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Important Information About This Version of Microsoft Windows XP

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This release of Microsoft® Windows® XP includes Service Pack 3 (SP3). This means that when you install this release of Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional, SP3 is automatically installed at the same time.
Unless stated otherwise, all information included in these release notes applies to both Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional.
Throughout the remainder of this document, Windows XP is used to refer to Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional unless it is necessary to specifically discuss either operating system.
Important information for all users
• To install Windows XP, see “Step by Step: Setting Up Microsoft Windows XP.”
• For more information about the service pack, see the Windows XP Service Pack 3 website.
Important information for administrators and advanced users
• To find additional information about SP3, such as release notes and the SP3 deployment guide, see Windows XP Service Pack 3 Resources on the Microsoft TechNet website.
• For information about the updates included in Windows XP Service Pack 2, see article 811113, “List of Fixes included in Windows XP Service Pack 2,” in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.
• For information about SP2 that was not available to be included in these release notes, see article 835935, “Release Notes for Windows XP Service Pack 2,” in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.
• For detailed technical information about SP2, including information about software compatibility issues, see Windows XP Service Pack 2 Resources for IT Professionals on the Microsoft TechNet website.

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These release notes contain important information that was not available when the documentation for Windows XP was published. You should review each of these notes to determine whether any of them pertains to your specific setup. Also review the resources at the end of this document to determine whether they might be useful to you.
To link to the Microsoft websites referenced in this document, you must be connected to the Internet.

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Web Publishing and File Encryption
To ensure the confidentiality of your transmissions, Windows XP uses the Encrypting File System feature of NTFS to encrypt files locally. However, if you upgraded from Microsoft Windows 98 or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition without converting the file system to NTFS, or if you selected the FAT file system during your installation, you will be unable to encrypt files on Web servers.
For information about converting file systems to NTFS, see Help and Support Center in Windows XP.

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Compatibility Issues with Non-Microsoft PPPoE Client Applications
This note applies if you are using a non-Microsoft virtual private network (VPN) application to access your computer remotely.
Many non-Microsoft Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE) client applications do not operate properly or install correctly with Windows XP. If your Internet service provider (ISP) requires PPPoE to connect to the Internet, you can solve PPPoE problems by using the PPPoE client in Windows XP, or you can request a Windows XP–compatible PPPoE client application from your software vendor or ISP.
If you use one of the following products, contact the vendor for a Windows XP–compatible version of their software:
• WinPoET version 2.1a or earlier
• EnterNet 300 version 1.34 or earlier
To make a connection by using the PPPoE client included in Windows XP
1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Network and Internet Connections.
2. In Network Tasks, click Create a new connection.
The New Connection Wizard starts.
3. Click Next.
4. Select the following options, clicking Next after each selection:
• Connect to the Internet
• Set up my connection manually
• Connect using a broadband connection that requires a user name and password
5. Follow the steps in the wizard.
You can choose to leave ISP Name blank. If you do, Windows XP will attempt to detect the connection.
Networking Protocols That Windows XP No Longer Supports
Windows XP no longer supports some networking protocols because the functionality that these network protocols provided has been replaced by equivalent functionality in the TCP/IP protocol suite.
The networking protocols that Windows XP no longer supports are as follows:
• NetBIOS Extended User Interface (NetBEUI), a non-routable protocol
• Data Link Control (DLC), a non-routable protocol
• AppleTalk, a protocol used with Apple computers
Telnet Client Applications on VTNT Terminals for East Asian Languages
For Telnet clients on VTNT terminals to work correctly with East Asian languages, they must be configured to use TrueType fonts. You should configure this setting before you run the Telnet client. To do so, use the following procedure.
To configure Telnet clients to use TrueType fonts
1. Open a command-prompt window.
2. Right-click the title bar or system menu of the command-prompt window, and then click Properties.
3. On the Font tab, select a TrueType font, and then click OK.
4. Select Modify shortcut that started this window, and then click OK.
5. Click Start, click Run, and then type the following:

