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Auto-Patcher For Windows 98se (English)

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I agree with soporific regarding the size. Don't forget what a time and hastle saver this program is. This is not just a Windows Update installer. It provides nearly all operating system provided program upgrades as well. We're talking Direct X, Internet Explorer, Window Media Player, etc, etc.

And yes, when the bad taste in my mouth passes from my latest failure I will try again. But in the meantime I can play with 98 in VMWare without worrying. Well, as soon as I get to that. I think I'll use what I've got for a bit until I get into the installing mood again.

soporific, has progress occured regarding Dialup Networking, 256 Tray Icons, Windows 2000 Color Scheme, the Gape style explorer.exe with his full icon package, or the icon cache size increase? I think those are the only things making the installation of the Gape Unofficial 98SE Service Pack necessary before running your package. Well, those and the Web Folders update but I think the Web Folders are updated by OfficeXP for those that install that anyway.

Any news on those fronts? I haven't noticed you commenting on whether you got any of those cleared up in your new package.
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I agree with soporific regarding the size. Don't forget what a time and hastle saver this program is. This is not just a Windows Update installer. It provides nearly all operating system provided program upgrades as well. We're talking Direct X, Internet Explorer, Window Media Player, etc, etc.

Thanks for backing me up, Eck .... but .... oops, I forgot to delete the hot girl-on-girl bdsm videos from the extras folder !!! No wonder the size is so big ...!!! (of course i'm joking -- my point is, its not as if I've included completely spurious updates and other useless junk --- I consider everything I've included as completely relevant to an AutoPatcher for Windows 98se. Everyone, please advise which particular apps should be left out of the next version if you disagree with what was included. The size of the file is likely to increase significantly --- I haven't even nearly finished!!)

soporific, has progress occured regarding Dialup Networking, 256 Tray Icons, Windows 2000 Color Scheme, the Gape style explorer.exe with his full icon package, or the icon cache size increase? I think those are the only things making the installation of the Gape Unofficial 98SE Service Pack necessary before running your package. Well, those and the Web Folders update but I think the Web Folders are updated by OfficeXP for those that install that anyway.

OK, I have shunted aside the problematic installs into a folder called 'manual installs' --- when you run the autopatcher and you don't have Dial-up Networking 1.4 (DUN14) installed, the program asks you if you want to install that first. If you say Yes, it launches the setup program for DUN14... (and then quits out so you don't get any hanging windows) ---- with regard to the others problem files (Web folders update and native USB drivers), there's a note in the log file reminding the user that the 'manual installs' folder exists and that anything inside the folder should be installed manually. Hopefully we can get this folder empty in the end.

I haven't added the tray icons, Win2K colors, or the icon cache size increase --- but they shouldn't be too hard to add as optional extras. I will have a look at this ...

Everyone, please note: IF YOU WOULD LIKE SOMETHING ADDED TO AUTOPATCHER -- it is really only determined by my coding skills. If I can't do it, sorry. HOWEVER --- if you know how to package your desired installation into a self-installing package, then do so and I will add it to the program. What would be really excellent, would be for someone to package Gape's stuff that I've yet to include (ie all of Eck's suggestions from above) so all I have to do is add another section to the appropriate module. Credit will be given to all those who contribute in this way.

I don't intend to make a big thing about the fact that it was ME who wrote the autopatcher, so if anyone wants to come on board in a more official capacity to help with development, you are more than welcome. Most of the credit goes to the wealth of information that can be found on the msfn website anyway ...

Edited by soporific, 14 November 2006 - 07:16 PM.


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Eck If it is happening on different mboards the only time I have come across the same issue is when I have been making a minimised install and the fonts have all been set to hidden. attrib -h on reboot corrected this and as you pointed out windoctor may be making this change for you.
Hope your up and running soon
p.s a test drive using mindows for an install might be worth a try to see if the same issues arise

soporific thanks for all your hard work, downloading now and will give it a try on my next install

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@ soporific: does your autoupdate has a language check ? So that I avoid downloading 180mo for nothing...

No, it doesn't - sorry. Is there some info I can read that will help me implement a languange check? What is it exactly supposed to do?

Nah, I was probably unclear. I was just asking if your pack would refuse to install for testing on my non-english windows because of a language check. If there is no test that's better ! :yes:
I'm sure everybody knows installing english updates on non-english windows will not work / turn it into a language mess so I don't see the point of a check.

Everyone, please note: IF YOU WOULD LIKE SOMETHING ADDED TO AUTOPATCHER

256 colors icon tray is a must if you want to make win98 more eye candy. It's all exlpained at Dr. Hoiby's page. Just a simple patch.
Maybe WMP6.4 + patches + codecs for those allergic to more recent versions? But sure that would increase size of the autopatcher for the benefit only few people so I guess it's not NEEDED.

