HelpWithWindows Newsletter
 23 July 2005, Vol 8 No. 28

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Microsoft Unveils Official Name for "Longhorn": Windows Vista™

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Windows Vista

Today Microsoft announced the official name of its next-generation Windows® client operating system, formerly code-named "Longhorn." Video of the name announcement can be seen via the link below.

According to Microsoft, Windows Vista™:

  • Enables a new level of confidence in your PC and in your ability to get the most out of it.
  • Introduces clear ways to organize and use information the way you want to use it.
  • Seamlessly connects you to information, people, and devices that help you get the most out of life

Microsoft also announced that Beta 1 of Microsoft Vista, targeted at developers and IT professionals, will be available by August 3rd 2005.

Watch the Windows Vista naming announcement video (requires Windows Media Player).

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Microsoft Updates Windows AntiSpyware Beta

Windows AntiSpyware This week, Microsoft updated their Windows AntiSpyware, which now carries the build number 1.0.615.

In this update, Microsoft addresses issues pertaining to how Windows AntiSpyware provides information to the user about processes running on a PC, solves an issue regarding the delivery of new anti-spyware signatures for some users and provides new signature updates to help protect against recently identified spyware.

Existing users of the beta (Builds 1.0.501, 1.0.509, 1.0.613, and 1.0.614) will receive a software update that includes the new beta refresh.

Note: The current beta is intended only for English language versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. It should not be deployed on non-English versions.

System Requirements

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
  • A 300 MHz or faster processor with at least 64 MB of RAM
  • Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Server™ 2003
  • At least 10 MB of available free space on your hard disk
  • Internet access with at least a 28.8 Kbps connection to use SpyNet™

For more information, see the Release Notes to learn more about known issues with Windows AntiSpyware.

You can download the new version from the Microsoft Download [6.54 MB] Web site.

Microsoft Security

Microsoft Windows Security Bulletin Summary for July, 2005

The security update for July 2005 includes includes fixes for Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Severity Rating: Critical

Microsoft also published an update for Microsoft Word 2000, Microsoft Word 2002 or Microsoft Works Suite.

Newsletter Summer Schedule

Many of you are having a summer break in the coming months. I will reduce the newsletter publication frequency in these months.

Here is the planning so far:


Publication Date


6 & 20


3 & 17

At the end of September I will most likely travel to Redmond for the 2005 Global MVP Summit, returning home near the end of the 1st week of October. When I know a little more about my schedule I'll update the Newsletter publications dates for the remainder of September/October.

Have a good & safe summer!

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Microsoft Video Screensaver

The Microsoft Video Screensaver includes sample movie footage giving you a surprisingly new view of countries all over the world. Every language release has its own video showing you what living in these countries may look like. The international version represents a compilation of some of the best scenes from several country-specific releases.

You can either choose to play the default video or your own private selection of your favourite home videos.

Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP

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Problems Accessing Windows Update

If you have problems accessing the Windows Update Web site, have a look at the solutions provided in our Windows TechFile.

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Data Execution Prevention

In Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Microsoft introduced Data Execution Prevention (DEP). DEP is a processor feature that prevents execution of code in memory that is marked as data storage. This limits the "attack surface", specifically for the so-called "buffer overrun" vulnerabilities, where an attacker would typically overrun a buffer with code, and then executing this code.

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MSN Screen Saver (Beta)

Stay on top of news, weather, and e-mail with the next step in the evolution in screen savers. With the MSN Screen Saver (Beta), you can display your photos, click news headlines, check the local weather, display your friends' photos and blogs from their MSN Spaces, and set up your own RSS news feeds.

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000 SP4; Windows Server 2003 SP1; Windows XP SP2

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Important: The MSN Screen Saver (Beta) requires installation of the MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search on the same computer. If you haven't already installed it, get it from the Microsoft Download site.

Windows XP General Chat

Windows XP is Microsoft's most advanced desktop operating system. With Windows XP, home users can experience the digital world like never before, while business users can work smarter and faster. Join Microsoft experts as we engage in a fun and interactive online chat discussion about Windows XP.

Start Time: Thursday, July 26, 2005 10:00 AM PT - Other Time Zones

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