Gartner: server optionpacks between .NET and Blackcomb

On November 12, 2002, Microsoft announced that the next version of Windows, code-named Longhorn, will be a client-only release. The next server version will be based on "Blackcomb," the follow-on to Longhorn.

First take
It makes sense for Microsoft to skip a server release:

  • The delay in shipping the "Whistler" version of the server, now known as Windows .Net Server 2003. Microsoft says that Windows .Net Server 2003 will be available in April 2003.
  • The reluctance of enterprises to absorb frequent server releases.
  • The desire to avoid delaying a follow-on client release to Windows XP.

On the other hand, Microsoft will face pressure to deliver some server functions before Blackcomb. Because of the code lockdown during Microsoft's security review, some scheduled changes did not make it into the Windows .Net Server 2003 release, and Microsoft can't wait another three years for Blackcomb--expected in 2006 or the first half of 2007 (0.7 probability)--to provide them. Therefore, we expect some server enhancements to ship before Blackcomb as optional "server function packs" or limited editions (0.7 probability).

Source Gartner, Whole Article ZDnet found via

DRM in Beta next summer (Tungsten)

Microsoft is working to get its planned digital rights management (DRM) server into beta next summer and out the door by the end of 2003, company sources confirmed last week.

The server, code-named Tungsten, is being handled by the Business and Productivity Services unit, which typically is responsible for client-focused software including Office and the newly announced OneNote (see related story page 10), although it also has responsibility for SharePoint Portal Server. The bulk of Microsoft's server software, including Content Management Server, Commerce Server and BizTalk Server, is handled by the .Net Enterprise Server group.

>> Beta of Tungsten is planned for summer 2003.
>> Shipment is expected in late 2003.
>> Product will enforce viewing rules as a document is routed.

Some questioned the decision to place the DRM server under the Business and Productivity Services umbrella. "The fact that it's coming out of the Office group means it will probably fail as a server," said one source close to Microsoft.

A Microsoft insider confirmed the timing of the planned rollout and insisted Tungsten's derivation makes sense because of the Business and Productivity Services group's document-creation focus.

Source Whole article

Numbers Freak

Steven A. Ballmer, the C.E.O. of Microsoft, is a freak for numbers. He doesn't just think about financials. He has memorized virtually every sales number for every one of his divisions, quarter by quarter, for years. This is a man who has favorite spreadsheet cells.

His own schedule is broken out in a spreadsheet, and in his office on the top floor of Building 34 on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Wash., he happily offers to show it to me. ''I'm religious about the way I manage my time,'' he says.

He walks over to the computer at the far end of his L-shaped office and clicks a couple of times to print out a document filled with tiny-font numbers. He marches back, places it squarely on the conference table in front of me and wheels his chair over, right up to my face, to take me through the data. His thick fingers coast down the page, pausing to emphasize the data points that excite him most.

''Selling -- number of nights away, number of days I'm in the field, total.'' (Forty-eight.) ''Selling here, how much time I'm going to spend on the phone, on P.R.'' (Eight hours total.)

He continues down the page, excited and preternaturally focused. All we're talking about is how many minutes per year he spends on e-mail (180 days at 60 minutes per day, plus plane trips) and how much of his time his vice president for marketing can have in 2002 (12 hours), but his intensity makes it seem utterly absorbing.

Ballmer loves this scheduling system. The assemblage of tiny grids is both a necessary practicality of the way he must now go about his job -- with the far-flung Microsoft products and markets, there is simply no way he can be the old-fashioned be-everywhere boss he would otherwise like to be -- and a symbol of the new personality he would like to present, for himself and, in a sense, for the entire company: older, wiser, calmer. Also: transparent. Gone are the days when Microsoft didn't mind being seen as a secretive evil empire.

Source and whole article NY Times

Download DirectX 8.1Direct X RC1

Release Candidate 1 get it here

Don't like it? get the Neowin Uninstaller

Stabilize your Longhorn

HardwareGeeks posted a guide to make your Longhorn more stable and faster!

Check it out here

They also published a guide how to enable and configure Media Cemter in Longhorn, check that here

Windows .NET Server 2003 Home RC2 scheduled for Thursday

RC2 is scheduled to be released on Thursday. The build is not yet known cause it hasn't been "declared" yet. That will probably happen Monday or Tuesday.

It is likely that CPP users won't get it this soon, lately MSDN is quick though.

Boot your leaked Longhorn

Well it seems that the #betas leaked LH was messed up and difficult to make clean installs, doesn't boot, have to rename's a shame....

Fortunately IexBeta made a guide to fix your corrupted LongHorn. Read it here UPDATE: It seems that #betas released a new

There is also another one

Glad my Horn is clean ;-)

Thanks to Nanzy for links

 Windows .NET Server 2003 Home3716 shots

OK, I thought it was my turn now to post screenshots of the latest .NET build which are mostly exactly the same as screendumps from previous builds seen on other sites only now in the about box it says 3716....;-)

About(winver.exe) & System properties
WMP's and IE's About window
OE About window
Administrative tools

Server configuration wizard: Screen 1 -Screen 2


Microsoft took a public file server offline Tuesday after Internet users discovered that the system contained scores of internal Microsoft documents, including a huge customer database with millions of entries.

The file transfer protocol server ordinarily enables Microsoft customers to download drivers, software patches and other files, as well as to upload files to the company's Product Support Services team.

But due to what experts say was an ineffective internal security policy, the public was able to have full access to folders containing confidential company presentations, spreadsheets, internal reports and other company information.

Among the files accessible to any Internet user was a 1 GB database containing millions of names and mailing addresses. The data was kept in a compressed archive named The file, which was protected with the password "dbms," was easily opened with freely available password-cracking software.

News source: Wired News


Windows 2000 HomeSP4 beta program selection done

Dear Microsoft Beta Tester,

Thank you for your interest in the Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 beta program. We are pleased to inform you that you have been approved to participate in the SP4 beta program.

You have been selected you from a large pool of applicants because we believe you will provide us with useful feedback throughout the program.

In preparation for our beta release, please ensure that we have the correct contact information for you. Your current contact information can be found at the top of this email. To update your information, go to BetaPlace at, and select, "Modify Contact Information". Your account information for accessing BetaPlace is, beta ID: xxxx and password: xxxxx

If you are unable to test the Service Pack or want to transfer the responsibility to another contact, please send mail to,

Windows XP Patch: Critical Update for Windows XP Media Center Edition

This update provides contains the CGMS-A enhancement as well as stability and performance enhancements.

System Requirements

Windows XP Media Center Edition

Operating System - Windows XP

Download Now Q329979_WXP_SP2_x86_ENU.exe - 1,256 Kb

MS response to Longhorn leak

A spokeswoman for Microsoft said it was "unfortunate that sometimes these things make their way onto the internet". She could neither confirm nor deny that the screenshots displayed on were leaked from current development work. But she said it was unlikely that user interfaces in development versions would be seen in the final release.

"With Windows XP there were six different user interfaces in the development versions. I wouldn't be confident that what was shown would appear in the final versions," she said.

Longhorn is expected to be in the shops early in 2005.

Source VNET

No Windows XP 2nd Edition. period.

Microsoft Corp's senior vice president of the Windows division, Brian Valentine, has denied suggestions that the company is readying a second release of its Windows XP desktop operating system.

Following reports that Windows XP's replacement, codenamed Longhorn, had slipped to a 2005 release date, rumors have been growing that Microsoft is preparing a second edition of Windows XP for release in 2003. The speculation intensified this week with the leak of a new Windows desktop operating system build. Valentine denied that the company is preparing a second edition of Windows XP, however, and stated that feature and function enhancements would be delivered via service packs, rather than a fully fledged code refresh.

Despite a great deal of interest from the assembled masses, Valentine declined to discuss the features that can be expected with Longhorn, adding that a lot could change between now and its release. One feature he did discuss was the increase in consistency in the storage subsystem to provide consistent naming between, for example, web and mail address books. Valentine did, however, confirm earlier reports that there will not be a Longhorn version of the server operating system. With the next version of the server OS, Windows .NET Server 2003, due for general availability in April 2003, the delivery of server-side functionality to support Longhorn clients will come via feature or service packs, he said. The follow-up to Windows .NET Server is the long lost product codenamed Blackcomb, which currently has no scheduled or hinted release date.

News source:
The Reg via NEOWIN


Windows XP Security Patch: Certificate Validation Vulnerability.

This is a revised bulletin with updated patches!

This update resolves the "Certificate Validation Flaw Could Enable Identity Spoofing" vulnerability in Windows XP. Download now to prevent an attacker from attempting identity spoofing using certificates.

Get the patch!

November Cumulative Patch for Internet Explorer (Q328970)

Impact of vulnerability: Six new vulnerabilities, the most serious of which could enable an attacker to execute commands on a user’s system.

Maximum Severity Rating: Important

Recommendation: Customers should install the patch at the earliest opportunity.

Affected Software:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0

End User Bulletin: An end user version of this bulletin is available at:

Admin Bulletin:

Get the patch!

MS Black mouse pic added

Buffer Overrun in Microsoft Data Access (not in XP!)

Impact of vulnerability: Run code of attacker’s choice

Maximum Severity Rating: Critical Recommendation: Users should apply the patch immediately.

Affected Software:

  • Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) 2.1
  • Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) 2.5
  • Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) 2.6
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0

Note: The vulnerability does not affect Windows XP, despite the fact that it uses Internet Explorer 6.0. Windows XP customers do not need to take any action.

End User Bulletin: An end user version of this bulletin is available at:

Admin Bullitin:

Get the patch

Messenger logo1st 3rd party add-in for Messenger


Description: Now you can get all your ShadowGames.Net information directly from Messenger! Receive breaking news and forum messages, send messages to other users, get the latest downloads, and connect to the chat room... all from within Windows Messenger!

Click here to download this add-in!

Windows Media 9 SeriesWMP 9 encoder release candidate

forgot to post this: Windows Media Encoder 9 Series (release candidate) is a powerful tool for content producers who want to take advantage of the many innovations in Windows Media 9 Series—including high-quality multichannel sound, high-definition video quality, new support for mixed-mode voice and music content, and more.

Note: This is a release candidate and is unsupported. Download Now


download of the day ;-P You may know this screensaver it support XP BSOD's too! :

One of the most feared colors in the NT world is blue. The infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) will pop up on an NT system whenever something has gone terribly wrong. Bluescreen is a screen saver that not only authentically mimics a BSOD, but will simulate startup screens seen during a system boot.

  • On NT 4.0 installations it simulates chkdsk of disk drives with errors!
  • On Win2K and Windows 9x it presents the Win2K startup splash screen, complete with rotating progress band and progress control updates!
  • On Windows XP it present the XP startup splash screen with progress bar!

Bluescreen cycles between different Blue Screens and simulated boots every 15 seconds or so. Virtually all the information shown on Bluescreen's BSOD and system start screen is obtained from your system configuration - its accuracy will fool even advanced NT developers. For example, the NT build number, processor revision, loaded drivers and addresses, disk drive characteristics, and memory size are all taken from the system Bluescreen is running on.

Use Bluescreen to amaze your friends and scare your enemies!

Get it from Sysinternals with other great tools too!

Download Bluescreen (47KB)    Check website of Sysinternals!

XP fix for postscript printing

329604 - PostScript Print Jobs Containing Type-1 Multiple Master Metrics Fonts Are Not Printed

Download the 329604 package now

MS Portrait 2.0 released

Version 2.0 has been released. More Pocket PC cameras are supported, including HP Jornada pocket camera, Lifeview FlyCAM-CF camera, FlyJacket iCAM, Pretec CompactCamera, and Intermec 6651 built-in camera. Now you can take a picture and send from your Pocket PC. The support to public SIP servers enables business applications. The PC version is compatible with MSN Messenger 5.0.

Free Download
PC Version 2.0

Free Download
Pocket PC and Handheld PC Version 2.0

Installation instruction

What's new

User's guide

Installation instruction

What's new

Portrait Homepage        Source betanews





Windows .NET Server 2003 Home Build 3716 is now available for beta testers

Just in from MS:

We are pleased to offer this build for download from This is an interim build between RC1 and RC2 and is not considered "Beta quality".

Currently the following product images are available:

a.. Standard Server

b.. Web Server

c.. Enterprise Server

d.. Enterprise Server Checked (debug) version for developers

e.. Enterprise Server 64 bit Edition

f.. Enterprise Server 64 bit Edition Checked (debug) version for developers.

g.. Customer support and diagnostics CD

pic        Note this is not for CPP

New Updates on Windows Update

AMD CPU update

Cretiave drivers update source

Digital DecadeComdex Video

View in your player 300k

View in browser


Bill Gates' Web Site - Remarks by Bill Gates Keynote, COMDEX Fall 2002

Longhorn leaked?

It seems that Longhorn has leaked (build 3683) This is the build which was so much talked about last month.

The site is already down but I'll give you the link anyway I seems also to be in some beta IRC channels

Good luck getting it and remember this is ALPHA very early build, still very close to XP and very buggy.

MS Black Mouse

Another MS mouse limited edition:

In a continued effort to meet consumer demand for stylish computer peripherals, Microsoft Corp. today unveiled the first of several upcoming special edition hardware products. Covered in a soft black finish, Wireless Optical Mouse Special Edition Black debuts as the fashion essential of devices -- a stylish companion for any computing occasion.

