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1.1:
- Better Scandisk.
- A minor bug fixed.

1.2:
- 13 new hot fixes.
- Solves 512 MB of RAM problem.
- Dial-Up Networking 1.4.
- Microsoft Installer 2.0.
- Windows ME desktop icons.
- Some bugs are fixed.

1.5:
- 4 new hot fixes.
- Adaptec ASPI 4.60 drivers.
- General USB 1.x Mass Storage Device support.
- Supports 98lite 4.7 Chubby and Overweight.
- Visual Basic 6.0 SP6 runtime library.
- Visual C++ 6.0 SP6 runtime libraries.
- Updates JET 3.5 files to JET 3.5 SP3.
- Supports custom "Program Files" directory.
- Some additional tweaks.
- Some major bugs are fixed.

1.6:
- NEW: 3 new hot fixes (249635, 835732, 840315).
- NEW: Microsoft Layer for Unicode.
- NEW: Visual Basic 5.0 SP2 runtime library.
- UPDATED: 1 hot fix (Roots Update).
- FIXED: Registry corruption problem.
- FIXED: MSI installation problem.
- FIXED: New command missing in Windows Explorer problem.

1.6.1:
- UPDATED: Windows Scripting Host 5.6 (Build 8825).
- FIXED: Internet Explorer related problems on some systems.

1.6.2:
- FIXED: Cryptui.dll problem.
- FIXED: Internet connection problem on some systems.

2.0 BETA 1:
- NEW: Optional components support (Windows 2000 Color Scheme, Performance Tweaks, and Adaptec ASPI are optional now).
- NEW: 3 new hot-fixes.
- NEW: IE updates for bundled IE 5.0 (This is especially useful for 98lite users).
- NEW: Semi-slipstreaming support.
- NEW: Shows attributes column in details view on the Windows Explorer.
- UPDATED: Roots Update.
- FIXED: Some bugs (Only WindowsUpdate bug is major).

2.0 BETA 2:
- NEW: 1 new hot-fix.
- NEW: TweakUI as optional feature.
- NEW: New animated boot logo (adds "Second Edition" label) as optional feature.
- UPDATED: HTML Help Update (taken from XP SP2 which is compatible with Win98 SE).

2.0 BETA 3:
- NEW: More than 10 new hot-fixes.
- NEW: "Dos Prompt Here" as optional feature.
- NEW: 98lite Sleek support.
- NEW: Fixed REGEDIT.EXE.
- FIXED: DCOM98 registry problem.
- ADDED: USB Mass Storage Device support (same with 1.6.2).
- ADDED: Better Notepad, 256-color tray icons features.
- ADDED: Uninstallation.

2.0 RC1:
- NEW: 1 new hot-fix.
- ADDED: Web Folders update.
- UPDATED: HTML update..
- UPDATED: UNICOWS.DLL.
- UPDATED: MS VC++ runtime files.
- FIXED: All reported problems.
- FIXED: Uninstallation problems.

2.0 RC2:
- NEW: 2 new hot-fixes (192425, 246817).
- ADDED: All cosmetic enhancements of SP 1.6 such as Windows 2000 Desktop Icons. (Sorry, but they are not optional).
- FIXED: Lots of bugs are fixed. (MaxCachedIcons typo bug, %DosNameHere" bug, Verinst.exe uninstallation bug, 256-color tray icons bug, Notepad patching on Sleek bug, Executing SP from different drive bug).
- REMOVED: General USB Mass Storage Device Drivers.

2.0 RC3:
- ADDED: 2 new hot-fixes (319571, 320798).
- UPDATED: MDGx's HTML Update.
- FIXED: Annoying restart bug.
- FIXED: Annoying reinstallation bug.
- FIXED: GDI.EXE uninstallation bug.

2.0:
* Added four new hotfixes [Q307004, Q888113, Q891711, Q891781].
* Added unattended installation support.
* Added missing DCOM98 1.3 registry information.
* Added localizable strings into the SPUPDATE.INF.
* Added free FIND.COM.
* Replaced modified WINBOOT.SYS with the original one.
* Replaced ATTRIB.EXE with better free ATTRIB.COM.
* Replaced NOTEPAD.EXE patcher (PATCHNP.EXE) with better free Notepad
replacement: MetaPad 3.5.
* Removed 2_4DATE.EXE, REGEDIT.EXE patcher (PATCHRE.EXE) and
CTL3DV2.DLL files.
* Updated EXTRAC32.EXE (WinXP SP2), RICHED20.DLL (WinXP SP2) and
REGSVR32.EXE (Win2000 SP4) files.
* Fixed RUNPOST.BAT goto problem.
* Fixed 98lite Sleek EXPLORER.EXE/SHELL32.DLL uninstallation problem.

