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98 FE + 98 SE + ME updates + patches + (hot)fixes

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BTW, Drugwash, it catched my eye you're using v. 4.86.1964.1880...

Consider updating to v. 4.87.1964.1880, so you'll get 128-bit strong encryption.

Quoting from Petr's post I mentioned above, he found out and reported this little pearl:

Sometimes it gives additional information:

SCHANNEL.DLL (40-bit) 5.00.1880.14 (binary) and 4.86.1964.1880 (text)

SCHANNEL.DLL (128-bit) 5.00.1880.14 (binary) and 4.87.1964.1880 (text)

Even if he posted it in reverse, because 4.8X.1964.1880 is in fact the binary version number (the one returned by getver.exe), while the text version number is 5.00.1880.14... ;)

See also the NT part of the security update info of MS04-011

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Thanks for the information, dencorso. The screenshot above pertains to the library found in the NT4 packages on MDGx's site; the one installed on my system is actually older (the original one?): 4.87.1959.1877 / 5.0.1877.6 as reported by FileInfo.

I remember having some trouble in the past - can't tell what exactly, though - and I had to downgrade this file (and possibly some others I forgot about).

I was about to say that MDGx was wrong saying it can be found in CRYPT9X.EXE, but then I checked the inf and it's being renamed at install time, that's why I didn't notice it at the first glance.

Given the past experience (blurry as it is), I'm a little reluctant to installing that package again, for fear that I may screw up the system, but eventually I might do it after backing up all the involved files. It may take a while to notice all the possible side-effects though and by then I might forget the culprit (yeah, got a short memory :( ).

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UPDATED · 3-20-2009

Enjoy.

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You are too much!

I counted 18 new system updates since october 2008! :thumbup

And +- 45 since the release of uSP3-0-beta3, on october 2007!

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UPDATED · 4-4-2009

Enjoy.

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This NEWer DEFRAG.EXE does NOT recognize/defragment DrvSpace/DblSpace compressed/doubled drives/partitions!

I have two partitions on a single hard drive. Will it work?

also

does SCANDSKW.EXE 4.90.3000 still produce a "not enough memory error" while attempting to scan a partition larger than 128 Gb? (while dos ran SCANDISK.EXE works normaly)

And Again: Thanks for keeping these updates available! ;)

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My tests indicate SCANDSKW.EXE v. 4.90.3000 works OK up to about 800 GiB (that's the value you get by multiplying 32 kiB clusters by the maximum cluster number found in my tests, about which I reported in this post.) For partitions bigger than about 800 GiB you'll still get a "not enough memory error".

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This NEWer DEFRAG.EXE does NOT recognize/defragment DrvSpace/DblSpace compressed/doubled drives/partitions!
I have two partitions on a single hard drive. Will it work?

also

does SCANDSKW.EXE 4.90.3000 still produce a "not enough memory error" while attempting to scan a partition larger than 128 Gb? (while dos ran SCANDISK.EXE works normaly)

And Again: Thanks for keeping these updates available!

1. DrvSpace from WinME doesn't work with FAT32 drives/partitions (they did that on purpose so people stop using it).

DrvSpace from Win95/98/Plus!95 should work with FAT32 drives/partitions, no matter how many you have, just make sure you have enough room for compressed volumes.

These tools see each partition as an individual drive [if separate letter assigned to each], same as ScanDskw/ScanDisk.

I have only briefly used DrvSpace way back in my Win95 days when HDs were small, well under 1 GB.

Never tested it with large HDs.

IMHO:

Nowadays disk space is not an issue anymore, any1 can get huge hard disks really cheap, I strongly recommend everybody should stop using DrvSpace [Win9x/ME users] or DblSpace [MS-DOS 6 users].

2. ScanDskw [from WinME] is the same [has same limitations], unless some1 can fix it.

Or if there is already a fix, please send it to me, so I can update the file. Thanks.

HTH

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I've tested the recent release of MSXML 4.0 Service Pack 3...

It installs but does not work.

Any app that uses MSXML 4.0 just closes.

It appears that Microsoft have dropped ANSI support in Service Pack 3...