180mb is big but it's the size of my update folder so I don't see how it could be smaller. Maybe do a LITE version? :angel
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Hmm, well I know I could always go to the font folder and they sure didn't look hidden (you know, faded). I could double click them and they would open fine, showing all the pretty pictures of the particular font. New fonts appeared to install properly when program installs would add them.

So I don't know if it's the fonts causing the problem. I don't have a clue what it is. Obviously one problem WAS smartdrv.exe existing in the Windows folder as I fixed the problem by removing that. Don't ask me WHY that was a problem. It is installed by the Windows setup as it always has been. When this (renaming it) fixed it, I moved it to the Command folder and renamed it back so I could use it for starting in MS-DOS Mode for my Dos gaming. Windows still started up fine then.

Then when all my stuff was running fine and I was enjoying using 98SE, suddenly on a startup the IOS error appeared again. I had no idea how to fix it this time as smartdrv was already not in the Windows folder.

That's when I just repartitioned, formatted, and installed XP to the main drive and Vista to the 2nd drive.

And that's where I am now. No 98. Not a huge loss in today's world but having it provides me with a few advantages. I'll leave things for now, as I said, and get back and try it sometime.
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or you could make all of those extras just that... extras. If I recall correctly you can use extra modules with Autopatcher (the official ones for Windows 2000, XP, and 2003). Maybe you could add this type of support for this Autopatcher as well. I'm sure that everyone would be happy with that. Or you could just add all extras to a separate pack, Autopatcher Extra or something like that :P The difference between the extra modules and this idea is that this would be an all-in-one pack instead of separate modules for each extra. Just an idea though...

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or you could make all of those extras just that... extras. If I recall correctly you can use extra modules with Autopatcher (the official ones for Windows 2000, XP, and 2003). Maybe you could add this type of support for this Autopatcher as well. I'm sure that everyone would be happy with that. Or you could just add all extras to a separate pack, Autopatcher Extra or something like that :P The difference between the extra modules and this idea is that this would be an all-in-one pack instead of separate modules for each extra. Just an idea though...


I was thinking about doing that (separating the autopatcher into 2 - main & extras), but it would still result in a very big Main file size, with the extras not nearly being so big. That is how it would be right now. Depending on how many extras i include, this may be the way to go sometime down the track.

OK, with regard to feedback --- some people are saying they will use the autopatcher when they need to re-install their operating system --- yes, you could wait that long, but that's not going to help get this project from alpha to beta. There is something more you can do ...

PLEASE TEST THIS USING THE REPORT FUNCTION!! --- the most recent addition to this project, which means some may not be aware, is the report function. This allows you to see before-hand what autopatcher thinks you need to install. IF ALL THE REGULARS ON THIS LIST ran the report function on their current system, i'm sure this would either bring up lots more bugs and mistakes (ie reporting the wrong thing) or not. The report function doesn't change or install a single thing on your computer, so it should be safe to use!!

Come on, give it a go ... here's an example report to look at - in this example, I ran every module except Internet Explorer 6 sp1 to see if some updates that required IE6 installed would recognise that its missing and respond appropriately. It worked as expected. This was the report generated after running the above modules.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ This report log for AutoPatcher for Windows 98se  was generated on Wednesday, 15 November 2006  - the time is now: 11:15:55  - the most recent report is at the end of this log file.  - this text is stored in D:\WIN98\TEMP\AUTOPACH\logs\Report.txt  - the program folder is located at: D:\WIN98\TEMP\AUTOPACH  - run the StartPch.bat file to start the program The following list of updates were not found on this computer: 11:15:55 -- AutoPatcher has started compiling the report. - StopLogo: the Disable Boot Logo tweak - EnabMenu: the Enable Boot Menu tweak - IE6sp1: Internet Explorer 6 sp1 - q322656: Msinfo32.exe causes an Access Denied error in Internet Explorer - q329115: Hotfix for Certificate Validation Flaw Vulnerability - kb816362: Hotfix for Bug in Mshta.exe With Multiple Modal Dialog Boxes - kb824220: Hotfix for Images Not Appearing in some Web Pages in IE 6 sp1 - kb870669: Hotfix for vulnerability in ADOB Stream in IE - kb888113: Hotfix for Hyperlink Object Library Vulnerability - kb893627: Hotfix for Bug with Group Policies Not Applied in IE6sp1 (IEDKCS32.DLL) - kb896156: Hotfix for bug when removing an HTML element from a Web page - kb891781: Hotfix for DHTML ActiveX Control Vulnerability - kb905495: Hotfix for Vulnerability in the Windows FTP Client - kb908519: Hotfix for vulnerability in Embedded Web Fonts - kb911567: Unofficial Cumulative Update for Outlook Express 6 sp1 - kb913433: Hotfix for Vulnerabilities in Flash Player - kb918439: Hotfix for Vulnerability in ART Image Rendering - kb916281: Official Cumulative Update for Internet Explorer 6 sp1 - kb918899: Unofficial Cumulative Update for Internet Explorer 6 sp1 - DXMedia6: Unofficial DirectX Media Update for IE 6 sp1 - HHUPD141: Unofficial HTML Help 1.41 Update - un924191: Unofficial MSXML 3.0 SP7 Update - kb925486: Hotfix for Vulnerability in Vector Markup Language - WMEncode: Windows Media Encoder 7.1 - q314941: Hotfix for Vulnerability in Universal Plug 'n' Play - 48BITLB2: Unofficial Update for Drives over 137gb (for IBM portables) - msl2tp: Microsoft L2TP/IPSec VPN Client - NetFrame: Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 - NetMeet3: Microsoft NetMeeting 3.01 - ieak6: Internet Explorer 6 Administration Kit 11:18:28 -- AutoPatcher has finished compiling the report.++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Edited by soporific, 15 November 2006 - 06:03 PM.


