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  1. I guess it's time to go back to the drawing board... For that, I have to install 98SE in a virtual machine. See next post 4 the fix...
  2. MDGx

    Windows 98: DOS & Swapfile Questions

    If any1 interested, I also share the same space for my swap files: http://www.mdgx.com/newtip15.htm#MXSF Aaaah... the good ol' days... HTH
  3. MDGx

    Windows 98 disk management problem

    IEAK 6.0 SP1 (English) contains a newer version of cabarc.exe [build 5.1.2600.1106]. Actually, you should replace all older files from cabsdk.exe with the newer versions from IEAK 6.0 SP1, except for makecab.exe. You should keep the old makecab.exe v1.00.0601 [from 1997] bundled with cabsdk.exe, because it does not have the current date/time stamp bug, like most newer makecab.exe versions do. And it is safe [in my experience] to use even newer files from IEAK 6.0 SP3 [4.11 MB, all available languages (25) in separate ZIPs]. More info: CAB SDK: http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#CAB IEAK: http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#IEA HTH
  4. MDGx

    Windows XP instalation with USB keyboard

    I've been installing Windows XP using (almost) exclusively using USB keyboards since it came out in 2001. All XP Editions I've used: - XP OEM RTM (2001) - XP retail RTM Professional (2001) - XP retail RTM Home (2001) - XP SP1 (+ MSJVM)/SP1a (without MSJVM) (2002) - XP SP2 (2004) - XP SP3 (2008) installed ok on all computers with USB keyboards I've tested this on, without the need for a PS/2 (legacy) keyboard. The trick is to enable all USB options including legacy, boot, native/real mode, etc [they differ depending on your mobo] in the BIOS setup before installing XP. That means your motherboard BIOS has to support USB keyboards in native/real/true DOS mode ("smart" BIOSes load a native DOS mode USB driver), and to my knowledge all modern motherboards made in the past 5 years do so. Also, make sure your keyboard doesn't have a Function lock, F-lock or similar (proprietary) key. If it does, make sure it is *not* enabled/pressed. FYI: To make it easier to install XP hands-free (heavily customized) with all available/current updates, drivers, applications + tools, you could use nLite (free) + the MSFN unattended XP setup guide. More info @ my site, including how to customize some of those steps by hand. HTH
  5. Did you mean this one... http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#OFV OLD MS Office 2000/2002/2003 Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel + PowerPoint 2007 File Formats for Windows 98/98 SE/ME [27 MB, English]. Windows 98/98 SE/ME require KernelEx already installed. HTH
  6. I have added a link here: http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#OPR Opera Windows 98/98 SE/ME standard skin replacement [774 KB, free]: http://www.mdgx.com/files/standard_skin.zip More info: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=145272&st=6 HTH
  7. MDGx

    98 SE SP 3.32

    From what I remember from the old discussions here at MSFN, it may have to do with this MSDOS.SYS option, which must be set to read SystemReg=0 .IO.SYS "tells" the OS to scan + backup the registry by running this command: SCANREG /FIX during the native DOS part of the boot process (before Windows GUI loads). More scanreg info: http://www.mdgx.com/98-1.htm#SCANREG98 And this happens because that particular IO.SYS update (WINBOOT.SYS = renamed to IO.SYS and installed in C:\ root by MSKB Q311561 fix) is somehow broken, and sends the OS boot process into a loop [?], if SystemReg=1, which is the default setting if no SystemReg= line exists in MSDOS.SYS (+ WINBOOT.INI, if any) under the [Options] section. WINBOOT.INI guide: http://www.mdgx.com/newtip16.htm#WBINI HTH
  8. MDGx

