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  1. Neighbour: What processor does your host machine have? I ask because it turns out that while a 98se guest install fails on my current machine (Haswell-E i7-5930K) it installs fine on my old machine (Core 2 Quad Q9450) and I seem to recall something about newer host processors sometimes having an impact on other guest OS installations. 135th: I've fixed the SciTech Display Driver link but this stupid new forum software won't allow me to update the QuickTime Alternative link.
  2. VirtualBox clearly has improved Win98se compatibility since the 5.0.x series, but until I can get it to install W98 under VB 5.1.x without glitches on all my systems I'll keep the recommendation to install W98 using VB 4.3.38
  3. Yes, my command window also goes blank and I have to force restart it to get AutoPatcher going, but the Win 98se boot-up sequence gets more and more unstable as the process continues until it can no longer start (except in safe mode) at all.
  4. I've tried installing Win 98se in VirtualBox 5.1 and while the core OS install goes well, it fails while updating the system with AutoPatcher. Also the sound from the default SoundBlaster 16 is horribly crackly, changing to AC97 at least fixes that aspect.
  5. I'm away from home until Tuesday which is why the tracker is down, hopefully by then then MediaFire's detection issue will have been fixed (nothing apart from Microsoft's signature files has been changed in over a year)
  6. Despite what others have mentioned VirtualBox is still the best option for Win98se Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 is almost as good but doesn't run on Windows versions after Win7 VMware does have driver support but with no graphics acceleration, not even the software acceleration that the SciTech driver gives you in VirtualBox.
  7. Updated to support version 3.1a of Service Pack 4. The most notable change to the process for the end user is that now there is only one hotfix, the Visual C++ runtime libraries.
  8. It looks like it will be mainly root certificate and application updates from now on. Unless there is some other component change they will not be listed in the ChangeLog, however the relevant posts will note the month of latest update.
  9. There are indeed quite a few decent file hash utilities out there these days, although for basic elegance and ease of use reasons, I'll stick with HashTab for now. It would be nice to get one that also checks digital signatures while it's at it.
  10. I've asked 5eraph to have a look at your issue, it's far better that any problem is fixed within the pack or executables themselves as it's unreasonable to expect end-users to have to deal with nLite's error reporting.
  11. One thing that's missing is support for a decent 3rd party anti-virus solution that still works on XP and can be silently installed. If anyone can think of one, by all means suggest it.
  12. Changelog 5 Jan 16: Guide published 7 Jan 16: Updated \Hotfix\rootsupd.exe & \Hotfix\rvkroots.exe 10 Jan 16: Added notes for USB stick based installation and support for VirtualBox drivers without D3D 31 Jan 16: Updated to support version 3.1a of Service Pack 4 20 Feb 16: Updated root certificates and install PowerShell via Run1a.bat rather than .in_ file
  13. This guide requires the downloading of 2.3 GB mainly via BitTorrent Some of you might also be interested in these similar guides for Windows 98se, 2000 or XP x64. So you want to create Windows XP (x32) SP4 installation media with a full driver loadout and scripted installation installs? Well here's how. So you are going to need some files: From MediaFire, the Config_WinXP-SP4_date.7z file and extract it, this will also setup the necessary directory structure (read \Misc\FileList.txt for contents). Also from MediaFire, extract both Files_WinXP-SP4_*_date.7z archives, targeting the same directory that you did with the config file. A - SHA-1: EEE2F707EDFB432E000AA63E889DC675828319DC - 92 files that won't change B - SHA-1: 3C4AB8A4682772699AABA3940379907870C216FB - 6 files that might change Download the unofficial service pack 4 for Windows XP from Google Drive or via BitTorrent (magnet link in \Torrents\). Using a BitTorrent client, download the 13 DriverPacks whose torrents you find in \Torrents\ (in the form of DP_*.torrent) to \Downloads\. Once all the DriverPacks are downloaded, run \Misc\DriverPacksPrep.bat to copy them to their required locations. Finally, to check that everything is accounted for you can open \Torrents\WinXP-SP4_date.torrent (includes everything except SP4 and the config files, but it will be very slow due to my upload limitations). If you haven't already done so, install nLite (a copy can be found in \Misc\) Now it's time to fire up nLite Note that nLite must be run with administrator privileges, you might need to disable anti-virus software and most importantly, slipstreaming Service Pack 4 must be done on a Win NT 5.x host (2000/XP/XPx64/2003/2003x64). It may be worthwhile to do a pass where you only slipstream SP4 and then burn an .iso, thereby obtaining a clean XP sp4 source disk as a base. There are screenshots available of the