Microsoft has refused to discuss rumours that it is compiling a bug fix for its Windows 98 operating system, only a week after its much hyped launch.
Sources close to Microsoft claim the software giant is planning to release a bug fix as part of a multimedia enhancement kit, following public complaints from some of the big brand PC makers that there are potential technical snags involved in upgrading to Windows 98.
Compaq, IBM, Dell Computer and Toshiba are among the manufacturers that have posted warnings on their websites, although the problems are not specific to their systems. "Please be advised that the new features in Windows 98 will require a new set of system drivers in order for the operating system to function properly," said a posting on Dell?s Latitude notebook website. "In some case an update to your system BIOS may also be required."
Dell said that it is currently testing a software patch, which may be necessary for optimum Windows 98 performance. This fix is expected to be posted to its site soon. On its technical support Web site Compaq goes a step further and says that it expects Microsoft to "either release separate patches or configuration changes or to incorporatemany updates into a Service Pack, which was done with Windows 95".
Microsoft declined to comment on possible Windows 98 fixes or the possibility of a multimedia upgrade Service Pack.
Microsoft is also facing further bug problems with its Internet Information Server. The software is open to a bug that can expose the source code scripts on Web sites, which means that private and confidential information such as passwords stored in the script could be revealed.
Microsoft has already developed a "hot fix", posted to customers today, which it says should solve problems with its Internet Information Server 3.0 and 4.0 software.
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