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  1. I just wanted to note this here for anyone looking to run older/newer games on xp - WineD3D "Stable" currently still supports XP, and acts as a wrapper around DirectX-based games/software. It converts directX calls to OpenGL calls, and renders most older games better when it comes to using HD monitors. http://fdossena.com/?p=wined3d/index.frag I've personally tested this with old beta builds of World of Warcraft and Warcraft 3, which in turn made it possible to use higher resolutions than the games were originally designed for. Interestingly, it also supports DX10 & 11 on XP.
  2. For all things DirectX 11+, you can try utilizing WineD3D, which translates DX11 calls to OpenGL. It works really well with older games, too. As I type this, the development version is currently based on the latest Wine-staging codebase, and the stable version, which supports XP, is, I believe, based on Wine 1.7 or 1.9. The site to get that from is: http://fdossena.com/?p=wined3d/index.frag As for how it does it, it appears to be a form of a proxy-dll modification, as there's no need to modify existing software to use it. Just drop in the proper files from the archive, and go. Personally, I use it to run old beta versions of games on Win10, that would otherwise have full-screen windowing problems, or graphical glitches on my HD screen. It works great, and has very little-to-no performance degradation.
  3. Thanks for the update. I was wondering what had happened to the site!
  4. It sounds like an audio buffer is being released when another sound is queued up. I've heard this exact weirdness in a VM, so it's certainly something to do with basic sound functionality in a modern win2k install (I haven't tried with any newer kernels than probably v13 or so).
  5. I recall going with my mom to the local egghead software store, and picking up Windows 95 on floppy diskette sometime around April/May 1996. There was actually a choice between Windows 3.1 and 95, priced the same on the shelf. I was the one to make the decision for the family PC, at 10 years old. If it hadn't been for Windows 95, I never would have tried Linux, which I use alongside Windows to this day. Windows 95 was buggy, but it certainly made Windows more user friendly. That, and true 32-bit support in the OS, which ended up propelling consumer computers forward more than any other software at the time. I cannot believe it's been 20 years.
  6. Thanks for continuing to contribute to this community, and old operating system. This is an excellent workaround to the connection problems that left me scratching my head.
  7. Just wondering what's going on since last year
  8. jimmsta

    Windows Updates

    Looks like a handful of updates are out today for POSReady 2009, including: KB3013126 (might be POS-specific), KB3012176 (VBScript), KB3008923 (IE6,7,8), KB3012172 (POS specific?), KB3013410 (POS specific?) At the very least, IE is getting the latest dose of patching, which might work fine on regular XP. I don't have a way to test this at the moment though.
  9. Well, doesn't look like the updates surfaced in that iso either. Kinda weird since they list them in the kb article. I wonder if they're only downloadable for special contracted-support situations, like governments or large corporations. Like what they did with NT4 'SP7'. Or perhaps it's only available through WSUS, and not any other way. I'm going to investigate that possibility and see what I come up with.
  10. They'll likely release another Security Updates ISO within a few days and the files in question will be included in that. Still kinda bizarre that they're releasing bits and pieces of updates for 2000. The ISO should be linked on this page when it's released - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/913086 Not sure how it's not linked there yet, but majorgeeks seems to have the file - http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/microsoft_security_releases_iso_image.html
  11. Whoa... msfn got an overhaul today!

  12. Great to see you're back at updating the rollup again, and keeping the site up to date with updates. I was sad to not find a Win2k update in the latest security ISO release from Microsoft, as IE6 has been getting updates on the XP side the past couple months. It may be that Microsoft realized they were providing updates for an EOL platform, or perhaps the current run of hotfixes do not apply in any way to IE6 SP1.
  13. Looks like the March 2013 security updates iso includes an updated KB2809289 for Windows 2000 and IE6SP1. Here's just the folder from the DVD, to save everyone from having to get the whole 3GB file... https://www.box.com/...j7b369i3xoskqgg It appears that this update replaces the previously released KB2792100 - the new patch appears to have all the fixes from the previous hotfix in addition to an updated mshtml.dll, and new timestamps on all the rest of the files. I'm going to try integrating this with a standard hfslip build without the previous hotfix.