The last version of MSXML 4.0 Service Pack 2 that works on 9x is still:

954430 (MS08-069 955218)

Service Pack 2 has these three files on 9x:

msxml4.dll

msxml4a.dll

msxml4r.dll

Service Pack 3 has these two files on 9x:

msxml4.dll

msxml4r.dll

SP3 is missing the ANSI resource file msxml4a.dll...

I tried using the SP2 file, but it made no difference...

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DrvSpace from WinME doesn't work with FAT32 drives/partitions (they did that on purpose so people stop using it).

DrvSpace from Win95/98/Plus!95 should work with FAT32 drives/partitions, no matter how many you have, just make sure you have enough room for compressed volumes.

No version of DrvSpace works with FAT32 partitions, MDGx, including the Win95/98 & Plus 95 versions. ALL versions of DrvSpace can NOT compress FAT32 partitions. I know this for a fact [do Google or Yahoo searches on "drvspace" and "fat32"]. DrvSpace only works and compresses FAT16 partitions (and FAT12 partitions if using floppy disks) AND DrvSpace is limited to recognizing 2Gb FAT12/FAT16 partitions.

I've tested the recent release of MSXML 4.0 Service Pack 3...

It installs but does not work.

Any app that uses MSXML 4.0 just closes.

It appears that Microsoft have dropped ANSI support in Service Pack 3...

thanks for the heads up, dencorso. tell MDGx about this so that he can retain the link to the 954430 XML 4.0 SP2 security update for Win98/ME/NT4 as well as the latest stable SeaMonkey browser release which is 1.1.16 and was released on April 8. Not sure why MDGx hasn't mentioned the updated SM 1.1.x release.

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Just a note to MDGx (although he seems to have been away from these forums for a long time :unsure: ):

Some of the Visual Studio/Visual C++/Visual Basic updates listed at your site's URL below have been superceded:

http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#VS6

The Visual Basic 6.0 (VB6) SP6 update (VB60SP6-KB926857-x86-ENU.msi) has been replaced by VB60SP6-KB957924-v2-x86-ENU.msi, here:

KB article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957924

Download: http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/6...-v2-x86-ENU.msi

Would it be possible for you to recompile your Unofficial VS6 SP6 Runtime + ActiveX Controls Libraries (DLLs) update to include the updated files from KB957924?

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Just a note to MDGx (although he seems to have been away from these forums for a long time :unsure: ):

Yes his absence from these forums is somewhat alarming, his last post was months ago now.

Having said that, it would be even more alarming if his homepage was not being updated.

Hope all is well.

Best regards,

Colin

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:w00t:Bug: CDFS DVD Appears to be 2,147,450,880 Bytes if the True Size is Over 2 GiB, *Solved at Last*!:w00t:

This Win 9x/ME bug has been with us since the begining and Microsoft never took the time to fix it: there is no official hotfix for it and it's not even mentioned in MSKB. If you don't know what I'm talking about, just put any CDFS DVD having more than 2 GiB data into your DVD drive and, after the drive becomes ready, go to Windows Explorer, highlight that drive, right-click on the Properties tab and look at the reported DVD size. But the issue is not limited to Windows Explorer, you can see it in Total Commander, too... in fact any program using the GetDiskFreeSpaceEX API will display the same bug. Last year, Drugwash started a sub-thread about it, inside the 98SE2ME thread, and we discussed it in depth (to read it all, start at posts #923-931, then proceed through #940-948 to posts #952-955). These posts led RLoew to devise a patch, which he decided to release as freeware (many thanks, you rock! :thumbup), which fixes that bug for good. And the patcher he created for applying the patch is an inteligent one, able to recognize and patch correctly CDFS.VXD v. 4.10.1998; v. 4.10.1999; v. 4.90.3000; v. 4.90.3001 and v. 4.90.3002! So all possible variants for Win 98FE, Win 98SE and Win ME are covered by his patch. At that point, Drugwash and RetroOS (thanks to both of you, too, you rock! :thumbup) agreed to join me in testing the experimental patch for three months, and we found out it works perfectly and is harmless to the system. Now RLoew has released it, so it's available for all! :yes:

To get it, go to RLoew's Homepage, then to the "Prerelease and Beta Software" page, and there you'll find the CDFS Patch download link. After downloading the package, unzip it and follow intructions in the Readme.txt to apply the patch. One more Win 98/ME bug bites the ground!celebrate14.gif

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Yep, Mr. Loew's patch has done a good job on my system; I can now see the true size of any CDFS DVD media, while previously it was quite frustrating to see almost all DVDs as invariably 2GB in size.

