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  1. I've got seven XP compatible browsers:

    K-Meleon Goanna
    New Moon

    I'm trying to schedule an appointment for the Covid Vaccine with CVS Pharmacy.
    When I select the link for my state the page jumps upward. I've tried all seven
    browsers with no luck.


    I googled CVS with my state, thinking that there might be a direct link for each
    state. If there is, I can't find it.

    Maybe an "about:config" edit would resolve this problem. I need a solution.

  2. Well, I can't remember how many times I've tried spoofing (or switching) user agents to resolve
    other problems. It never worked.

    Tutanota and ProtonMail worked ok when I created the accounts. I was thinking that website
    upgrades over the past two years were not compatible with an old system like XP. I just tried
    mail.tutanota.com/login with Mypal. No change.

    I've been tinkering with an obscure barebones browser called Nano. It's a bug filled mess,
    but sometimes browsers that lack all the usual features and settings can be useful.

  3. I've got three ad free webmail accounts. Tutanota, Disroot, and ProtonMail.


    Logging into Disroot with any XP compatible browser is good. No problem.
    I see "ProtonMail loading," but the login screen never appears. Browsers
    seem to be loading the Tutanota login screen, but I see nothing. It's completely

    There were no login screen rendering problems when I created the ProtonMail
    and Tutanota accounts, about two years ago.

    My XP browsers. All are the most recent versions.


    RT's Free Soft Browsers:

    New Moon

    All seven browsers are having the same problem with ProtonMail and Tutanota login.
    Can it be fixed?

  4. I ticked "Scan and attempt recovery of bad sectors." Selecting this option also fixes file system errors.
    Scandisk did not work.

    The last app I tried before finding the solution was Pocket Killbox. It failed like all the others.



    1. Copy SuperDelete.exe into your Windows directory
    2. Open Command Prompt

    There are a few simple commands like this one:

    SuperDelete.exe PathToFileOrFolder

    Command with long pathname did not work:

    SuperDelete.exe I:\Old Tor Browsers\Copy_001\Use On Boot\Happy Days\Structure

    Command with short pathname (8 + 3 DOS style) deleted all the corrupt folders and files:

    SuperDelete.exe I:\OLDTOR~1\Copy_001\USEONB~1\HAPPYD~1\STRUCT~

    I've got backups for everything. Formatting the partitions with those "stuck in concrete" folders seemed
    like the only solution. I was about to quit googling when I found SuperDelete.

  5. Yes, I thought about Scandisk. I've seen numerous corrupt files, but the files in those folders are damaged
    in a strange way. They look like file fragments, but I really don't know what they are.

    Apps that run during bootup like MoveFile and BlitzBlank should have deleted those folders. BlitzBlank
    was created to clean out malware. I was very surprised when it failed to delete those folders.

    OK jumper, I'll run Scandisk.

  6. I keep many copies of Tor Browser. I configure each copy differently because they're used for different

    Old copies on flash drives and external hard drives are stuck real bad! There are corrupt files without
    extensions. They appear to be file fragments. I cannot rename anything. Opened command prompt
    and tried several delete commands. Nothing happened. Booting into Safe Mode didn't work either.

    These apps failed:

    1. IObitUnlocker
    2. FileASSASSIN
    3. Delete Doctor
    4. FileExile
    5. Sysinternals MoveFile (deletes during bootup)
    6. Emsisoft BlitzBlank (deletes during bootup)

    I've got <some warez>. There is a mini version of XP on the disk and a long list of apps. Is there
    an app on that might delete those stuck folders?

    In the past I've had folders and files that were difficult to delete, but not impossible. I don't know what else
    I can try. If you've got a possible solution, please let me know.

  7. XP Pro_SP3

    Guys, I'm going a little crazy. I need a working copy of Catalyst Control Center, but something
    is messed up with these installers.

    I've got three versions of AMD Catalyst Software with release notes. The release notes
    are important because many sites list their versions of Catalyst as compatible with XP.
    Most are not. The AMD release notes for all versions list the compatible operating systems.

    The last version I attempted to install (12.4) extracted the files in their folders. Nothing is
    installed. The same thing happened with the other two versions I downloaded.

    If I run "Setup.exe" the installer just starts the same process over again. Nothing is installed.

    I've never seen anything like this before. Why is this happening and is there a solution?

  8. Hello ED_Sin.

    Monitor is connected with an HDMI cable.

    When you say "Monitor Settings" I assume you're referring to Control Panel ->
    Display Properties -> Settings Tab.

