A guide to Microsoft Windows newsgroups
Usenet is a wonderful resource for information ranging from basic
questions (How do I lock a floppy disk?) to queries that would make
Doug himself run screaming from the room in terror.
Since the Windows newsgroups are medium to high volume, we ask that
before posting you first peruse the FAQ (Frequently asked questions) lists for the newsgroup
you're posting in, check any other relevant on-line resources,
especially the FAQ lists for the other Windows newsgroups, and RTFM
(Read the Friendly Manual) . We realize that you are personally
incensed that the System is taking up fourteen of your
newly-installed twenty megs of RAM, but this question has already
made its way around the world three hundred times before, and it's
developing tired feet.
Finally, before posting to any newsgroup (Windows or otherwise),
please familiarize yourself with the basic etiquette of Usenet as
described in the newsgroup
Usenet can be a real nerd-eat-nerd world and it's a bad idea to enter it
NOTE: Binary files (whether programs, bitmaps or others) are not to be
posted to any of the groups listed below, with the exception of
These are the current Windows newsgroups:
SETUP AND INSTALLATION -- WINDOWS 95 AND WINDOWS 3.x:
Questions and problems with setting up and configuring Windows 3.x
Questions and problems with setting up and configuring Windows 95
GENERAL -- WINDOWS 95 AND WINDOWS 3.x:
Comparisons, discussion and arguments about Windows 3.x and Windows
95 vs other operating systems.
MODERATED. Announcements and news about Windows applications,
drivers, events etc.
Discussion about unreleased and future versions of Windows
Video display cards, drivers and monitors for use with Windows
All other Windows 3.x discussions not covered by other specific
newsgroups, but specifically not advocacy with other operating
All other Windows 95 discussions (except advocacy with other
operating systems) not covered by other specific newsgroups.
GENERAL -- WINDOWS NT-SPECIFIC:
Windows NT network administration, management and security issues
Windows NT administration issues, except for networking
Comparisons and arguments about Windows NT vs other OSs
MODERATED. Announcements and news about Windows NT applications,
drivers, events etc.
Discussion about unreleased and future versions of Windows NT
Setting up and configuring hardware for Windows NT
Setting up and configuring Windows NT, except hardware issues
All other Windows NT-specific discussions except programming and
APPLICATION SOFTWARE -- WINDOWS 3.x, 95 AND NT:
Communications and fax applications
Utilities, desktops and accessories for Windows 3.x
Utilities, desktops and accessories for Windows 95
Word processing and desktop publishing
Miscellaneous Windows 3.x, 95 & NT applications
WINSOCK-BASED TCP/IP APPLICATION SOFTWARE -- WINDOWS 3.x, 95 AND NT:
Winsock-based electronic mail applications and utilities
Winsock-based Usenet news readers and servers
Winsock-based applications other than news and email
SOFTWARE -- WINDOWS NT-SPECIFIC:
Microsoft BackOffice (SMS, SQL Server, Exchange, SNA Server,
Internet Information Server)
System services software for Windows NT, including daemons,
servers and background processes; not intended for general
desktop application discussions.
SOFTWARE -- COMPATABILITY ISSUES:
Compatibility issues with Win16 and MS-DOS applications on Win95.
Compatibility issues with Win16 and MS-DOS applications on NT.
NETWORKING -- WINDOWS 3.x, 95 AND NT:
Use of Remote Access Services (RAS) dial-up networking
TCP/IP-based networking for Windows, includign NFS and apps
Windows' native networking: WFWG, NT, NTAS and LAN Manager
Windows 95-specific networking issues
All other networks, such as Netware, Banyan Vines and LANtastic
PROGRAMMING AND SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT -- TECHNIQUES:
Using controls, custom controls, VBXs, OCXs and dialogs
Graphics and GDI programming in Windows
Memory and process management, threads and IPC in Windows
Development of multimedia and video applications
Network-specific application development for Windows
Creating OLE, COM and DDE-based applications
Developing for the Win32 API (including NT and Win32s)
Developing WinHelp and Multimedia Viewer files and applications
All other Windows programming and development discussions
PROGRAMMING AND SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT -- DEVELOPMENT TOOLS:
Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC) class library-specific discussion
ObjectWindows Library (OWL) class library-specific discussion
Developing Winsock-based TCP/IP applications
Windows development tools, class libraries and compilers
except for OWL and MFC
PROGRAMMING AND SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT -- DEVICE DRIVERS:
Development of Windows NT kernel-mode drivers
Development of VxDs and Windows 3.x and 95 device drivers
VISUAL BASIC AND DELPHI GROUPS:
Database access and development
MODERATED. Announcements only
Other Visual Basic discussions
Using controls in Delphi
Delphi database development
Other Delphi discussions
OTHER RELATED GROUPS:
Spreadsheets and related applications, including Excel, Quattro
Using and programming Microsoft's Access database package
Using and programming Microsoft SQL Server
Administering mail and news software on Windows and MS-DOS.
MODERATED. Shareware, freeware, drivers and other binary files.
Discussions about the use of TCP/IP on PC systems
This newsgroup is a copy of the BITNET WIN3-L mailing list for
all Windows discussions
GENERAL -- REGIONAL GROUPS:
Any and all Windows 95 related issues, including, and not limited
to, hardware and software selection, setup, Internet access and
hardware compatibility. Intended principally for UK based users.
OBSOLETE GROUPS: (Superseded by other newsgroups)
Windows 3.x setup and installation
Windows 95 setup and installation
Winsock applications and stacks (TCP/IP)
Winsock application development (TCP/IP)
NON-WINDOWS NEWSGROUPS: (Do not use for Windows-specific topics!)
Visual programming languages, *not* Visual Basic or Visual C++
The Pascal language itself; not appropriate for Windows topics
The C language itself; not appropriate for Windows topics
The C++ language itself; not appropriate for Windows topics
For the NeWS windowing system, not Microsoft Windows
Discussions about the X Window System, not Microsoft Windows
For other windowing systems, not Microsoft Windows
Please try to post to the appropriate newsgroup, and try to avoid
crossposting whenever possible. This makes it easier for everyone
to find the information they are looking for without wading through
Second, please do not get involved in arguments about Windows vs.
OS/2 vs. Macintosh vs. NeXTSTEP *except* in the .advocacy groups.
Don't post any comparison or argument, and if someone else posts one
-- don't post a followup! Ignore this flamebait, and help increase
the signal-to-noise ratio of the newsgroups.
SUBSCRIBING AND UNSUBSCRIBING:
To subscribe to a Usenet newsgroup, you can use the "gnewsgroupname"
command at the newsgroup level in rn, trn and strn. To unsubscribe,
hit "u" while in that newsgroup, if you are using rn, trn or strn.
If you're using a Windows-based newsreader, please consult the
documentation for instructions on subscribing and unsubscribing.
To subscribe to a LISTSERV mailing list, send a mail message to the
LISTSERV at the mailing list address (ie LISTSERV@uicvm.bitnet for the
WINHLP-L@uicvm.bitnet list) containing just the text "SUBSCRIBE listname"
in the body. To unsubscribe, send mail to that same LISTSERV with the
body "UNSUBSCRIBE listname" or "SIGNOFF listname".
MICROSOFT FTP SITE:
Microsoft maintains an ftp site (ftp.microsoft.com) with drivers,
patches and utilities on it for all of Microsoft's operating systems,
including Windows, Windows for Workgroups and Windows NT.