Carthage College who downloaded Academic Flashcards and I love it (it help me pull a 98% on a Biochem test!) I've told all my fraternity brothers about it for next term!" -- Ray Flavell, USA

Microsoft Security

Authentication Error in SMTP Service Could Allow Mail Relaying

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft Windows 2000. The vulnerability could allow an unauthorized user to successfully authenticate to the SMTP service using incorrect credentials. The most likely purpose in exploiting the vulnerability would be to perform mail relaying via the server.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Windows 2000


Recent Support BBS Postings

IE not installing into control pannel - Internet Explorer
Outlook Express 5 will not start (Starts very slow) - IE
Netscape 6.1 Preview Release 1 - Netscape Navigator
MSN Messenger - Stop it from Starting! - Applications
Identification of RAM type - Hardware

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: IRC Networks and Servers, Listing O - Z
Added: Does Your MotherBoard Have PhoenixNet™ Residing Within Your System's BIOS?


Windows 2000
Added: Microsoft Security: Authentication Error in SMTP Service Could Allow Mail Relaying

Windows XP
Added: Microsoft Releases Windows XP RC1


Does Your MotherBoard Have PhoenixNet™ Residing Within Your System's BIOS?

There's a growing list of participating manufacturers who want to use PhoenixNet™ to look at your system and offer you a stream of specials. Is it a perk, or spyware?

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Microsoft Top Support Downloads

This Microsoft Web page contains a list of the most-requested files available from Microsoft Product Support Services.

Microsoft Top Support Downloads

Windows 2000 Resource Kit Tools

There are a number of Windows 2000 Resource Kit software tools available for free download from Microsoft. These utilities can help you streamline administrative tasks such as managing Active Directory™, administering security features, working with Group Policy and Terminal Services, automating application deployment, and other important jobs. Nearly 300 such tools are included on the Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit companion CD. I'll discuss the tools which are downloadable from the Microsoft Web site.

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