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  1. Why not use a partition manager to cut a new partition, or resize and create a new small end partition for an entire system 98 SE storage vault, and run a restore bat from the autoexec.bat with the choice to cancel restore. Or use a virtual drive, and leave the HDD alone. Not all files need to be backed up, really very, very few. XCOPY is good for backup. Consider the subfolders of Windows and Program Files that really need the attention. If one has to format indeed to remove a bad install, then it is best to zero the drive, FDISK and format, because data was written inside the FAT. SUBST allows a virtual drive to be used as a backup folder for restore. Perhaps hebalist has some other ideas which miay be of use, but this DOS/9x restore works for many. Dave
  2. Ranish partition manager is a very good tool for customizing the drive. It's freeware, too. Dave
  3. Since your PC is 1999, you might want to consider instead of XP some Basic Linux 3.5, MicroLinux, TinyCore which reqire no separate partition and run off an image file. These use abot 20 MB RAM, and Sindi Keeson and others have the very best drivers -- all this being freeware. From within this you can run even win9x, 3.x, 2.x, 200x, XP, Vista and 7withe Wine or QEMU. And since it's all UMSDOS, you can simply delete it if you do not like it. You can load it even from two 1.44 floppies. The drivers are MUCH easier on old hardware and give MUCH better performance. IT WILL EXTEND THE LIFE OF THE PC BY SEVERAL YEARS. And with win emulators, you don't have to spend any time with LINUX. Just a tho't on keeping the good ole hardware and even new hardware running as long as possible, And no more searching for hardware drivers since a great deal of SlackWare works. Best, Dave
  4. Will the 9x/ME version handle the unicode VDF's with the unicode update? These new VDF's are for the NT kernel and beyond. Thanks, Dave
  5. With KEX 4.5.2 and Kerio 2.1.5 PFW, one may have to set the pfwadmin.exe to 2000 SP4, else it filewall admin may crash. Dave
  6. I'm having luck with this as per new apps and after driving myself nuts getting Opera 11.x & 12.x as well as the Kerio PFW administration to operate exactly as they ought. Many of the Windows 98 files on MY machines, perhaps NOT yours, need to be set to to various modes other than the KEX default. So, I'm looking at the modules loaded by apps and the files they call or read while loading and setting these to different modes. This won't always work, but it is serving me well thus far. Let me test more before I crash YOUR PC! PLEASE! Dave
  7. I've got KEX 4.5.2 on 3 different win 9x PCs. KEX 4.5.2 has a tendency to crash the Kerio 2.1.5 PFW administration, PFWADMIN.EXE in the program files directory. Set the PFWADMIN.EXE to 2000 SP4 mode, and there is no more crash. KEX is is going to need many tweaks for some ASUS board 9x drivers running unorthodox, overclocked AMD CPUs. Easier to tweak KEX than to rewrite the poorly written C++ drivers. An old AMD 1.8 GHz overclocked to 2.4 GHz is runnung like an old Pentium 1 @ 66 MH with the ASUS or nVidia most recent drivers & BIOS upgrades. Best to all here. Dave
  8. Is this also true of Win 95 A, that one can go as far as 512 MB without tweaks? Dave
  9. Thanks, dencorso. That might have answered my question. Over a gig, are there motherboards such that the BIOS will recognize the RAM with the user tricked into believing all is well when something is only misreading the BIOS, so that we would be merely wasting that RAM? If so, this could be a money saver when it comes to buying boards and RAM. Dave BTW. Was not trying to mislead but only find out what happened with 98 SE.
  10. OK, now this is crazy, but a friend of mine and I were running over a gig and a half nearly 8 yrs maybe 9 yrs ago only because we could not find RAM for older PCs and all the stores were shoving the newer RAM in our faces. Dunno what kind it was, can't recall. But Win 98 SE picked it up and used it well. We just stuck it it and booted. Any ideas on what type of RAM that could have been? We did build custom boards but saw no real need for more than 512 MB RAM. But no store was selling anything that small and we wanted to play not shop. Dave As per the record, a very good friend of mine, Adam Gropp, a specialist in laser and IMPATT diodes, was running 98 SE at 8 gigs several yrs ago. And Adam was an AOL user who claimed that he needed THAT much RAM to make AOL software "... run smoothly owing to such poor programming implemented by AOL... ."
  11. Opera 8.54 still spoofs the latest JS code on the newest sites if it is set to be recognized as Netscape. All the flash plugins work. Or I can always pull out Opera 12 (BLOAT!). Dave
  12. For Opera, to solve all those problems, set the opera.exe, opera.dll, netscape.exe, and flash plugin files to 2000 SP4 mode. On the others, you will have to set the EXE's and DLL's of the app to the 2000 SP4 or XP mode. This is working for me. It helps to have the latest M$ runtime, installer and scripting updates. As per java, once on the drive, some of those have to be set to the best mode possible. Each PC is different. The latest BIOS updates are absolutely necessary as are the most recent drivers. The biggest problem is with the chipset drivers. A standard Gateway GP6-400 with a PII 400 MHz CPU and WD HD with no modifications to the motherboard at all will love KEX and have no problems at all, where-as a Micron with PIII 600 MHz CPU and reworked board shall encounter some problems with KEX owing to exotic drivers which hook incorrectly until the registry is modified. For the registry reason I advocate running unregistered apps because the registry is a dour security issue itself. With 9x, it's time to incorporate the old DOS philosophy that a registry ought be more a stack registry that an "on-the-drive ROM risk." Dave
  13. Installers beware of Opera 12.00 Alpha version 1289. This baby hooks Intel graphics card drivers and will hastily crash a PC. Best to unpack it and run it until the bugs are worked out. Dave EDIT: Workaround Install in 2000 sp4 mode & configure this version: mail, bookmarks, etc. Then close. Now EXTRACT a new copy and run the EXTRACTED copy. Enough hooks have been set by the install that the extracted version's opera.exe (set to 2000 sp4 mode) will work well. QUESTION: Are alphas and betas worth discussing? They are called such because they often DO have MAJOR problems. EDIT #2 Try setting the opera.dll to KernelEX mode 2000 SP4 if you are still having Opera menu GUI problems. EDIT #3 11.61 FINAL -- Setting this dll to the 2000 SP4 mode cures also the crash problem when Opera tries to open itself, when opening external links, etc. MAJOR ISSUE: Just found out from an Opera dev that Flash 9 CAN cause the GUI problems with Opera 11.X and 12.X . Opera needs Flash version 10.x or higher. OPERA NOW USES THIS FLASH 10+ DLL FOR ITS GUI! SECURITY RISK?
  14. Start by running System File Checker. Runtime updates and installer problems are common. Try to use the least of these. Another situation is graphic acceleration. You might want to check that, and see if it's too high. You can always run SFC and rerun the setup. Dave
  15. Indeed! After DOS, MS developed first IE, and after that point in time, the registry was designed on the principles of IE. The group policies of Win 95 -- Win 7 came from those of IE. This is why 95 16-bit slowed down when IE was installed and why 98 LITE sped up 9x when IE was removed from the OS and thus away from the DOS kernel. ME/2000/XP were three different MS project to base a system on XML/HTM/HTML methodology. IT WAS A DISASTER! Dave

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