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soon it will be released.
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I don't know if this has been added or not.. I didn't see it in the list. I would like to see something added to allow Win98SE to view/read/write to NTFS Partitions... If you add this then I plan to setup a dual boot.. with Win9x/Win2k... want Win9x to run older games... I think the reading of NTFS File System would be valuable to everyone.

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:hello: Maraba, komshu :D

2.0 RC2:
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- REMOVED: General USB Mass Storage Device Drivers.


Why? Were there any bugs???
USB mass storage device suport is very usefull in 98.
Is it possible not to uninstall them when uninstalling RC1 and then install RC3?
Or to put them in the next version?

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maybe they will be added back in the final 2.0 release.
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Just an idea - what about to add the right link to the registry so that the Windows Update menu item in Internet Explorer will really point to Windows Update site, i.e. http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ ?

I failed to find the right place just now, probably there are some redirects.

BTW, does anybody know any tool that logs http transactions? It would good to see what requests are sent by the Internet Explorer.

Maybe it will be different for original IE 5.0 and newer 5.5 and 6.0sp1.

Petr

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:hello: Maraba, komshu  :D

Why? Were there any bugs???
USB mass storage device suport is very usefull in 98.
Is it possible not to uninstall them when uninstalling RC1 and then install RC3?
Or to put them in the next version?

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Merhaba :D

Yes, there are some bugs, and some problems.

You can use Maximum Decim's USB drivers, they're very good. Or don't uninstall RC1, install RC3 over RC1.

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they should be updated to support all usb flash drives and cameras then it would be worthwhile.
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they should be updated to support all usb flash drives and cameras then it would be worthwhile.

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No driver can support ALL usb flash drives and cameras.

There are many different chips and protocols used and therefore only limited set of devices can be supported. Maximus Decim pack relies on Windows ME files, i.e. FIVE years old drivers. Windows XP is newer and has better support but backport it to Windows 98 seems to be impossible.

Maybe somebody skilled with free time (do you know anybody?) could write the driver, but to test it means tho have several hundreds of different flash disks and cameras - this is impossible for one person, and even for small company.

The only way is to use what suits best to you - either Maximus Decim driver, or original manufacturer drivers.

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BTW, does anybody know any tool that logs http transactions? It would good to see what requests are sent by the Internet Explorer.

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The Proxomitron web filter, besides blocking ads and lots of other cool tricks, can log all HTTP activity.

You can get it here along with a patch that fixes a lot of interface issues and makes it generally look and work better...

http://www.xs4all.nl/~vsetten/prox/

And if you dig using Proxomitron (I've been using it for 5 years), you'll love the JD5000 filter set...

http://www.jd5000.net/proxo/

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Just an idea - what about to add the right link to the registry so that the Windows Update menu item in Internet Explorer will really point to Windows Update site, i.e. http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/

I failed to find the right place just now, probably there are some redirects.

Maybe it will be different for original IE 5.0 and newer 5.5 and 6.0sp1.

Petr

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So I played with Proxomitron and things are really strange.

All versions of IE seems to use the first request at address
http://www.microsoft...&os={SUB_OSVER}, where:
{SUB_PRD} = ie
{SUB_CLSID} = Locale ID, i.e. 0x0409 for US English, 0x0407 for German, 0x0405 for Czech etc.
{SUB_PVER} = 5.0 for IE 5.0, 6.0 for IE 6.0 (SP1)
{SUB_OSVER} = 98 for Windows 98 (SE)

So for US English IE 5.0 the request is:
http://www.microsoft...ar=ienews&os=98

and the response from Microsoft is redirection to the fillowing pages (for Locale ID 0401 to 0420):

0401, 0402, 0403, 0404, 0407, 0409, 040d, 040f, 0411, 0417, 0418, 041b, 041c
http://windowsupdate...=productupdates
0406, 0408, 040a, 040b, 040c, 040e, 0410, 0412, 0413, 0414, 0415, 0416, 0419, 041a, 041d
http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com

0405 (Czech):
http://www.microsoft...ows/ie_intl/cs/
Both http://windowsupdate...=productupdates
and http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com is redirected to
http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ - real Windows Update site.

Just for Czech Locale ID it goes to different place.

For US English IE 6.0 SP1 the request is:
http://www.microsoft...ar=ienews&os=98

The redrection for all locales is to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ - again with exception of locale 0405 (Czech) which redirects directly to http://v4.windowsupd.../cs/default.asp

So the problem exists just for 0405 Czech locale (at least from 32 locales tested) and iis caused by wrong setting of the Microsoft server.

I will try to solve it with Microsoft, and if necesary, in Czech localization of SP 2.0.

Sorry for suggesting bad idea.

