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One more office suite:

LAST-FREE-SoftMaker Office 2006 http://www.softmakeroffice.com/

Says it supports 9x; 2008 ostensibly supports Win2k or later.

Free download of old commercial release. Haven't tested either on 9x; 2006 is good on Vista.

Only Word and Excel files are supported so it's not a complete suite. But very nice find anyway. Works very well (doesn't like Uberskin but cleartype is ok) and is much faster and smaller than OpenOffice. Registration required (free) to get rid of the nag screen on opening.

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A few more:

ONGD - FREE - GreenBrowser 4.9.0111 --- http://www.morequick.com/IndexEn.htm

ONGD - FREE - Double Driver 2.1.0 --- http://www.boozet.org/dd.htm

LAST - FREE - BORGChat v1.0.0 b438 --- http://borgchat.softnews.ro/download.php

ONGD - FREE - Fresh Diagnose 8.02 --- http://www.freshdevices.com/freshdiag.html

ONGD - FREE - HWiNFO32 2.38-207 --- http://www.hwinfo.com/download32.html

Edit: The above crossed-out items have been added to the main list. Thanks galahs.

GreenBrowser seems to handle multiple tabs a little better than Maxthon classic on my 200MHz Pentium. Opera still does tabs better than any, though.

A lot of features didn't work in Fresh Diagnose, though that may be an incompatibility with my motherboard and not Win98.

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Glary Utilities - Slim is Working "maintenance one click" ok but not All.

Witch one is the best for Win98 ? is version 2.5.2 ? or other and where can download older version ?


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Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

$$$$ - ABBYY FineReader Pro - Works OK! :hello:

ABBYY FineReader Professional v7.0.0.543 Multilanguage has worked for me under Win98SE, but I am not sure whether this is the last build for Win98. v8 does not work under Win98 anymore
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LAST - FREE - XXCOPY FREEWARE v.2.96.5 - http://www.xxcopy.com/download/xxfw2965.zip

Later versions (v. 2.97.0 and higher) do not work with Win 98SE. :no:

At installation, you get this message:

"current copy of the executable was launched from <blank>".

"recommend that xxcopy be stored in following directory: \".

If you proceed, it claims to install and running it from a DOS box, "xxcopy /?" works.

But, if you try "xxcopy f:\whatnot c:\whatever\whatnot" or any other copy command, it just gives the error message "invalid source directory". Now, v. 2.97.0 is the first to support UNICODE filenames. AFAIK, support to UNICODE filenames results in incompatibility with Win 9x/ME. This also happened to WinHex when UNICODE filename support was added... :}

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Chipset Drivers

ONGD - FREE - VIA Hyperion Pro (5.13A) without Windows 9x VIAStor IDE driver --- http://www.viaarena.com/default.aspx?PageI...&CatID=1110

LAST - FREE - VIA Hyperion Pro 5.11A with Windows 9x VIAStor IDE driver --- http://drivers.viaarena.com/via_hyperionpr...0131140503).zip

* Install VIA Hyperion Pro 5.11A followed by 5.13A to get IDE driver and also latest other drivers/infs.


A good sign from VIA regarding Windows 9x is that they have now put the Windows 9x VIAStor IDE driver back into their latest Hyperion Pro 5.20A.

This now means that 5.20A contains all the VIA chipset drivers in one package again and there is no need to install 5.11A first.

I'm a happy camper. :thumbup


ONGD - FREE - VIA Hyperion Pro (5.20A with 9x VIAStor IDE driver) --- http://www.viaarena.com/default.aspx?PageI...&CatID=1110

I would therefore think that it also contains all VIA 9x SATA drivers as well... (I don't have SATA so I cannot confirm)

Well, would you believe it!

VIA have dropped the Windows 9x VIAStor IDE driver again!!! :realmad:

As of 5.22a, the Windows 9x VIAStor IDE driver is no longer bundled...

So, you will need to install 5.21a first: http://www.viaarena.com/Driver/via_hyperionpro_v521a.zip

Then install the current VIA Hyperion Pro version.