Designed with ambidextrous comfort, this sleek, black mouse offers freedom from wires and cable clutter. Wireless Optical Mouse Special Edition Black glows red and glides with smooth accuracy on most surfaces using signature Microsoft® Optical Technology. The new mouse is widely available for a limited time for an estimated retail price of $44.95.

More pics at activewin

Windows Powered Displays

Q&A: Microsoft Windows Powered Smart Displays Set the Home PC FreeAt Comdex Mira was demonstrated:

Want to check the latest football box scores on the Web without turning away from the game on TV? How about answering e-mails from a lawn chair while still watching your kids in the backyard?

With the arrival of Windows Powered Smart Displays, consumers who seek the mobility of a handheld computing device -- without sacrificing any of the power and utility of their desktop PC -- will have nothing to lose but their cords.

Keith White and Smart Display

At COMDEX Fall 2002, Keith White, senior director in Microsoft's Embedded Appliance Platform Group, demos a Windows Powered Smart Display screen expected to be available in January. Click image for high-res verson.



Q&A Microsoft Windows Powered Smart Displays Set the Home PC Free


Click image for high-res version.New Office App *

This  must be the "scribbler" that was shown on the screenshots I posted 6 months ago (


Microsoft OneNote, a new application in the Microsoft Office family unveiled by Bill Gates at COMDEX Fall 2002, makes taking notes more flexible, turning yesterday's scrap paper into powerful, searchable data.

For consumers and business people who appreciate both the flexibility of taking notes on paper and the power of personal computing, Microsoft has a new solution -- a product the company expects to change the way people take notes.

Notes to Self Microsoft Makes Note-Taking, Organizing a Snap

Sign up for BETA!     OneNote Frequently Asked Questions

Windows .NET Server 2003 Home.NET server 2003 release in April 2003, RC2 "coming weeks"

Thanks PT for this.

Last night in Las Vegas Bill Gates announced the release of .NET 2003 is scheduled to be commercially available in April 2003. RC2 to be delivered to customers in the next few

 "We're in the final countdown," said Brian Valentine, senior vice
president of the Windows Division at Microsoft. "We're putting the finishing
touches on the product and getting it out to our top customers and industry
partners for final testing. When we release Windows .NET Server 2003, it will
be rock-solid. It's the foundation through which Microsoft solutions connect
information, people, systems and devices; the engineering team is well aware
of how critical this release will be and is working hard to deliver the level
of quality, security enhancements and performance our customers expect."

Whole article

MS Launches Smart Personal Devices

Microsoft's Bill Gates previews examples of Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT), including a travel clock, key chain and wristwatch, in Las Vegas, Nov. 17.

LAS VEGAS -- Nov. 17, 2002 -- In his annual "state of the industry" speech at COMDEX Fall 2002, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates showcased a wide range of new devices, innovative software and industry partnerships that he said will bring exciting new benefits to consumers. Demonstrating a number of scenarios that showed the potential for computing to play a central role at work and in the home, Gates provided a first look at Microsoft® OneNote, a new Office family application that helps people organize and use information more productively, and offered a sneak preview of smart personal objects under development at Microsoft Research, including a travel clock, key chain and wristwatch that deliver timely, personalized information.

Gates Gives Sneak Preview of New Devices and Applications at COMDEX; Says Industry Innovation Will Exceed Expectations

Microsoft Launches Smart Personal Object Technology Initiative   

Transcript- Bill Gates Keynote, COMDEX Fall 2002

Removed boot cd banner

Sorry the guide is still not done so I thought I remove the banner and stop teasing   I should have never put the banner up    I did it cause all these other guides appeared which were all the same, even maybe based on my w2k and xp bootguides. So I thought I can do much better then that, which I can , but I just don't take/make/get the time to sit down and write the damn thing.
So I'm sorry I teased and disappointed
you. I will finish it but can't give an estimate .   I hope you still will visit my site for other reasons?

IMAGE: An oxygen flex hose fitting

Flex hose fitting on shuttle

This little fitting on this flexible hose was identified as the cause of the oxygen leak on the Space Shuttle. This small F***ing thing is the cause of me (and other thousands)  not seeing the launch !
    see pic Small | Medium | Large

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- During inspections at Launch Pad 39A, an oxygen flex hose fitting (shown here) was identified as the source of an oxygen leak in Endeavour's mid-body. The leak was identified manually and using helium detectors. Visual inspection found a deformity in the flex line braid where it connects to rigid tubing. The entire flex hose assembly and bulkhead fitting were removed early today, and work is under way to complete the installation of a replacement.

MS Group Policy Management Console Beta 2 released

This week MS released MS GPMC beta 2. For XP freaks at home this is not interesting but for Win2k and soon .NET network admins this tool is COOL!

Though the beta program is not public some documentation is:

Read the Beta 2 release notes here


New winXP site at Microsoft

Learn about Windows Media PlayerNew Web Sites Help Windows XP Customers Unleash Their Creative Genius Learn about Windows Movie Maker

Learn about Windows MessengerFour New Web Sites Feature New Experiences and Help Beginning and Expert Users Get the Most From Their PCs and Other Devices Learn about digital photgraphy with Windows XP

REDMOND, Wash. -- Nov. 14, 2002 -- Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of four new Windows® XP Experience Web sites, providing a comprehensive resource to help users at all levels easily learn how to manage digital photos, make home movies, listen to and organize digital music, and instantly communicate online with friends and family -- PC experiences that go beyond the most common uses of exchanging e-mail and browsing the World Wide Web.

The Windows XP Experience Web sites have easy step-by-step instructions and entertaining videos to help customers learn how to take advantage of the popular digital devices topping wish lists this holiday season. Digital photography is more popular than ever in the United States, with an expected 30 percent increase in unit sales from 2001 to 2002, reaching an estimated 8.3 million units, as reported by Gartner Dataquest. The Windows XP Experience Web sites show digital camera owners how easy it is to transfer photos to a Windows XP-based PC and view, organize, print and share their favorites with friends and family.

view whole article        View the new site!

Review by WinSuperSite

Paul got his hands on Longhorn and reviewed it.

Check it out here

Office2000 Service Pack 3

MS finally released SP3 for Office 2000, 2 months later but OK:

The Office 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) provides the latest product updates to Office 2000 and offers you the highest levels of performance and security available for Office 2000. It can be installed by enterprise, small business, or individual users.

Office 2000 Update Service Pack 3 (SP3)

(326585) Overview of the Office 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP-3)

single install: download

Admin install o2ksp3a.exe

Windows .NET Server 2003 Home pre RC2 is out build 3714

UPDATE: RC2 is a rumour. It seems to be a pre RC2 build and NOT RC2

I'm still downloading it, so no more info yet.

.Net Release Candidate 2 Release Notes              .Net Read1st    Thanks to Neowin for the notes

Back in Amsterdam

IMAGE: Space Shuttle EndeavourYou've missed me? Well my holiday is over :-(  I had a great time and fun! a major disappointment was the the space shuttle launch was postponed two hours before launch because of an oxygen leak in the cabin of the orbiter, but I've seen the NASA complex, pretty women in Miami Beach (Ocean drive, south beach), Car Racing on Daytona Track, Universal Studio's, Sea World, Eminem's movie "8 Mile" and learned a lot at the conference that I attended in Orlando.


 <- Damn shuttle still standing at the launchpad


Download DirectX 8.1Direct X 9 RC0 leaked

Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 SDK
This is a Release Candidate 0 (RC0) of Microsoft's DirectX 9.0 Software Development Kit (SDK). It contains all DirectX software required to create DirectX 9.0 compliant applications.

Major components include: DirectX 9.0 system components (runtimes); DirectX 9.0 Application Programming Interface (API) Documentation for each of the DirectX core areas (written for C++, C#, or Visual Basic developers); DirectX 9.0 headers & libraries; Sample applications and source code; miscellaneous tools and utilities.


DX9 RC0 from

Keychanger tool

Wanna change your winXP key from the pirated key to your genuine key?

This tool says it does it.

XPPID.EXE (288KB)    Read doc 1st!

Source The Inquirer

New Messenger 5 build 540 released, Greenwich unveiled?

Minor updates. See also this page on the Corporate edition of IM, codename Greenwich

Download: Msn Messenger 5.0.0540        Download: add remover    Source:

Windows .NET Server 2003 Home build 3708 Leaked

Today .NET server 2003 build 3708 leaked, till now only Enterprise server has leaked.

Also RC2 documents has turned up on the Internet, so RC must be close? Well RC1 docs also leaked and it took about three weeks after that when RC1 came out. They probably just do a find&Replace on the RC1 docs.... ;-) UPDATE: RC is out now :-p

.Net Release Candidate 2 Release Notes              .Net Read1st    Thanks to Neowin

Windows Movie MakerMovie Maker 2.0 Beta

Windows Movie Maker 2 is a beta release of a Windows feature. In order to restore the original feature after updating Windows XP, you must use System Restore. Please check to ensure System Restore is turned on before you install Windows Movie Maker 2 Beta. As with any beta release, please read the release notes for more information before installing. Windows Movie Maker 2 is available only for use with the Windows XP operating system.

Windows Movie Maker 2 Beta makes home movies amazingly fun. With Movie Maker 2, you can create, edit, and share your home movies right on your PC. Build your movie with a few simple drag-and-drops. Delete bad shots and include only the best scenes. Add special effects , music and narration. Then share your movie via the Web, e-mail, on your PC, CD or even DVD. You can also save your movie back to the DV tape in your camera to play back on a TV or on the camera itself.

Download    Watch cool sample movies made with Windows Movie Maker 2

9 Series PlayerMedia Player Series 9 Release Candidate

Windows Media Player 9 Series is in the final stages of our beta program. If you have installed an earlier version of the beta, we recommend you download the release candidate.

Download for Windows XP        Download for Win98, WinME, Win2000

Outlook Express patch IE6sp1

October 2002, Cumulative Update for Outlook Express 6.0 SP1

This update contains fixes and enhancements to Outlook Express 6.0 SP1 as well as eliminates all previously addressed security vulnerabilities affecting Outlook Express 6.0 SP1.

  • Version - 6
  • Release Date - 30 Oct 2002
  • Estimated Download Size/Time @28.8 - 1,980 kb / 10min

System Requirements

This update applies to Outlook Express 6.0 SP1

Operating System - Windows 98, NT4 & 2000, Windows Me, Win XP

Download Now q331923.exe - 1,976 Kb

Download DirectX 8.1DirectPlay 8.2

This download contains DirectX 8.1b plus some DirectPlay fixes related to performance and connectivity issues exhibited with some online multiplayer game titles. This release of DirectX is not recommended for general installation. You should only consider installing this release if you have an online gaming problem that has been identified as being fixed with DirectX 8.2. This version of DirectX can replace all previous released versions of DirectX.

  • Version - 8.2
  • Release Date - 27 Sep 2002
  • Estimated Download Size/Time @28.8 - 28,325,976 kb / 2237h 27min

System Requirements

The DirectX 8.2 release supports Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. The DirectX installation process requires approximately 60 megabytes (MB) of free space on your hard drive. Once installed, you can delete the installation files. The remaining DirectX files use approximately 16 MB of hard drive space. If you had an earlier version of DirectX installed on your computer, you will see little difference in used space on your hard drive. DirectX 8.2 will overwrite the earlier versions.

Note: After installation, the DirectX 8.2 runtime cannot be removed (uninstalled). The installation process changes core components and makes numerous registry changes within your operating system. Microsoft does not support un-installation.

Operating System - Windows 98 & 2000 & Windows Me, Win XP

Download Now dplay82 update.exe - 27,663 Kb

Cool tool port query tool

Yesterday during a session of Mark Minasi at the conference in Orlando, Mark mentioned this tool:

PortQry Command Line Port Scanner

Portqry.exe is a command-line utility that you can use to help troubleshoot TCP/IP connectivity issues. Portqry.exe runs on Windows 2000-based computers. The utility reports the port status of TCP and UDP ports on a computer you choose.


    portqry -n -p tcp -e 25

The preceding command attempts to resolve "" to an IP address and query TCP port 25 on the corresponding host.

    portqry -n -p tcp -o 143,110,25 -l portqry.log

The preceding command attempts to resolve "" to a host name and then query TCP ports 143,110, and 25 (in that order) on the host you chose. This command also creates a log file (Portqry.log) that contains a log of the command you ran and its output.

    portqry -n myserver -p udp -r 135:139 -l myserver.txt

The preceding command attempts to resolve "myserver" to an IP address and query the specified range of UDP ports (135-139) in sequential order on the corresponding host. This command also creates a log file (Myserver.txt) that contains a log of the command you ran and its output.

For More Information -

System Requirements: TCP/IP must be installed. Download Now: PortQry.exe - 102 Kb

Sign up for win2k sp4 beta program

The Windows Sustained Engineering team is currently taking nominations for the Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) beta program. Our goal is to have a well targeted group of testers willing to actively participate and provide useful feedback to our development team throughout the beta program.

Would you like the opportunity to make your feedback visible in the next Service Pack and, to help improve Windows 2000 SP4?

Please go to Beta Place at to learn more about the Windows 2000 SP4 beta program and nominate you or a friend to participate.