To check whether the patch has produced the desired result, I have created a small utility to be run before and after applying the patch, with CDFS-burned DVD media inserted in your DVD drive(s). It will automatically select the first optical drive and display the size of the inserted media; however, do select the appropriate drive manually if first optical drive is not a DVD drive or the media was inserted in another drive.

The utility has been written in AutoHotkey and automatically compressed with UPX by the AHK packer; if you get any anti-virus warning, it is a false one due to the UPX compression. The source code can be found inside the 7-zip archive, for those who do not trust the compiled executable (also found in the archive). Enjoy! :hello:

Download Drive Capacity Test 1.6

Thank you dencorso and Mr. Loew for your trust! :blushing:

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Yep, Mr. Loew's patch has done a good job on my system; I can now see the true size of any CDFS DVD media, while previously it was quite frustrating to see almost all DVDs as invariably 2GB in size

...

Thank you dencorso and Mr. Loew for your trust! :blushing:

Yes, verify in Total Commander size DVD: 4GB, no 2GB... :thumbup

Very thx, rloew!

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:w00t:Bug: CDFS DVD Appears to be 2,147,450,880 Bytes if the True Size is Over 2 GiB, *Solved at Last*!:w00t:

This Win 9x/ME bug has been with us since the begining and Microsoft never took the time to fix it: there is no official hotfix for it and it's not even mentioned in MSKB. If you don't know what I'm talking about, just put any CDFS DVD having more than 2 GiB data into your DVD drive and, after the drive becomes ready, go to Windows Explorer, highlight that drive, right-click on the Properties tab and look at the reported DVD size. But the issue is not limited to Windows Explorer, you can see it in Total Commander, too... in fact any program using the GetDiskFreeSpaceEX API will display the same bug. Last year, Drugwash started a sub-thread about it, inside the 98SE2ME thread, and we discussed it in depth (to read it all, start at posts #923-931, then proceed through #940-948 to posts #952-955). These posts led RLoew to devise a patch, which he decided to release as freeware (many thanks, you rock! :thumbup), which fixes that bug for good. And the patcher he created for applying the patch is an inteligent one, able to recognize and patch correctly CDFS.VXD v. 4.10.1998; v. 4.10.1999; v. 4.90.3000; v. 4.90.3001 and v. 4.90.3002! So all possible variants for Win 98FE, Win 98SE and Win ME are covered by his patch. At that point, Drugwash and RetroOS (thanks to both of you, too, you rock! :thumbup) agreed to join me in testing the experimental patch for three months, and we found out it works perfectly and is harmless to the system. Now RLoew has released it, so it's available for all! :yes:

To get it, go to RLoew's Homepage, then to the "Prerelease and Beta Software" page, and there you'll find the CDFS Patch download link. After downloading the package, unzip it and follow intructions in the Readme.txt to apply the patch. One more Win 98/ME bug bites the ground!celebrate14.gif

Too bad the CDFS patch rloew made won't work under Win95 (BenoitRen is gonna be disappointed). Win95 can support DVDs with the appropriate DVD hardware & latest DirectX drivers installed under W95. His patch only works with Win98/ME.

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And the patcher he created for applying the patch is an inteligent one, able to recognize and patch correctly CDFS.VXD v. 4.10.1998; v. 4.10.1999; v. 4.90.3000; v. 4.90.3001 and v. 4.90.3002!

Too bad the CDFS patch rloew made won't work under Win95 (BenoitRen is gonna be disappointed). Win95 can support DVDs with the appropriate DVD hardware & latest DirectX drivers installed under W95. His patch only works with Win98/ME.

I didn't say that! I enumerated the versions it's been tested with and known to work. If you can, please test it with the appropriate CDFS.VxD from Win 95 and report. Even in case it actually doesn't work, I believe RLoew can come up with a Win 95 version. The patcher knows what to patch, I don't think it tests for version at all.
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Too bad the CDFS patch rloew made won't work under Win95 (BenoitRen is gonna be disappointed). Win95 can support DVDs with the appropriate DVD hardware & latest DirectX drivers installed under W95. His patch only works with Win98/ME.