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I was about to ask something stupid... disregard this post... How do you delete posts here anyway?

Edited by StateS, 15 November 2006 - 06:50 PM.


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Too Late!!! Your question was asked, and replied to !!! LOL --- it WASN'T STUPID !!!! There's at least one reason I can see why this is a good question to ask --- saving space in the autopatcher package.

I'm pretty sure you can't delete posts --- but you can edit out your question if you are fast enough !! ie before it becomes historical when someone replies ... like what just happened. LOL!!

Just a question. Internet Explorer, DirectX and some other updates also include files for NT based operating systems... Did you remove these files before adding them to Autopatcher? I know... this is kind of a stupid question, but still...

Why exactly did you want to know? To save space in the autopatcher package? Another reason?

No, its not a stupid question at all --- I think the DirectX pack has the extra NT-based files removed but I haven't taken any files out of the installer packs, no. I can imagine we can save some space by removing them, but i have no idea what we can take out, etc.

This project is really an automatic hotfix installer (as well as doing other things) so you can safely assume, unless otherwise said, that the hotfixes are exactly the same as the ones you download from the Windows Update.

Just in case I haven't already said: FEEDBACK IS ALWAYS WELCOME in whatever the form it comes.

Edited by soporific, 15 November 2006 - 07:00 PM.


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OK then :D

Well, yeah, the idea was to make the autopatcher installation smaller (basically this is the only fact that people complain about :P, although I think that the file size is alright, of course this is just my opinion...). If there is some sort of software that can detect which files (and registry entries if possible) are being installed on your computer in real time it would be easy to know which files are needed and which ones aren't... I think... Of course I'm not sure if the Internet Explorer installation installs certain files in certain situations or not... Or any other installation for that matter. Well if someone went to the trouble of creating a reduced DirectX installation package for W9x then someone might have already made a reduced package for Internet Explorer as well.

Edited by StateS, 16 November 2006 - 04:32 AM.


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"ConservativeSwapfileUsage=1"

I don't think this is a good one. In my experience I found that it significantly degradated system performance.

Some people like this tweak [fixed swap file size] better than the Win98/ME default dynamic swap file:
http://www.mdgx.com/98-4.htm#COSW
I've been also using it for quite a while, with no noticeable performance degradation.
I've also installed this tweak on a couple of friends' Win98SE PCs which I service on a regular basis, also without any problems.

Please notice that this tweak depends on the amount of RAM installed.
If you have 64 MB or less, do not do this.

HTH

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"ConservativeSwapfileUsage=1"

I don't think this is a good one. In my experience I found that it significantly degradated system performance.

Some people like this tweak [fixed swap file size] better than the Win98/ME default dynamic swap file:
http://www.mdgx.com/98-4.htm#COSW
I've been also using it for quite a while, with no noticeable performance degradation.
I've also installed this tweak on a couple of friends' Win98SE PCs which I service on a regular basis, also without any problems.

Please notice that this tweak depends on the amount of RAM installed.
If you have 64 MB or less, do not do this.

