Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 7 June 2003, Vol 6 No. 20

In this issue:

w   Internet Explorer's Future In Doubt
w   Microsoft Security Bulletin
w   Featured Software: DU Meter
w   Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia

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Internet Explorer's Future In Doubt

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Internet Explorer's Future In Doubt There has been some commotion on the Internet regarding comments made by Microsoft's Brian Countryman, Program Manager in Internet Explorer in a chat posted on the Microsoft TechNet Web site.

When asked about the next version of Internet Explorer, Brian said: "As part of the OS, IE will continue to evolve, but there will be no future standalone installations. IE6 SP1 is the final standalone installation."

Asked why there wouldn't be a further standalone version, he said: "Legacy OSes have reached their zenith with the addition of IE 6 SP1. Further improvements to IE will require enhancements to the underlying OS."

This last part is stretching to say the least. There could be quite a number of enhancements made to Internet Explorer which do not require changes to the underlying OS, but since Microsoft managed to win the "browser war" with Netscape, there's no competition to keep it on its (development) toes... sad.

Microsoft Security

June 2003 Cumulative Patch for Internet Explorer

Microsoft has released a cumulative patch that includes the functionality of all previously released patches for Internet Explorer 5.01, 5.5 and 6.0. In addition, it eliminates two newly discovered vulnerabilities which could allow an attacker to execute code on a user's system.

Severity Rating: Critical

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01, 5.5, 6.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 for Windows Server 2003

Installation platforms:

  • IE5.01 running on Windows 2000 systems with SP3 installed
  • The IE 5.5 patch can be installed on systems running SP2
  • The IE 6.0 patch can be installed on systems running IE 6.0 Gold or SP1


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DU Meter

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Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator

Ever wanted to quickly and easily define your own keyboard layout for a language Microsoft doesn't support? Or define your own keyboard layout so you can quickly and easily enter your favorite symbols with a simple keystroke? Well, want no more: the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator is here!

The Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator extends the international functionality of Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 systems by allowing users to:

  • Create new keyboard layouts from scratch
  • Base a new layout on an existing one
  • Modify an existing keyboard layout (.KLC) file and build a new layout from it
  • Package the resulting keyboard layouts for subsequent deployment and installation

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP. Microsoft .NET Framework v1.0 or v1.1 must be installed

Download Keyboard Layout Creator [English - 7.86 MB]

Recent Support BBS Postings

Windows XP and RAM - Windows XP
Shared folders on XP with password access - Networking
Power supplies - Hardware
Is this the end of Netscape? - Netscape Navigator
Alternative Browser - Other Internet Software

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: Cloning Windows XP Professional, Revisited!
Added: Identity Theft
Updated: IRC Networks and Servers
Updated: FTP Search


Added: Internet Explorer's Future In Doubt
Added: Microsoft Releases Updated Baseline Security Analyzer
Added: Microsoft Security: June 2003 Cumulative Patch for Internet Explorer

Windows XP

Added: Windows XP Internet Connection Sharing


Cloning Windows XP Professional, Revisited!

The final answer on how to make a bootable back-up copy of Windows XP.

Read Full Article
Identity Theft

It's not that tough to avoid, but it's a dicey matter to repair!

Read Full Article
Microsoft Releases Updated Baseline Security Analyzer

Microsoft has released an update to its security tool, dubbed the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA), that allows an individual home or corporate user or an administrator to scan one or more Windows-based computers for common security misconfigurations.

The only thing new in version 1.1.1 seems to be Windows Server 2003 support, which is mentioned in several of the on-line documents as planned for version 1.2. Guess Microsoft decided to add Windows Server 2003 support to version 1.1 instead...

Read Full Article
FIX: Windows Media Player 9 Series Video May Freeze in a Multiple Monitor Scenario

Microsoft posted a fix for WMP9 clients. When a client tries to play back video content on a non-primary monitor, either no video is rendered and the client sees only a black frame, or only the first video frame is displayed. Audio plays back without error.

Download Fix [1.85 MB]
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Guided Tour

This four-part guided tour discusses key new features and enhancements in Windows Server 2003. You can view sections at your own pace; the Guided Tour remembers where you left off. You’ll learn how this powerful IT platform can enhance user productivity and support more efficient application development and deployment, while helping you to consolidate servers and reduce administrative costs.

Download the Guided Tour and install it on your computer to experience how Windows Server 2003 reduces costs while delivering solutions that help organizations do more with less.

To install the Guided Tour, you must be running one of the following platforms: Windows Server 2003, NT® Server 4.0 SP6, 2000 SP3 or XP.

Download [7.75 MB]
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