Sign in using this special guest account:

Beta ID: Win2000SP4
Password: BetaSP4


Security Bulletins

MS02-064 : Windows 2000 Default Permissions Could Allow Trojan Horse Program (Q327522)

MS02-063 : Unchecked Buffer in PPTP Implementation Could Enable Denial of Service Attacks (Q329834)

MS02-062 : Cumulative Patch for Internet Information Service (Q327696)

OK I'm off to Orlando for the seminar and holiday

"Windows .NET Magazine LIVE!"

Thanks to the people sending me info on Orlando! Also thanks to the people offering hosting solutions.

I'll be online from time to time in Florida, so I may update this page but dont expect much updates for the next 2 weeks, it is my holiday too!

In the night of nov 9 - nov 10 I hope to see the launch of Space Shuttle Mission ST 113 !!

I'll be back on November 12th





Check your services

you may have a lot services running in the background of your XP session, claiming resources.

Use this guide to see if you can disable some

Windows .NET 2003 Support Center

Microsoft has organized a nice page for Windows .NET Server 2003 Support. The page includes links to how-to's, KB articles, webcasts and more.

view it        source

IntelliSync for MSN 8

IntelliSync for MSN 8 has been released allowing people to sync their PocketPCs and Outlook XP / 2000 / 97 with MSN Calendar, Address Book, Contacts, and Notes.

Keep all of your organizers in sync with MSN Calendar. Click the Download button below to start using Intellisync, or learn more about sync.

Intellisync for MSN works with:
·  Microsoft Outlook 97/98/2000/XP
·  Pocket PC Handhelds
·  Palm Handhelds*

Intellisync for MSN is limited to MSN 8 subscribers. Get it



EasyBoot  & UltraISO

Well as a BootCD developer I found these tools come in handy. A tool to make menu for your bootable CD.

1, complete graphical user interface, the use is convenient, everyone is easy to study.
2, only add one more file to the root director of CD, does not destroy the original negative style.
3, most may support 36 menu items.
4, supports up, down, left, the right cursor key and the tab key selects the menu, Enter and  SpaceBar key execution.
5, support user defined accelerated key (for example 0-9, a-z), directly select menu item.
6, support user defined function key (for example esc, F1-F12) to direct execution command.
7, may choose directly execution mode of accelerated key.
8, may choose to translate input letter to small letter or capital letter.
9, may nimbly jump under each menu through cursor key, thus supports free layout the screen menu.
10, support sub-menu, may create extremely complex start compact disc.
11, convenience but formidable edition function
    + Nimble definition screen layout, text, menu and function key.
    + Supports the start screen preview, may directly see the actual effect.
    + Support choice/edit object in preview window, includes with the mouse and the keyboard to create/move/modify object coordinates.
    + Supports the Undo function, may restore to previous condition.
12, integrates the ISO document generation, may directly produce start ISO document.

download at

UtraISO is a nice ISO tool


In Europe Holland has most buddies in their MSN list!

According to Microsoft Holland has 2,3 million messenger users. The have an average of 50 contacts in their buddylist. Belgium is second with 37 buddies.
Third is Spain, they got 32. Last is Italy, only 11.

Marc Hoeke of MSN Holland states that "Holland has allways been ahead as Internet country, also broadband users are pretty high"

MSN uses this research result to introduce new instant Messaging features. As of today you can chat with 15 people simultaniously (before 3) Also online indicators per PC, PDA, Mobile phone, the last two will show mobile in hand of icon.

Translated from dutch to english by me....

source (dutch)

Passed !!!!!!!!!!!

Ok I passed my XP Exam, did the 60 questions in 50 minutes. To bad the don't show your score anymore, it only shows "passed".
There was 1 question I wasn't sure about (dynamic update parameters in setup), the rest I all knew the answer. So I guess my score must have been high.

Thanks everyone sending resources!

So quit smoking, passed exam, damn I feel good about myself ;-)

OK I'm clean of smoking for nearly 3 weeks, so I took down the little "quit smoking" banner. Thanks for all the support I received everyday!

I cant wait to go to Orlando for the seminar and my little holiday I'l have there the week after. Have been working since january.

Merry XP-mas, Windows XP 1 st Anniversary!!


A year ago Windows XP was Launched worldwide and have sold over 67 million copies since!

Easy CD Creator 5Easy CD 5.x.x Update to Platinum to 5.3.2

This web update is designed to update English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch and Japanese versions of Easy CD Creator 5.x.x Platinum to version 5.3.2. It can be installed in Windows NT, 98, 2000, ME, and XP. It has a number of fixes and adds new drive support, including support for DVD -R/RW and DVD +R/RW. This update will install Windows XP specific drivers and make the necessary registry entries to allow Easy CD Creator to operate correctly in Windows XP.


Updated Office XP Resource Kit Tools

saw this over at
An updated version of the Microsoft® Office XP Resource Kit core tool set is now available that provides new tools, updates, and a number of minor fixes. Key features of the update are as follows:

  • Answer Wizard Builder

    Updated for Office XP, the Answer Wizard Builder enables you to add custom content to Office Answer Wizard. For example, you can add information on local printer addresses, or add a series of topics to cover your organization’s own tools and add-ins. The Answer Wizard Builder works by helping you create your own AW files, which are then used by the Answer Wizard to locate topics in response to user’s queries.

  • System Management Server (SMS) package definition files (PDFs)

    The updated PDF files enable you to install Office XP remotely using System Management Server 2.0. Two PDF files are included with the update: OFF2002.SMS covers all Office XP product suites; LPK2002.SMS covers the Office XP Multilingual User Interface Packs.

  • Corporate Error Reporting version 1.2

    An updated version of the Custom Error Reporting tool is also included with this release. Version 1.2 contains a collection of small fixes designed to improve the performance and stability of the tool.

Download: OrkTools.exe

View Video of  MSN.comlaunch in NYC  51 Minutes !


Handheld, PDA, WindowsCE, Windows Embedded, Pocket PC, Palm, smartphones, smart displays, cradles, activesync, set top boxes, Tablet, car .net,
.....................There used to be just a PC with Windows 3.0.....


MSN Finals

Thanks Neobond and Bunnios, downloads were posted before but today is big MSN8 day and URL's are on MS servers:

MSN Explorer 8

MSN MessengerMSN Messenger 5

Winzip 8.1 SR1 released

WinZip 8.1 Service Release 1 (SR-1) includes a change to the original release of WinZip 8.1 . The change addresses a vulnerability that is already properly handled, as of WinZip 8.0, for Zip files; WinZip 8.1 SR-1 addresses it for the other archive types supported by WinZip, such as TAR and CAB.

WinZip will now warn you if you attempt to open any archive that uses a parent folder (that is, "..") specification for any of the files that it contains. The reason for the warning is that extraction from such an archive could allow files to be extracted to locations outside of the folder tree that you have specified for the extraction. A malicious individual who created such an archive and convinced you to extract its contents could exploit this to overwrite important files elsewhere on your system.

More info                    download






Pocket PC 2002 service pack 1 RTM

Microsoft continually works to improve its Pocket PC software. As part of this effort, we develop updates and fixes to recognized issues and release them for our customers. Because of the differences in hardware designs in Pocket PCs, we release our updates only to our partners who then, in turn, release a device specific update to their users.

The latest update has been released by Microsoft and will be available shortly from device manufacturers. Please be sure to contact your vendor for specific timing.

The latest update includes a new version of Microsoft Windows Media Player for Pocket PC as well as the updates described below:

  • Windows Media Player 8.5 for Pocket PC 2002
    Windows Media Player 8.5 for Pocket PC 2002 takes your mobile digital media experience to the next level. With improved performance, easier to use features, and built in support for the Pocket PC Connection Manager, going mobile has never been more fun
  • Improved Performance and Quality
    Windows Media Player 8.5 for Pocket PC 2002 delivers significant performance increases for audio and video playback on Pocket PCs. Enjoy a higher quality audio and video experience like never before on your Pocket PC!
  • Improved Playlist Management
    Windows Media Player 8.5 for Pocket PC 2002 has improved playlist management capability including faster detection of large content libraries. An improved folder view lets you easily add full directories of content to your playlist with a single click
  • Better Connection Manager Integration
    Windows Media Player 8.5 for Pocket PC 2002 now takes advantage of the built-in capabilites of the operating system to detect the connection settings of your device. This means that once your device is confgured for on-line access, the player will automatically be able to access the content you want without needing to specify additional connection or proxy settings

See article here Mobile Devices

Get the trial here

Windows .NET Server 2003 Home.NET server build 3700 leaked

Today .NET server 2003 build 3700 leaked. Enterprise Edition and Datacenter too soon. No shots yet, this news is to new.

Windows 2000 Home sp4 beta 41402 will leak soon?


Amid the latest speculations of up and coming operating systems, lets not forget what has gotten Microsoft to where it is now.

The ever popular Windows 2000 is getting another refresher. Win2000.SP4.41402 will be going to testers early next month. WinBeta will be getting it out to you in a few hours.

This is the first public build of said Service pack, so don't expect miracles, yea.. don't expect your operating system to be improved!! We are all aware of the pitfalls of early betas. Install only knowing the risks you undertake. Most likely we'll give you an "I told you so" for your tears when your install tanks."

Note from me: Only install this on test machines to play around with it!

Messenger 5 build 537 final?

"This version is 10 builds ahead of the last known leak and so far has not been officially released by Microsoft. It is currently on their servers however and as the release date for MSN 8 and MSN messenger 5 are only a few days away this will most likely be the release build.

This version connects faster than the 4.7 builds currently supported by Microsoft as well as being able to send files out beyond a router without doing manual configuration of ports."

Download: MSN Messenger v5.0.0537

I need some webspace on a High Bandwidth server

Maybe you noticed but my site has been offline now and then in the last few days. Problem is that my site was hosted via Winbeta for a while but that server crashed. Now I strore it at my ISP, nut the 8 Gb traffic a day consumes my 5 Gb a month traffic limit within 24 hours. So I'm swapping webspace at this ISP where my family also have accounts.

If you may have some webspace (10 MB) and your ISP don't mind 8 - 10 Gb traffic a day let me know. It are mostly graphics stored there no files.
This will be only temporarely. And is just to store graphics the virtual webserver itself is hosted at my win2k server at home.

Please let me know via email: bink at

MSN.comDownload MSN 8

Get it here

MSN.comSee MSN 8 commercials

MSN 8 Launch Virtual Pressroom



MS enters mobile phonemarket

Well I remeber a Sony mobilephone with MS Phone Explorer in it so they were in mobile phone market before, anyway here is part of the article from infoSync Review Orange SPV

On front of the phone, things start looking a bit different than common mobile phones, as the large and brilliant 16-bit TFT display with a resolution of 176 x 220 pixels takes up most of the space. Just below it are two 'soft keys', which similar to the way a Nokia 7650 operates takes on different functions depending on what's taking place in the running application. Just below these again are the conventional green 'Send' button which initiates or accepts a call, and the red 'End' button which aborts or declines a call. These are also soft keys, and can be assigned other functions in other applications, such as sending an SMS when written. Below these again, there are 'Home' and 'Back' buttons placed respectively to the left and right. The Home button takes a user back to the home screen of the device - equivalent to the Today screen of a Pocket PC, but not quite, which I'll get back to later - while the Back button lets a user regress through previous screens using a through-the-stack approach.

Then, there's the four-way navigational pad with an action button, centered between all of the buttons mentioned in the previous paragraph. Despite its good tactile feedback - which is a trait shared by all buttons of the device - it's a bit too small even for my fingers, and despite spending quite a bit of time getting used to it, I still found it a tad too small to play games or move around menus at maximum speed using it. Finally, the lower part of the front is covered with a keypad with a standard layout.

Is that Windows in there?

Actually, it is. And all jokes aside, I haven't seen any blue screens or had any virus land in Pocket Inbox for them to send spam to all of my contacts yet, but I've had a couple of fun errors arise while using the device. Using Windows CE 3.0 as its core, Smartphone 2002 will, for those who have used a Pocket PC 2002 device appear very familiar, and the main part of what has changed is the way one moves around and inputs data. Obviously, not having touch screen capabilities has led to some compromises - some of which are good, and some of which are bad.
whole article

MS Support articles

As of November 7, 2002, prefix letters will be phased out of all Knowledge Base (KB) articles worldwide making it easier for you to request an article in a language other than your browser settings. Today, KB articles are published in 21 languages, each with an unrelated number scheme and prefix letter. By eliminating the prefix and changing the numbers of some articles, we will make sure that all translations of any article will have exactly the same content number. Customers worldwide can view localized versions of articles by passing an internet standard for language locale and the content number.

What effect will this have?

Existing URLs to KB articles will continue to function for two years, but new articles will no longer be published to the old naming conventions.

The new of way of referencing KB articles

The new method of referencing KB articles will be where n is the number of the article. This interface will automatically sense your browser's language settings and show you the right article. If you prefer to explicitly request an article in a language other than your browser settings, you can request articles by using;[ln];n where [ln] is a value from the table seen in the source of this article.

Microsoft(R) Windows(R) EmbeddedMS Releases Windows XP embedded with sp1

LAS VEGAS -- Oct. 22, 2002 -- At the third annual Microsoft® Windows® Embedded Developer Conference in Las Vegas today, keynote speaker Todd Warren, general manager of the Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group at Microsoft Corp., announced the availability of the Windows XP Embedded operating system with Service Pack 1 (SP1), delivering on Microsoft's commitment to make new Windows XP Embedded technologies available within90 days of the client release. Windows XP Embedded with SP1 delivers expanded foreign-language support and the Microsoft .NET Framework, in addition to a number of embedded-specific features such as remote boot and diskless operation. Also announced was a $995 pricing promotion for the Platform Builder and Target Designer Windows Embedded tool sets.

