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  1. I ran a few more tests and tried Smartdrv from the following versions: version SHA-1 Win98/SE 55ecd7166087c37247e7c176c7853ba28b8f9dbc WinME d15355b83037f037729255fc23d1fa530349da22 (seems identical to win98, just version check different) PC-DOS 7.1 b1808c00ec1b4f5354d5063c8c41d97c8f93c9cf R. Loew V1 d55f969c281b93b01eddd2c141f69957e1ebc8ce R. Loew V2 22153248cdda06ebafa5715b3739b15666dd0501 Unkown Version dated 2003, found on Hiren's Boot CD 56ad818c09411e8c37bc941d75721dae1eb27093 In all the above versions directories above 128GB disappear in DOS. Last I tried Smartdrv from Datalight ROM-DOS v7.10 (Revision 4.20.1594SU). (They also include a Rom-Dos 6.22 version in the package but that only supports Fat16). This was released in 2008 as free for non-commercial use. Since 2010 they started charging for it to cover support costs and have not updated it since 2008. The readme file of this release says "ROM-DOS 7.1 is capable of utilizing hard drives up to 2 Terabytes". I copied it over to to DOS7.1 and it worked. Directories above 128GB are now accessible after running ROM-DOS Smartdrv. One oddity is that Rom-DOS Smartdrv is only 21KB in filesize but when loaded in DOS 7.1 it takes a massive 51KB of conventional memory. Much more that all the other smartdrv versions that didn't work. I didn't run any benchmarks to test the speed differences between all the versions of Smartdrv. Rom-DOS has a full set of utilities that you can just run from DOS7.1 as native apps. I also tested booting straight to ROM-DOS and it shows long file names natively, without needing any TSRs loaded. In the future I'll benchmark it to compare the speed vs MS DOS7.1/8
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  2. WPS Office 2019 runs on XP, no patches required.
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  3. Thank you! Also, it'd be interesting to hear of any leaks of updates sourced from paid support (which are not available to the public). There should be some companies which still get them after all. Would violate the license agreement to release them I presume, but still. I would've tried to actually pay Microsoft for them myself, but unfortunately, this service is not available for private individuals.
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  4. Run this in command window as administrator both BEFORE and AFTER SIB++ installation! schtasks /delete /tn "\StartIsBack health check" /f taskkill /f /im explorer.exe & start "" explorer.exe
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