Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 23 Oct. 2004, Vol 7 No. 36

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w   Microsoft Clarifies Multicore Processor Licensing
w   Microsoft Announces Plus! SuperPack for Windows XP
w   Featured Software: Registry Compressor
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Administrivia

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Microsoft Clarifies Multicore Processor Licensing

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

This week, Microsoft announced its decision on how the company will license server software on new servers with multicore processors expected in the market next year. Microsoft software that is currently licensed on a per-processor model will continue to be licensed per processor, not per core, for hardware that contains dual-core and multicore processors. This policy applies to several products in the Windows Server System™ family, including Microsoft® SQL Server™ , Microsoft BizTalk® Server and others. Microsoft is approaching this decision with the goal of driving high volume and high value to standards-based computing through logical licensing and more cost-effective adoption of multicore processors.

Licensing on a per-processor rather than a per-core basis ensures that customers will not face additional software licensing requirements or incur additional fees when they choose to adopt multi-core processor technology.

"Our customers want to understand software costs as they evaluate the return on investment of new technologies, such as multicore processors," said Brent Callinicos, corporate vice president of Worldwide Licensing and Pricing at Microsoft. "Working alongside hardware and chip partners, Microsoft is leading the way for customers of all sizes to take advantage of multicore technology so they can adopt the advances of industry-standards-based computing into the enterprise."

In the past few years, the chip manufacturers have started to design chips with more than one processing unit ("core") on the chip in an effort to boost performance. For software running on these dual-core systems, chips appear to be two separate processors, raising the question of whether they should require two software licenses. Different companies have taken a different approach. Oracle Corp for example treats dual-core processors as two separate processors, while Red Hat Inc. treats single & dual core processors as a single processor.

Microsoft's announcement may put pressure on software vendors like Oracle to adopt a similar approach, because Microsoft's solutions will be more cost-effective on multi-core processors.

AMD was the first manufacturer in the industry to demonstrate an x86 dual-core processor for 32- and 64-bit computing on August 31, 2004. According to AMD, dual-core AMD Opteron™ processors for servers and workstations will launch in mid-2005 followed by dual-core processors for the client market in late 2005.

Intel expects to ship its first multicore chip, a dual core Xeon processor, in the first quarter of 2006.

More information about Microsoft's licensing policy can be found on the Microsoft Volume Licensing Web site.

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Microsoft Announces Plus! SuperPack for Windows XP

Microsoft Plus! SuperPack for Windows XP Microsoft yesterday announced the immediate availability of Microsoft® Plus! SuperPack for Windows® XP at leading retailers nationwide. Plus! SuperPack is the ultimate enhancement pack for Windows XP, enabling consumers to personalize their PCs with screen savers and themes, enjoy exciting games, and do more with digital photos, music and home movies.

Plus! SuperPack combines two popular Microsoft products: Plus! Digital Media Edition and Plus! for Windows XP. The estimated retail price (ERP) for both products is $50 (U.S.), but they are offered together in Plus! SuperPack for one low ERP of $29.95 (U.S.), representing an amazing value for consumers and providing them with everything they need to take their Windows experience to the next level. In addition, for customers who have already acquired either Plus! Digital Media Edition or Plus! for Windows XP, Microsoft is offering a $10 (U.S.) rebate on Plus! SuperPack.

"Plus! for Windows XP and Plus! Digital Media Edition have received consistently high ratings from our customers, and Plus! SuperPack takes the value of these products to a whole new level," said Dave Fester, general manager of the Windows Consumer Division at Microsoft. "With its wide range of features -- from amazing screen savers to the ability to do more with digital photos and music -- Plus! SuperPack is truly the ultimate companion for Windows XP."

Plus! SuperPack is available now for an estimated retail price of $29.95 (U.S.) at thousands of retail stores nationwide where software is sold, including ($27.99), Best Buy, CompUSA, Fry's Electronics, J&R Computer/Music World, Micro Center, Office Depot, Staples and Target.

Plus! SuperPack also will be made available in French, German, Japanese and Spanish in time for the holidays this year.

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Recent Support BBS Postings

Programs that may behave differently in Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Windows XP
Sending MSN Webcam images through a firewall - Other Internet Software
Why does sharing the root C: NOT allow me access to some folders? - Networking
Centrino vs Pentium - Hardware
Compacting Folders on Shutdown - Outlook Express


Threats and Countermeasures: Security Settings in Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP

The Threats and Countermeasures Guide contains detailed information about relevant security settings that you can configure on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP SP1. This guide describes the different threats, potential countermeasures, and the potential impact of configuring these security settings.

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Windows Media Connect

Installing Windows Media Connect enables you to deliver music, photos, and videos that reside on your Windows XP PC to devices that support the uPnP protocol. This includes digital audio receivers, connected DVD players, set-top boxes and more.

Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP, Windows XP Media Center Edition

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Cannot install a Bluetooth device after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2

Many people are having problems with their Bluetooth devices in Service Pack 2, because Windows XP SP2 automatically installs the device driver that is included in Windows XP SP2 instead of the third-party driver that you want to install.

To work around this issue and to successfully install the third-party driver for your Bluetooth adapter, use one of the methods that is described in the Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 840635

Secunia: Two Microsoft Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities

Two bugs were discovered by http-equiv according to Secunia, that could compromise systems by insufficient validation of drag and drop events, and related to a security zone restriction error. Secunia describes these bugs as "highly critical", and said they have been confirmed as existing in a system using IE 6 and Windows XP SP2.

Secunia Advisory

Now, if you configured your SP2 IE6 as I outlined in How to surf the Internet more safely with Internet Explorer (Windows XP Service Pack 2 version), you are already "protected" from these "bugs" for normal Web browsing...

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