Microsoft recently admitted that Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows XP would be delivered several months later than originally planned, and that they are now working towards delivering SP1 in the second half of this year.
Yet another reason for the delay is that Microsoft wants to include the changes required by the consent decree with the DOJ and the nine states. Although not yet finalized, these may require Microsoft to give competitors access to the Windows desktop, and let Windows users remove Microsoft applications they choose to replace (such as Internet Explorer).
Beta testing is expected to start this spring; a possible release date mentioned is September 2002.
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Microsoft Security: Unchecked Buffer in Windows Shell Could Lead to Code Execution
Microsoft has posted a patch for a vulnerability in Windows. A successful attack would have the effect of either causing the Windows Shell to crash, or causing code to run in the user's context.
Affected Software Versions
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Change Drive Letter Assignments in Windows XP
This Microsoft Knowledge Base article describes how to assign, change, or remove drive letters on a drive, partition, or volume by using the Disk Management snap-in in Windows XP.
The Disk Management snap-in is an administrative tool for managing hard disks and the volumes or partitions that they contain. Use Disk Management when you want to add, change, or remove drive letters on drives, partitions, or volumes on your computer's hard disks, CD-ROM drives, and other removable media devices.
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