Whole artticle

Windows 2000 HomeWindows 2000 Service Pack 4 beta program

so this over Activewin

Thanks Mr Anon A. Mous who let us know that on the website they have started to accept nominations for the Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 beta program.

We are now accepting nominations for the Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 Beta Program. The goal of this program is to have a well-targeted group of testers who will actively participate and provide useful feedback for our development team throughout the SP4 beta program. If you answer YES to any of the questions below:

Would you like to make your feedback visible in SP4?
Would you like to help Microsoft improve the final SP4 product?

Then contact your TAM to let him/her nominate you to be part of the Windows 2000 SP4 Beta Program.

WinONCD 6 screenshots

thanks John, has 1st shots of WinOnCD 6.0 (cd/dvd burn software)

5.1 released

This populair document viewer is updated, no fix list...

WinXP sp1 Express install

saw this over at SP1 express install is now available as download. Before it was only available via Windows Update? I don't know actually, I recommend getting the full pack anyway. Express install only gets you the files you need, which is nice when you are on a slow connection. I prefer all files being updated, also the ones I don't use at the moment.

Office 11 beta 1 released !?

Press is full of it, while official testers cant get it yet.

MS Releases First Beta of "Office 11" (MS Press Release)

MS Starts Testing New Version of Office

Microsoft Unveils Office 11

Microsoft Releases Office 11 Beta 1

New Messenger

thanks paul for the info,

donno what the changes or fixes are

More Horny shots

Display properties then "change your desktop" brings up a new window, as you will see bit buggy :-) but nice new features pic

In explorer you can set a feature to display filters when viewing files in detail view pic

Folder options has more options pic

My Hardware pic        my Music pic  My Pictures pic

Microsoft(R) Internet ExplorerIE7 ? nope

More IE rumors. It seems the current roadmap for IE is IE6 sp2 in Longhorn and that will be the last IE, so no IE7. Again I'm told IE will be replaced by MSN Explorer. That is interesting now MSN8 browser is not free anymore. So MS wants to make more money on subscriptions. Or does MS realize it is not fair to competitors that Windows has a Browser included? naaah.

That seems to be the current roadmap, but Longhorn is far away so roadmaps will be changed a lot.

Neowin will be back

Boring without Neowin, well I can inform you that they have a new host! But they have some issues with some of there scripts. Some scripts claim too many resources of the server so it wont perform anymore. They are working on the scripts. They think it will take 1 to 2 weeks before they are back online.

So be patient. in the meantime read my site for news and hang out in Neowin MSN Community

Well my posting of the wallpaper started a wave through some beta sites, spontaneous publishing screenshots of Longhorn. Don't expect a leak though, so you'll have to do with my wallpaper for now.

early alpha build 3663

shots at Winbeta 3683

1 shot at Xbetas 3683

and another fake one

Official Longhorn Wallpapers !!!!!!

Well is 1st to present a Wallpaper that is currently used for internal builds of Longhorn!!!

You'll notice that is has the same logo as I use on my site for months!

So this is the first leak of a longhorn which is not FAKE :-)   Longhorn.jpg (alpha)  longhorn "M3 build"

67 Million Copies and Counting

In its first year, over 67 million copies of Windows XP have been sold in the OEM and retail channels alone. This makes Windows XP the fastest selling version of Windows ever. Microsoft also tried to counter recent reports about slow corporate adoption of WinXP by noting that 63 percent of all WinXP sales are of WinXP Professional, the business version of WinXP. But if this past week's security road show was any indication, corporate customers are well on the way to adopting WinXP.

source wininformant

Messenger 4.7 skins

found this via skins for messenger, not really skins cause it replaces the executable

screenshots and downloads

two security fixes released few days ago....

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS02-059: Flaw in Word Fields and Excel External Updates Could Lead to Information Disclosure (Q330008)

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS02-060Flaw in Windows XP Help and Support Center Could Enable File Deletion (Q328940)

Download locations for this patch

100k | 300k | 1MB

Download AVI 30 MB






MSN.comMSN8 video



Microsoft BT Mouse only

  More pics here


    Activewin did a review of the BT Wireless Optical Desktop





Microsoft Blue Tooth adapter

This adapter will be included with the Wireless Optical Bluetooth Desktop set (keyboard + Mouse)

Get PDF of the BOX

Larger Pic Other larger Pic

Thanks Aibo for the tip

Microsoft(R) Internet Explorer  7 beta features

Here are some rumors on features that may be included in IE 7

1. There will be a spell checker for forms and for people who have office 11 there will be a thesauruse both will work the same way is the right click menu that already exists in MS word(red underline etc)
2. Popups. There will be no popup stopper but there will be limits on what popups can do (no full screen and multiple popups etc)
3. Tabs there is likely to be some sort of tab UI but it is likely to be different to the in Mozilla and Opera.
4. The will some sort of theme ability similar to that of Opera
5. There will be many new features for window XP that will not be in 98,98se,me to do with the abilities of the operating system.

there will be no version for Windows NT4

source: Forum on Mozzilazine found via Warp2Search and TheDigitalResource

More Rumors....

IE 7 will be IE .NET and it will be the last IE !!

Microsoft accepted that integrating IE into the shell was a bad idea from a security perspective (not marketing wise ;)) so they are diversifying IE from the shell and making a new browser. MSN explorer is planned to take over when the IE line ends.....


Windows XP from A to Z

Well MVP Kelly did a great job, see her XP from A to Z, it has loads of XP info

MBSA 1.1 beta starting soon

Thanks Yuval for this. The MBSA V1.1 Beta program will be starting within the next few weeks on

MBSA V1.1 will contain new features such as Software Update Services (SUS)support, Exchange and Windows Media Player security update detection, and full support for the HFNetChk tool switches in the MBSA command line interface (mbsacli.exe).  More information will be available in the tool beta documentation.

Longhorn is next, no in between version

Slipping dates for the next major Windows release, code-named Longhorn, have fueled speculation that Microsoft Corp. may be plotting an interim release.
But Rogers Weed, corporate vice president in Microsoft's Windows product management group, told Computerworld last week that no such interim release is being discussed by executives in the operating system group.

"I can't tell you that there aren't some developers over in a building somewhere discussing it," Weed said. "But in the management meetings I sit in for the Windows business, it's not being discussed."

Weed said the focus is "all about Longhorn" and "how to get the best Longhorn release we can get." He noted that it's difficult to pinpoint a ship date for Longhorn "because of how far away it is." But he said he can "at least give people some comfort level" that they're not going to see something until the middle of 2004 at the earliest.

During a keynote speech at last week's Gartner Symposium/ITxpo here, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said only that a new Windows release is coming during the next three years. At other times, Microsoft executives have made vague statements that Longhorn is years away.

Corporate IT professionals hoping to do some long-term planning for the next major Windows release got no definitive answers at ITxpo. Analysts gave the Longhorn client operating system a 50% probability of shipping in the first half of 2005 (40% in the second half of 2004), and they projected that the Longhorn server operating system won't hit the market until 2006.

Source and Full Story at Computerworld   Thanks to for finding the article

MSN.comMSN 8 is finished and it leaked

You can download it donno if you have any fun with it cause you'll need a ID which you need to pay for Thanks to MaxTechent  If link is dead you're too late!

Tablet PC ISO available on MSDN

For the subscribers to MSDN, Tablet PC ISO's are available for downloads. It seems that CD1 is exact the same as WinXP pro with sp1 integrated (slipstreamed). Size and checksum are exactly the same.

This probably means that enabling Tablet PC features is not just on CD2 but in the product key. The keys are not avaiable yet on MSDN. Hence you need a TABLET PC to use it anyway.

The second ISO is 156 MB.  It cotains a CAB file for Tablet PC and a CAB file for Media Center!! again iot won't run cause it requires a different KEY

I'll let you know if I find out more. Thanks to Bunnios for some research

In the US you can test the Tablet PC register here   Others see the Tablet TOUR (posted before)

winXP sp1 GρεεК is out !

Thanks Dimitris for informing about the Greek winXP sp1:

All languages previously mentioned are on the official XP sp1 page


Windows Powered Smart Displays Delayed Until 2003

The Windows Powered Smart Displays--code-named Mira--are now delayed until the first quarter of 2003. So if you've been pining for such a device, it's not happening this holiday season, sorry.


IIS Lockdown 2.1

IIS Lockdown Wizard version 2.1 works by turning off unnecessary features, thus reducing attack surface available to attackers. To provide multiple layers of protection against attackers, URLscan, with customized templates for each supported server role, is integrated into the IIS Lockdown Wizard.

To keep the server completely secure, however, all hotfixes are required before and after applying IIS Lockdown Wizard to stay protected against known security vulnerabilities.

iislockd.exe - 292 Kb

This tool seems the same as 2.0 released over a year ago, all files in the exe are from 2001 !!!????

What is SCP?Windows SCP

Simple Control Protocol (SCP) technology enables device manufacturers to create small, intelligent, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) -compatible devices that can communicate with each other over low-speed communication networks.


Well, their plan is simple. They set the standard and then everyone else follows. [grin] But seriously, they have a really cool site that just went live. It's the SCP-site. What's SCP? Simple Control Protocol (SCP) technology enables device manufacturers to create small, intelligent, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP)-compatible devices that can communicate with each other over low-speed communication networks.

In other words, you open up your network neighborhood and guess what? The coffee machine and other devices, [fill in the blank] appear as part of your network. No kidding. basically SCP brings plug-and-play to the IP protocol. Below is the brand new site where they explain the concept, where the Device Development Kits are, and how to find more about deploying SCP. This is going to be big. And remember, you heard it here first! But first, some comic relief. Ken Winstrand on the Sunbelt Home Automation list server made the following humorous comment:

"Wow, I can't believe MS is getting into this market. I'm sure they will come up with some great stuff, but this calls for a top 10 list:

Top 10 Signs Microsoft Has Automated Your Home:

  • You now pay a yearly fee for each switch in your home.
  • You are prompted to accept a licensing agreement before making coffee.
  • Patches for your toaster control module come out weekly.
  • You were forced to upgrade the driver for your bedroom ceiling fan twice last week.
  • You can't legally use all of the lights in your house concurrently.
  • A virus has taken over your controller and is using it to turn on and off the Christmas tree at the Whitehouse.
  • Your home automation protocol is "Like X-10, Only Better!"
  • Your new garbage compactor requires you to throw everything away twice.
  • You replace every switch, outlet, module, and controller in your home every two years.
  • At least once a day you are force to stop your current task, close all of your windows, and shut down and restart your home."

The new SCP site


Age of Mythology Media Player SkinsMS Game Age Of Mythology  went Gold

Get skin pack

View Video's

Get ScreenSaver (needs special viewer)

See the AOM site


MS Security Bulletin MS02-058: Unchecked Buffer in Outlook Express S/MIME Parsing Could Enable System Compromise (Q328676)

Date: 10 October 2002

Software: Outlook Express
Impact: Run code of attacker's choice.
Max Risk: Critical
Bulletin: MS02-058
Microsoft encourages customers to review the Security Bulletin at:


To allow for verification of the authenticity of mail messages, Microsoft Outlook Express supports digital signing of messages through S/MIME. A buffer overrun vulnerability lies in the code that generates the warning message when a particular error condition associated with digital signatures occurs. By creating a digitally signed email and editing it to introduce specific data, then sending it to another user, an attacker could cause either of two effects to occur if the recipient opened or previewed it. In the less serious case, the attacker could cause the mail client to fail. If this happened, the recipient could resume normal operation by restarting the mail client and deleting the offending mail. In the more serious case, the attacker could cause the mail client to run code of their choice on the user's machine. Such code could take any desired action, limited only by the permissions of the recipient on the machine. This vulnerability could only affect messages that are signed using S/MIME and sent to an Outlook Express user. Users of Microsoft Outlook products are not affected by this vulnerability.

Office Xdocs website:

View a screenshot of XDocs "XDocs," a code name for the newest member of the Microsoft Office family, streamlines the process of gathering information by  enabling teams and organizations to easily create and work with rich, dynamic forms. The information collected can be integrated with a broad range of business processes because XDocs supports any customer-defined XML schema and integrates with XML Web services. As a result, XDocs helps to connect information workers directly to organizational information and gives them the ability to act on it, which leads to greater business impact.

 Click image for larger shot

   See Xdocs website








Prefetch tool

Tool for flushing the Prefetch log and controlling the Prefetch Parameters.

What Is Prefetch?

Windows XP monitors the files that are used when the computer starts and when you start applications. By monitoring these files, Windows XP can prefetch them. Prefetching data is the process whereby data that is expected to be requested is read ahead into the cache. Prefetching boot files and applications decreases the time needed to start Windows XP and start applications.

This information is logged and stored on your hard drive taking up space and requiring a process to be kept running monitoring which applications are being run. This has a performance impact on your PC. Disabling the Prefetch function or at least only enabling it for the Boot Files will allow you to free up some system resources and preserve some disk space.