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Hi Gape,

regarding QFE registry entries, I have read your half year old discussin where you described that it is not easy to put registry entries just for files actually installed.

If added the possibility that files can be installed also later by the preserving mechanism, it is almost impossible I think.

I suggest an easy way - just put to the registry everything, for all files, even for those without QFE special build version, and QFECheck tool can be used to see if any files from the Service Pack were overwrittedn accidentaly by some older version or not. It means that in the documentations would be written that "Missing File" is no error.

It is better than nothing and it would enable everybody to see that all files are correctly updated.

What do you think?

I will send you the sample of such file by e-mail.

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And another idea - many countries has changed the telephone dialing system since release of Windows 98 so it would be good to correct the registry entries.

Changes in the Czech Republic are described in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/327517

and the new registry entry is:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Telephony\Country List\420]
"LongDistanceRule"="G"

Here it is described also for Greece: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/750109

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then explain why when my comp was workin fine with no problems and i put this file where it's sposed to and the next reboot it wants msdos 8.0 n thats windows me before it will start means a format of 98
comp is fairly new only 1-3 months old

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Sounds like you're trying to use a file from MS-DOS 8x when using MS-DOS 7x!!!

You can't do that!!!
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I havent tried the ver 2.0 yet, but I tried RC3 not long ago.

I remember that I have once written a comment and ask for the ability of "Set attributes of sub files and sub-folders"
It takes place when we select and adjust the attributes of some folders and files, the sub files and folders (if exist) are also be changed.
This function is available in WinME and above, but Win 98 isnt.
I think it's very handy for users like me

Then you said you would try to make it, I was hopeful... :huh:
It was when you have ver 1.5. But now, even after a long time and now it has become 2.0, I noticed that ver RC3 (haven't tested but quite sure 2.0 Final still so) didn't have that function. Is it impossible to add it in?

Maybe you just forgot to add it in (hope so - dont tell me it's impossible! ^_^), so I write this to remind you :)
Waiting your response...

Edited by nasadows98, 07 May 2005 - 08:16 PM.


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There used to be more info at http://www.walbeehm.com/ [http://home.tampabay.rr.com/walbeehm/], but Ben Jos's site is gone. :(

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You can view some of it on the Internet Archive...

http://web.archive.o...com/mrcode.html

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2.0 RC2:
...
- REMOVED: General USB Mass Storage Device Drivers.


My flash drive works with the older versions, but not with the post-RC2 builds. Would you be able to create either an optional install of these drivers or maybe even a separate installer for people like me??

Thanks a MILLION, if possible!

:D

TiMeBoMb

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hi gape!

i'm a boy who works repairing and maintaining computers and networks.
and i'm from argentina, country where a lot of people still use windows98se, and we speak spanish...

i have did a special version of total commander (titled 'total commander reloaded+) with a lot of plugins and improvements.

also, i did a multiboot cd for myself (personal use) that have all (more than 100 items) boot utilities i need (os boot, partition managers, data recovery, hardware diagnostics, etc).

all with graphical user interface!

last year i saw your wonderfull idea about doing this SP for Win98SE, but I noticied that it is only avaliable in english.

i've sent you an e-mail last year telling (and requesting to you) some minimal help, tips and tricks for developing the Spanish SP for Win98SE. But no answer given... :} :(

Obviously i will credit you for your great idea and help in developing the spanish version (if any...)
Please, think about the possibility of millions of people (who speak spanish in Spain and Latin-america) upgrading their full-of-bugs win98SE installing this pack!

i promise i will only do some questions to get the thing working. thank you in advance!

mail me / msn me at: sidefx88@hotmail.com

thanks again

javier

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2.0 RC2:
...
- REMOVED: General USB Mass Storage Device Drivers.


My flash drive works with the older versions, but not with the post-RC2 builds. Would you be able to create either an optional install of these drivers or maybe even a separate installer for people like me??

Thanks a MILLION, if possible!

:D

TiMeBoMb

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Have you tried maximus-decim's native usb 2.2 drivers? excellent....


it's posted here at the forums....http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=43605

or am I barking up the wrong tree!!

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Hi Gape,
congratulations for your excellent work! :thumbup
What about ADSL connection support? I think it's very important now.
Greetings from Uruguay...

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It simply boils down to aesthetics - "XP is prettier" is the common thread.


*steps up on soapbox*

Personally, I think the XP UI looks like a f**king clown car. Who thought that purple, orange, blue, red, and green was a good color scheme? Hell, while they were at it, they should have thrown in some fuschia. It sure couldn't make it uglier. And what's up with the ridiculously large window close, minimize, and maximize controls?

*steps down*

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I routinely turn off all of the LUNA-cy when using XP, so it looks more sane, meaning identical to 95/98.

