Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 25 Aug. 2001, Vol 4 No. 34

In this issue:

w   Microsoft Releases Windows XP to Manufacturing
w   Featured Software: FileSplit
w   Microsoft Security Bulletin
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia


  Microsoft Releases Windows XP to Manufacturing

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Windows XP Microsoft today announced the release of Microsoft® Windows® XP, the next version of the Windows operating system, to computer manufacturers around the world. With development of the software now complete, Windows XP is on schedule for widespread availability on Oct. 25.

"Simply put, Windows XP is the best operating system Microsoft has ever built," said Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect at Microsoft. "The performance improvements and advanced features of Windows XP are the culmination of more than 15 years of research, development and customer feedback. For customers, computer manufacturers and industry partners, Windows XP truly underscores the excitement and potential of the digital decade ahead."

"Windows XP rocks!" said Jim Allchin, group vice president of Windows at Microsoft. "Windows XP is the PC experience both home and business users have been looking for with the reliability and stability they have always wanted as well as end-to-end experiences with digital photos, digital music and communication. This is the operating system I have always wanted to build."

Microsoft is continuing to work with industry participants to ensure their readiness for the biggest Windows event in Microsoft history. Hardware and software manufacturers can enroll their products in the Windows Catalog and the Designed for Windows XP Logo Program. With manufacturers' products in the Windows Catalog and carrying the Designed for Windows XP logo, customers will be able to easily identify those products that will work great with Windows XP.

Microsoft is also continuing to work closely with PC manufacturers to ensure their most advanced hardware solutions will fully complement the new operating system. Customers can purchase a new "Windows XP Ready PC" today that meets the system requirements for Windows XP, allowing them to upgrade to Windows XP the day it ships. The complete list of Windows XP Ready PCs worldwide can be viewed online.

In an event today on the Microsoft main campus, Bill Gates and Jim Allchin presented the final Windows XP "gold code" to representatives from six major PC manufacturers. Commemorative CDs containing the final Windows XP software were placed into six gold ZERO Halliburton P5 attaché cases, and the representatives immediately departed via helicopters to begin the final stages of incorporating the new operating system into their computer manufacturing systems.

Windows XP Home Edition and Professional

Windows XP Home Edition is designed for individuals or families at home and includes experiences for digital media, home networking and communications. Windows XP Professional is the operating system of choice for businesses of all sizes and for people who demand the most out of their computing experience. Windows XP Professional adds remote access, security, performance, manageability and multilingual features to help users improve productivity and connectivity and work even smarter. Both editions of Windows XP will be available at retail in upgrade and standard versions.


Windows XP Home Edition will be available in an upgrade version for $99 ERP and in a standard version for $199. Windows XP Professional will be available in an upgrade version for $199 and in a standard version for $299.

To get a taste of the new OS, check out my review of the Beta 2 and RC1 versions of Windows XP.

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-- John Evans, UK

Microsoft Security

Access Violation in Windows 2000 IrDA Driver Can Cause System to Restart

Microsoft has released a patch for a security vulnerability in Windows 2000. The software which handles IrDA devices in Windows 2000 contains an unchecked buffer in the code which handles certain IrDA packets.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Windows 2000


Recent Support BBS Postings

Partitions - Windows 98
Unable to delete registry key - Windows 2000
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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: Palms Are Being Given Away, Literally!
Added: Give Your Mouser-Hand a Rest Already!

Added: Microsoft Releases Windows XP to Manufacturing
Added: Apple Offers QuickTime Fix for Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 & Internet Explorer 6

Windows 2000
Added: Microsoft Security: Access Violation in Windows 2000 IrDA Driver Can Cause System to Restart

Windows XP
Added: Microsoft Releases Windows XP to Manufacturing
Added: Steve Ballmer Expects Windows XP RTM on Friday


Palms Are Being Given Away, Literally!

Imagine an office supplies cabinet at work stocked with a variety of Palm PDA handhelds! And, parents don't be surprised if your student is required to purchase a Palm this fall!

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Give Your Mouser-Hand a Rest Already!

Microsoft's newest keyboard is called their best ever, and you'll call it user-friendly and ergonomic.

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Apple Offers QuickTime Fix for Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 & Internet Explorer 6

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows, versions 5.5 SP2 and 6.0 (soon to be released) no longer support Netscape-style plug-ins, such as the plug-in installed as part of QuickTime 5.0.2 and earlier versions. Consequently, Windows customers using these versions of Internet Explorer may be unable to view QuickTime content in the browser.

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Computer Battery Power May Drain Faster with USB Device Attached

This Microsoft Knowledge Base article describes how battery-powered computers that use Advanced Power Management (APM) or Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) may experience increased power consumption leading to a more rapid drain of battery power when a Universal Serial Bus (USB) device is attached.

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