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Updated Over on our Message Boards, a reader has pointed us to a Microsoft site that gives a fix for the problem in IE 5 we recently wrote about. And another reader has since reported: "If you're like me and haven't been to Windows Update for a long time, it's time to pay a visit. Several patches for Windows 98 have been released and there are several additional updates available. Most notable are the fixes for the 49.7 day bug and the highly controversial hardware ID number given to your system during online registration. "Microsoft has also updated both Internet Explorer 4.0 and 5.0. The updated release of IE 5.0 went relatively unnoticed, although it most likely fixes the bugs that accompanied the initial March 18 version. The update is only available through a complete IE 5.0 download. The new version is IE 5.00.2314.1003 compared with the original 5.00.2014.0216. Internet Explorer 4.0 was also updated with the release of Service Pack 2." The first reader to notice the changes said: "Did you know there appears to be IE5 service release already? The main fix is to the MS Data Access components (MDAC). "Check out this place "This site suggests there is an IE5a release that includes the fixed MDAC 2.1. (It also suggests Office 2000 has actually been shipped as it says the update is included in that too!) "Unfortunately, so far I have been unable to find an actual IE5a download anywhere, or any other references to it from Microsoft, including in the MSDN member download area." ® Related Story IE 5 security hole lets snoopers scoop your clipboard

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