Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 7 Feb. 2004, Vol 7 No. 5

In this issue:

w   Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Free Trial
w   Microsoft Security Bulletin
w   Featured Software: DownShift
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia


Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Free Trial

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Windows XP 64-Bit Edition This week, Microsoft announced it will offer Windows XP 64-Bit Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems for a 360 day free trial under the Customer Prieview Program (CPP). The trial is available for download from the Microsoft website, or can be ordered on CD-ROM.

System Requirements:

  • PC with an AMD Athlon64 or Opteron processor
  • 256MB RAM
  • 1.5GB available hard-disk space
  • Super VGA (800x600) or higher resolution video card
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

Important: Windows XP 64-Bit Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems is only compatible with 64-bit AMD Opteron– or Athlon 64-based computers. It cannot be successfully installed on 64-bit Intel Itanium–based systems.

You will have to register in order to download or order the CD-ROM. The software is only available in English at this time.

On the download page, you will see a link to the Setup file and a Product Key for the software you wish to install. The file will be in ISO format and must be burned to a CD before you can install the software on your computer.


Microsoft has established a private newsgroup where you can discuss technical issues. See the Newsgroup Support page for instructions on how to access this newsgroup, including the credentials required for access.

Upgrading to Later Releases

According to Microsoft, as a Customer Preview Program (CPP) subscriber, you may be entitled to upgrade to future pre-release versions of Windows XP 64-Bit Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems when they become available. Registered CPP participants who authorize us during the registration process to contact them will be notified when future code is released.

The final version of Windows XP 64-Bit Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems is not expected untill the second half of this year.

Microsoft Security

Microsoft Windows Security Bulletin Summary for February, 2004

Included in this advisory one update describing a newly discovered vulnerability in Microsoft Windows.

Severity Rating: Critical

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Critical Update for Microsoft XML 3.0 Service Pack 2

This update contains Microsoft XML (MSXML) functionality that will allow applications using MSXML to continue to function correctly after the Security Update for Internet Explorer (listed above), has been applied.

To determine the version of MSXML parser installed on a computer, read Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 278674

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Faster Downloads with Downshift

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With brand new DownShift technology you can accelerate a file by up to ten times. New technology downloads different pieces of the file from a variety of internet servers which can increase your download speed dramatically. Get 100% error free faster downloads while eliminating incomplete or corrupt downloads, misplaced downloaded files on your PC, and resumption of disconnected or broken downloads with error recovery. Download multiple files at the same time. Save streaming audio or video to files. Down Shift is simply the best way to manage all of your downloads.

More Info - Download Trial [2.25 MB]

Recent Support BBS Postings

XP Firewall - Any good? - Windows XP
Cannot use windows 2K pro search - Windows 2000/2003
Unable to View Source on Web Pages - Internet Explorer
Messengers and AntiVirus software - Security/Virus/Spyware
SKYPE peer-to-peer telephone calls - 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.

Updated: Humor page


Added: Microsoft Windows Security Bulletin Summary for February, 2004

Windows XP

Added: Microsoft Offers Windows XP 64-Bit Edition for a Free One Year Trial


Office Update Inventory Tool Version 2.0

The Office Update Inventory Tool version 2.0 enables administrators to check one or more computers in their organization for the status of Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, and Office 2003 updates to find out which Office updates have been applied, which Office updates are available to be applied, and which Office updates can be applied only to an administrative installation point.

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RealPlayer flaws open PCs up to hijackers

RealNetworks, Inc. has recently been made aware of security vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to run arbitrary code on a user's machine.

The flaws where found by U.K.-based Next-Generation Security Software, and affects RealNetworks' RealOne Player, RealOne Player version 2, RealPlayer 8, RealPlayer 10 Beta, and the company's RealOne Enterprise products.

RealNetworks Customer Support

Saint Valentine's Day Screensaver

This is a screensaver for Windows which celebrates Valentine's Day. During setup you can enter the message of love you would like the screensaver to display by editing the screensaver settings.

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000 SP3/SP4, Windows XP
PII 300 MHz or better
MS DirectX 8.1 or later
A graphics card that supports Direct3D 8.1 or later.

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Windows XP Tip: Customize the Notification Area

The Notification area is a new name for what used to be called the System tray, the area where the clock and various other (active program) icons are displayed.

Not only has the name changed, but the new area provides more meaningful notifications. It also has a mechanism that reduces clutter on the taskbar. Icons that are inactive become hidden. You are informed periodically that icons are inactive, and you can modify this behavior with customization settings, or disable this altogether.

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MyDoom (A,B) Worm Removal Tool for Windows XP and Windows 2000

This tool will help to remove the MyDoom.A and My.Doom.B worms from infected Windows XP and Windows 2000 systems. Once executed, the tool automatically checks for infection and removes the worm(s) if found. If a machine is infected with MyDoom.B, the tool will also provide the user with the default version of the "hosts" file and set the "read-only" attribute for that file. This action will allow the user to visit previously-blocked Microsoft and antivirus websites.

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