process at MediaFire. Run nLite as an administrator and locate your XP source.Extract your XP source to \XP-nLite\Load the appropriate session file from \Misc\Slipstream service pack 4Add the Visual C++ runtimes from the \Hotfix\ directoryUnattended settings, this is the most important part (might need to load the session file again).Leave the Product Key blankYour RunOnce file must look like this:Ping -n 61 > nulCMD /R "%Source%RunOnce\Run1a.bat %Source%"Set it to autologon at least three times as the Administrator (Professional) or Admin (Home - administrator class) account with a password of "G1berish".Leave the Computer Name blankMake any tweaks you want, then run the process.Fire up \DriverPacks\DPs_BASE.exe and target the \XP-nLite\ working directory.Select all DriverPacks (only Graphics_PhysX in 3rd party).Choose Slimstream Method 2 and Custom Finisher Start.Disable Keep the Drivers and QuickStream Cache.Choose ATI CCC new and nVidia CP both.Check the settings and then slipstream the DriverPacks.Copy all the contents of the \CopyFrom\ folder to the \XP-nLite\ working directory.After you drag n drop anything else that you may want / need, go ahead and burn that image / DVD.InstallationEnsure the PC is disconnected from the internet, set your HDD as the first boot device then insert the DVD and optionally your USB stick. Boot to the DVD using BIOS boot options and then follow the standard textmode installation steps. If you have a removable media drive, you might get "No Disk" messages on the first reboot, just "Continue". If you get a BSoD when installing from a SATA DVD drive, try an IDE or USB attached DVD drive instead. The installation is fully automated except that it will ask you at one stage to provide a license key. Note that it will reboot several times while installing drivers and the like. The Administrator/Admin password is "G1berish". To install XP from a USB stick, download Rufus and run it to "create a bootable disk using" your new Win_XP_SP4.iso. You can place the \XP32\ folder for optional application installs on this USB stick. Before Installing Application AddOns: (do NOT place multiple versions of the same application in \XP32\) If you wish to install additional or updated optional applications then copy the folder \XP-32\ and all its contents to a USB flash drive and rename it to \XP32\. The following applications will be installed if they are copied to \XP32\, unless otherwise noted they will work with minimal rights (guest account) and maximum DEP (AlwaysOn): ε=EMET protected Recommended and included on the DVD (installed by default, versions might be outdated) .. Root Certificates ε 7-Zip Critical .. HashTab .. Dexpot .. Tool Tip Fixer ε IrfanView .. DOS Box ε FileZilla last version to support XP .. Daemon Tools Lite use version, requires 7-Zip or SPTD .. ImgBurn requires Nero BurnRights for non-admin accounts .. UltraDefrag one pass of boot time defrag, requires Admin rights .. Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 4.1u1 last version to support XP requires .Net 4.0 & Admin rights for configuration Recommended but not included on the DVD (large and/or changes regularly) ε Firefox dictionaries supported (*.aff *.dic) en_US, en_GB, en_CA & en_AU already on DVD .. Flash Player plugin direct links >> Internet Explorer . Firefox & Seamonkey . Chrome & Opera ε Java Runtime Environment ε Libre Office can use Java, "en-GB" help files folder renamed to "en" for easy access ε Foxit Reader. last version with menu based UI option (Help >> Change Toolbar Mode) ε K-Lite Mega Codec Pack lots of stuff option, see here if you want to create your own config files Supported (pick and choose to suit your needs and/or preferences) ε WinRAR ε Opera ε Thunderbird dictionaries supported ε SeaMonkey dictionaries supported ε Google Chrome .msi version .. Shockwave Player plugin .. Silverlight Player plugin .. Notepad ++ ε Microsoft Office 2007, please read \XP32\Config\Office2007.html from the config file for instructions ε SumatraPDF ε Adobe Reader 11.0.10 (OS=W7) last version to support XP & update patch (45MB) ε GIMP "en_GB" help files folder renamed to "en" for easy access if you choose locally installed help ε Google Picasa .. Mihov Image Resizer .. nLite requires Admin rights .. WMP11 Slipstreamer << direct link .. AutoIt .. Virtual PC 2007 SP1 (rename to VirtualPC2007x86setup.exe) & patch & patch .. Virtual Box Oracle extension pack supported .. VMware Server 1.0.10 << direct link, you will need to edit \XP32\Config\Run2.bat inserting your registration key, any DEP level except AlwaysOn ε Google Earth use version ( on VirtualBox without D3D) ε Skype . direct link ε Vuze . download requires Java .. AnyDVD place rego key in \XP32\Config\ .. DVD Shrink .. CDBurnerXP .msi version, requires .Net 2.0 or greater .. BurnAware Free ε VideoLAN Player ε YouTube Downloader . direct link .. Save2PC Light .. BOINC Screensaver .. Spybot: Search & Destroy 1.6.2 . detection update integration supported requires Admin rights .. Microsoft Security Essentials 4.4.304.0 last version to support XP . detection update integration supported .. Comodo Firewall use the older version 5.12 .msi installer which supports