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ppgrainbow

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  1. Windows NT 3.51 has installation and data corruption problems when installing it under Virtual PC 2007 with more than one processor core installed. This is a follow-up to a previous post that I made on April 20, 2014 and I have decided to post a good tutorial on how to install Windows NT 3.51 under Virtual PC 2007. This applies to users who are still using Virtual PC when using Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.x as host machines and for Virtual PC 2004 when running Windows 2000 and Windows XP as host machines.

    1. Start Virtual PC 2007.

    2. Using Process Explorer, look for the process that says "VirtualPC.exe" (or equivalent) and set process affinity to use 0. Process Explorer can be downloaded here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/process-explorer

    3. Create a Virtual Machine using the New Virtual Machine Wizard and with the recommended settings (a 2 GB VHD with 64 MB of RAM). Windows NT 3.51 does not support hard disks larger than 4 GB on install.

    4. Install Windows NT 3.51 as usual using installation diskettes and the Windows NT 3.51 ISO.

    5. You will need to use ImDisk to edit the VHD disk image, apply the Windows NT 3.51 Post-SP5 SuperPack: http://www.ltr-data.se/opencode.html/

    I also recommend to using the IMDisk ToolKit to better manage the hard disk image: https://sourceforge.net/projects/imdisk-toolkit/files/20200727/

    6. Install Windows NT 3.51 install Service Pack 5. The file that you can search on Google is SP5_351I.EXE (1996-09-19) for Intel x86 processors: http://cd.textfiles.com/cica/cica9710/PATCHES/

    7. Shutdown the VM, close Virtual PC 2007 and install the Windows NT 3.51 Post-SP5 SuperPack here: https://bearwindows.zcm.com.au/winnt351.htm#4

    I recommend placing the SP5_351I.EXE and the SuperPack file on the root directory of the hard disk image.

    8. When you're done, you can start Virtual PC 2007 again without the use of setting the process affinity to 0.

    9. If you need to change the drive letter for a Windows NT 3.51 installation, go to Disk Administrator found in the Administrator Tools group.

    10. From the Tools menu, choose Drive Letter and in the Assign Drive Letter box, select a drive letter other than C, commit the changes and reboot. This is useful if you want to move the Windows NT 3.51 installation onto a logical drive.

    11. If you have MS-DOS 5.0 or later installed, place the BOOT.INI file, NTBOOTDD.SYS and NTDETECT.COM on the primary partition of the C drive and leave NTLDR on the drive other than C where Windows NT 3.51 is installed. Please refer to Chapter 16: Disk Administrator starting on page 428 for more information on how to use this feature.

    I must apologise if my tutorial is not 100% perfect, but if you got any questions regarding how to install Windows NT 3.51 under Virtual PC 2007, please let me know. :)


  2. 4 hours ago, Tripredacus said:

    Well I don't have that disk, and the Wikipedia page doesn't help. In fact, it cites itself which I'm pretty sure is not how that's supposed to work. In any case, there are no details as to what Tetris that is, either.

    I'm sorry to hear that you can't find any helpful information on TETRIS for Windows at all. :(


  3. I sure hope that this is the right place to post this.

    Has anyone ever played TETRIS for Windows? The current version of the game is version 2 with the datestamp of 1990-09-04 21:46:28 with TETRIS.EXE as the executable.

    It's a 16-bit executable that was apart of the first volume Microsoft Entertain Pack for Windows as well as Microsoft's Best of Windows Entertainment Pack that ran under Microsoft Windows 3.0 and later.

    Now here's the embarrassing limitation. :(

    According to this article, programmers used 16-bit signed integer variables to store points earned by the player.

    Once you reach the highest possible score of 32,767 points, it overflows and is displayed as a negative number (-32,768 points).

    Are there any 16-bit hex editing utilities that will look at 16-bit Windows executable files and are there any 16-bit de-compilers that will modify the code?