Screenshot   Author: Jester2K Software    Download

See also tool for enabling / disabling the Windows XP Built In ZIP Support.

HP Media Center

Read the manual and learn on Media Center!

Get the manual (PDF)

 Thanks Bradley for the tip


Xdocs, Xdocs. Xdocs.

All day news sites posted info on Xdocs the new Office 11 member.....

XDocs" streamlines the process of gathering information by enabling teams and organizations to easily create and work with rich, dynamic forms. The information collected can be integrated with a broad range of business processes because "XDocs" supports any customer-defined Extensible Markup Language (XML) schema and integrates with XML Web services. As a result, "XDocs" helps to connect information workers directly to organizational information, giving them the ability to act on it, which leads to greater business impact.

"The vision for 'XDocs' is to deliver on the needs of our customers by connecting XML Web services to information workers at their desktops," Ballmer said. "'XDocs' provides new ways to gather and reuse company data, enabling better information flow, more informed decisions and greater integration of people with business processes throughout an organization."

New Microsoft Office Family Application Taps Power of Industry-Standard XML

Q&A- How "XDocs" Alters the Paradigm for Gathering Business-Critical Information

Windows Media Player 9 build 2903

Winbeta managed to get there hands on a new WMP series 9 build!

ScreenShots by Winbeta:
WMP9 Open:
WMP9 About:

Download via FileConnect

A new level of freedom and convenienceEase on DVD Rec in Media Center

Microsoft Corp. announced yesterday that it is easing the DVD-copying restrictions it planned to build into new entertainment software coming out this fall, in response to consumer protests.

Windows XP Media Center Edition, a variation on the Windows XP operating system, combines the functions of a television set, stereo and personal computer and marks Microsoft's most ambitious effort yet to bring the personal computer into the living room.

Media Center incorporates the sort of digital video recording that has become increasingly popular in products such as TiVo and ReplayTV. It also gives people an opportunity to burn copies of their favorite shows onto blank CDs or DVDs.

Until this week, however, Microsoft's engineers had developed Media Center so that people could watch their newly minted DVDs only on one device -- the one used to make the recording.

The restrictive policy was intended to mollify Hollywood, which has protested strongly against technologies that could make it easier for consumers to make perfect digital copies of television shows or movies.

But Microsoft said yesterday that it is changing the restrictions so that Media Center users will be able to play discs containing recorded content on any PC that runs the company's Windows Media 9 Series player and the latest version of Windows XP. Microsoft said it hopes to make the playback of discs possible on consumer DVD players by the end of the year.

"We got a lot of customer, partner and analyst feedback," said Michael Toutonghi, vice president of the Windows eHome Division at Microsoft. "People felt we took an overly conservative approach."

The change in policy could make Media Center more attractive to consumers this fall, when Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to release the first product to incorporate the operating system. The device will start selling at around $1,500.

"It's actually a huge leap, this announcement," said Paul-Jon McNealy, research director at GartnerG2. "I think opening the portability up makes it a much more appealing device."

The Media Center will still come with some copy-prevention measures built in, however, in the form of a broadcasting standard called CGMS/A, short for copy-guard management system/analog.

Though this standard is relatively unknown, it could be used by broadcasters who do not want viewers to make copies of shows as they are aired.

Microsoft's Toutonghi said 99 percent of broadcast television shows are aired free of CGMS/A copy restrictions. But that's something that could change if Media Center gains traction with consumers.

That percentage "is going to plummet," McNealy said.

Source: Washington Post via

.NET Framework 1.1 SDK Beta goes public

thanks Hardwaregeeks for this. Everett, the codename for the next version of Microsoft's .NET Framework, SDK and Studio, has hit public beta due to user demand. To download it just click the link below. Here's the e-mail they sent to all official testers:

Dear Beta Tester,

Thank you for participating in the Beta Test program for the Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 SDK. We are pleased to announce that due to overwhelming customer demand, we are now converting this program into a public beta and providing the beta product for download from the MSDN links listed below. Please continue to download and test our Beta product and provide feedback via the public newsgroups.

Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Software Development Kit Beta

The BetaPlace downloads, Information pages, and private newsgroups will close on 10/11/2002.

After this date you will no longer be able to provide feedback or receive support via these avenues. During the test period, we received many good bug reports and suggestions for the product. While it was not always possible to respond to every message, your feedback has been given to our development organization for consideration. Since many factors affect product design, we may not have been able to act upon all suggestions. Any feedback that we have not acted on is being considered for future versions of the Microsoft .NET Framework SDK, and the .NET Framework Redistributable.

Thanks again for your support of Microsoft products. We look forward to your participation in future beta tests.

The Microsoft .NET Framework Beta Team

Download Beta Here

Click for the official MEC 2002 Web siteMEC started

The Exchange conference started and a lot of stuff is released, announced, sneek peeked there.

Here are some official Press Releases

New Microsoft Solution for UNIX Migration Speeds Shift to Windows Server

Windows .NET Server 2003 Delivers Innovative Storage Services Architecture

Microsoft Kicks Off MEC 2002 With Platform Innovations in Windows .NET Server 2003 and .NET Enterprise Servers

Microsoft Details Vision for the Connected Business and Unveils "Jupiter"

Microsoft Announces First Availability Of Microsoft Mobile Workplace Solutions

AT&T Wireless and Microsoft Launch Suite Of Mobile Solutions for U.S. Corporations

Next Stop, Greenwich Enterprise IM Takes Shape with Platform Roadmap

Mission to Jupiter Building the Connected Business

Download DirectX 8.1DirectX 9 Beta 3

Thanks Voodoo of Neowin.

There are many new and exciting features in all of the DirectX components. The SDK has added a new member to its core technology called Managed DirectX, a DirectPlay port for the PocketPC, a High Level Shader Language for D3DX, and Windows XP parity on downlevel operating systems for DirectShow and the DirectX audio APIs.

DirectShow also has a new Video Mixing Renderer (VMR9) which uses D3D9 surfaces and always renders video through the 3D pipeline, along with new and exciting samples.

Important notes:

  • Requires Microsoft® Windows® 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000 or Windows XP
  • Does not support either Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0
  • Do not install the DirectX 9.0 beta on a machine that you need run the shader debugger for DirectX 8.1 code. There is a known issue in Beta 3 that prevents correct operation on DirectX 8.1 shaders. This will be fixed in the near future.

Download: DX9 Beta 3 @ brn2prgrm (230kb)
Download: DX9 beta 3 @ Neowin (230kb)
Download: DX9 Beta 3 @ MikeMTH (230kb)

Windows .NET Server 2003 Home build 3689

Winbeta claims MS officially released build 3689. This build was released to OEM partners.

article on winbeta

.NET server RC2 soon?

here's a nice article with some opinions of "analysts"

New Messenger TAB: MSNBC


    Today a new TAB appeared on my messenger 5, donno if it is there for everyone. I set my profile to US location so I get more TABS, the Dutch MSN is slow adding new TABs

     When clicking sign-up you can choose from the list below

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Winbeta posted a tool so you can switch between "roles" of your Windows, same sort tool as NTswitch which appeared last year.

The new tool is also able to disable Timebomb in evaluation editions of Windows. Of course you should have your licenses in order, otherwise MS won't be happy.

Please read the article before using it.

Read ( and download (Fileconnect)

winXP sp1 new languages available




Talking about languages posted this:

Microsoft Yugoslavia is preparing versions of Windows and Office in Serbian, including a Serbian language spell checker, according to a report in the Belgrade daily, Danas. The move has important consequences for the small IT market in Serbia and Montenegro, which has around 900,000 computers. Currently, international software companies that distribute software in the country do not have Serbian versions, but this move by the Redmond software giant is likely to encourage others to likewise. The government has recently invested a lot of effort in legalising and licensing software in Serbia and Montenegro, which may have influenced the move by Microsoft.

Balmmer writes letter...

Today Ballmer wrote an open letter:

I spend a lot of my time thinking about how Microsoft can do a better job of serving its customers. I’m convinced that we need to do more to establish and maintain broad connections with the millions of people who use our products and services around the world. We need to more thoroughly understand their needs, how they use technology, what they like about it, and what they don’t. I’d like to share with you some of what we’ve recently begun to do and are planning for in the future to better connect with our customers.

Software and Snack Food

In my career, I’ve worked at only one other place besides Microsoft. I marketed brownie mix and blueberry muffin mix for one of the largest consumer products companies. I’m glad I decided to join Microsoft 22 years ago, when it was a little software startup, but I have great admiration for successful consumer businesses, and I believe Microsoft can learn from them. Behind the leading brands are companies that really know their customers. These firms devote a great deal of time and energy to gaining an intimate understanding of consumers, their reactions to every aspect of products, and how those products fit into their lives. Even so, not every new grocery or drug-store item succeeds. But by using the huge volume of data that feeds back from the daily purchase decisions of millions of consumers, marketers manage over time to figure out what consumers want in cake mix, soft drinks, shampoo, and so on. And these same products often go on satisfying consumers for decades.

Read the rest here

The Expert Zone is for everyoneDfolder

One of my favorite non-MS powertoy that I use since win95 is Dfolder: It adds a new tab to the Properties dialog that displays a folder's and drive's size. This new page allows you see the folders and sub folders sizes (in a hierarchical tree)

Screenshot        download


Great script to make a multiboot win2k or single boot win2k / XP CD. This script slipstreams and true integrates hotfixes, remove duplicate files, compresses new files, makes an ISO and even burns it for you!

Why wait for my Boot CD guide ;-)

Get it here

Windows XP sp1 deployment tools

The Windows XP Corporate Deployment Tools ( assists system administrators in installing Windows XP on multiple computers. This file contains updates to Setup Manager, the Sysprep utility, and related documentation.

For more instructions on how to use the tools and perform an unattended setup, read "Windows Corporate Deployment Tools User’s Guide" (deploy.chm). This help file is included in the

Note: The Corporate Deployment Tools are also available on the Windows XP Service Pack 1 CD in the \support\tools directory.

Get them here

Microsoft(R) Exchange Server Titanium (Exchange 2003) beta starts in December

A few articles on the next version of Exchange were posted today. Exchange 2003 & Outlook 11 will be intelligent to detect bandwidth and decide on that how information is retrieved (headers only). Tianium will also compress data before it sent over the line. read more in these articles:

MS Dribbles Out More Titanium Info

Microsoft to detail new Exchange, Outlook

Microsoft to upgrade Exchange, Outlook

Microsoft(R) Internet Explorer for UNIX Why was it discontinued?

Since last month you see this when you want to get IE for Unix: "We sincerely apologize, but Internet Explorer technologies for UNIX are no longer available for download."

Via I found a nice written Opinion on this matter, check it out at ExtremeTech

Great article on Visual Styles

Neowin has posted a great article on Visual Styles, written by the program manager of Stardock's WindowBlinds.

Read it at Neowin - Secure Your PCW32/Bugbear@MM is rated as MEDIUM RISK

McAfee Alert, the alert came also via Messenger!

This mass-mailing worm attempts to send itself to email addresses found on an infected system.

Once the virus is run, it will attempt to disable various security products, including many forms of anti-virus and personal firewall protection. It will also attempt to install a backdoor trojan that can capture what the user types, including sensitive information such as passwords.

This virus spreads via email and via network shares. It makes use of the Incorrect MIME Header Can Cause IE to Execute E-mail Attachment vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer (v 5.01 or 5.5 without SP2). Simply opening or previewing an infected message in a vulnerable email reader can result in infection.

Full article

4 new Security bulletins released (2 for XP)

Bulletin: MS02-054: Unchecked Buffer in File Decompression Functions Could Lead to Code Execution (Q329048) Date: 02 October 2002
Software: Microsoft Windows 98 with Plus! Pack, Windows Me or Windows XP
Impact: Two vulnerabilities, the most serious of which could run code of attacker's choice
Max Risk: Moderate

Microsoft encourages customers to review the Security Bulletin at:                    
XP patch

Bulletin: MS02-055: Unchecked Buffer in Windows Help Facility Could Enable Code Execution (Q323255) Date: 02 October 2002
Software: Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Terminal Server Edition, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP
Impact: Attacker could gain control over user's system
Max Risk: Critical
Microsoft encourages customers to review the Security Bulletin at:                    XP Patch

Bulletin: MS02-056 Cumulative Patch for SQL Server (Q316333)Date: 02 October 2002

Bulletin: MS02-057 Flaw in Services for Unix 3.0 Interix SDK Could Allow Code Execution (Q329209) Date: 02 October 2002

Windows .NET Server 2003 Home interim build pre RC2 released to testers! build 3678

Thanks to Neowin for this.

This email was sent to testers:

We're rushing this latest interim build out the door onto the Redmond 2, Washington download servers for the download fair.

This is an interim build before RC2. More details to follow when the build is fully available across our system.
The download fair is scheduled for Tuesday, October 1st from 11:01 PST to 16:00 PST.

Please see for all the details, the contest rules and prizes.

Thank you for your support
Screenshot: Download Manager @ WindowsBetaWeb Neowin

Last week build 3681 leaked though ;-P

A 'countdown clock' unveiled today on the Microsoft Campus notes that there are 23 days and counting until the launch of MSN 8. On October 24, the most significant version of MSN ever released will become broadly available to consumers with an event lead by Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates in New York City’s Central Park. The nationwide advertising campaign will include the tagline

MSN 8 launched by Bill on Oct 24 in NYC

A 'countdown clock' unveiled today on the Microsoft Campus notes that there are 23 days and counting until the launch of MSN 8. On October 24, the most significant version of MSN ever released will become broadly available to consumers with an event lead by Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates in New York City’s Central Park. The nationwide advertising campaign will include the tagline "better with the butterfly" to connote that consumers should expect more from their Internet service.

Pricing for MSN 8 Unveiled

Delivering breakthrough innovations such as advanced communication services, useful browsing and productivity software, and new online safety features, MSN 8 will be available in the United States as a subscription service through nationwide MSN Broadband Internet Access starting at $39.95 or $49.95 per month, or via MSN Dial-Up Internet Access for $21.95 per month. For the first time, MSN also will offer a separate subscription to MSN 8 for consumers in the United States who use another ISP, for $9.95 per month or $79.95 per year, which enables them to get premier communication, browsing and online safety capabilities to use with their existing ISP. In addition to monthly pricing lower than that of some competitors, MSN will offer special promotions in the United States, which will be announced closer to the date of product availability.

See whole MS Press release

Download Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1Internet Explorer 6 is king

Usage of the latest Mozilla browser doubled and Netscape 7 grew by 67 percent but the latest browser study shows that Internet Explorer 6 is king
The latest Mozilla and Netscape Web browsers are cropping up on more computers worldwide, but they still only represent a few trees in a forest of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browsers.

According to new research from Amsterdam-based, Mozilla 1.0 global usage has grown from 0.4 percent in June to 0.8 percent this month, nearly four months after its release. Netscape 7.0 global usage has risen from 0.3 percent to 0.5 percent in the same period.

In comparison, global usage for Microsoft's latest browser, IE 6, has grown from 46.4 percent to 52.3 percent from June to September, the study found.

In total, Microsoft's collection of IE browsers comprise 94.9 percent of the market; the browsers of AOL Time Warner-owned Netscape and Mozilla represent 3 percent of the market; and Opera comprises 0.9 percent. provides real-time Web analysis software that helps track visitor behavior and Web site performance. The company tracks global usage of Web browsers by monitoring the number of people using a specific browser to each site with OneStat software installed. The research is based on a sample of 2 million visitors divided into 20,000 visitors of 100 countries each day.

Microsoft's IE 6.0 is rising in popularity at the expense of its other versions. IE 5.5 is down from 23.9 percent to 20.9 percent market share from June to September, for example. Netscape Navigator 4.0 remained at 4 percent global usage in the same period, however.

zdnet (UK)

Microsoft(R) Visual FoxPro(R) FoxPro 8.0 (Toledo) launched

Visual FoxPro developers from around the world gathered at Visual FoxPro DevCon 2002 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the official launch of Microsoft Visual FoxPro 8 (formerly "Toledo"). Each attendee received a CD of the VFP 8. Microsoft Visual FoxPro group product manager Ricardo Wenger, Visual FoxPro product manager Ken Levy, and other Microsoft team members introduced many of the compelling new features in the keynote address.

Microsoft Visual FoxPro 8 is based largely on developer feedback. VFP 8 provides a better smart client and new ways of working with data. It's focused on increasing developer productivity, and is more "discoverable" (i.e., easier to use and figure out) than previous versions. The Fox team also proudly announced that VFP 8 is currently more stable than VFP 7 SP1, and that it's the most exciting release since VFP 3.

The user interface in the new version is similar to Windows XP. It also integrates well with Visual Studio .NET. For example, a form created in Visual Studio .NET works with FoxPro data. VFP 8 also extends interoperability with SQL Server.

Microsoft also provided a brief glimpse of the next version, Visual FoxPro 9 (Europa). It's still in the early stages, but one potential feature demonstrated by Calvin is a new way of resizing forms.

Source:  whole article here

gains share among Net surfers

Windows XP has captured 20 percent market share on the Internet since being released a little less than a year ago. The operating system is now the second most popular OS among Web users worldwide behind Windows 98, according to the independently produced report from WebSideStory’s StatMarket®, a leading source of data on global Internet user trends. As of Sept. 25, 2002, XP’s global Web usage share – the percentage of Internet users with XP as their operating system – had risen to 19.94 percent, up from about 2.4 percent during the first week of November 2001, StatMarket reported. Microsoft Windows 98 still ranks as the No. 1 OS version among Web users worldwide, with nearly 37 percent of the market as of the same date. However, its global Web usage share has dropped significantly since last November when it was around 50 percent, according to StatMarket. Windows XP was launched on October 25, 2001.

“XP came on strong from the beginning so it’s not surprising to see how fast it has grown over the past year,” said Geoff Johnston, vice president of product marketing for StatMarket. “At its current growth rate, it’s only a matter of months before it overtakes Windows 98 as the most widely used OS on the Web.”

Although use of Windows XP has grown rapidly among Web users worldwide, adoption rates of the new OS can still vary widely from country to country. For example, XP has a faster adoption rate in Germany than that of the global average – almost 24 percent of its Internet population uses Windows XP. In China however, only 8.74 percent of Web users have adopted Windows XP.

Source WebsideStory via Cnet now offers MSN Alerts!

This free service lets you receive real-time sports alerts through your MSN® Messenger or Windows® Messenger, your e-mail, or your mobile device. You control how and when you receive these messages by specifying your preferences during the easy setup process.

MSN® Alerts on        source:

Nero 5.5 box official released

Following on the heels of the release yesterday, a new version this time, is now out.

Again no change log is available yet, but this one is two times smaller than the leaked version from yesterday. (Missing extra components.)

View: Ahead Nero

Ahead Nero Burning Rom Mirror 1
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Ahead Nero Burning Rom Mirror 3
Ahead Nero Burning Rom Mirror 4
Ahead Nero Burning Rom Mirror 5

source: WinBeta.Org

Apply for admission to the SMS 2003 Open Beta ProgramSMS 2003 beta starting soon

Not really XP but some newtworkadmin's would be interested in this:

Help evaluate the next version by participating in the Systems Management Server 2003 Open Beta Program. To apply, log on using SMSInvite as your ID and SMS2003 as your password. Take the eligibility survey on the page that follows. If approved, you will get a welcome e-mail from MS Beta, which will contain your beta ID and password for the BetaPlace Web site and newsgroups. Please note that the approval process takes approximately two weeks.

Apply for admission to the SMS 2003 Open Beta Program

Overview of Systems Management Server 2003 Beta
Get advance information about the enhancements in and benefits of the next version of Systems Management Server currently in beta trials.

Systems Management Server 2003 Reviewer's Guide
Designed especially for technology reviewers, this guide offers a number of evaluation materials for the beta version of Systems Management Server 2003.

For SMS 2.0 users, learn about the soon to be released feature packs

Using the tools included in the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0 Feature Packs, system administrators can select and import the latest Windows and Office patches, updates, and service packs directly from Microsoft for distribution using Systems Management Server. They can also use Feature Pack tools to copy the settings from a source SMS site to one or more target sites. Included in the Feature Packs are tools for gathering information on the status of patches and service packs for Windows throughout an entire corporate enterprise; managing accounts and passwords in use by one or more SMS sites; and generating Web-enabled reports.

Introducing Systems Management Server Feature Packs

Ever heard of Telnet?

Probably not, all you do with your PC is play Unreal 2003  with your 128 MB graphic card or watch DivX movies on your Wide Screen TV connected to your laptop. In the old days watching illegal movies was a whole different ballgame.

So check this out so your telnet.exe gets accessed at least once in its life.


WinXP sp1 polish

Thanks Marcin

Since Friday winXP sp1 Polish is avialable

Nero 5.5 box


Nero leaked

Fileconnect managed to get their hands on Nero

Donno what's new or fixed

Check it out

Microsoft re-words Intel Hyperthreading support

What the hell is it anyway? Take this tour at Intel!


A WHITE PAPER on Microsoft's site now gives its full stance on Intel's hyperthreading technology, which will be implemented on the desktop with the launch of the Pentium 4 3.06GHz processor.
The report, last updated 24th September, is aimed at BIOS developers, system manufacturers (original equipment manufacturers), and independent software vendors (ISVs).

The 116K Microsoft Word document mainly deals with server microprocessors, but provides guidance to software developers. It warns that no Windows OS will support "logical" processors unless the hyperthreading is started by the BIOS and identified by MADT.

The article also describes the Windows licences suitable for hyperthreading, and its implications on Windows 2000 and .NET Server, which are not "HT aware".

While .NET Server and W2K will run on HT enabled systems, they won't identify hyperthreaded processors and Microsoft won't let them do so in the future.

There's a chart showing the processor limits for Windows 2000, and a warning that if the logical processors don't run in the BIOS start sequence, there could well be "critical problems" in performance.

Windows XP supports hyperthreading thread scheduling, "aggressive HALT" of processors in the idle loop, and using the "YIELD" instructions to avoid "spinlock contention".

Here's where to download the updated document.

When to re-install WinXP sp1 (Q329198)

Q329198 - When to Reinstall Windows XP Service Pack 1

With some Microsoft operating systems such as Microsoft Windows NT you must re-apply the latest service pack after you make a change to your computer. Although you do not have to do so in Windows XP, there are a few situations in which you must reinstall SP1 for Windows XP.

Reinstall SP1 for Windows XP in the following situations:

When you perform an in-place upgrade of Windows XP, you reinstall Windows to the same folder. When you do this, files that were installed by SP1 for Windows XP are overwritten by the original version of the files from the Windows XP CD-ROM. This also occurs when you run a repair or upgrade from Windows XP Home Edition to Windows XP Professional Edition. For this reason, you must reinstall the service pack.

For additional information about how to perform a repair, an in-place upgrade, or reinstallation of Windows XP, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Flaw discovered in VPN protocol in Win2k and XP

A suspected vulnerability in Microsoft's popular virtual private networking application discovered Thursday could, if confirmed, leave corporate intranets open to attack, said security experts.
A security advisory posted by German security firm Phion Information Technologies to Internet mailing lists and the company's Web site said that the vulnerability affects the point-to-point tunneling protocol (PPTP) commonly used in the VPN software bundled in Microsoft's Windows 2000 and XP operating systems for servers and PCs.

Microsoft refuted Phion's claim that the company notified the software giant of the flaw before making information available to the general public. Phion posted information about the vulnerability to several security mailing lists around 10 a.m. PDT on Thursday.

After about six hours of analysis by Microsoft security response center, Christopher Budd, security program manager for the company, said that the flaw could not be used to run code on a system. If so, that would greatly reduce the severity of the vulnerability: Companies would only have to fear a denial-of-service attack on their VPN systems, not a network intruder.

Budd stressed that Microsoft is continuing to work on the problem and will have more definitive answer soon.

"This is top priority," he said. "We are proceeding with all due speed."

Source and whole article

New Kb Articles have been published at Microsoft

I am subscribed at KB Alertz, every week you get an email with the latest Q articles on the products that you choose,

click picture to subscribe too!

Q323511 The Add Hardware Wizard Detects Turned-Off COM Ports in Windows XP
Q323400 Problems with Edited Images and Digital Cameras
Q322759 ATI Multimedia Center Causes an Error Message in Windows XP
Q323237 The Free Space in the GUI Display Map of the Defragmenter Utility May Not Match the Free Space in the Defragmentation Report in Windows XP
Q323009 Internet Connection Firewall Does Not Filter or Provide Firewall Services During Startup and Shutdown
Q322892 Internet Postage Tool Causes an Error Message in Windows XP
Q323720 IncrediMail May Cause an Error Message in Windows XP
Q323712 How to Play Internet Games Through a Firewall or Proxy Server in Windows XP
Q323710 "Unable to Connect" Error Message Using MIRC and ICS in Windows XP
Q323707 WebcamNow Video Broadcaster May Cause an Error Message in Windows XP
Q323679 Cannot Switch from LCD Screen to External Monitor While You Run OpenGL-Based Game in Windows XP
Q323678 Photosmart P1000 Driver Causes an Error Message in Windows XP
Q323650 SaveNow May Cause an Error Message in Windows XP
Q323521 HOW TO: Quickly Lock Your Desktop by Clicking a Shortcut on the Taskbar in Windows XP
Q321969 Cannot Install Sound Blaster Audigy Drivers While the Creative Taskbar Is Running
Q321967 NEXON Asgard Causes an Error Message in Windows XP
Q322756 HOW TO: Back Up, Edit, and Restore the Registry in Windows XP
Q322752 5-2-46-112.exe Causes an Error Message in Windows XP
Q322736 Printing to a Compaq 1400P Printer May Cause an Error Message in Windows XP
Q322368 Kawaks Version 1.0 Emulator Causes an Error Message in Windows XP
Q322366 Playing Half-Life May Cause an Error Message
Q325427 WebCast: WMIC: A New Approach to Managing Windows Infrastructure from a Command Line
Q318393 IIS: OK Button Is Disabled in Application Mappings Dialog Box
Q325286 WebCast: Using Remote Assistance and System Restore in Microsoft Windows XP
Q322662 Cannot Maintain Your L2TP Connection in Windows XP
Q321938 AGP Program May Hang When You Are Using Page Size Extension on an Athlon Processor with Windows XP
Q311800 "NOTEPAD.EXE Has Encountered a Problem and Needs to Close" Error Message Appears When You Try to Quit Notepad
Q318791 Morpheusp.exe May Cause an Error Message
Q303661 How to Uninstall Windows XP and Revert to a Previous Operating System
Q300546 Overview of Remote Assistance in Windows XP
Q324003 Morpheus Preview Edition May Cause an Error Message in Windows XP
Q323556 FIFA 2002 May Cause an Error Message in Windows XP

drivers for XP RTM'ed

Finally their done, do I can have native Bluetooth support for my laptop! I have a BT USB adapter and a BT mobile phone with GPRS. So I have a true mobile 56k Internet connection as long as my phone is within 10 meters of my laptop.


