Kingston Technology, Microsoft and Network Associates Help Users Improve the Productivity of Their PCs

NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2001 — Today at the worldwide launch of Microsoft® Windows® XP in New York, Kingston Technology Company Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Network Associates Technology Inc. announced that consumers will receive free memory when they get Windows XP Professional. The offer will allow customers to upgrade their current PCs to take full advantage of the new Windows XP operating system and is available now at all Office Max, Office Depot and Best Buy stores.

The promotion will be offered from Oct. 25 through Dec. 31, 2001, with similar offers from Kingston and Microsoft available to customers in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Special promotions are as follows:

  • Customers who obtain a copy of Microsoft Windows XP Professional and McAfee Internet Security Version 4.0 will get a free Kingston ValueRAM 256MB memory module with mail-in rebate.

  • Customers who acquire a copy of Microsoft Windows XP Professional will get a free Kingston ValueRAM 128MB memory module with mail-in rebate.

  • Special home offer: Customers who acquire a copy of Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition and McAfee VirusScan 6.0 will get a free Kingston ValueRAM 128MB memory module with mail-in rebate.

“The launch of Windows XP is a milestone in the evolution of computing, enabling users to experience the digital world in new and exciting ways,”
said Jim Allchin, group vice president of the Platforms Group at Microsoft.
“This Kingston, Microsoft and McAfee great deal will ensure that users can take full advantage of the great features Windows XP has to offer.”

The proliferation of network communications and more intensive digital multimedia, graphics and audio capabilities is ushering in a new era of business productivity enabled by a new generation of sophisticated microprocessors, operating systems and application tools. Memory plays a key role in enhancing and optimizing PC performance to meet the productivity expected of today’s computing environment.

“This program is a clear demonstration of all three companies’ desire to deliver optimal system performance to our users,”
explained Michael Sager, vice president of sales and marketing for Kingston.
“With the addition of more memory, boosting the performance of newer PCs will not only enable users to meet performance demands today, but will pave the way for advanced capabilities in the future.”

“Anyone who is connected to the Internet and owns a PC needs the highest level of anti-virus and security protection, including the users of next-generation Windows XP,”
said Diane Seghposs, vice president of McAfee Consumer Products Division.
“We’re pleased to be selected as the leading security provider in this exciting promotion and aim to protect all users, including users of Windows XP, from emerging online threats so individuals and their families can have a safe computing experience.”

Kingston Technology manufactures and distributes more than 2,000 memory modules that support the individual requirements of more than 9,000 systems. All Kingston’s high-quality memory products are backed by its leading design and delivery capabilities. All Kingston memory is backed by a lifetime warranty and free technical support.

Windows XP is the latest version of Windows, and it has a brand-new look. Built on an enhanced Windows 2000 engine, it enables exciting new experiences that give users the freedom to unlock the possibilities of the digital world. Windows XP extends the role of the PC by acting as the integration point to the Web, in the home, on the move and at work. Windows XP makes end-to-end scenarios — such as photography and music — intuitive and dependable.

McAfee’s award-winning security software has been enhanced with added features, an updated interface and new product packaging to better protect the privacy and safety of online users. New products include McAfee Internet Security 4.0, a comprehensive security system including firewall, anti-virus and content-filtering protection, and McAfee VirusScan 6.0 with an integrated personal firewall.

About Kingston Technology

Kingston Technology Company Inc. is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Kingston operates manufacturing facilities in Ireland, Malaysia, Taiwan, China and Fountain Valley, Calif., including Payton Technology Corp., Kingston’s back-end processing facility supporting memory packaging, test and logistics. With the advent of Payton, Kingston supports all memory processing functions from receipt of wafer to completed module. Kingston serves a network of distributors, OEMs and retail customers in more than 3,000 locations worldwide. More information on Kingston can be obtained by calling (800) 337-8410, or by going to http://www.kingston.com/ .

About McAfee Consumer Products

The McAfee Consumer Products Division is a business unit of Network Associates Inc. McAfee solutions are designed to secure, protect and optimize desktop computers. McAfee Consumer Products’ advanced desktop technologies include the premier anti-virus,

security, encryption and desktop optimization software. More information about McAfee products is available on the Web site at http://www.mcafee-at-home.com/ .

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
“MSFT”
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.

Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

Kingston, Computing Without Limits and the Kingston logo are registered trademarks of Kingston Technology Co. All rights reserved.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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Please visit http://www.kingston.com/ or http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/ .

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