    Also, is there any idea what code that was used to store 16-bit signed integer variables to store points that were earned by the player?

    If there is no fix, I guess that you'll have to stop at 32,000. ;|

    Thank you for your time. :)


  4. On 4/27/2019 at 9:20 PM, Jody Thornton said:

    I posted this in the Windows XP section as well - Is it true that update servers are being decommissioned for 2000, XP, and Vista as of July 2019?  This might warrant a dedicated topic, no?

     

    We don't know about decommissioning the update servers as of yet. But if you want to post a dedicated topic just incase, that would be god. :)

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  5. 5 hours ago, i430VX said:

    Seamonkey I know will be discontinued for xp/vista. Other mozilla browsers? probably.

    keep your eye on this:
    https://github.com/JustOff/ca-archive

    As far as I know, SeaMonkey will also be discontinued for Windows Server 2008 as well since Server 2K8 is based on the Windows Vista codebase. Developers have changed the add-ons locations from mozilla.org to addons.thunderbird.net in the SeaMonkey 2.60 branch...that is if developers get a major release, because Gecko 52 is approaching end of life soon. Thunderbird and SeaMonkey has no plans to switch to the WebExtensions API anytime soon.

    I will keep an eye out for any updates to this extension. I'm pretty lucky to download all of the old extensions for Firefox 12 and SeaMonkey 2.9.1 on Windows 2000.


  6. I'm wondering this change also affects users on SeaMonkey and any Mozilla products that use the Gecko 52 codebase? :(

    On Seamonkey 2.49.4, I have Adblock Plus 2.9.1, Chatzilla, 0.9.93, Download Statusbar 0.9.7.2, Google Reversi Image Search 55.0, Overbite FF 3.1.1696, Preserve Download Modification Timestamp 2013.05.11.19b and User Agent Switcher 0.73.1.

    How am I going to find these legacy extensions for anyone who has been stuck using Firefox 12/10.0.12 ESR on Windows 2000, Firefox 2.0.0.20 on Windows NT4/98/Me as well as Firefox 1.5.12 on Windows 95/NT 3.51?


  7. As far as I know right now, Virtual PC 2007 only runs on 32-bit versions of Windows 10. Any attempt to run VPC on Windows 10 64-bit will result in a BSoD (CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT) referencing VMM.SYS.

    For the time being, if you want to run Virtual PC, you can run it in a virtualiser such as VMware or VirtualBox. If you're using Windows 2000, you need to use Virtual PC 2004. 32-bit versions of Windows XP SP2 and up can use the 32-bit versions of Virtual PC 2007l. 64-bit versions of Windows XP through Windows 7 can use the 64-bit versions of Virtual PC 2007. :)

    Has anyone found what dependencies were changed in Windows 10 and what caused the 64-bit versions of Virtual PC 2007 to not work at all under Windows 10?


  8. Here is what I found out. I used to run Cygwin on operating systems such as Windows 95, Windows 98 and even Windows 2000 - only to find that Cygwin dropped support for these old OSes.

    The last version of Cygwin that supported Windows 95 as well as Windows 98 and Windows Millennium edition was Cygwin 1.5_25. Cygwin 1.7 was released at the end of 2009 and its DLLs won't even run on these OSes.

    Anyone have a copy of Cygwin 1.5_25? As far as I know, if Cygwin was installed again on these unsupported OSes, I have a concern that the current repos used to install software under an older version of Cygwin might not work correctly, if not at all.


  9. As of right now, Google.com (not google.co.uk) works on Internet Explorer 5.5, but not on Internet Explorer 6. Bing crashes IE5.5 and unless you use a different browser, you won't be able to use the search engine. You can still do a basic search for websites under Google, but most of the websites under that browser will not work correctly, if not at all.

    Here's a screenshot:

    google.thumb.png.8f42d7b2fab171541a079b21a9a9d30c.png

    I recommend that you use a working browser if you're running Windows 95 such as the latest version of Retrozilla. :)

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