Network managers attempting to upgrade to Windows 98 have been to light. plagued by a series of problems as the operating system fails to recognise a number of PC modem and PC Lan cards, including in one case a Bay NetGear card.
Additional difficulties have been reported concerning Windows 98 dropping out Novell IPX and NetBEUI clients.
According to US reports, Microsoft responded to complaints by inviting a group of beta testers to review the first service pack for Windows 98 - issued less than one week after the new operating system hit the streets.
This represents a U-turn from Microsoft. Initially, the company denied it had received a significant number of user complaints. "No-one's jumped off the top of the building here, so I guess that's a pretty good indicator that it can't be all that bad," said Robin Bennett, Microsoft group product manager.
The bugs seem to be more of a problem for users attempting to upgrade from Win 95 rather than conducting a clean install. Dell, IBM and Compaq have posted patches on their websites and issued statements advising users that additional drivers may be required. "The new features in Windows 98 will require a new set of drivers in order for the OS to function properly," warned Dell.
CIH: BE VERY AFRAID
A devastating new Windows 95 and 98 virus has been discovered by Sophos. Known as CIH, it is the first virus capable of attacking a computer's BIOS. The infection overwrites the start-up sequences and normal default mechanisms guarding against data loss. This destroys the BIOS chip and renders the system unbootable. CIH can also overwrite hard drive data by infecting EXE files in Win 95 and 98 and deleting all data on the 26th day of the month.
"Any machine attacked will cease to function and lose its data. For the first time we have a virus with effects that can only be cured by physically opening the computer and replacing a component," said Paul Ducklin of Sophos.
In a separate discovery, Dr Solomon's reported a password-stealing Trojan Horse virus that records ISP passwords and e-mails them to its author.
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