    KernelEx 4.5.2

    Visual C++ updates: http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#VS6 HTH
  9. Wow... that's a whole bunch... Thanks a lot! Added all the above (and moved the section) here: http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#CRC since they're not just a few NTx tools anymore. Enjoy.
  10. Don't know if any1 posted this here before... * Nomand.NET is a free(ware) file manager clone with lots of features: http://www.nomad-net.info/ Requires .NET Framework 2.0 or newer: http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#NFR Compatible with Windows 98/98SE/ME out of the box. Download here [stable RC]: http://www.nomad-net.info/downloads Screen shot: http://images.betanews.com/screenshots/1205541909-1.png Includes 7-zip (free GPL) compression/decompression interface. * If any1 needs the last 95/98/ME compatible versions of FreeCommander [free(ware)], here they are: http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#ENH This tool has a unique feature: can compare 2 drives/partitions/directories side-by-side and synchronize them with minimum of mouse clicks. And its copy function is very fast [has its own cache algorithm] which is noticeable especially with very large files/folders, faster than Windows Explorer and similar tools based on shell32.dll APIs. * CRC/MD5/SHA file (PE) checksum tools that work with 9x OSes [free(ware)]: http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#CRC The ones I'm refering to [because they work with 95/98/ME] are: FCIV.EXE, CRC.EXE, WinCRC + FileRepair. [thank you dencorso for discovering some of these tools!] HTH
  11. MDGx

    Windows 98: DOS & Swapfile Questions

    Okay after reading quite a bit of this, I'm getting confused.How would I have an option to boot into Windows normally (without any changes), and have a single option to boot into DOS. In other words, I do not need to multi-boot DOS itself. I'd like to configure just one way to load DOS, and have the ability to boot Windows normally (without any autoexec.bat/config.sys entries added). Or... are the config.sys, and autoexec.bat, used soley for DOS backwards compatibility in Windows 98? IE - Any DOS entry/drivers referenced will not be loaded by, or effect, Windows 98... 1. See Complete MSDOS.SYS guide:http://www.mdgx.com/msdos.htm all options are clearly explained in detail: http://www.mdgx.com/msdos.htm#TAB For this to work you also need custom autoexec.bat and config.sys files in C:\ root [in my experience, when I was doing this years ago] = see this guide: http://www.mdgx.com/last3.htm#DOS2DOS 2. Windows 9x custom boot to native DOS [or any other custom choice besides the default] is not possible "without changes", you have to learn how to tweak your startup files [autoexec.bat, config.sys, msdos.sys] and/or create custom PIF files, which in turn allow to create custom autoexec.bat + config.sys files [like "Exit to DOS" for example]... http://www.mdgx.com/newtip10.htm#EXIT2DOS Autoexec.bat + config.sys are in Windows 95/98/ME [ME has to be "fixed" in order to be able to use those files] for doing stuff in native/real/true DOS mode, like playing DOS games that do not run properly or at all using DOSBox or custom PIF files (DOS boxes): http://www.mdgx.com/newtip23.htm#WDBT from within Windows [my favorite ], (re)partition +/- (re)format drives/partitions, repair boot sector(s), tweak multi-boot managers to be able to boot multiple OSes, backup/restore/clone entire hard disks without rebooting in between steps, copy/move/rename/delete files/directories you can't otherwise "touch" from within Windows [because are "locked"], etc, etc. But if you decide you don't need to use native DOS, you can safely delete autoexec.bat + config.sys [make backups 1st], and see how it works for you: customization + experimentation are key, to determine what works better for your needs. Without autoexec/config files and without modifying msdos.sys, Windows 9x boots with the default choice: straight to the GUI (interface), and nothing else. Looks like you're new to the world of Win9x + DOS, so I advise to start reading the guides/manuals/documentation/tips/etc [if you can't find something you're looking for, there's always Google to the rescue] in order to learn how to do this. It's not an easy process, takes some time and dedication to learn the intricacies of an operating system [no matter which one(s) that is (are)], but in the end it is worth it, you will be a much more knowledgeable person, and you will be able to "mess" with your computer any way you wish, and make it do whatever you want. [rant] IMHO... For me computer tweaking was very rewarding, because after learning + testing everything on my own, I was able to customize my computer any way I wanted, and also learned that I could also teach others to do this easier than I had to [you may know the old saying... look at the door step, so you won't bump into it like I did the first time around]. I've almost never asked questions, always did my own research, and pls keep in mind that years ago when I was doing this there were no help forums, websites, blogs, guides, etc, such information was hard to find, so I've also started to write my own guides [that's why I have a web site]. But that's me, you need to choose your own way. [/rant] HTH
  12. MDGx