Chipset Drivers

ONGD - FREE - VIA Hyperion Pro (5.23A) without Windows 9x VIAStor IDE driver --- http://www.viaarena.com/default.aspx?PageI...&CatID=1110

LAST - FREE - VIA Hyperion Pro 5.21A with Windows 9x VIAStor IDE driver --- http://www.viaarena.com/Driver/via_hyperionpro_v521a.zip

* Install VIA Hyperion Pro 5.21A followed by the latest version to get the VIAStor IDE driver and also the latest other drivers/infs.

Sophos Antivirus 9x (already in list) is set to End-Of-Life of December 31, 2010.

See here: http://www.sophos.com/support/lifecycle/

Already in list but now last version:

Windows Utilities

LAST - FREE - Easy Duplicate Finder 1.4.4 --- http://www.easyduplicatefinder.com/files/e...setup_win9x.exe

Already in list but now last version:

Internet Browsers

LAST - FREE - Mozilla Firefox --- http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all-older.html

Already in list but now last version:

Office Programs

LAST - FREE - OpenOffice.org 2.4.2 --- http://download.openoffice.org/2.4.2/index.html

Already in list but now:

Internet Plugins + Utilities

LAST - FREE - Java Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 18 (6.0 Update 7 works) --- http://www.java.com

Some new stuff:

Windows Utilities

ONGD - FREE - Eraser (secure file erase/move) --- http://sourceforge.net/projects/eraser

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

LAST - FREE - APC PowerChute plus 5.0.2 (for Smart-UPS)--- ftp://ftp.apcc.com/apc/public/software/wi...2/pcplus502.exe

LAST - FREE - APC PowerChute Personal Edition 1.5.0 (for Back-UPS) --- ftp://ftp.apcc.com/apc/public/software/wi...onalEdition.exe

LAST - FREE - Powercom UPSMON 2.743 --- http://www.pcmups.com.tw/download/Download/upsmon2_743.zip

BTW galahs, your URLs are messed up in the Office Programs section...

The messed up lines should look like this:

LAST - FREE - Microsoft Office Converter Pack 97-2003 --- http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;DisplayLang=en

LAST - FREE - Microsoft Word 97 Viewer (97-2003) --- http://downloads.pcworld.com/pub/new/busin...s/wd97vwr32.exe

LAST - FREE - Microsoft Excel 97 Viewer (97-2003) --- http://downloads.pcworld.com/pub/new/busin...es/xlviewer.exe

LAST - FREE - Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 Viewer (97-2003) --- http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;DisplayLang=en

LAST - FREE - Microsoft Visio 2002 Viewer (5-2002) --- http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;DisplayLang=en

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Alcohol 120% v1.9.5.3105, of 5-Jul-2005, is the last and best build for Win98. The Win98/ME version is offered for sale as a separate download at http://www.free-downloads.net/programs/Alc...ws_98___ME_only Their homepage is http://www.alcohol-soft.com

Alcohol is a must-have software, the best of its kind. Its main use is for handling a library of .iso etc image files. I have images of all my CDs and DVDs on two 1TB HDDs (one is as an identical backup), it's much easier to make a backup copy of a HDD than of 500 physical CDs/DVDs, and CDs/DVDs are just pieces of plastic which disintegrate after a couple of years.

Alcohol can handle regular and copy-protected CDs/DVDs and their images. I have set up 2 virtual drives V: and W: so that I can make a binary compare of the content of 2 mounted image files with Beyond Compare (e.g. are 2 eMule downloads, one a .iso file, the other a .nrg file, identical?) With Alcohol one can install software from mounted CD/DVD images (careful, 4GB filesize limit under FAT32), both copy-protected and normal. Again: highly recommended.

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Quick View Plus v9.0.0 (of 30-Sep-2006, now by Avantstar, v8 of 21-Nov-2003 was by Stellent) seems to run fine under Win98SE, even if its readme.doc says: "for Microsoft® Windows® XP and Windows 2000. System Requirements: Quick View Plus 9 requires Windows 2000 or Windows XP with Service Pack 2 installed."

Quick View Plus is a classic, but not free. Unfortunately this v9.0 is hard to find, they only sell v10 at their website http://www.avantstar.com/Products/Quick_Vi...iewPlusOverview

I haven't tried all the file types which v9.0 can open, did anybody experience problems with v9.0 under Win98SE?

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