    Here is a screenshot of the Settings Tab:


    I can drag Monitor 1 with my mouse, but it cannot be stretched. If I'm wrong, tell
    me how to stretch Monitor 1.

  9. XP Pro_SP3

    Model: VX2276-SMHD
    Optimal Resolution: 1920 x 1080

    New monitor and ATI video drivers are working fine, but there is a problem.

    My Desktop does not expand to fill the entire monitor screen. In other words,
    I've got 1/2" - to - 3/4" black bars surrounding the Desktop.

    There is a possible fix. If you have ATI Catalyst Control Center installed, here
    is the procedure:

    1. Open Control Panel / Catalyst Control Center.
    2. At the top/left of the dialog, click the Graphics drop down menu.
    3. Select Desktop and Displays.
    4. At the bottom of that window, click the Black Arrow at the top of the Monitor
    Image and select Configure.
    5. In the Image Scaling section, select the Scale image to full panel size option.
    6. Click Apply/OK.

    I had an old copy of Catalyst Control Center. A few weeks after the install, it
    stopped working. I remember googling about the problem. Found many posts
    about CCC not working.

    I downloaded Catalyst Control Suite_v14.4. When you run the installer, no
    shortcuts are added to the Start Menu. It doesn't install anything. All the files
    are dumped into a few folders.

    Is there an app (excluding Catalyst software) that will expand my Desktop to
    fill the monitor screen? If not, I need a version of Catalyst that actually works.

  10. Regsvr32 works with other DLLs, so it's not damaged.

    I will provide some context about this problem, but it's a bottomless pit with no solutions.

    All over the web you can find discussions that go on for hundreds of pages about reCAPTCHA.
    I'm referring to "I'm not a robot" followed by those thumbnail images. Select cars, buses, fire
    hydrants, etc.

    Millions of people have trouble loading and using reCAPTCHA. I've probably tried 50 fixes.
    If I refresh the page dozens of times, reCAPTCHA occasionally loads.

    There is a Bypass reCAPTCHA script that works with GreaseMonkey. I tried the script. Doesn't
    seem to do anything.

    Registering pngfilt.dll is from a blog created by a very smart IT professional. He listed several
    reCAPTCHA fixes. It's very possible pngfilt.dll cannot be registered.

    This reCAPTCHA problem constantly reminds me of circuits I breadboarded many years ago, when
    I was learning electronics. If a signal is weak you carefully add stages that increase signal strength
    without creating distortion.

    There should be an app that works between the Google servers and your browser. Something that
    would focus all those bytes of reCAPTCHA data and beam it full strength into your browser. I know,
    it's just wishful thinking.

  11. XP Pro_SP3

    This is an all-too-familiar Windows error message:

    "DLL was loaded, but the DllRegisterServer entry point was not found.
    This file cannot be registered."

    I'm trying to register pngfilt.dll. Ran SFC. No corrupt system files.

    I've got two apps. RegDllView_v1.60 and Register Tool_v1.1.0. Both failed to register the DLL.

    This is my home office computer and I'm the only user.

    Could this procedure be performed before Windows starts, from a bootable disk or flash drive?

    I can't think of anything else.
  12. YES!! That's it Tripredacus. I like your "K-Mart-ian Legend."

    The expertise of dencorso provided the solution.

    If you google about this topic, there must be thousands of posts on other forums about .NET Framework
    slowing down all versions of Microsoft Windows.

    As you can see from my original post, it was v4.0 causing a system slowdown, not v4.5. Also, the "batch script"
    was actually a command line that ran like a batch script. Maybe I was lucky, but installing v4.5 caused no problems
    at all with XP.

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  13. The info and files I've download from MSFN is incredibly useful. I make duplicate copies of everything.
    I don't know why or how, but I lost an important batch script.

    Several months ago I installed .Net Framework v4.5 with XP. A common problem after installing v4.5 is
    a sluggish operating system. It's so bad, most people quickly uninstall v4.5.

    I posted about this problem and one of your XP experts provided an amazing "fix it all" batch script that
    cleared all the problems with XP and .Net Framework v4.5.

    I mentioned this batch script to several friends, but I couldn't provide a copy. I need a link for that script.

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  14. I've got all the info on the motherboard. It's an AMD chipset. There must be a reason why
    the Hardware Wizard refuses to install the display drivers.

    DDU removes everything related to your old display drivers. It's like you're doing a fresh
    install of XP.

