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  1. Win-9x and meltdown vulnerability

    That's what I figured. So why wasn't everyone running around back in 2000 - 2006 screaming that hackers were going to be stealing passwords from win-9x kernel memory back then? For a typical single-user windoze system (9x or NT) - what's in the kernel ram that is such a big deal to get your hands on? In the bigger picture, what does this say about the whole concept of having a separate admin (or root) access level vs user-level access to a system (again, thinking only of single-user, non-enterprise systems)? Given all the hundreds of ways that separation has been shown to be faulty (on Windows NT systems) over the years, what has that basic design idea actually accomplished in the windows PC world? I know it has led a a great deal of frustration (you don't have the rights or permissions to do this or that) so what did users get in return? Looks more and more like nothing.
  2. I don't know if there's a thread anywhere on MSFN discussing the recent Meltdown and Spectre CPU-related vulnerabilities, but I thought I'd post here a question about how this might affect (or not) win-9x/me. Would code (ie - code typically executed by or in a browser) be able to perform Meltdown memory-scanning activities on a 9x system?
  3. Download source for mscomctl.ocx ?

    I was looking at this DIAX soft-phone: http://www.oocities.org/tdanro/diax/diax.html Specifically, diax0915a.zip - the current version. The program file (diax.exe) seems to be dated to June 2005. I tried changing it to run under XP-SP2 compatibility, but got the same error.
  4. I'm wondering if XP/7 performs multiple simultaneous file-copying instead of single, linear copying and the end result (for a FAT32 file system) would still be a fragmented file system on the target drive. This could also be a function of file caching, sata drivers maybe? I'm wondering this because XP/7 seem to have a hell of a time hammering away at this source drive, trying to defrag it, after so much time.
  5. I've connected (slaved) a 750 gb sata drive (single FAT32 volume, 80% full) to PC's running XP and 7 and have used Window's native defrag as well as trial version of O&O defrag and let the defrag process go for up to 4, 5 days straight and still the process doesn't seem to be over. So here's what I want to know: If I copy files from what could be a slightly fragged or very fragged FAT32 drive to a brand-new, newly-formatted SATA FAT32 drive, will the files be placed on the new drive in an "un-fragged" manner, or will the placement of the files somehow aquire some degree of fragmentation by nature of how windows (XP or 7) moves/copies files between drives?
  6. Windows 7, 32 bit. I'm trying to run a program and it's throwing up a runtime error 339 and saying something about mscomctl.ocx either missing or not being registered. I apparently don't have this file on my system. Is mscomctl.ocx normally found on a win-7 system (that does not have office or visual studio) ? Does MS make this file available for download?
  7. Over the past few days I've had a 750 gb sata hard drive connected to an XP system and have been trying to defrag it, but even after a day or two of what looks like solid activity I don't even see a progress bar. I see that it's saying the drive is being defragged, and a graph showing the layout (where the fragmented files are). I've free'd up about 150 gb of space on the drive (because defrag complains when there is less than 15% free drive space) but that doesn't seem to make things go faster. Is XP defrag the wrong tool to use on large FAT32 drives? Is there a better program out there? (edit: should I try defragging it while connected to a Win-7 system?)
  8. Does Oformat.exe run on W98/DOS?

    I downloaded the win-me boot disk and booted ME-dos from floppy. Oformat apparently *is* happy running under ME. But I tried to format a drive and got "Your program caused a divide overflow error." Tried this on two different systems (same target drive). The drive is a 1 TB sata with a 250 gb primary partition and 750 gb extended partition containing 3 logical partitions of 250 gb each. Partitioning was done with fdisk 121. After not being able to run oformat, I formatted the primary partition with win98 format.com (worked fine). Was trying to format the second partition with Oformat after booting ME-DOS. Can't do it (divide overflow). What do we know about large drives and oformat.exe (7/17/2004)? Bonus question: Is there a dos-mode format program that will let you specify cluster size ? I think as of 5 or so years ago the answer was no - was wondering if that has changed.
  9. I was going to use the oformat.exe program on a win-98 system (booted into DOS) but got a "incorrect MS DOS version" error. I used setver to create a setting for oformat.exe and set it to 8.00 and rebooted and verified the setver setting but oformat still complained about the dos version. Format.com from win-me does seem to need a setver setting of 8.00 to run on Win-98 dos (7.10). Has anyone run this oformat.exe program, and did you use setver?
  10. Running Windows 98 in 2017...

    I'm just going to ask a simple question: Of all the updates / patches offered here by user 98SE, which ones are not available through the various update packages (Problemchyld, etc) or available on MDGX?
  11. Opera 12.02 is the last of the 12.xx versions that "we" have managed to get working under win-98/me. And that's with using KernelEx. I've been exploring if Opera 12.18 can somehow work under 98 and have gotten some partial success (I've created an opera.dll that is a switcher or re-director to the functions in the real opera.dll (versions 12.02 and 12.18) and have discovered the function that is causing issues).
  12. Yes, I can't navigate between discussion groups any more, and my username/password login info is not being remembered. The "remember my login" check-box, when clicked on, does not put anything in the box but a bit of a shadow does seem to surround the box. So the functionality of the "remembering" part is not working, but I don't know where that is supposed to happen (on msfn or in opera?). As far as discussing this website issue here in this win-98/me group, or on the board devoted to website issues -> isin't it clear that this is an issue SPECIFIC ONLY TO WIN-9x/ME USERS? Isin't the continued functionality and any remedies or improvements that we can discover about how to continue to use msfn.org under win-98 best discussed IN THIS GROUP ?!?!?! Because it does not affect the wider internet community (using win-xp or 7, 8, 10, etc) ?
  13. Was there a change to the msfn site software about a week ago? I don't think any of the site navigation buttons/links are working any more under win-98 / Opera 12.02.
  14. The test page is here: https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/viewMyClient.html I'mtrying to figure out if there's a problem with my FF2 configs - or if getting "www.ssllabs.com has sent an incorrect or unexpected message. Error code -12243" is normal/expected for FF2. The page says (after dismissing the error message) "Failed, probably due to firewall restrictions " and is showing that no TLS or SSL protocals are working (some say NO, some say Firewall). I'm not running any firewall. Opera 12.02 is saying TLS 1.3 (no), 1.2 (yes), 1.1 (yes), 1.0 (yes), SSL3 (yes), SSl2 (no).
  15. Opera.exe (v 12.02 and v 12.18) work fine with Opera.dll (v 12.02). Both versions of Opera.exe give the Autoupdate error when used with Opera.dll v 12.18. (at least that's where I am right now). On the Opera discussion forum, regarding the autoupdate error: See if it thinks it has downloaded an update - if it has, delete it. On Windows 10 machine Opera 12.18 starts fine, but when asked to check for updates it said "Update check failed". Another post said to open up operaprefs.ini (in the profile folder) and look for "Level Of Update Automation=" and "Auto Update State=" and set them both to =0 if they're not already. If that doesn't solve the problem then try removing / renaming operaprefs.old and try restarting. I have operaprefs.ini in c:\windows\application data\opera and both of the above settings are indeed set to 0.