Source: BetaNews via NeoWin.NET
Microsoft on Thursday released to manufacturers an update for Windows XP that adds support for Bluetooth devices. The software enables developers to build products using the Windows Bluetooth format, which will allow Windows XP users to easily connect a PC to Bluetooth peripherals such as cell phones, printers and mice.

"Microsoft is excited to have hit this milestone because the company believes it will be a catalyst to increasing use of wireless technologies -- one of the fastest-growing segments of the industry," a Microsoft spokesperson told BetaNews. "Mainstream availability of products containing Bluetooth wireless technology are expected to be a boom for wireless market opportunities and users will start to see an increasing number of Bluetooth devices available."

Microsoft expects Bluetooth in Windows XP to be available from hardware makers in time for the holidays, anticipating widespread adoption starting next year. The company notes that customers must have installed Service Pack 1 to utilize the Bluetooth update.

The announcement from Redmond comes one month after Apple added Bluetooth support to Mac OS X with the release of version 10.2, dubbed Jaguar. Apple is expected to soon release a beta version of iSync, a tool for synchronizing data with handheld devices, including Ericsson's T68i cell phone which uses Bluetooth.



Another security bulletin!

The SmartHTML Interpreter (shtml.dll) is part of the FrontPage Server Extensions (FPSE), and provides support for web forms and other FrontPage-based dynamic content. The interpreter contains a flaw that could be exposed when processing a request for a particular type of web file, if the request had certain specific character- istics. This flaw affects the two versions of FrontPage Server Extensions differently. On FrontPage Server Extensions 2000, such a request would cause the interpreter to consume most or all CPU availability until the web service was restarted. An attacker could use this vulnerability to conduct a denial of service attack against an affected web server. On FrontPage Server Extensions 2002, the same type of request could cause a buffer overrun, potentially allowing an attacker to run code of his choice.

Read whole bullitin

Get XP patch via Windows Update

Thomas Gruver demonstrates a prototype work station in the new Microsoft Center for Information WorkThe future according to Microsoft

Located on Microsoft's Redmond campus, the center sports a main room with several desks, each with a different configuration of monitors. It's dark and hushed -- except for the Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound booming out from concealed speakers and whooshing, "Star Wars" noises emitted whenever new information comes onscreen or is e-mailed away.

"Surround sound is going to be increasingly important in future offices," says group marketing manager Tom Gruver in leading a tour of the new facility.

At one desk, users can move a wireless mouse's pointer from the screen of one computer to the screen of a laptop, with no wire or wireless connection between the computers themselves. That allows copying or moving material between the computers, a task that would otherwise be more difficult.

In an adjoining, ultramodern meeting room, visitors -- expected to number about 1,000 corporate executives per month -- can role-play workers in a hard-charging widget company, striving to nail down production of a new model before the company's chief executives goes on television for an interview.

View whole article

MS Press article 1    MS Press article 2

MSN messenger 5 features differ for MSN8, XP users and stand alone

Too lazy too summarize so read whole article yourself ;-)

New public beta build MediaPlayer Series 9 for Windows XP


I just took a look over at the Windows Media Download Page, and amazingly enough, I saw this:

Windows Media Player 9 Series Beta (for Windows XP) - updated build 2800
Get fast and flexible playback with the best audio and video quality for Windows and the Web. Includes special new features optimized for Windows XP. Read more about the updated build 2800 in the release notes.

This build apparently fixes reported issues related to personal firewalls and surround sound speaker settings, according to the release notes. There doesn't seem to be an updated version for Windows 98, ME, and 2000. Grab this new build below!

- Download Windows Media Player 9 Build 2800 @ Windows Media Download Page
- View Screenshot of Windows Media Player 9 Build 2800

Messenger 4.7 build 104 released

Microsoft has just released a new build of Windows Messenger for those of us using Windows XP,

Download Windows Messenger for Windows XP 4.7.0104

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 Microsoft(R) Small Business ServerDownload Small Business Server Service Pack 1

Forgot to post this a while ago....

Small Business Server first Service Pack released. Though you can install SP's individually of each product included in SBS, this massive pack includes them all. Also when you order the CD you'll get Outlook XP (2002) for your clients!

Get it in your language (Download [289 MB] or CD-order [us Canada only])

winXP SP1 downloaded 1 million times...

1 million times in less then 2 weeks, But not all are happy....

Some Windows XP users are having trouble installing the operating system's first service pack, bulging with bug fixes and updated drivers--and are judging the cure worse than the disease.

Although SP1 plugs a major hole in the OS, the fix has been painful for a tiny but vocal few of the estimated 1 million users who have downloaded the update, which Microsoft posted on September 9. For the vast majority, the download and installation has gone well, according to a Microsoft spokesperson, who calls the process "smoother than a lot of previous releases."

Whole article at PCWorld

Microsoft server share jumps in 2001

The Redmond, Wash.-based company's market share for shipments of new server operating system licenses jumped to 49 percent in 2001 from 42 percent in 2000, according to a research report released by IDC on Monday.

Over the same time period, rivals either held steady or lost market share, the report showed. The IDC numbers represent sales of new licenses, not market share for server operating systems running on computers.

"We looked at Microsoft's growth in 2001 and found part of it was Microsoft's licensing programs, but we believe part of it was because already some Microsoft customers had gone into a large Windows 2000 upgrade cycle," said IDC analyst Al Gillen. "It's the combination of those two factors."

But analysts warned that Microsoft likely would not be able to sustain such gains in 2002.

"I don't think we can draw a straight line to 2002," said Gartner analyst Tom Bittman. "We've definitely seen a slowdown" in Windows server software shipments. He cited the economic downturn, as well as next year's expected broad release of Windows .Net Server 2003, as two reasons for the decline.

Competing products did not fare as well, according to IDC. Market share for the Linux operating system was constant between 2000 and 2001, at 25 percent. NetWare and Unix, which had both separately held around 15 percent of the server market, fell to under 12 percent last year.

Yet analysts believe that Microsoft didn't necessarily gain at competitors' expense.

View whole article at Cnet News

Ballmer on tour in UK

found two interesting articles via

Even Microsoft's boss can't get broadband

Ballmer was addressing an audience of Microsoft professionals in London yesterday, when he admitted: "I can't get cable or DSL to my house. I live in an affluent neighborhood, six minutes from downtown Seattle, and I can't get it."

When asked what can be done to help broadband rollout in the UK, Ballmer replied that Microsoft has done its best to promote broadband Britain. "We invested in Telewest and NTL and it cost us a boatload of money," he said.

Asked what could be done to improve the availability of broadband access, he said we need "good old-fashioned competition". In Japan, he said, a change in regulations had provoked an increase in broadband from a standing start to four million users in 18 months.

Germany's Deutsche Telekom also "gets it" as regards the rollout of broadband, said Ballmer. Other countries will follow when their telecoms operators "get it", he said.

In the meantime, he said his wife wants a wireless LAN in the home, and he won't do that until the house has broadband.

source and whole article        What the hell? this guy can afford a 1Gbit fiber2Home connection for whole Seattle!!!!!

Ballmer: We'll outsmart open source

LONDON--Although Microsoft cannot compete against Linux on price, the company will use its community of professionals to outsmart the open-source movement, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer told an audience of Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs) in London on Monday.
"Linux is a serious competitor," said Ballmer. "We have to compete with free software, on value, but in a smart way. We cannot price at zero, so we need to justify our posture and pricing. Linux isn't going to go away--our job is to provide a better product in the marketplace."

He acknowledged there was more to Linux than free software--the main benefit of the open-source movement was the community developing software and sharing ideas. "Linux is not about free software, it is about community," he said. "It's not like Novell, it isn't going to run out of money--it started off bankrupt, in a way."

Asked by one lateral-thinking MVP whether Microsoft planned to offer applications software on Linux, Ballmer said no. "We do not anticipate offering software on Linux. Nobody pays for software on Linux." Even StarOffice, sold by Sun, was originally a free product, he said. And IBM, arguably the No. 1 player in the Linux market, promotes Linux to big users, but does not actually sell Linux: "It's weird! IBM says 'Hey British Aerospace! Buy Linux.... From SuSE."

The big issue there, he said, was a reluctance to accept legal liability for open-source software.

source and whole article

MSN.comMSN 8 beta 2 screenshots

Thanks Voodoo, in the forum of Neowin screenshots are posted of MSN 8 Beta2.

This version needs to be payd for when it is out, at least for non MSN memebers.

View thread in Neowin Forum

Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - Q328874

HOW TO: Change the Volume Licensing Product Key on a Windows XP SP1-Based Computer.

Found this article via!

This article describes how to change the Windows XP product key in a Volume Licensing installation.

Because of changes in Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows XP-based computers that use a leaked product key that is known to be available to the general public may not be able to install SP1 or automatically obtain updates from the Windows Update Web site. For example, you may experience the symptoms that are described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article when you install SP1:

Q326904 Error Message: The Product Key Used to Install Windows Is Invalid
There are two methods that you can use to change the product key with volume licensing media after installation. You can use either the Windows Activation Wizard graphical user interface (GUI) or a Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) script.

The easier method to use is the Use the Activation Wizard method. Use this method when you only have a few computers on which to change the product key. The Use a Script method is best when you have a number of computers on which you have to change the product key.

View article for the scripts and HOW-TO

winXP boot floppies updated with sp1

thanks Adek and Neowin

The Windows XP startup disk allows computers without a bootable CD-ROM to perform a new installation of the operating system. The Windows XP startup disk will automatically load the correct drivers to gain access to the CD-ROM drive and start a new installation of Setup. You cannot upgrade from a Windows XP startup disk.

Windows XP Home Edition startup disks will not work for Windows XP Professional installations and vice-versa.

You also need these when making a N-in-1CD.    Make sure you download this in your language....

Home Edition


Isobuster 1.1 released.

For all you burn busters...

- Improvement for DVD+R open session (length detection)
- Improvement for CDRW formatted track (length detection)
- Improvement for reserved tracks (No File System scanning)
- UDF (By Direct CD) is now also found in open DVD+R, DVD-R sessions
- Compensation for UDF conflict against the specifications (Bug by InCD)
- Compensation for UDF conflict against the specifications (Bug by Padus, files > 1 GB)
- Registration dialog accepts slightly wrong IDs and Serials to make it easier.
- Added raw data extraction from image files that contain less data (IsoBuster adds EDC/ECC)
- Improvement for extraction of M2F2 mpg video from none raw image files.
- Small changes in the UDF engine, getting ready to implement some cool scanning routines.

- Improvement for *.cif end of file detection.
- Some complex UDF layouts were not always displayed in the right pane (TreeView object)
- Rock Ridge file names were sometimes ISO9660 File names (so, no long file names)
- CD-i directories not always detected as directories but seen as files.
- Rare crash during mounting UDF file-system (I don't think anybody ever noticed ?)

Download                                                source Winbeta.orgSmart Projects

More winXPsp1





I've been smelling 3681 all day....

Winbeta did it again. .NET server 2003 beta  build 3681 leaked....

  more pics at

To new Security fixes

Cryptographic Flaw in RDP Protocol can Lead to Information Disclosure (Q324380) bullitin 51

Funny I just posted this article...

Flaw in Microsoft VM JDBC Classes Could Allow Code Execution (Q329077) bullitin 52 !!

This patch was mentioned on this site last weekend and can be downloaded at WIndows Update

Weather Channel Alerts via .NET Alerts

The Weather Channel invites you to participate in a test program for our exciting new weather alerts service before it is available to the public. You have been selected for this test based on your current subscription to e-mail and/or wireless severe weather alerts through This new service will go beyond what is currently available on by offering customized forecasts to your e-mail or wireless phone in addition to calling your home, office, or mobile phone to alert you to severe weather warnings. If you are selected as a tester, you will assist us by providing feedback before we release the service to the public, as well as helping us with product improvements through ongoing communication with our product team. In exchange, you will receive free access to our premium alerts service for a full year (a $79.99 value). If you are interested in participating in this test, please click on the link below to complete a brief survey. These survey results will be used to select our testers. You will be notified within five business days if you have been selected for the test. Thank you for your time and participation in this test. Sincerely, The Weather Channel Interactive Product Development Team.