install switches and doesn't break Deamon Tools or have "modern" UI .. VirtualBox Additions, copy VBoxGuestAdditions.iso to \XP32\, requires 7-Zip .. VMware Tools, copy Windows.iso to \XP32\, requires 7-Zip (seeing a pattern?) It should be obvious, but installing these applications is completely optional, for instance there is very little point in installing 3 different PDF readers. Be cautious using AddOns at the nLite Hotfix integration step as they can break the install, however you can strip the actual executable out of the various AddOns created by others (copying the file to \XP32\) and then add the appropriate command to the batch files. The executables have usually been repacked as silent installers, but be sure to read the entries*.ini file to confirm this. You can have as many application install reboot passes as desired. To do this simply set the system to auto-logon (in step 6) as many times as required and place the appropriate number of batch files in the \XP32\Config\ directory of your install media. Another 2 batch files are already written (at \Misc\) with the needed handover command, but if you need more they are fairly self explanatory. Be sure to install security software last. There are two files in \XP32\Config\ that affect setup, MenuReorg.bat will delete all program icons from the desktop and organise the start menu folders while boot.ini will allow you to select DEP level easily at each boot (defaults to AlwaysOn, the most secure), move or rename them if you don't desire these effects. After installing Please check both the Control Panel (for Kel's bonus utilities) and "Add/Remove Windows Components" (for things like .NET & PowerShell) that aren't part of a normal XP sp3 install. The PoS registry key has been set so you will continue to receive patches however there are 2 special cases: A) Any post-sp4 update for Windows Installer (MSI 4.5), as seen in bold here. It is imperative that you install these updates separately (KB3072630 has already been applied). After installing them RUN THIS COMMAND: msiexec.exe /regserver B) If you're using .NET Framework 4.0 (installed by default) then every time you install a new update or application for .NET Framework make sure you run: %systemroot%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\ngen.exe executequeueditems OR \RunOnce\Post_dotNET_40_Update.bat to boost system performance and ensure reliability. Microsoft's EMET is a powerful and low resource security tool that hardens your system, the manual is included and an extensive application support configuration file has been applied. Stand Alone Drivers This disk can also be used as a driver store for already installed Windows XP systems, simply run DP_Install_Tool.cmd in \OEM\ (for CPU, Chipset, Mass Storage, LAN & WLAN, Audio or Video) or \DriverPacks.net\ (for Keyboard & Mouse, Monitors, WebCams, TV Capture, BlueTooth, Modems, et al). Testing I use VirtualBox for testing purposes, highly configurable regarding choice of emulated hardware and also good for virtualizing Linux (some tricks needed for Windows 98se). VirtualBox hints: Silent installation of Virtual Machine extensions is supported, once VirtualBox is installed there will be a file "VBoxGuestAdditions.iso" at "\Program Files\[sun|Oracle]\VirtualBox\", copy it to \XP32\ on your install media (requires 7-Zip).They are installed with VirtualBox's experimental Direct 3D support (/with_D3D switch) which allows some games to work (Doom 3 for example) but also causes some minor glitches (YouTube doesn't work with Internet Explorer for one).If you don't want Direct 3D support, rename VBoxGuestAdditions.iso to VBGA.isoOther options are VMware Server 1.0.10 (Vista-) or VMware Player 12 (Win7x64+), they're also free but have some limitations, VMware Server also requires registration.VMware hints: Silent installation of Virtual Machine extensions is supported, once VMware server|player is installed there will be a file "windows.iso" at "\Program Files (x86)\VMware\[server|Player]\", copy it to \XP32\ on your install media (requires 7-Zip).When booting up the Virtual Machine click your mouse inside the VM and hit F2, this will allow you to access the VM BIOS, you can then alter the boot sequence so that it always boots off the CD first.If the BIOS flashes past too fast to access add bios.bootDelay = "5000" to the VMname.vmx file, this will give you 5 seconds.
  14. Just turn off error reporting and let it apply the default actions, it works perfectly well for me.
  15. December updates Deletion: RunOnce\7z920.msi Replace: ▼ RunOnce\rootsupd.exe .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 493,456 . Root Certificates Update Nov 2015 ▼ RunOnce\rvkroots.exe .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200,056 . Untrusted Certificate Store Dec 2015 Additions: . . AddOns\Grant_Access.7z . 92,509 - repacked subinacl.msi ▼ RunOnce\7z1514.msi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,122,816 . Optional, 7-Zip File Archiver Dec 2015 ▼ RunOnce\rootsupd_Sep2006.exe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239,000 . Root Certificates Update Applications: Dropped Avast anti-virus as the definition updates always fail.