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 18 March 2006, Vol 9 No. 6

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The Utility For Any Serious Windows Tweaker!

Windows Vista Slips to November?

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Windows Vista Early last week - for a few hours - an official Microsoft event blog announced:

"This is the year... the year that Microsoft releases the newest version of Windows. Yes, Vista will be released in November of this year."

After a few hours the entry on The Official Microsoft Connections Blog was changed to the standard company line "This is the year... the year that Microsoft releases the newest version of Windows. We are targeting to make Windows Vista generally available in the second half of this year, and the exact delivery date will ultimately be determined by the quality of the product.. "

There's also talk that the next Community Technical Preview (CTP) build which Microsoft originally planned to ship in April could be delayed till May. That CTP build should be the official Beta 2 which also will be made available to the public.

Seems Vista is going the same way as previous Operating System releases by Microsoft; delay after delay. One has to wonder if Vista will ship in 2006.

Microsoft SyncToy v1.1 for Windows XP

Computer users are storing their files & documents in different folders, drives, and even different computers. Files are coming from all kind of devices: camcorders, cell phones, digital cameras, e-mail, portable media players, PDAs, and laptops. Managing all these files is still largely a manual operation. In some cases it is necessary to move files from one place to another; in other cases there is a need to keep two storage locations exactly in sync. Some users manage files manually, dragging and dropping from one place to another and keeping a mental card catalog in their heads. Others use one or more applications of one sort or another to provide this functionality for them.

But now there is an easier way! SyncToy is a free PowerToy for Microsoft Windows XP that provides an easy to use, highly customizable program to help copy, move, and synchronize different directories. Most common operations can be performed with just a few clicks of the mouse, and additional customization is available without adding complexity. SyncToy can manage multiple sets of directories at the same time; it can combine files from two folders in one case, and mimic renames and deletes in another. Unlike other applications, SyncToy keeps track of renames to files and will make sure those changes get carried over to the synchronized folder.

System Requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows XP SP2
  • Microsoft .NET Framework v1.1
  • 1GHz Intel P3 processor or equivalent
  • 256MB RAM, 512MB RAM recommended
  • 20MB free disk space

Note: This tool is not part of Windows and is not supported by Microsoft Technical Support.

SyncToy v1.1 [913 KB - English] - WhitePaper [504 KB].

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Microsoft Releases March Malicious Software Removal Tool

Microsoft has updated the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool to help remove specific, prevalent malicious software from computers that are running Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, or Windows 2000.

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Windows Desktop Search 2.6.5 beta

Windows Desktop Search (WDS) helps you find virtually anything on your PC or your networked drives including e-mail messages, calendar appointments, documents, and more. Searching your computer is now as fast and easy as searching the Web.

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

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Error message when you try to install Windows Media Player 10 on a Windows XP SP2-based computer

When you try to install Microsoft Windows Media Player 10 on a Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2-based computer, you may receive an error message that is similar to the following:

This version of Windows Media Technologies is incompatible with this version of Windows. For more information, view the information at the Microsoft web site.

Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 914223.

Adobe Security Bulletin: "APSB06-03 Flash Player Update to Address Security Vulnerabilities"

Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Flash Player that could allow an attacker who successfully exploits these vulnerabilities to take control of the affected system. A malicious SWF must be loaded in Flash Player by the user for an attacker to exploit these vulnerabilities. Users are recommended to update to the most current version of Flash Player available for their platform.

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