Windows 98 has three more Y2K holes

Microsoft has identified three more "minor" year 2000 (Y2K) bugs in its Windows 98 operating system, and will release fixes soon, the company stated yesterday.

The three fixes will be issued in a few weeks on the Windows Update Web site, according to a statement released by Microsoft, and in the June issue of the company's Year 2000 Resource CD. The fixes also will be included in the second edition of Windows 98.

One of the problems addresses Windows 98's international date format, which uses two-digit years and does not recognise "00" for the year 2000. Microsoft also is readying a patch to fix year-2000 issues that are specific to international versions of Windows 98.

Another fix addresses a glitch in the Microsoft Automation library, which has a cut-off of 2029 for reading two-digit years. Any year after that will be read as a 20th-century date; for example, the year 2030 will be interpreted as 1930.

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Bob Trott

PC World

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