Take survey to participate (US only) :-(            source

Management (WMI) Extensions for VS.NET 2003 Beta Server Explorer

This component adds WMI-based management extensions to the Visual Studio.NET Server Explorer tool through two new nodes, Management Classes and Management Events. Management Classes allow the developer to browse and modify WMI data as well as invoke methods. Management Events enable the developer to register for WMI events. Data and events can be easily added to an application being developed.
For More Information

Version - Beta
Release Date - 17 Sep 2002

- Requires approximately 650KB of disk space
- Visual Studio.NET 2003
- Latest Windows Installer components (installed as part of Visual Studio.NET 2003)

Operating System - Windows 2000, Windows XP

Operating System - Windows NT 4.0 & 2000, Win XP

Download Now sesetup.msi - 412 Kb


MS Broadband Networking site online

See the tour

See the PDF files of the hardware

Go to the site

Symantec releases Norton Ghost 2003

Protects your data from computer disasters

Norton Ghost™ 2003 protects your data from computer disasters. The intuitive Windows® interface makes it easy to create regular backups of your hard drive. You don't even need to make a boot disk. File restoration is simple from the comprehensive disk image. For small businesses, 5- and 10-user packs are also available.

Comparing Ghost 7.5 Corporate
Edition & Norton Ghost 2003

MS silently fixes password sniffing bug with XP SP1

Keystrokes, including passwords, can be sniffed when using Windows Terminal Server or the XP remote control feature. MS has rolled a fix silently into SP1 without making any public statement on this serious problem.

The cause of the keystroke
-sniffing feature is a design mistake in Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) which leaks information about the contents of encrypted packets through their checksums. This is because packets with the same plaintext have matching checksums throughout a particular session.

So if an attacker captures network traffic from an encrypted session it is possible to work out the keystrokes made by a user through rudimentary frequency analysis.

This hole was discovered by Ben Cohen of security developer Skygate, who reported it to MS on April 16. The issue is explained in greater detail on a posting to BugTraq made earlier this week.

source and whole article The Register

Digital VideoSome videos of MS commercials has  a cool collection of Video's about MS (products)

Here are some:

And the famous banned Office XP smart tag commercial ( I think it was made for Swiss TV)

Outlook iconOutlook XP Slow after Messenger is disabled...

When you choose to  disable Windows Messenger  to start and disable run in background, Outlook XP get very slow. It seems to check messenger.

To fix this rename c:\program files\messenger folder to like c:\program files\messenger.OFF

tip from

Now I can run MSN Messenger 5.0 and not run Windows Messenger  4.7 without slowing Outlook.

You can also remove Windows Messenger from winXP: type this command "RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove" without quotes.

Previuosly this also stopped my MSN Messenger 5.0 from working, don't know how that is with the latest build 527

Finally are back!

Their back, good luck guys

WinXP sp1 & IE6SP1 Dutch, Swedish, Brazilian

Windows XP sp1:




Check your language by trying your Country code in URL

Internet Explorer 6.0sp1:




thanks Mats, Niels, Paul and Iexbeta.    Learn how to get the FULL version of IE6 for all win OS'es

*Windows Powered Smart Displays Product Overview


Microsoft(R) Windows(R) Powered Smart Displays, the evolution of the monitor, will extend the power of Windows XP to any room in the home, connecting consumers to the information, applications and services they enjoy most anywhere and any time they need them. Smart Displays give people the power to quickly and easily browse the Web, read and write e-mail, listen to music, and view and edit digital images from any room in their home in a relaxed and informal setting -- regardless of where the PC is located. Smart Displays will do for the monitor what the cordless handset did for the telephone -- grant people greater freedom and mobility in their homes. Initially available as wireless monitors, Smart Displays will eventually be available in a variety of form factors such as high-definition televisions and projectors.

Smart Displays will enable consumers to extend the power of their personalized Windows XP experience to any room in the home. Utilizing a secure, wireless connection and flexible input and navigation, consumers are able to free themselves from their home office to enjoy relaxed computing. A simple automated setup process and instant-on support will help ensure that users are quickly and easily up and running and that they will continue to enjoy seamless access to their PC without a lengthy boot-up time. A variety of input and navigation methods, including a touch-sensitive screen with stylus input, resizable on-screen keyboard, writing pad with auto-complete and handwriting correction features, and support for cordless and USB keyboard and mouse, let consumers edit and access information and control applications.

Since introducing Smart Displays in January 2002, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) has been working with more than 20 industry partners from around the world that have committed to supporting or building technology for Smart Displays. These include AboCom Systems Inc., Intel Corp., LG Electronics, National Semiconductor Corp., NEC Corp., Fujitsu Ltd., Philips Consumer Electronics, Tatung Co., TriGem Computer Inc., ViewSonic Corp. and Wyse Technology Inc.

source Cnet, via

Allchin's Eye on Longhorn

Interview from eWeek with Jim Allchin.

Talking about upcoming products, the Yukon file system (WinFS) and Longhorn

Read whole article

Source Eweek via WMLAH via Wininsider

MSN 8 beta 2 released

The Microsoft Network got around to releasing Beta 2 of the upcoming MSN 8 client a few minutes ago via an autoupdate. We will update you with whatever changes have been made as soon as they are available to us. Here are the changes noticed so far:


Messenger 5.0 beta build 527 leaked

You can install it without patching for connection problems.

Download MSN Messenger 5 Build 527 (thanks to Thanks Winbeta for the "release"


Also when I signed in I got another TAB, donno if this has been there long but it is the first time I saw it.








Cool new feature in .NET server: Shadow Copy Service

Remember the BOFH? This feature in .NET server will save him some frustration

Check the demo here

Bill GatesBill Gates released Daughter 2.0 codename Adelle.

Today Bill Gates and his wife released their Daughter 2.0: Phoebe Adelle Gates" previously known as codename "Adelle".

Phoebe Adelle Gates -- arrived at 12:36 a.m. at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue. She weighed 9 pounds, 13 ounces.

"Bill and Melinda are delighted to welcome another child," family spokeswoman Annemarie Hou said. "Mother and daughter are both doing very well."

The Microsoft Corp. co-founder, who recently was once again named the United States' richest man, and his wife have two other children: a daughter, 6, and son, 3.

winXP sp1 Italian has issues

I received this from an Italian visitor Fabrizio:

"This SP1 now is delayed because have some problem and will be send in in 18/09/2002 with another build number....probably
the build will be 1108...."

This is the copy of the POST in from the
microsoft Supporter:

Ciao vi comunico che la SP1 di Windows XP in Italiano sarà disponibile per
il download il giorno 18 settembre.
Successivamente vi comunicherò  i link ufficiali da cui effettuare il
Eventuali link presenti in questi giorni sul NG (e le SP scaricate)  sono da
considerarsi relativi a versioni BETA e quindi NON supportate.


File can still be downloaded though

11 Beta starting.....

Email sent to people who were accepted in the beta program:

We are writing to let you know that you have been accepted into the Office
11 Individual Evaluation Program for the upcoming Office 11 beta this Fall!
You will be hearing more about the beta soon, but we wanted to keep you
informed about your status in the program.  We're very excited about this
next version of Office and think you will be also. Thank you for your
interest in providing feedback on our products, and taking time to be
involved in this way.

You'll be hearing from us again when the beta kits are shipped, and again,
thank you for being an Office 11 beta evaluator.

The Microsoft Office Team

Acticesync 3.6 released

Saw this over at Activewin. If you have a PDA, handheld PC, Smartphone running pocketPC you will like this update.

Get it


New security fix on WindowsUpdate:

Q329077: Security Update

Download size: 164 KB, < 1 minute
This update resolves the "Java Applet" vulnerabilities in Microsoft virtual machine (Microsoft VM). Read more... (articel not online yet)

Get it at WindowsUpdate

MS Research released MS Portrait 1.6 (last week)

Microsoft Portrait is a research prototype for mobile video communication. It supports .NET Messenger Service, Session Initiation Protocol and Internet Locator Service on PCs, Pocket PCs and Handheld PCs. It runs on local area networks, dialup networks and even wireless networks with bandwidths as low as 9.6 kilobits/second. Microsoft Portrait delivers portrait-like video if users are in low bandwidths and displays full-color video if users are in broadband. In low bandwidths, portrait video possesses clearer shape, smoother motion, shorter latency and much cheaper computational cost than do conventional video technologies. Microsoft Portrait provides presence notification, chat/voice/video functions almost anytime, anywhere, on any device.

What's new in 1.6

PC Version 1.6   2002-09-12

Microsoft Portrait enables two-way full-color video conferencing on PCs, Pocket PCs and Handheld PCs. This means with Microsoft Portrait, a Pocket PC or Handheld PC can not only receive and display full-color video, but also capture and send full-color video in real-time.

Download and read more at MS Portrait site




Microsoft going into Networking hardware got hand on pics from the new hardwareline of MS; Networking

Some of the new products include: Ethernet 5 port Switch, PCI Adapter, Notebook Adapter, USB Adapter, Wireless Notebook Adapter and of course the Wireless USB Adapter. Each comes with Microsoft Broadband Networking software where the user can view network status, configure settings, and download updates.

View all pics at ActiveWin



Tablet PC screenshots and movies

Thanks to Winbeta and Vortex for posting screenshots of tablet PC apps.

Journal: Screenshot 01 | Screenshot 02 | Screenshot 03

Sticky Notes: Screenshot 01 | Screenshot 02 | Screenshot 03

Control Panel        Inkball Game    Pics at Microsoft site

Flash movies (demo's) from the Tablet PC (thanks to Bunnios exclusive for

Intro    Journal    Speech    input            (webmasters don't copy these links but create own mirrors please)

WindowsUpdate does not work...:-(

Hello Microsoft, in your daily visit to my site, do you mind telling me what is wrong with WindowsUpdate?

From different machines XP/2k the scan stops at 0%, so infact it doesn't start at all

It's not just me I've received more emails from people with this issue.

Also if you install win2ksp3 the Windows Update program breaks with the error code "0x800A138F", then you will need to execute the below procedure to fix the problem.


go to Start, then Run Type in "regsvr32 iuctl.d l l /u" to unregister the program
Find iuctl.d l l and iuengine.d l l and delete all instances of them
Here is an article in WinNetMag with more on this issue:

Tip from W2knews

:-)The World's first smiley

found this cool article via The Register and

The smiley :-) and its many variants are an important (and fun!) part of the worldwide online social culture -- allowing emotions to be conveyed in plain text.  It has been in widespread use since the early '80s, when it was first proposed.  Yet the original message in which the smiley was invented had been lost -- until now. :-)  After a significant effort to locate it, on September 10, 2002 the original post made by Scott Fahlman on CMU CS general bboard was retrieved by Jeff Baird from an October 1982 backup tape of the spice vax (cmu-750x).  Here is Scott's original post:

19-Sep-82 11:44    Scott E  Fahlman             :-)
From: Scott E  Fahlman <Fahlman at Cmu-20c>

I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers:


Read it sideways.  Actually, it is probably more economical to mark
things that are NOT jokes, given current trends.  For this, use


To see the post in context you can read the "joke" thread on the bboard that led to the invention of the smiley here  For even more context you can view the full contents of the bboard from the October 1982 spice vax backup tape here  Scott has a page about the smiley here

See whole article at MS Research        See page from the Inventor

Yukon in 2003/2004, Longhorn in 2005

Found this Nice article via, it seems you have to stick with till 2005 !

"Yukon," the code-name for a major overhaul of SQL Server, will be ready for general availability sometime during the 2004 fiscal year, and "Longhorn," the code-name for the Windows operating system release after Windows .NET Server 2003, is coming in 2005, according to a senior Microsoft official (Jim Allchin).

Microsoft’s expectations regarding Yukon are more achievable, and Allchin's comments introduce a fudge factor. Microsoft has previously said Yukon would probably ship in 2003. By saying now that it's coming in fiscal year 2004, which starts in July 2003, Microsoft has given itself the first half of 2004 to deliver the product.

Both Yukon and Longhorn are part of a three-wave roadmap Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates recently outlined at Microsoft’s annual Financial Analysts meeting. Comprised of the “Now wave” the “Yukon wave” and the “Longhorn wave”, Gates said the roadmap will account for most of the enterprise software coming out of Redmond over the next several years.

The Now wave is software the company expects to release by June 30, 2003. This includes Windows .NET Server, which just entered the Release Candidate 1 stage; Windows Media 9 Series; Windows XP Media Center Edition; Windows XP Tablet PC Edition; Windows CE for Smart Displays; and an update of Visual Studio .NET (Codename Everett).

As part of Longhorn, Allchin said customers can expect to see new features for intelligent auto configuration, such as BIOSes and firmware that can be “automatically updated in a seamless way.” Also, Allchin said Longhorn will include new functionality for server resiliency, such as self-healing characteristics, a more componentized architecture, and additional monitoring services with filters that can “dynamically” flow out to servers.

Source ENT and whole article here.

WinXP sp1 Spanish and Italian available

Thanks Raphael and Seb@ for this,

Microsoft swallows bitter Tablet

SAN JOSE (California): Microsoft Corp’s demonstration of its Tablet PC devices at the Intel Developer Forum met with a lukewarm response.

After a generally positive response to Intel Corp’s various announcements for the low power Banias processors, the audience turned almost icy when Microsoft’s Jim Allchin appeared and proceeded to show the new Tablet PCs.

After his short introduction, Allchin immediately showed off the Tablet PC which was in his hand – a device indistinguishable from a regular laptop, complete with keyboard.

The audience was underwhelmed.

Then, Allchin tried to wow the audience by flipping the Tablet PC’s display around, and folding it back to cover the keyboard.

After a pregnant pause followed by silence, Allchin tried to stir the audience up by saying, “Aaw, come on!,” after which some sporadic clapping was heard, which this reporter had a suspicion was started by Intel’s own PR people.

source and view whole story at TheStarOnline    found via

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