2.0.1:
* Added one update [Q870669] and one hotfix [Q295629 (Replaces Q258010
and Q274334)].
* Added ATL.DLL [from VCREDIST].
* Updated ROOTSUPD.EXE [to 7.0].
* Updated HTML32.CNV [to Office XP SP3].
* Updated INFEX.EXE from 0.1 to 0.2. [The new version supports to change
checkboxes' default states.]
* Changed "MaxFileCache=524288" to "MaxFileCache=393216" in SPUPDATE.INF.
* Changed copy method of HARDWARE.HLP in SPUPDATE.INF.
* Changed copy method of Visual C++ [VCREDIST] and OLE Automation [OLEUPD]
files in SPUPDATE.INF to avoid any version inconsistency.
* Added "SmartReboot=N" into the all INFs for preventing unexpected reboot
messages.
* Corrected typo on DELINFS.INF.
* Fixed TweakUI uninstallation bug.
* Fixed 98lite Sleek Notepad uninstallation bug.

2.0.2:
* Added MSMOUSE.VXD from Q254660.
* Added "(Remove Only)" to the uninstall string.
* Removed COMCTL32.DLL from the SPUNINST.INF.
* Fixed ERRORLEVEL bug in RUNPOST.BAT.
* Removed ATTRIB.EXE and FIND.COM from the package.
* Fixed a minor bug in the TWEAKUI.HLP.
* Updated boot logo and added shutdown logo.

2.1:
* Added COMCAT.DLL from DCOM98.
* Added Q212265 (JPEGIM32.FLT).
* Added Q240896 (OPENGL32.DLL).
* Added Q258765 (REG).
* Added Q269604 (DSOUND.DLL).
* Added Q285895 (CIMWIN32.DLL) and Q282949 (WBEMPROX.DLL).
* Added Q314941 (SSDPAPI.DLL, SSDPSVR.EXE, UPNP.DLL).
* Added Q323708 (NSCIRDA.SYS).
* Added Q327517 (REG).
* Added Q885836 (MSWRD632.WPC).
* Added Q887617 (HTML32.CNV, MSCONV97.DLL, MSWRD832.CNV).
* Added Q903235 (REG).
* Added a fix for VS2005 issue (REG).
* Added "No Channel Logging" registry tweak.
* Updated Q891711 (to U891711).
* Updated NWPP32.DLL (to Q250876-v2).
* Updated HTML Help (to Q896358).
* Removed DELINFS.INF.
* Corrected MOUHID.VXD and DISPEX.DLL files.
* Cleaned up some code.

2.1a:
* Corrected timestamps of some files.
* Corrected SCR56.INF version information.
* Added COMPOBJ.DLL from DCOM98.

Edited by Gape, 19 August 2007 - 01:18 PM.



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You should add the "DOS prompt here" powertoy...

http://www.3feetunde...les/doshere.zip

...and Spider Solitaire (from windows ME)...

http://www.3feetunde...pider_setup.exe


I install these on every Windows 98 SE system I build or update for friends.

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Adding Windows ME files is not allowed. It requires Windows ME license.

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Doesn't your service pack include the WinME version of Defrag?

If not, my bad.

Here's a site with descriptions of the Defrag fix and other enhancements to 98SE using stuff found in other OS versions or service packs...
http://www.mdgx.com/98-5.htm


Regardless, you should include the "DOS prompt here" powertoy.

It's similar to the "Open Command Window Here" right click option in XP.
Very, very useful.

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Hi gape,
Your package is appreciated a lot. Been using the win98 SE SP since v1.2 or so, I think. Thanx for soldiering on with this. :)

Maybe you already mentioned it somewhere, but I might have missed it. Is there a silent install option? You know.... like we use "/S" or "/Silent" or "/Q:A /R:N" or something?
So that we can schedule it to silently install at first boot after install - because slip-streaming is not very stable on win9x.
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Hi prathapml,

Silent installation is possible on 1.x versions. You should use /Q switch like other Win98 updates. For 2.0, I'm not sure about the silent installation now. However, I hope 2.0 will contain a stable slipstreaming support.

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how bout adding the tweak ui for win98.
just an idea

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OK, TweakUI is a good idea. It will be in the 2.0.

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BETA 1 Features:

- NEW: Optional components support (Windows 2000 Color Scheme, Performance Tweaks, and Adaptec ASPI are optional now).
- NEW: At least 3 new hot-fixes.
- NEW: IE updates for  bundled IE 5.0 (This is especially useful for 98lite users).
- NEW: Semi-slipstreaming support.
- NEW: Shows attributes column in details view on the Windows Explorer.
- UPDATED: Roots Update.
- FIXED: Some bugs (Only WindowsUpdate bug is major).