MS themselves admits that the little crap in LUNA is the results of "set for best APPEARANCE" while what is wanted is "set for best PERFORMANCE". Both are available, but the lunacy "serving suggestion" turns on all of the slow-down overhead. Thus, even if you have a fast machine, XP crawls along identically to what it does on a "slow" machine [well, slow for XP standards!].

Apparently, things work sort-of like this:

When the start menu goes to another level, schedule a sleep task and the task to get ready the stuff to paint the screen with. When either is done, wait for the other. When both are complete, THEN paint the screen with the results. So, if your machine takes 3 seconds to number-crunch the next menu-level update, then you are just about done when the sleep task is already done, and then you paint the screen after the delay. If you have a **** fast machine, you might calculate the screen update in less than 1/4 sec, but you then wait for 2.75 more seconds for the sleep task to finish. Either machine appears equally crawlly, etc.

But if you set the max PERFORMANCE settings, the slow machine appears fidgety, unlike in 98SE, since the overhead shows how overloaded the slower machine can be. On the fast machine, it can resemble the zippy performance we are used to in 98SE, etc.

BTW, XP SP2 has added another category of cosmetic silliness to luna, to slow things down even more. When you click on an .exe file, execution, BY DEFAULT, is delayed as the selected icon fades out. Thus, the further disparity between "maximum appearance" and "maximum performance".

Remember, LUNA makes it real easy for those who have more fingers on their hands than items they access on their computers. To run the REAL program menu you have to goto "all programs" and wait three more seconds to get into the actual programs start menu. [But you can make any number of desktop icons to match whatever you run often, so why need LUNA at all? Isn't in your face better than having to call up any form of sub-menu? Besides, the desktop itself could have folders on it with sub-menus inside, ad nauseum, etc.]

Another user has perhaps a better description of LUNA, it's the TELETUBBIES version of Windows. [Bob version 2?]

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but where can i get msdos 8.0


You can't. MSDOS is dead. There is no legal download.

Nevertheless:

You can use Free-DOS. It is MUCH better than MS-DOS. You can use it besides
W98 (Dual-boot). :)

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MS-DOS 8.0 is not a standalone OS, comes only with Windows ME setup CD.
You can zip up all DOS 8 files, make a boot disk, etc, but you can't run Windows 98 or 95 [any release] on top of it.
MS-DOS 8 runs only WinME.

Best MS-DOS version is 7.10 bundled with Windows 98 SE.
It is not [unlike MS-DOS 8] a "stripped down" version with "disabled" features, it is a full-fledged DOS OS.
MS-DOS 7.10 is the most stable DOS OS I'm aware of.
The only thing MS-DOS 7 can't do "out of the box" is networking, without 3rd party tools, anyway.
That's why one needs certain networking/communications components from other DOS OSes or another [3rd party] DOS OS layer.

MS-DOS 7.10 performs best, especially if one adds certain [free(ware)] tools + replacements to make it even better:
http://www.mdgx.com/dos.htm
http://www.mdgx.com/drv.htm
http://www.mdgx.com/umb.htm
http://www.mdgx.com/mem7.htm

Note that MS-DOS 7.10 from Win98 SE setup CD does not run WinME, 98 FE or 95 [any release].
MS-DOS 7.10 runs only Win98 SE.

FreeDOS still has bugs that need to be "ironed out".
Because it is a free GPL software, developers are few, and they take a while to update/fix the OS.
Details:
http://www.freedos.org/
But certain components + tools from FreeDOS are ok to use with MS-DOS [any version above 6.0].

Hope this helps.

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How about adding File Encryptor, Folder Encryptor, To be able Password Files or Folders?
It would help security...

Not like a File Compressor like Winrar, I mean an option from the OS.

When the os encounters an error it could be sent to you apart from Microsoft, a critical error might help.

I still use Windows 98 because I can't play some games in XP, like Command & Conquer, Red Alert!

Another thing making like the Sp2 to prevent software, because some companies still run Win98 on internet
apart from an anti-virus, some games connects to the internet you could improve more in security and crashings and then after for performance. However, that will make users to move from ME to 98 if you're going
to improve 98.

You should had done it for ME, since its the latest version as Microsoft saids. :)

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Some people ARE working on an equivalent for ME, but many of us prefer to use 98SE for a variety of reasons, including easier time changing things without file protection, etc. Also, ME seems somewhat slower for many of us, and more crash-prone to others, YMMV. A big problem is the lack of access to DOS either as it comes up or goes down, etc.

With the 982ME project, who cares what MS thinks? They are dropping "support" for all of them equally anyway!

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Hi there,

First of all: thanks for all the great work! :thumbup

Second: what ever happened to this 3a version?
I was just wondering since http://www.msfn.org/...5902837cfed06a1
still shows 2.1 as the latest version.

Cheers, Nevel.
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