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  1. Definitely not Outlook Express. It's a very insecure e-mail client. So much so that even Microsoft recommends against it. Personally I use SeaMonkey 1.1.19 as my internet suite, which includes an e-mail client. Otherwise there's the last Thunderbird 2.0.
  2. The game was actually designed for a Pentium. Even if it was designed for a 486, it should still run on newer Intel CPUs unless it used undocumented instructions.
  3. PhotoFiltre seems to work fine on Windows 95 as well. Only complaint is that its toolbars don't wrap when they don't fit horizontally or vertically.
  4. PhotoPlus 5 is a good image editing program that works on Windows 95. It's free, but you have to register at their website to get a key (just select PhotoPlus 5.5). You'll have to use The Wayback Machine to download it from this URL. Don't forget to get the extra filters that enable it to export to more image formats.
  5. Onboard sound cards are decent for regular usage, like listening to MP3s and playing games, but crappy for anything else. People will tell you how much better today's onboard sound cards are than the old SoundBlasters, but they're looking at features (quantity), not quality. For instance, the onboard sound card on my Windows XP PC is fine for listening, but its microphone input quality is rubbish. The SoundBlaster 16 I have on my old Windows 95 PC is good at both.
  6. I forgot to mention that I did remove the hidden U3 software partition from my SanDisk USB flash drives using the official removal tool, as it's known to cause problems. It didn't solve my problem, though.
  7. I'm still running Windows 95 (hurray!) but there's one problem I haven't been able to solve. If I insert a SanDisk USB flash drive while the system doesn't know it, it'll detect it and allow me to use it. However, if the system already knows it, the system will hang. Ctrl+Alt+Del will show MSGSRV32.EXE not responding. Terminating it makes the system responsive again, but the USB flash drive isn't accessible. In fact, USB doesn't work any more, period. I've worked around this problem by removing the registry keys that referred to the USB flash drive each time. But if I'm transferring large files, the system will eventually hang as well. After consulting ToastyTech I found out that my network card and USB are sharing an IRQ. Today I moved the network card to a different PCI slot. It doesn't share an IRQ with USB any more. Yet my system still hangs when I insert a SanDisk USB flash drive. I've therefore concluded that might have something to do with my version of MSGSRV32.EXE. It's version 4.00.1112 (Dutch) that I downloaded long ago. Ironically, it's supposed to fix "Possible MSGSRV32 crash on new Plug & Play device detection". I want to try a different version of the file, preferably 4.00.1111 or 4.00.1113. Does anyone have it or know where I can find it? Thanks in advance.
  8. I had a much, much simpler way to prevent a forced IE4 install on first boot: remove the CD-ROM before the boot.
  9. I'd go with a dualboot solution. One small partition formatted as FAT16 with DOS 6.22 for those old DOS games that need real DOS and as much of the 640 kIB of conventional memory they can get. The second partition formatted as FAT32 with Windows 95B/C or Windows 98. It depends on what your Windows games need. If there's a game that requires at least Windows 98, go for that. Otherwise go for the faster and more stable (at least with no IE around) Windows 95.
  10. When I said "Windows 95 original retail release", I meant the very first version. Windows 95A is another beast as it has been fixed with an entire service pack of updates. USB works fine on Windows 95. I can use USB flash drives with it. One type gives me problems, but I'm suspecting it has something to do with the version of MSGSRV32.EXE I'm using, which is what I came back for.
  11. Unfortunately, I couldn't reply to that forum thread. Maybe it's for the best, as such closed-minded people aren't likely to listen. Revisionism at its finest. wsxedcrfv, the page you linked lists stats for that site only. It is not a reference for web browser statistics for the entire web.
  12. The unresponsive script prompt is getting more common because an increasing number of websites throw tons of JavaScript at the web browser, a large part of it being third-party, most commonly the jQuery library. If the script takes too long to execute, the prompt will also appear. How often it pops up depends on the speed of your browser's JavaScript engine, and your computer's speed. Browsers' JavaScript engines have become a lot more efficient in the past couple of years, but not all of us can run the newer browser versions that ship with them.
  13. Petr listed a lot of updates, but I never asked him to send any of the files, so I never saw them. So, uh, where do I send the files, assuming you're interested in them?
  14. Not all of that is state of the art, bleeding edge that it requires loads of RAM. My 160 MB of RAM is more than enough for game development, thank you.
  15. Windows 95C? Hey, I run that. Let's see what I have... 259728dut5.exe (IP Fragment Reassembly fix, Dutch version) DX80dut.exe (DirectX 8.0a, Dutch version) iosysdut.exe (Less Conventional Memory Available in European OSR2 fix, Dutch version) mpfull.exe (WMP 6.0, one of the last versions with no IE integration) Win95-Y2k-Dutch.zip (Y2K update, Dutch version) wmp6cdcs.exe (additional codecs for WMP6)

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