telnet
6. When the Telnet window appears, repeat steps 2 through 4.
Wireless Networking Devices
ORiNOCO Wireless LAN card
If you install the utilities from the ORiNOCO Wireless LAN card CD, Windows XP Wireless Configuration Service will not run correctly. This is because these utilities interfere with the control of the card. As a result, the wireless configuration tab in the network properties does not appear, and the card does not configure automatically.
To correct problems with the ORiNOCO Wireless LAN card
1. Remove ORiNOCO Utilities through Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.
2. Use Device Manager to uninstall the ORiNOCO card.
To open Device Manager, click Start, and then click Control Panel. Click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System. On the Hardware tab, click Device Manager.
3. Reinstall the drivers to redetect the card through Scan for hardware changes in Device Manager or by restarting Windows XP.
Wireless LAN display messages
This information applies to wireless devices that use the following standards:
• IEEE 802.11 wireless Ethernet LAN standard
• IEEE 802.1X port-based network access control authentication standard
If you use IEEE 802.11 wireless configuration and the network authentication protocol IEEE 802.1X, user information and requests for action are displayed through balloon notifications that appear in the notification area in the lower right-hand corner of your screen.
After you upgrade to Windows XP, however, this icon might not appear. After you complete the installation, check to determine whether the icon appears. If it does not appear, use the following procedure to correct this problem.
To make the network icon appear in the notification area
1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Network and Internet Connections.
2. Click Network Connections.
3. Right-click the wireless connection, and then click Properties.
4. On the General tab, select the Show icon in notification area when connected check box.

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Software Compatibility and SP2
For information about software compatibility issues that can arise with SP2, see Windows XP Service Pack 2 Resources for IT Professionals on the Microsoft TechNet website.
Antivirus Software
You must ensure that your antivirus software is written for the version of Windows XP that your computer is running. This means that the software must be written specifically for either Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional, or for both operating systems.
Antivirus drivers that are not written to run on your specific Windows XP operating system might cause problems. For instance, the software might not be able to perform real-time scanning for viruses, which could make your system more vulnerable to virus attack.
The problems that can result range in severity from those that are less severe—such as recoverable errors—to problems that are quite severe—such as losing some or all of your data, or having your computer become unusable.
To prevent these problems, check your antivirus software to ensure that it is designed for your operating system. If you have questions about this, or if you discover that you need to obtain appropriate antivirus software, contact your software vendor.
Microsoft Agent
Windows XP supports Speech Application Programming Interface (SAPI) version 5.0 engines and programs. To prevent a loss of functionality in Microsoft Agent applications that use SAPI version 4.0 speech input or output engines, you must install SAPI version 4.0a run-time support, and then reinstall the SAPI version 4.0 speech engines. You must do this even if they were working with Microsoft Agent before you upgraded to Windows XP.
Use the following link to install SAPI version 4.0a run-time support:
• Install SAPI version 4.0a run-time support
SMTP Authentication
This note pertains to Windows XP Professional only.
You can configure the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) service in Windows XP to require clients to authenticate before issuing mail commands. When you install or upgrade to Windows XP Professional in a workgroup, the authentication options NTLM (formerly called Windows NT LAN Manager) and Generic Security Services API (GSSAPI) do not work because a registry key is set that forces guest-only authentication.
You can solve this problem by setting the force guest authentication registry key.
For more information, see article 304707, “SMTP Authentication Configuration on Windows XP Professional Edition,” in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.
Caution
• Incorrectly editing the registry can severely damage your system. Before making changes to the registry, you should back up any valued data on the computer.

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Logical Volume Manager
Local device drive names (each of which is a letter of the alphabet) are usually assigned incrementally, starting with the letter C (C, D, E, and so on). Network drive names are automatically assigned in reverse order, starting with Z (Z, Y, X, and so on).
Conflicts between drive letters and existing network shared drives can arise if you connect digital cameras or other devices that use memory sticks to Windows XP while the computer is running. Similar conflicts can arise if you add external drives (such as USB or 1394 disks). If a naming conflict arises with an existing network shared drive, the device or external drive becomes inaccessible.
To prevent this problem, allow Windows to automatically assign network drive names, or choose letters higher in the alphabet for your drive names.
Volume Management
Windows XP does not support Microsoft Windows NT® 4.0 Ftdisk volume sets.
If you are running Microsoft Windows 2000, you must convert all Ftdisk volume sets to dynamic volumes before you upgrade to Windows XP. If you are running Windows NT 4.0, you should break all mirrored volumes and back up all data on stripe, RAID5, or extended-volume sets before you upgrade to Windows XP. Ftdisk sets might be inaccessible after you perform the upgrade.

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Microsoft Virtual Machine for Java
The Microsoft virtual machine is no longer available. If you require Java support when you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, you can acquire a Java virtual machine from another vendor. For a list of vendors, see the Microsoft website.
Note
• Microsoft does not offer support or warranties for non-Microsoft products.

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To review the latest information about application compatibility, and to find other products made for Windows, see the Windows Marketplace website.
To search for technical support information and self-help tools for Microsoft products, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base on the Microsoft Support website.
To obtain the latest product updates, go to the Windows Update website.

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