Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 21 Feb. 2004, Vol 7 No. 7

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w   Microsoft Issues FREE Windows Security Update CD
w   Microsoft Issues FREE Security Guidance Kit CD
w   Featured Software: LinkStash
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia

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Microsoft Issues FREE Windows Security Update CD

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Windows Security Update CD Microsoft opened a Web site where users can order a Windows Security Update CD. The CD will be shipped to you free of charge.

The CD includes Microsoft critical updates released through October 2003 and information to help you protect your PC. In addition, you will also receive free antivirus and firewall trial software.

The Windows Security Update CD is only available for Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows 98, and Windows 98 Second Edition (SE).

Besides the USA and Canada, the CD is also available for order in the following countries/languages:

Australia (English), Austria (German), Belgium/Luxemborg (French), Belgium/Luxemborg (Dutch), China (Simplified Chinese), Denmark (Danish), Germany (German), India (English), Japan (Japanese), Korea (Korean), Malaysia (English), New Zealand (English), Philippines (English), Singapore (English), Taiwan (Traditional Chinese), Thailand (English), United Kingdom (English), Vietnam (English).

Date of availability for other languages will vary, as of this week, these countries can order: Australia, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom and Vietnam.

To order, go to this Microsoft Web site.

United Kingdom residents can use this Web address to order.

According to Microsoft, delivery will take between 2-4 weeks.

Microsoft Issues FREE Security Guidance Kit CD

Microsoft is accepting pre-orders on a free Microsoft Security Guidance Kit CD-ROM with tools, templates, roadmaps and how-to guides in addition to their prescriptive security guidance. The kit is designed to help you implement measures like automating security patch installation and blocking unsafe email attachments to help your organization stay protected.

The Security Guidance Kit CD-ROM is offered as a complement to the Microsoft Security Guidance Center, where you can get technical guidance, tools, training and updates to assist you in planning and managing your organizations security strategy.

The CD is available for United States & Canadian residents, the estimated shipping date is April 2004.

Place your pre-order.

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Recent Support BBS Postings

Emergancy Diskette? - Windows XP
What's safe to disable in Msconfig? - Windows 98
Password Protecting Identity Not Working - Outlook Express
Norton auto protect & email scan disabled - Other Software
Can I burn all critical updates to CD? - Windows XP

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: Microsoft Issues FREE Security Guidance Kit CD
Added: Microsoft Issues FREE Windows Security Update CD

Windows XP

Added: User Profile Hive Cleanup Service


User Profile Hive Cleanup Service

A service to help with slow log off and unreconciled profile caused by profile hive unload problems.

Symptoms of these problems include events in the application event log with source Userenv and event id 1000 where the message text indicates a profile unload problem and the error is "Access is denied" or event id 1517 or 1524.

The service is set to automatically start when the computer boots so you will not need to start it manually.

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000, NT, Server 2003, XP

Download [Eng. 284 KB]

Windows XP Tip: Icon Text not Transparent on Desktop

When the text under the icons on your desktop are not transparent, there are two things to check.

Read Full Article

Mounting ISO files virtually under Windows XP

The following tool for Windows XP allows image files to be mounted virtually as CD-ROM devices. The tool is provided "as-is", and is not supported by Microsoft.

Download [60 KB]

Diagnostic Tool for the Microsoft VM 1.0

The Diagnostic Tool for the Microsoft Virtual Machine can be used to scan one or more computers to detect the presence of MSJVM and MSJVM-related software.

Download [5.51 MB]
More Info

Microsoft probes Windows code leak

The software giant is investigating how a file containing some protected source code to Windows 2000 was posted to several underground sites and chat rooms.

Read C|Net Article

The Autoplay feature may not start the correct Autorun command from a CD-ROM or a DVD-ROM

When you add or re-add a new CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, or DVD-RW device to a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer, the computer may not Autoplay the correct Autorun command when you insert a CD-ROM or a DVD-ROM media in the device.

Read Microsoft Knowledge Base Article

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