    Description of DDU:

    "Display Driver Uninstaller, or DDU, is a driver utility programs that allows you to remove all
    traces of NVIDIA, AMD, and INTEL display and audio drivers from Windows. This allows you
    to perform a clean install of new drivers so that there are no potential issues with previous

  15. AMD Motherboard

    I downloaded two apps:

    Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU) v18.0.0.1 -> This version works with XP ->
    Tried several other versions that had problems

    AMD Catalyst Software Suite for XP v14.4 -> Extracted driver folders with 7-Zip ->
    Not installing other utilities

    DDU uninstalls AMD display and audio drivers. I pointed the Hardware Wizard to
    the new audio and display driver folders. Installed audio drivers quickly. Will not
    install display drivers.

    Using the INF file, I tried to manually install the display drivers:

    Context Menu -> Install -> Failed to install drivers

    What can I do to install the new display drivers?

  16. I thought about using 98SE as download platform several months ago. It seemed like
    a useful function for a very old operating system. The problem is finding a modern
    download manager that will work with KernelEx.

    AWGG with Curl could be the best solution for downloading almost any file with 98SE.
    I'll try it and post the results in this thread.

    This is not related to KernelEx, but I was just reading about Puppy Linux for 98.


    If it works, this could be a way to use 98SE as a stable platform for a basic Linux operating

  17. I installed the jumper updates for KernelEx.

    I've got 98SE installed on a laptop and I'd like to use it for downloading files.

    uGet is not a "pretty" app, but it starts and completes more downloads than
    all the other managers, including IDM (Internet Download Manager).

    The uGet GUI is really the "front-end" for a powerful command line app called
    aria2c.exe. When downloads complete, you can add a custom script that will
    do anything you want.

    I've tried using the portable uGet with KernelEx. When missing DLL error
    messages appear I add the files, but uGet will not run.

    If it's possible to run uGet with KernelEx, tell me how. If not, can you recommend
    a similar app that is more compatible with KernelEx? (I don't know if there is another
    app similar to uGet.)

  18. Dave-H, a very smart "expert" at Super User suggested build 131 for XP. Now you know why
    I install everything virtually. I frequently make mistakes.

    Mathwiz, I'm slightly confused.

    You say the last build of Java with a working installer for XP is 151/152.

    Look at this page from Codec Pack -> System requirements: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10


    Maybe the folks at Codec Pack created an installer package that works with XP.

    I'm going to try it.

  19. Because new software can wreck your operating system, I install everything in a
    virtual environment for testing purposes. If there are no problems, it becomes

    I uninstalled old Java and installed Java_v8.0_b131.

    My four Mozilla based browsers don't like this new build of Java:

    about:addons -> Plugins -> Java_v8.0_b131 -> It's listed with security risk warnings.
    "Always Activate" is greyed out on the menu.

    A message appears when installing Java 8.0. It's the usual warning about software
    not compatible with older versions of Windows. It seems to integrate smoothly
    with XP Pro_SP3.

    Is there a build of Java 8.0 that will work with XP without those Mozilla security
    warnings? Java isn't very useful when "Always Activate" is greyed out.

  20. Several months ago I decided to save the Desktop I built for XP. After upgrading most of
    the components it seemed logical to improve the operating system, if I could. That why
    I started this thread about PAE patching.

    bphlpt, I found that magnet link. Thanks for your guidance.

    I stopped downloading torrents years ago, so my torrent clients are ancient. I just read an
    article about torrent magnets. Seems like an improvement over the old torrents.

    I downloaded PicoTorrent because it's simple.

    I read all the replies to my original post. I'm going to try one of these PAE patches. I've got
    numerous system backups, so I have to stop worrying about which PAE patch is the safest.

    Dibya, there are many positive articles on other sites about your PAE patch. People who
    have tried it like the results.

    I have several hardware and software cleanup procedures to perform before I apply the PAE
    patch. I'll return to this thread with the results.

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  21. caliber, I've tried using every combination of words from that image you uploaded. Must have
    performed three dozen Google searches. I cannot find a link for that app.

    I typed this sentence into Google:

    "All 32-bit editions of Windows starting with Windows 2000 are limited to 4GB is not because of any
    technical constraint on 32-bit operating systems."

    The name Geoff Chappell appeared in several of the Google search results.

    If you've got the app without a link please upload it somewhere so I can download it.

    Thanks caliber.

  22. caliber, the patch you listed is exactly what I was looking for. I wanted something that
    would not require restoring my entire system from a backup if it failed.

    You did not provide a link, so I googled the title:

    Windows x86 (32bit) 4Gb-Fix (Up to 128GB) [ver.]

    The search results listed a Russian site. I don't understand Russian.

    Can you provide a link for the patch?

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