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  1. Preliminary testing seems to indicate an issue with the PepperFlash beta, it may be fixed in the final non-beta release. The IE and Firefox plugins work fine, even on Windows 2000.
  2. Until a solution is found, in the meantime, I would recommend using the web-based version of DropBox (, which works perfectly even on Windows 2000 and Firefox ESR 45.8.0:
  3. That support article seems very misleading by omission. Firefox 52 ESR DOES run on XP, and will be supported into 2018. The point releases will be 52.1.0, 52.2.0, 52.3.0, 52.4.0, 52.5.0, 52.6.0, 52.7.0, 52.8.0.
  4. It seems like it is going to be a little confusing for the near future. Both the non-ESR and ESR versions are currently at 52.0.2 It appears that both Firefox 52.x and Firefox ESR 52.x are both going to be supported concurrently until mid-2018. Does anyone have any info to reject non-ESR being supported until mid-2018? It doesn't seem to make sense, because if that is the case, what is the point of going to ESR? ESR 52.x will be supported until mid-2018. Anyone have any info/documentation on what the final point release/end-of-support will be for the non-ESR 52.x version? This map only shows ESR roadmap:
  5. "I'm gonna look into each revision of DOS 0.74 to see which is the last version known to work under Windows 95 sometime tomorrow." According to SourceForge, there is only "one revision" of DosBox 0.74: I have Internet Explorer 5.0 installed without Active Desktop, and it wants Windows Sockets 2.0 (WS2_32.DLL) available here: After installing Windows Sockets 2.0, it then complains about SHGetSpecialFolderPathA, a function requiring Active Desktop. Without Active Desktop Installed, DOSBox 0.65 ( is the final version that runs on Windows 95, unless there is a bypass I am unaware of.
  6. Would have to try each version, likely beginning with the oldest. I will look into it but they are also available here if you want to look:
  7. I always stuck with IntelliPoint 2.0 from October 1996 due to its compatibility with the even older NT 3.5x. I also have version 3.1: LightSpeed was a person that maintained a Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 website for many years, last seen in July 2008. and I am not sure what happened to him or her, and it is a shame because it is clear they put a lot of time into their pages. Anyway, the Windows 95 page s/he created noted WinRAR 3.71 as the last supported version for Windows 95. Unfortunately the archive link doesn't work because the pages uses a ROBOTS.TXT, but I have always maintained it in my /win95 directory, along with an older 2.06 version: Regarding the latest version of WinRAR for Windows 95, WinRAR 3.80 appears to be the last version that installs completely and successfully. Later versions fail. InitializeCriticalSectionAndSpinCount is not a valid function in Windows 95. This behavior occurs in all version of WinRAR 3.93, 3.92, 3.91, 3.90, and 3.80. However, 3.80 is the only version that continues installing successfully after throwing up the error. Even more strange, while this function is supposedly not supported in Windows 95, the error does not appear once VMWare Tools and Internet Explorer 5.0 RTM is installed under VMWare. I installed both at the same time, so I'm not sure which one suppressed the function from appearing.
  8. Just wanted to post an update, I fired up my Windows 98SE virtual machine and discovered that AOL 7.0 no longer connects. Not sure when this happened exactly, but this means that AOL is officially dead on Windows 95, since AOL 7.0 was the final version that was made for 95. AOL 7.0 was released in 2001, so it was a good run for the last 15 years! AOL 9.0VR, the final version made for Windows 98SE, does still work. With AOL being purchased by Verizon last year, who knows how long until they pull the cord. It could be a while since AOL 9.0VR also supports 2000/XP/Vista.
  9. In my post, I was referring to 32-bit desktop operating systems, i.e. 2000 Professional and XP Professional. Your average user is not going to be using a server OS, nor will they have paid $999 for just the Standard Edition of the OS. I would also note that 2000/XP are similar enough in system requirements. Server 2003 has higher minimum requirements than 2000/XP. Finally, if you run Server 2003 64-bit, you will find much less software support than 2000/XP.
  10. WinRAR 5.50 beta 1, released 4/13/2017. Still working even though the changelog notes that XP SP3 is the minimum "supported" version. Just goes to show that "officially supported" and "won't work" are not synonymous.
  11. Good point. According to the changelog, WinRAR 5.40 dropped "support" for XP without SP3. The changelog indicates "support" dropped for XP <SP2, but I just found that it still works even on Windows 2000. Surely it would work on XP SP2; 2000 SP4 and XP SP2 are very similar OS's.
  12. Latest WinRAR 5.50 beta working under XP, released yesterday April 14. Silverlight 5.1.50906.0 also released this week on April 11.
  13. My preferred method for installing Windows 2000 is as follows, in the order I have below: Install Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 ( Install Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 Security Rollup Package (SRP) ( Install UURollup (I'm using v11 from 11/30/2014) ( With these all installed, even the latest Adobe Flash Player 25 ( released this week) will work on Windows 2000, even though "official support" was dropped with Adobe Flash Player 12.
  14. This thread is a little over two months, but I have recently starting using virtual machines of the Win9x / NT3.x / NT4.x / 2000 OS's under my Windows 7 Ultimate. It allows installing the legacy OS without needing drivers; the guest OS utilizes the host OS's drivers through integration. NT 4.0 can still be a hoot to use these days if you want a semi-modern experience! However, the included Internet Explorer 1.0 is useless. You can open Google, but clicking any link in the results causes the browser to get stuck, it never redirects successfully, and has been this way for several years. I had to mount the Win95 OSR2 ISO, then extract Internet Explorer 3.02 and install it under NT 4.0. I could then download Firefox (Firefox also works). To actually run Firefox you need the 50COMUPD.EXE and SPEU.EXE updates.
  15. Stable Flash Player version has been released (Patch Tuesday). Surprisingly it is, not the as in the beta version. Internet Explorer: Firefox: Chrome: