Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 13 July 2002, Vol 5 No. 28

In this issue:

w   Windows 2000 SP3 Release Rumors
w   Microsoft's 5-Minute Security Advisor
w   Featured Software: Tweaking Toolbox for Windows
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia


Windows 2000 SP3 Release Rumors

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Windows 2000 SP3 Close Well, rumors are flowing fast about Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3)! Early indications where that somewhere between July 17 and 24 Microsoft would release SP3 to manufacturing (RTM). But on July 8th Paul Thurrott published a story, which claimed that Microsoft has delayed SP3 because of bugs in the Microsoft Installer (MSI) 2.0 code, which the company had planned to bundle with the update.

I haven't been able to get any confirmation of this story, but it does sound a bit strange. Microsoft Installer 2.0 has been out since 25 September 2001, so you should think that if there where serious bugs, they would have been fixed by now....

Anyway, we'll just have to wait and see. It has now been over 14 months since Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 was released, so Microsoft isn't making any friends with System Administrators struggling with hundreds of updates to SP2.

In fact, if you search the Microsoft site for PreSP4Fix, you get already a list of 125 fixes released after SP3 was "frozen" (anything with a pre-SP4 status, by definition, is not included in SP3). So let's hope that they finally get SP3 out! (Or are they hoping people get so desperate that they upgrade to Windows XP?????)

Microsoft's 5-Minute Security Advisor

Microsoft's TechNet is the place where you'll find these "5-Minute Security Advisor" documents. According to the site, "Security and Trustworthy Computing are currently among the most important topics for customers on TechNet. The 5-Minute Security Advisor series has been created to help quickly communicate important security topics, tasks, and issues. The advisor will point to the content necessary to go deeper into technical details or into step-by-step, how-to guides. "

The series currently includes 15 documents divided into four levels, each level based on users' situations, expertise, and needs. The levels include:

  • Home users & home office
  • Small Office / Home Office (SOHO) and power users
  • Information Technology Professionals (IT Pros) and power users
  • IT Pros and network or systems administrators

Topics covered include:

  • Firewall Setup
  • Protecting Your Computer Against Compromise
  • Configuring Your Computer for Multiple Users
  • Essential Security Tools
  • Using the Encrypting File System
  • The Road Warrior's Guide to Laptop Protection
  • How Outlook Security Works
  • Choosing A Good Password Policy
  • Recovering Encrypted Data Using EFS
  • And more...

For more details and to read the articles, head over to the Microsoft TechNet Web site.

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Recent Support BBS Postings

Start Up folders - not all items starting up - Windows XP
Beep definitions - Hardware
Where is the backup function in ME? - Windows Me
Bullet Proof PC - how do you do it? - General Discussions
Recovering deleted emails? - Internet Explorer

Web Site Updates

These pages were added/updated in the past 2 weeks. Information on previously updated/added pages is available on the What's New? page for 1 month.
Added: Considering a DVR? Either ReplayTV or TiVo For Your TV?
Added: Wearable Personal Computers!


Considering a DVR? Either ReplayTV or TiVo For Your TV?

Wondering which DVR manufacturer will be around by the time the warranty expires?

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Wearable Personal Computers!

Resistance is Futile! Just like with cell phones, wearable PC's may someday be the norm.

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Windows XP: Using Program Compatibility Wizard

Windows XP includes a "Compatibility Mode" in which you can "fool" programs into thinking they are running in an older Windows version.

If you are having problems with a program that used to work in your previous version of Windows, you should try the Program Compatibility Wizard included in Windows XP to get your program to function properly.

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WebCast: Troubleshooting Hardware Conflicts in Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition

During this session, it is discussed how to troubleshoot device conflicts in Microsoft Windows, how to remove and add new devices to resolve conflicts, how to use Msconfig to identify hardware conflicts, and how to use Msinfo32 and device manager to identify IRQ conflicts. Also being talked about is having the latest drivers installed, when and how to update to new drivers, when and how to use old drivers. This WebCast also discusses issues regarding reinstalling the operating system without the original drivers.

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