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98 SE SP 3.32

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erpdude8    1
well I have created an updated release of the 98se SP (v2.2.0) in my spare time a while ago but I'm not going to be creating future releases after that. by the start of next year I might be moving on to more important things in life outside the computer world.

if there was going to be a newer release of the 98se SP (created by me) I'll probably release it right around the Christmas holidays. but that's a BIG IF

either Christmas or New Year's. I still have to decide whether to include (or exclude) the RUNHELP.CAB, 2007 time zone adjustment registry fix, MSXML 2.5 (msxml.dll, msxmla.dll & msxmlr.dll) and Q329048 Plus!98/Win98 update.

just wanted to note that it'll be a temporary takeover if Gape doesnt respond by either Christmas or New Year's

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Gape    0

Hello all,

This is a quick post, I will write again frequently in next days.

I am extremely sorry for my absence. Now, I am back. I had some job, school, and health problems, but I am OK now, I solved all my problems, and I will continue to release new updates.

But there are lots of new works during my absence, so I need your patience again.

[Anyone who made some works after 2.1a, you can share them with me, if you want.]

Thank you.

Gape.

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Max_04    0
Hello all,

This is a quick post, I will write again frequently in next days.

I am extremely sorry for my absence. Now, I am back. I had some job, school, and health problems, but I am OK now, I solved all my problems, and I will continue to release new updates.

But there are lots of new works during my absence, so I need your patience again.

[Anyone who made some works after 2.1a, you can share them with me, if you want.]

Thank you.

Gape.

Welcome again! :hello:

I think that Erpdude & Mdgx can refresh you about new updates.

I'm available for an italian localization of next SP, as substitute of maninabox:

http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=46654

With your permission, when you can, refresh also link of italian version with that in my signature.

Thx.

http://exuberant.ms11.net/98sesp.html

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Eck    0

Yes! Welcome home. :thumbup

When you browse around here you'll see that the work has gone on. Lately I've had difficulties with some of the combinations of all of these seperate works. Seperately, fine. Put 'em together and 98SE blows up on me. Heh.

It'll be fantastic if you can get your pack up to date with the more recent fixes. I'm happy to hear that things have stabilized for you and that you will once again have the time to do computer stuff. All here sure have appreciated your previous contributions and have been hoping to see you back here posting and working on keeping 98SE alive and well.

One piece of magic that your Service Pack does is install "components of Dialup Networking 1.4." In a somewhat mystical way it avoids the included installation of Virtual Private Networking stuff. If we install Dialup Networking from the Microsoft setup, we need to go into Windows Setup in add/remove and uncheck VPN, then go into Networking and remove the VPN related files as well. Somehow your pack avoids all that.

If you could let Soperific (the Autopatcher thread) know how you do this it would help his project, which is pretty darned amazing as it is.

I've also noticed that other packages that include the updated Explorer.exe do not include the whole desktop icon set that your pack includes. I've got a Windows Me theme that includes the whole set, but somehow your Explorer.exe provides them as the default desktop icons.

Perhaps you could share information on how this is done as well.

It would be nice to have the option of switching back and forth from the new icons to the older default desktop icons too. Sometimes I like to go retro! Unfortunately the older icons are no longer available once the newer Explorer.exe is installed.

Regarding the Windows2000 color scheme, is there a way to avoid changing the fonts? I like the scheme but hate the look of the fonts and would rather keep the default Windows 98 classic looking fonts in the title bars, etc. I've tried tinkering a bit with Display Properties but get confused trying just to change the fonts back to normal in all the different places they appear.

The only other thing I recall about the features of the pack is the needed watching of the installation order of Microsoft Office. If I install Office 2000 it needs to be done before the Service Pack but if I install OfficeXP it needs to be installed after the Service Pack. Not doing it in that order results in a botched system as MDAC registry entries and files get all messed up. Either Windows starts repairing the registry in a loop or even if it does startup it is messed up. At least I think it's related to MDAC files. I don't think your pack installs MDAC but it must install something that causes this reaction. Just to let you know, if I use Word2000 it's with WorksSuite2001, then I install WorksSuite2005 without Word so I can keep Word2000, and if I use the later version it's from WorksSuite 2005 without Word installed, then installing the full Office XP Pro Plus and then going back and installing the Word addin for WorksSuite. I also update to Works 8.5 and the updated Word addin and install the Office Updates.

That all goes smoothly by the way! This way I only use OfficeXP on my one Windows XP installation but still get to use Word 2000 as well as the Works Suite 2005 programs on my 98 system. No activation hastles that way. I can just activate OfficeXP over the internet as it stays on the same XP installation all the time, but I can still use all the other newer software, albeit with Word 2000, on 98!

I hope it's okay to provide this kind of feedback at this point. I was concerned that if you were going ahead and getting back to work on these things, you should be made aware of stuff like this.

Glad to have you back here, and here's hoping all goes well for you!

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myelin    0

Welcome back Gape. And we understand that you had some health problems. As you know yourself you should start slowly.

I loved your service pack for:

1. Convenience

2. Size

3. Options

4. Windows 2000 scheme (I loved it).

:)

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PROBLEMCHYLD    44

Hey Gape welcome back

When ever you get time no rush

can you remove all 3rd party apps

i really don't see a purpose for the them though people will replace

what they don't want.

Can you name it service pack 3

i think the title alone is just crucial

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awergh    0

welcome back gape, take your time to get back to development.

why would you call it usp3 wouldnt you only do that if it was a major update

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PROBLEMCHYLD    44
why would you call it usp3 wouldnt you only do that if it was a major update

It will be alot of changes because its been a whole year since it has been updates

It aint gone kill it

Edited by PROBLEMCHYLD

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Eck    0

3rd Party apps? What 3rd party apps? A lot of people wanted a bunch at the time of initial release but Gape wouldn't hear of it.

If you mean the stuff in the checkboxes they are just little bonus's, most of which are pretty standard like the ForceASPI 1.7. That's the only ASPI that really works properly. Might as well have a service pack do it for you. Just uncheck the ones you don't want. I uncheck Command Prompt Here and the Notepad change.

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erpdude8    1
Oh please there has to be an update...can anyone summarize the progress of the next release????

:no:

Gape will be the one who will determine that, FoxHound.

welcome back Gape! and Happy Holidays! I wish I could say the same for Gurgelmeyer, the creator of the unofficial Win2000 SP5.x "Hotstream" pack. Gurgelmeyer has done a great job with his unofficial SP5.x for Windows 2000, lately he seems to have disappeared from the face of the cyberworld.

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