BETA 2 Features (Work in progress):

- NEW: Windows Critical Update Notification as optional feature.
- NEW: TweakUI as optional feature.
- NEW: New animated boot logo (adds "Second Edition" label) as optional feature.
- UPDATED: New Desktop Icons as optional feature now.
- UPDATED: HTML Help Update (taken from XP SP2 which is compatible with Win98 SE).

If you have any idea for this next major version, please write it in this topic.

Your next update will include the ability to view Attributes in a Windows Explorer window. Very good.

What I wish could be done is to view all three different file dates (not just Modified) by adding these two columns to Windows 98 SE Explorer:

Created
Last Accessed

These could be particularly useful when one of the dubious websites we occasionally stumble upon barfs up a bunch of spyware onto our hard drives that SpyBot and AdAware don't seem to find because the file names are always changing in an attempt to escape detection. However, dates cannot escape detection, because Windows records when the file is being written to the drive.

By being able to display files in Created order and Last Accessed order, it adds to the control you have over your files.

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- NEW: IE updates for bundled IE 5.0 (This is especially useful for 98lite users).


What IE updates are being bundled in the beta SP2? Im just curious because if the full IE 6.0 update is being included, I would personally prefer that it be optional.

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What IE updates are being bundled in the beta SP2?  Im just curious because if the full IE 6.0 update is being included, I would personally prefer that it be optional.

It contains only IE 5.0 updates. However, installer checks the version number of the files, so if you have newer IE, it doesn't copy any of these files.

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What I meant was that I didnt want IE upgraded regardless of its currently installed version. Its just that I dont want to bother wasting disk space upgrading software I dont use. I guess there would be some cases that I would still want IE updated due to its intergration into the OS. Im not positive but didnt the IE 6 upgrade also force the user to install Outlook?... which also another program that I do not use. Other than that, does the patch still work ok with a 98lite chubby install?

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What I meant was that I didnt want IE upgraded regardless of its currently installed version.  Its just that I dont want to bother wasting disk space upgrading software I dont use.  I guess there would be some cases that I would still want IE updated due to its intergration into the OS.  Im not positive but didnt the IE 6 upgrade also force the user to install Outlook?... which also another program that I do not use.  Other than that, does the patch still work ok with a 98lite chubby install?

ssmokee,

SP -doesn't- touch any IE file, if you have IE 6.0 or 5.5.

If you have IE 5.0, it -only- installs/upgrades some IE 5.0 files.

98lite keeps some IE files on the system. If these files are from IE 5.0, SP only upgrades these files. It never installs any new file, if you don't have related software.

Version 2.0 still works with 98lite Chubby, and it will probably work with Sleek, too.

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Sounds good to me!

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UPDATED: New Desktop Icons as optional feature now.

what type of icons are u going to be using?

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what type of icons are u going to be using?

I think lots of users don't need these new icons. So I think I can remove this feature. What do you think?

In 1.x, new icons were from Windows 2000.

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it looks good and MS has made it in 2 OS (WinME and W2K) - i think it can be used as an option.

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I like very much the look of the desktop with the new icons taken from win 2000 so I sugest that they can be added as an option so that the ones who don't like them coul disable this option.

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I think lots of users don't need these new icons. So I think I can remove this feature. What do you think?

In 1.x, new icons were from Windows 2000.


I much prefer the win2k icons and colour scheme. Im using a Samsung LCD monitor and I find win98 colour scheme to be way too over-bright. I vote to keep it, or atleast make it optional.

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I agree. It makes the OS look professional. Please keep it.

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Hi, the Sp 1.6.2 is great, am using it currently.

Maybe 2.0 should include these:

-True Type font properties extension (ttfext.exe)
-DOS prompt here (doshere.exe)

BTW, does 1.6.2 include the effects of VXD fix (vdx_fix.bat)? Does it actually help or is it superstition?

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I suggest replacing windows notepad with metapad.exe. It's a straight drop-in replacement, just change its name to notepad.exe and slip it into the windows directory. It's can handle large volumes and is very versatile and also shows URL addresses as hyperlinks, very useful. :D

PS - Incorporating explore-from-here (and removing explore) and move-to and copy-to in the right-click menu would also be good.
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replace the taskmanager that comes with win 98 se with a w2k style one
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BTW, does 1.6.2 include the effects of VXD fix (vdx_fix.bat)? Does it actually help or is it superstition?

I recently looked into this and found it is all just a rumor. By loading the one vmm32.vxd file you actually save load time and resources, along with memory.

I ran a series of tests and found that just having the vmm32.vxd file loading was faster, and much more efficient.

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how about a new task manger? here is the site i gave some1 it on this thread

http://www.msfn.org/...showtopic=32174
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