    Windows 98: DOS & Swapfile Questions

    And if I may intrude and add to the confusion... 1. Swap file management (synchronized + optimized) for all Win32 OSes [from Win95 up until Win2003]: http://www.mdgx.com/newtip15.htm#MXSF [i have not tested this with Vista, 2008 or 7.] 2. Config.sys + autoexec.bat multiconfig guides: - Config Menu: http://dos.rsvs.net/DOSPAGE/CONFMENU.HTM - DOS multiple boot HOWTO: http://web.archive.org/web/20070908035726rn_1/www.knowplace.org/pages/morgue/dos_multi-config_booting_howto.php - The multiconfig setting that applies to MSDOS.SYS (important if using multiconfig config.sys +/- autoexec.bat): http://www.mdgx.com/msdos.htm#TAB respectively "BootConfig=MYCONFIG". My W95-11D.EXE (or W95-11D.ZIP if you prefer) archive of tips [freeware]: http://www.mdgx.com/95.htm contains a collection of text files with DOS guides. After installing the EXE or extracting files from the ZIP above, please open MEMORY.TXT in Notepad (or similar text editor/viewer): http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT and scroll down to the "My CONFIG.SYS Lines Explained" section. 3. To "see"/manage all your FAT [FAT12/FAT16/FAT32] partitions/disks from native DOS [but not NTFS/NTFS5, FAT64 (exFAT), ext2/ext3/ext4/HPFS], you could use: * DOSSHELL.EXE VGA/EGA front-end (GUI) similar to Windows File Manager [free from MS]: http://download.microsoft.com/download/win31/Update/1/DOS/EN-US/sup622.exe MS-DOS 6.22 Supplemental Disk [sup622.exe] = you have to extract the DosShell files from inside it using either: - EXPAND.EXE [bundled with MS-DOS 6.xx]; - or ZIPFolders right-click shell context menu in Windows Explorer [if using Win98/98SE/ME]; - or your favorite unZIPping tool [free(ware)]: http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#ZIP Also, if you installed W95-11D.EXE / W95-11D.ZIP (see above), please open DOSTIPS.TXT in Notepad and scroll down to the "MS DOSSHELL = MS-DOS File Manager" section; * or any of these DOS GUI managers [free(ware)]: http://www.mdgx.com/dos.htm#GUI FYI... Some of my links may be invalid [i haven't updated some of those text files in ages :-(], but if that's the case, please don't hesitate to PM or e-mail me so I can correct them. And if you encounter any "404" links, there's always the Internet Archive to the rescue: http://www.archive.org/ Thanks. HTH
  13. UPDATED · 9-30-2010 Enjoy _________________________ Updated: New SYSPLGME (WinME): hotplug.dll + systray.exe modded with 256 colors tray icons + no more warning popup. New SYSPLG98 (Win98 SE): hotplug.dll + systray.exe modded with 256 colors tray icons + no more warning popup. Updated SCR579X.EXE (experimental!) = older MSE 5.6 cscript.exe + wscript.exe 4 compatibility w/ HTA. Updated KernelEx RC4. New IEAK 6.0 SP3 Upgrade for all available languages (25). HTH
  14. Thanks for testing.And glad it works properly [per your instructions ;-)]. I have no way of testing any 9x updates, because I don't have Win98SE installed (in a virtual machine) right now [but I plan to do so soon]. Now I'm using XP SP3 (with MS IE 6.0 SP3), that's where ADVPACK.DLL build 6.0.2900.5512 comes from [the newest available to my knowledge], so I updated my IEAK (IExpress) installer libraries to that version, since I'm also compiling installers for 2000 + XP [and even for NT4]. These files seem to work properly with 98/98SE/ME, so I'm keeping them. I've posted stuff about newer versions of advpack.dll here. Although, advpack.dll from SCR579X.EXE should only be used by the installer [the "AdvancedINF=2.5" line has to be mentioned in the INF for this to work], that's why it is copied to the %TEMP% folder [usually C:\WINDOWS\TEMP] together with W95INF16.DLL + W95INF32.DLL, and all those temp files should be (theoretically) erased afterwards, at least that's how the IEAK routine should work. But I guess since you had an older version, it also copied it to your %windir%\SYSTEM , probably to ensure future compatibility with installing/uninstalling newer Iexpress setup executables. FYI... I also posted IEAK 6.0 SP3 Upgrade with newest files from XP SP3 [308 KB, English]: http://www.mdgx.com/files/IEAK6SP3.ZIP Please see _READ1ST.TXT (included in the ZIP) for more details. Linked here: http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#IEA and here: http://www.mdgx.com/upd98me.php _______________________________________ Every1: So if any1 wants to test the new SCR579X.EXE [617 KB] (experimental!), please post here any error messages, problems, etc. SCR579X ReadMe: http://www.mdgx.com/files/scr57.php Thanks. HTH
  15. So... I've just posted the new SCR579X fix [thank you Fredledingue ]: http://www.mdgx.com/files/SCR579X.EXE now with ReadMe guide: http://www.mdgx.com/files/scr57.php also as plain text: http://www.mdgx.com/files/SCR579X.TXT Linked here: http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#MSE Please test this new fix, and post here any errors/problems, eventually with error messages, relevant code/registry/etc. Thanks. PS: SCR569X.EXE has its own ReadMe guide now: http://www.mdgx.com/files/scr56.php also as plain text: http://www.mdgx.com/files/SCR569X.TXT HTH
  16. Thanks for all your work in resolving this issue. BTW... Current SCR579X.EXE installs: - CSCRIPT.EXE 5.7.0.16535 in %windir%\SYSTEM [114,688 bytes] - WSCRIPT.EXE 5.7.0.16535 in %windir%\SYSTEM [135,168 bytes] These are SCR579X.INF relevant sections: [DefaultInstall] CopyFiles=CS [CS] CSCRIPT.EXE WSCRIPT.EXE [DestinationDirs] CS=11 5.6.0.6626 files [old] must come from a much older SCR569X edition or from an official MS update [all MS updates for 9x OSes are much older]. Current SCR579X does not install any 6626 build files. Current SCR569X : the only 6626 build file installed is DISPEX.DLL [5.6.0.6626]. And you're right, SCR56 deletes: - 5.7 cscript.exe [build 5.7.0.16535] from %windir%\SYSTEM and installs its own 5.6 build [5.6.0.8832] into %windir%\COMMAND - 5.7 wscript.exe [build 5.7.0.16535] from %windir%\SYSTEM and installs its own 5.6 build [5.6.0.8832] into %windir% I'm working on this SCR57 fix right now, and I should be posting it soon. Many thanks for your help. Best, MDGx
  17. I've seen your solution, and will update those files soon. Thanks a lot for your hard work.
  18. I have added the diamond documents (txt + HTML) you found to the INF_web guide (online) and to the zip (offline).Respectively (online): - HTML. - txt. Thanks a lot. HTH
  19. MDGx

