Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 15 Nov. 2003, Vol 6 No. 38

In this issue:

w   New Windows XP Winter Fun Packs
w   Microsoft Security Bulletin
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia


New Windows XP Winter Fun Packs

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Microsoft Announces New Windows XP Winter Fun Packs Microsoft today released three new digital media Fun Packs for Windows XP, which offer a collection of free and easy-to-use winter-themed downloads for users of Windows XP. Created as a special thank-you to Windows XP customers and based on consumer requests, the Fun Packs include enhancements and tools to help users of Microsoft Windows XP have more fun this holiday season with their digital music, photos and home movies. The Fun Packs include features to help consumers make attractive greeting cards from digital photos, enhance their digital music experience with Windows Media Player, add winter movie effects to home movies.

"These free Fun Packs are an exciting holiday treat for any Windows XP user," said Jonathan Usher, director of the Windows Digital Media Division at Microsoft. "These Fun Packs will get you in the holiday spirit, whether you want to enjoy digital music in Windows Media Player, spice up a holiday home movie or use your digital photos to make the best holiday greeting cards you've ever made."

Note: The Winter Fun Packs are unsupported by Microsoft. For system requirements see the article on the Windows-Help.NET Web site.

Three Fun Packs

  • With the Windows Media®Player 9 Series Winter Fun Pack, you can spice up your computers desktop with cool seasonal Player Skins and holiday visualizations and let Windows Media Player 9 Series automatically find the holiday tunes already on the PC with Holiday Music Auto Playlists. For power users, a new power toy can easily export media library information to a wide range of formats that include HTML, Extensible Markup Language (XML) and Microsoft Excel. Also available as a bonus download is "Kris, the Holiday Elf," a Plus! Dancer LE-based character sure to delight users of all ages.
  • Home movie buffs will enjoy the Windows Movie Maker 2 Winter Fun Pack, which gives your movies a wintry makeover with Winter Transitions and Effect, including Snow Bursts between clips and a snowstorm effect you can add to videos and titles. The pack also includes Winter Background Images, royalty-free Winter Music and Sound Effects, as well as updated profiles for saving home movies for playback on Windows Mobile™ -powered Smartphone and Pocket PC devices, making it possible to take your home videos on the go with you this holiday season.
  • For digital photo fans, the Windows XP Digital Photography Winter Fun Pack provides seven Holiday Greeting Card Templates for personalizing photos before they are e-mailed or printed. You can watch wintry images rotate on the desktop with the Winter Fun Wallpaper Changer or see your own photos get covered with frost and snow using the Winter Fun Photo Screensaver. Plus! Photo Story 2 LE, a special bonus download, helps you add narration, music and more to the holiday greetings and photos you want to share via e-mail or on the Web.

Last years Winter Fun packs are also still available for download!

Microsoft Security

Microsoft Windows Security Bulletin Summary for November, 2003

Included in this advisory are updates for three newly discovered vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. These vulnerabilities, broken down by severity are:

Severity Rating: Critical

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Updated Microsoft Security Bulletin MS02-050: Certificate Validation Flaw Could Enable Identity Spoofing

Microsoft re-issued this security bulletin to advise on the availability of an updated Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) security patch. This revised security patch corrects a regression that may occur during the installation of Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 Service Pack 1 on Windows 2000 SP4.

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Recent Support BBS Postings

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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.

Updated: IRC Networks and Servers

Added: Antarya BoardRoom released


Added: Microsoft Windows Security Bulletin Summary for November, 2003
Added: Microsoft Releases Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 to Manufacturing

Windows XP

Added: Windows XP SP1 Update: KB821588
Added: Microsoft Announces New Windows XP Winter Fun Packs
Added: Microsoft Announces New Offerings for Windows XP Gamers


Microsoft Announces New Offerings for Windows XP Gamers

Microsoft ignites the Windows gaming world with a trio of new tools and content just for Windows XP.

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Microsoft Releases Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 to Manufacturing

Microsoft announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Microsoft Virtual PC 2004, a desktop virtual machine solution to help technical professionals migrate legacy applications to Windows XP. Scheduled to be available by the end of 2003, Microsoft Virtual PC offers customers a cost-effective safety net to ease their migration to Microsoft Windows XP Professional and a tool to help accelerate the development, testing, deployment and support of PC applications.

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Windows XP Tip: Adjust Internet Time Synchronization

Windows XP has the capability to automatically synchronize the clock on your system with an Internet time server.

In the article I show you how to add aditional time servers, and how to adjust the time inteval Windows uses to check your time.

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Windows XP SP1 Update: KB821588

This update addresses the "You Receive an Error Message If You Use Backup in Windows 2000 or Windows XP to Catalog or Restore a Tape Made in Windows Server 2003" issue.

For more information about this update, read Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 821588

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TechNet Webcast: Using Microsoft Security Tools

This session looks at a variety of free Microsoft tools that can help make systems more secure.

Live Event: 11/21/2003 11:30 AM - 11/21/2003 1:00 PM (GMT -08:00) Pacific Time

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SANS / FBI The Twenty Most Critical Internet Security Vulnerabilities

Version 4.0 October 8

SANS and the FBI have once again teamed up and released an updated version of their list of the most exploited IT security vulnerabilities, affecting both Windows and Unix. The vast majority of worms and other successful cyber attacks are made possible by vulnerabilities in a small number of common operating system services. Attackers are opportunistic. They take the easiest and most convenient route and exploit the best-known flaws with the most effective and widely available attack tools. They count on people not fixing/patching their systems, and they often attack indiscriminately, scanning the Internet for any vulnerable systems. The easy and destructive spread of worms, such as Blaster, Slammer, and Code Red, can be traced directly to exploitation of unpatched vulnerabilities. So head over to read the document, and get your systems more secure!

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