I don't have a Windows 95 setup so I don't run tests on it.

My Patches use Pattern recognition to make changes. This way I avoid having to Patch each possible Version.

I ran my CDFS Patch Program on the CDFS.VXD Version 4.0.1111 I extracted from a Windows 95 CD. It Patched the File without any Problems.

Since this is the oldest, it should work for the other Windows 95 Versions as well.

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Just a note to MDGx (although he seems to have been away from these forums for a long time :unsure: ):

Yes his absence from these forums is somewhat alarming, his last post was months ago now.

Having said that, it would be even more alarming if his homepage was not being updated.

Hope all is well.

Best regards,

Colin

I am beginning to get a bad feeling about this!!

Other than a short visit mid July, MDGx hasn't been seen here for a considerable length of time. I have this ever increasing worry that we may have lost MDGx to these forums.

I certainly hope not!

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Too bad the CDFS patch rloew made won't work under Win95 (BenoitRen is gonna be disappointed). Win95 can support DVDs with the appropriate DVD hardware & latest DirectX drivers installed under W95. His patch only works with Win98/ME.

I don't have a Windows 95 setup so I don't run tests on it.

My Patches use Pattern recognition to make changes. This way I avoid having to Patch each possible Version.

I ran my CDFS Patch Program on the CDFS.VXD Version 4.0.1111 I extracted from a Windows 95 CD. It Patched the File without any Problems.

Since this is the oldest, it should work for the other Windows 95 Versions as well.

can it also work with the CDFS.VXD files listed in MS Support KB article 274175, rloew?

well lightning slinger, so far MDGx hasn't been responding to my recent emails I sent to him about a bunch of new MS updates like the KB961371 (MS09-029) T2embed.dll security updates, the KB970653 Aug. 2009 Cumulative Time Zone updates, the KB973346 (MS09-032) ActiveX KillBit security updates, etc. hope he isn't "lost in space" so to speak.

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:w00t: Here's some great news! I've just received an e-mail from MDGx, in which he says he's OK, just overwelmed by too much work to do. He also says he intends to be back quite soon to MSFN and mentions he received your e-mails, erpdude8, and that he means to add those updates to his site soon and post about them here, as usual. :thumbup
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can it also work with the CDFS.VXD files listed in MS Support KB article 274175, rloew?

Probably.

I don't have the hotfix files to test.

If the Patch Program does not complain when Patching, it should work.

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can it also work with the CDFS.VXD files listed in MS Support KB article 274175, rloew?

Probably.

I don't have the hotfix files to test.

If the Patch Program does not complain when Patching, it should work.

don't worry rloew. It's easy to obtain the Q274175 hotfix files. If you have an email account, go to this MS support link, click on the I Accept button (if it is your first time there), then select the hotfixes you want for certain platforms, fill out the required info, then click on the Request Hotfix button to obtain them. MS will send you an email containing the hidden links & password to the hotfix files.

:w00t: Here's some great news! I've just received an e-mail from MDGx, in which he says he's OK, just overwelmed by too much work to do. He also says he intends to be back quite soon to MSFN and mentions he received your e-mails, erpdude8, and that he means to add those updates to his site soon and post about them here, as usual. :thumbup

that's good news dencorso. I've recently made an unofficial Q961371 (MS09-029) t2embed.dll patch for Win98/ME/NT4 which replaces the Q908519 (MS06-002) patch. I'll send it to him shortly.

I may also have to send him the latest dhtmled.ocx (KB973869) & triedit.dll (KB956844) files later this month.

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[don't worry rloew. It's easy to obtain the Q274175 hotfix files. If you have an email account, go to this MS support link, click on the I Accept button (if it is your first time there), then select the hotfixes you want for certain platforms, fill out the required info, then click on the Request Hotfix button to obtain them. MS will send you an email containing the hidden links & password to the hotfix files.

They streamlined the process significantly since the last time I asked for a Hotfix.

I downloaded and extracted the 4 versions of the CDFS.VXD File.

My Patch worked on all of them except the Original Windows 95 CDFS.VXD Version 952.

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