Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 13 Jan. 2001, Vol 4 No. 2
 "Whistler" Beta Build 2410

by Arie Slob

Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,

Whistler Microsoft continues supplying new builds of the next version of Windows, currently named "Whistler". Last week build 2410 was supplied to a wide group of beta testers, and I've heard some interesting comments.

This new build seems to include a feature popular called "anti-piracy code", Microsoft is calling it "Microsoft Product Activation for Windows" (WPA). The technology behind it seems basically the same as the new Office Activation Wizard, which is part of Office 2000 (SR-2).

This technology will tie the Windows product key to a specific PC. This is done by sending data to a (Microsoft) license clearinghouse, which will most probably include the product key and a hardware identifier. This will prevent the product key from being used on a different PC.

Also included in this build is Internet Explorer 6 (build 2411), it is expected that full scale beta testing of Internet Explorer 6 will start in the next few months.

If you want to get a sneak peak, read my review of the Beta 1 (Build 2296).

Microsoft Announces Availability of UltimateTV Service

Windows Embedded UltimateTV Is First and Only Service That Integrates DIRECTV Programming, Digital Video Recording, Live TV Controls, Interactive Television and Internet Access.

Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft® UltimateTV® service, the first and only service that integrates DIRECTV™ programming, digital video recording, live TV controls, interactive television and Internet access in one package. UltimateTV is the only service that utilizes two tuners, enabling viewers to watch two live shows simultaneously, watch one live show while recording another, or even record two live shows that are on at the same time.

"UltimateTV offers consumers a whole new way to experience television," said Bruce Leak, president of Microsoft WebTV Networks, Inc. "Now you can live your life and still enjoy great TV, pick the best time to watch your favorite shows, pause live TV to answer the phone, and send an e-mail message with a picture of your kids to your in-laws during a commercial."



Memory Prices Have Plunged!

If you haven't taken advantage of the current low memory prices, you should consider doing so soon!


Speed Up Your Computer and Improve Performance by Tweaking DeskTop Settings.

Free, DeskTop Speed Up tips guaranteed to improve system performance!


Microsoft Brings In-Car Computing Technology to Consumers at CES

Microsoft showcased the new Microsoft® Car.NET framework, an advanced, new-generation infrastructure technology that revolutionizes computing and communications in the automobile, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), in Las Vegas.


Windows 98 Tip: Image Preview Problems

If you have problems previewing some images in Windows Explorer, try these two tips:

Tip 1 | Tip 2


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  Microsoft Security

Patch Available for "Web Client NTLM Authentication" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in a component that ships with Microsoft® Office 2000, Windows 2000, and Windows Me. The vulnerability could, under certain circumstances, allow a malicious user to obtain cryptographically protected logon credentials from another user when requesting an Office document from a web server.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Office 2000
  • Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Microsoft Windows Me

More information

  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 December:

  • That Home Site! - Forums on (nearly) every subject imaginable!
  • - Windows Magazine Web site
  • PC Pitstop - Help you to get your PC in top form -- running fast, stable and secure.
  • Modem Help - ModemHelp is a support service for individuals who need assistance using their modem and communications software.

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.

Added: Memory Prices Have Plunged!
Added: Foreign Language Search Engines
Added: Speed Up Your Computer and Improve Performance Tweaking DeskTop Settings


Added: Patch Available for "Web Client NTLM Authentication" Vulnerability
Added: Microsoft Announces Availability of UltimateTV Service
Added: Microsoft Brings In-Car Computing Technology to Consumers at CES

Windows 98

Updated: Fatal Exception 0E Errors

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