Feeds

Win2K Service Pack 1 due Monday

Modem meltdown

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The first service pack for Windows 2000 will be RTM'd next Monday (17 July) and posted on the web a couple of days later. You don't really want to be an early adopter on this one unless you own an unfeasibly fast modem, because the core update weighs in at a hefty 83.3Mb.

Although MS says the final version which will be posted will be smaller, it will still be in the 50-60Mb area, so it's probably best to wait for the CD.

You'll also need 'several hundred megabytes plus several hundred more' for temporary files and backups, so start tidying those hard disks, people.

SP1 corrects a 'large number' of setup bugs, 35 access violation errors, five memory leaks, 12 stop errors and some security issues. Rabid reports of 65,000 bugs in the core OS should be disregarded as the majority of these are vital issues such as 'Microsoft' being spelt incorrectly in a number of dialogue boxes.

Most of the serious issues have already been resolved by hot fixes, which are now built into SP1.

The service pack contains Outlook Express 5.50.2919.6700, which incorporates many of the security fixes available to its big brother Outlook 2000. Internet Explorer 5.00.3103.1000 is also included, IE 5.5 being deemed not reliable enough for inclusion.

This may come as a surprise to Windows ME users who will find IE 5.5 bundled into the new consumer OS, along with the slinky Media Player 7. If the browser is good enough for ME, why isn't it good enough for Win2K?

There are few enhancements other than setup and manageability improvements and Microsoft says the service pack will not be built into the shrink wrapped OS, so upgrades will always be necessary, a la NT4. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week
Rebranded OS reportedly set to be flung open by Redmond
Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9
Forget touchscreen millennials, Microsoft goes for mouse crowd
SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches
'Applying multiple security updates is extremely difficult'
Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR
Apple kills 'upgrade'. Hey, Microsoft. You sure you want to be like these guys?
ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7
32-bit core packs some DSP for VIP IoT CPU LOL
Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie invents app to talk to people on your phone
Imagine that. Startup floats with voice collab app for Win iPhone
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.