  14. Looks like the March 2013 security updates iso includes an updated KB2809289 for Windows 2000 and IE6SP1. Here's just the folder from the DVD, to save everyone from having to get the whole 3GB file... https://www.box.com/...j7b369i3xoskqgg It appears that this update replaces the previously released KB2792100 - the new patch appears to have all the fixes from the previous hotfix in addition to an updated mshtml.dll, and new timestamps on all the rest of the files.
  15. Sounds like something to do with Unicode
  16. Awesome! I take it that this means future additional api's will be easy-ish to implement?
  17. Most UEFI bioses include a legacy BIOS interface, so older software will run without issue. I have yet to encounter a system that cannot load Win2k due to its UEFI bios.
  18. The issue is that on XP+ there are folders with ntuser.dat registry hives dedicated to these hidden users - on 2000, that's not the case. 2000 doesn't have these users nor their corresponding ntuser.dat hives. As such, some form of registry redirection will need to take place to handle applications that try to write to the 'hidden' service hives. I have no idea how BWC will get this working on 2000. As far as I know, those users/hives aren't used by anything but Windows core services - adding the users themselves to the registry is only one part of the equation.
  19. you do know you can set that up in about:plugins, right? it's easy enough to change that one setting so your choice of flash player is used.
  20. Indeed, I cannot download them either. Same error message.
  21. It's in this update: http://www.microsoft...s.aspx?id=19364 That extracts out to a directory containing the following: Volume in drive G is DATA Volume Serial Number is 7A4C-636C Directory of G:\exfat 10/16/2012 06:58 PM <DIR> . 10/16/2012 06:58 PM <DIR> .. 10/16/2012 06:58 PM 0 dirlist.txt 10/16/2012 06:55 PM <DIR> SP2GDR 10/16/2012 06:55 PM <DIR> SP2QFE 10/16/2012 06:55 PM <DIR> SP3GDR 10/16/2012 06:55 PM <DIR> SP3QFE 11/30/2007 07:18 AM 17,272 spmsg.dll 11/30/2007 07:18 AM 231,288 spuninst.exe 10/16/2012 06:55 PM <DIR> update 3 File(s) 248,560 bytes Directory of G:\exfat\SP2GDR 10/16/2012 06:55 PM <DIR> . 10/16/2012 06:55 PM <DIR> .. 09/29/2008 05:58 AM 133,632 exfat.sys 09/30/2008 02:44 AM 18,944 fmifs.dll 09/29/2008 05:59 AM 30,720 format.com 09/29/2008 05:58 AM 9,216 fs_rec.sys 09/30/2008 02:44 AM 77,824 ifsutil.dll 09/30/2008 02:44 AM 8,455,168 shell32.dll 09/30/2008 02:44 AM 57,344 uexfat.dll 09/30/2008 02:44 AM 278,528 ulib.dll 8 File(s) 9,061,376 bytes Directory of G:\exfat\SP2QFE 10/16/2012 06:55 PM <DIR> . 10/16/2012 06:55 PM <DIR> .. 09/29/2008 05:53 AM 133,632 exfat.sys 09/30/2008 02:05 AM 18,944 fmifs.dll 09/29/2008 05:54 AM 30,720 format.com 09/29/2008 05:53 AM 9,216 fs_rec.sys 09/30/2008 02:05 AM 77,824 ifsutil.dll 09/30/2008 11:35 AM 8,461,312 shell32.dll 09/30/2008 02:05 AM 57,344 uexfat.dll 09/30/2008 02:05 AM 278,528 ulib.dll 09/29/2008 05:46 AM 351,744 xpsp3res.dll 9 File(s) 9,419,264 bytes Directory of G:\exfat\SP3GDR 10/16/2012 06:55 PM <DIR> . 10/16/2012 06:55 PM <DIR> .. 09/29/2008 06:21 AM 133,632 exfat.sys 09/30/2008 02:19 AM 18,944 fmifs.dll 09/29/2008 06:22 AM 30,720 format.com 09/29/2008 06:20 AM 9,216 fs_rec.sys 09/30/2008 02:19 AM 77,824 ifsutil.dll 09/30/2008 02:19 AM 8,461,824 shell32.dll 09/30/2008 02:19 AM 57,344 uexfat.dll 09/30/2008 02:19 AM 278,528 ulib.dll 8 File(s) 9,068,032 bytes Directory of G:\exfat\SP3QFE 10/16/2012 06:55 PM <DIR> . 10/16/2012 06:55 PM <DIR> .. 09/29/2008 06:51 AM 133,632 exfat.sys 09/30/2008 01:56 AM 18,944 fmifs.dll 09/29/2008 06:52 AM 30,720 format.com 09/29/2008 06:50 AM 9,216 fs_rec.sys 09/30/2008 01:56 AM 77,824 ifsutil.dll 09/30/2008 01:56 AM 8,462,336 shell32.dll 09/30/2008 01:56 AM 57,344 uexfat.dll 09/30/2008 01:56 AM 278,528 ulib.dll 8 File(s) 9,068,544 bytes Directory of G:\exfat\update 10/16/2012 06:55 PM <DIR> . 10/16/2012 06:55 PM <DIR> .. 09/30/2008 02:32 AM 926 branches.inf 11/30/2007 10:17 AM 804 eula.txt 09/30/2008 06:29 AM 22,668 KB955704.CAT 11/30/2007 07:18 AM 26,488 spcustom.dll 11/30/2007 07:18 AM 755,576 update.exe 09/30/2008 04:49 PM 3,028 update.ver 09/30/2008 02:32 AM 678 updatebr.inf 09/30/2008 06:36 AM 24,318 update_SP2GDR.inf 09/30/2008 06:32 AM 25,523 update_SP2QFE.inf 09/30/2008 06:38 AM 27,395 update_SP3GDR.inf 09/30/2008 06:29 AM 27,395 update_SP3QFE.inf 07/09/2008 03:38 AM 382,840 updspapi.dll 12 File(s) 1,297,639 bytes Total Files Listed: 48 File(s) 38,163,415 bytes 17 Dir(s) 402,366,476,288 bytes free So it looks like it's a _lot_ more than just the exfat.sys driver file Maybe in code, it's just a function or two ?
  22. I'm only guessing here, so don't crucify me - is it right to assume that if shell32.dll doesn't _know_ about other filesystem's, it will show the drives that have those filesystems as being unformatted? If that were the case, then addon programs like ext2fs driver and MacDrive would not be able to function. What I'm getting at here, is that perhaps we need some sort of filter driver to place in between the exfat driver and the OS. Not knowing the internals of how the exfat driver work,s I can only guess how it interfaces within XP, let alone 2000. I'm all for trying everything to get exFat working on win2k, since I'm starting to use and see exfat used more and more, and, hell, exFat is a great filesystem for larger volumes where NTFS isn't needed.
  23. I have a couple questions - Are the functions that are being implemented just stub functions that return a 0, or are they fully functional functions? (try saying that 5 times fast!) If they're just stubs, I'd guess that you're utilizing all of the publically available documentation for these functions on their respective platforms, such as MSDN and ReactOS's source code? Would you consider continuing this project for Windows XP in the coming years? I still see a _LOT_ of XP machines in use (computer tech in a small computer store), and a _LOT_ of people trying to use newer apps (Office 2013, for instance, requires Vista+) and having to either downgrade or upgrade just to write documents (ugh!). And then there's this gray area question - would you consider a project that tries to replace the NT5.0 kernel with NT5.2's Windows Research Kernel? The source code is available through universities, along with the full NT Design Documentation, allowing one to literally build their very own custom kernel for Windows. I don't know if such a project would be considered legal or what, since the code is intended for research and teaching purposes only, I can't say what the status would be
  24. Media center relies on a registry entry in 'SYSTEM\WPA\MediaCenter', which you may need to edit offline (not sure if WPA even exists in the 2000 registry).
  25. Good to see that Microsoft is still building binaries for the ancient platform that we strive to support
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