    98SE SP Icons

    Try these steps: 1. Clear the [possibly corrupted/obsolete] icon cache database: delete ShellIconCache [strip its read-only ( R )/hidden ( H ) attributes if necessary] from the %windir% folder (usually C:\WINDOWS). 2. Rebuild the icon cache: Run TweakUI 1.33 → select the Repair tab → click "Repair Icons" button (do not reboot yet, even if instructed to do so). 3. Change the RB icons the way you want, as detailed in my previous post. 4. Reboot: may need to reboot twice, the icon cache repair process may not kick in the 1st time around. ;-( HTH
  20. MDGx

    XP Pro - Locked in Place Desktop Icons

    1. If you're running a limited ("guest"/"client") user account, you need to upgrade to an administrative [administrator/sysadmin] or "Power User" [only if using XP Home] type account. 2. After logging with administrative privileges, make sure your policies [maybe changed by another user, if more than 1 user share the same machine, or by some program/tweaker] are not restricting Desktop icons display, creation, layout etc. System policies/restrictions how-to: http://www.mdgx.com/newtip9.htm#RESTRICT To change policies the MS "recommended" way [administrator account + XP Pro or XP Pro install CD-ROM required if using XP Home], you can always use gpedit.msc [MMC snap-in] tool: Start -> Run... -> gpedit.msc -> Enter/OK -> User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Desktop -> make sure all desktop icons settings are allowed. 3. To make sure your Desktop icons stay the way you want at all times, install Layout.dll [free from MS]: http://www.mdgx.com/newtip20.htm#LDI and you may also wanna try this: http://www.mdgx.com/newtip4.htm#AUTO HTH
  21. MS has dedicated tools for this purpose, both mentioned @ my site... IE8... http://www.mdgx.com/ietoy.htm#IE8 IE 8.0 Disable Automatic Delivery Toolkit: here [115 KB]. IE7... http://www.mdgx.com/ietoy.htm#IE7 IE 7.0 Disable Automatic Delivery Toolkit: here [104 KB]. HTH
  22. MDGx

    Boot files for XP Pro SP3

    Another aspect I should mention... If using Windows Explorer (or similar file management tools using shell32.dll APIs) to "see" hidden/system files, you won't, the Windows XP "factory" defaults are such that System files + folders are hidden so the user won't be able to alter/move/delete them "by accident". ;-( This "glitch" can be easily corrected thou... 1. Windows Explorer/My Computer interface -> Tools -> Folder Options -> View tab -> check the box "Hidden files and folders" -> uncheck the box "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)" -> confirm said actions in all nag dialog boxes -> Apply/OK. 2. Another solution, without modifying any of those "factory" defaults... is to use good ol' File Manager 32-bit (see the FM guide for details), modded to work properly with all WinNTx OSes [free from MS]. To be able to achieve this, first you need to run FM -> click View from the File menu -> click "By File Type" -> check *all* boxes including the "Show Hidden/System files" box -> click OK or hit Enter. BTW: BOOT.INI does not exist by default on Windows setup CD-ROMs/DVD-ROMs, it is created upon install with custom parameters for each specific boot + Windows drive/partition/folder. NTDETECT.COM + NTLDR are located in the \I386 subfolder on Windows install CDs/DVDs. BOOTSECT.DOS is also created in C:\ root [default boot drive/partition on single drive computers], but does not exist on install CDs/DVDs. In case the user decides to install the recovery console (the "Windows XP Recovery Console" boot menu option, which points to C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT), CMLDR is also copied to C:\ root (default), and C:\CMDCONS created. HTH
  23. I am of the opinion this thread (awesome guide, btw) should be "stickified". So say we all... What say you, dencorso?
  24. MDGx

    Which Optical Mouse for Windows 98 SE?

    All wired mice [laser/optical, mechanical/ball, USB, PS/2 etc] made within the last 15 years should be recognized and work properly under all Win98/ME/newer OSes without special drivers. Mice I've used under Win95, 98, 98SE + ME throughout the years (wired only): - Goldtouch ergonomical Analog Mouse [PS/2] - Good Systems Optical Laser Pro [PS/2 + serial] [1st laser mouse ever sold as a consumer product back in ~ 1996-97 ;-)] - Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 1.0a [PS/2 + USB] - Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 [PS/2 + USB] - Microsoft Optical Mouse Blue [PS/2 + USB] - Razer Viper [uSB] - Logitech Trackman Wheel [uSB + PS/2] - Logitech G5 v1 [uSB] - Logitech G5 v2 (extra button) [uSB] - Logitech G9X [uSB] None needed extra/3rd party drivers, they were all recognized and worked properly with default/built-in drivers. Of course, some extra buttons/functions cannot be accessed without manufacturer custom drivers, but basic buttons/wheel functions should work ok. I have no experience with wireless mice. Right now I'm using a Logitech G9X v2, and it is the best mouse I've ever used. Period. HTH
  25. MDGx

    NTFS support in Win 98/SE/ME?

    you should know better... there is no spoon
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