HTH

I always use conservativeswapusage=1 and unload dlls etc,and again I disable vcache not recommended for a normal install(similar to 98lite), alot of the time I run purely in ram (min of 128) no hard drive attached usually booting from a compact flash card.
soporific I only have hybrid systems otherwise I would have tested your update straight the way, soon as I have a normal install I will test it out and cherry pick the updates for the other systems

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"ConservativeSwapfileUsage=1"

I don't think this is a good one. In my experience I found that it significantly degradated system performance.

Let's try to get to the bottom of this ... AFAIK the above SYSTEM.INI entry forces the computer to use as much of the physical memory as possible, and as little of the swap file as possible. This issue became obvious when newer computers with over 128mb of RAM became the standard computer spec and people were wondering why there was disk activity relating to the swap file when there was still lots of spare RAM. This setting will stop this.

When it is not good to do this: after some research, it seems there are circumstances where it's still not a good idea to use this tweak --- the main one is when the computer still needs to use the swap file when the ConservativeSwapfileUsage setting has been set to 1. If you are playing a game that loads lots of stuff to memory, some report that it will be better to ask the computer to use the swap file like normal to better manage the data in the RAM and the swap file.

So, we could maybe say, for gaming computers (or other apps that use big amounts of RAM) don't set it, but for all other situations, do set it.

EDIT: --- here is the sort of feedback i'm after ... here's the report file from a fresh install system upon which I ran every one of the other service packs currently available. And this was after manually installing IE6sp1, MDAC 2.8 sp1, DX9c (Oct 06) and WMP9 -- the list of missing updates is huge !!!
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ This report log for AutoPatcher for Windows 98se  was generated on Friday, 17 November 2006  - the time is now: 14:04:33  - the most recent report is at the end of this log file.  - this text is stored in C:\autop\logs\Report.txt  - the program folder is located at: C:\autop  - run the StartPch.bat file to start the program The following list of updates were not found on this computer: 14:04:33 -- AutoPatcher has started compiling the report. - dun14-se: Dial-Up Networking 1.4 for Windows 98se - q276602: Hotfix for Device Manager Reports Code 10 for Device Bug - 98Updsys: Unofficial CPU Microcode Update - EnabMenu: the Enable Boot Menu tweak - kb916528: Unofficial MDAC 2.8 sp1 update with sqlsrv32.dll - kb918144: Unofficial Hotfix for various issues in the Jet 4.0 data engine - q322656: Msinfo32.exe causes an Access Denied error in Internet Explorer - kb824220: Hotfix for Images Not Appearing in some Web Pages in IE 6 sp1 - kb886677: Unofficial Hotfix for DBCS Corruption in MLANG.DLL - kb911567: Unofficial Cumulative Update for Outlook Express 6 sp1 - kb918899: Unofficial Cumulative Update for Internet Explorer 6 sp1 - HHUPD141: Unofficial HTML Help 1.41 Update - un924191: Unofficial MSXML 3.0 SP7 Update - kb925486: Hotfix for Vulnerability in Vector Markup Language - WinMP7: Windows Media Player Legacy Files - WMEncode: Windows Media Encoder 7.1 - q308567: Hotfix for Vulnerability in .ASF Processor in WMP - kb817885: Hotfix for bug in the WMP9 OCX Control with Netscape Browsers - kb891122: Unofficial Update for Windows Media DRM-enabled players - kb911564: Hotfix for Vulnerability in WMP Plug-in in Non-M$ Web Browsers - LC3codec: Unofficial MP3 codec for WMP9 & WMP7 from WinXP WMP10 - q238453: Hotfix for Spoofed Route Pointer Vulnerability - q258765: Hotfix for Remote Update Option Vulnerability - q269239: Hotfix for NetBIOS Vulnerability May Cause Duplicate Name - q273991: Share Level Password Update - q274113: Hotfix for WebTV Vulnerability - q314941: Hotfix for Vulnerability in Universal Plug 'n' Play - q323255: Hotfix for Windows Help Facility Vulnerability - kb918547: Unofficial Hotfix for Vulnerability in Graphics Rendering Engine - TTFext: OpenType Font Shell Extension - q259253: Hotfix for bug in ACPI with Anti-Virus Software - q240896: Hotfix for Invalid Page Fault Bug in OpenGL Programs (OPENGL32.DLL) - q274175: Hotfix for bug with More Than Eight Folder Levels on CD-ROM - q301540: Unofficial fix for bug in Installable File System Manager - RootCUp: Root Certificate Update - q323455: Directory Services Client Update for Windows 98 - OleUp240: OLE Automation Libraries 2.40.4522 update - 98TShoot: Unofficial Windows 98se HTML Help Troubleshooting Fix - RichEd9x: Unofficial Rich Text Edit Controls Update - UCopy2GB: Unofficial Fix for Bug When Copying Files Over 2gb in Explorer - UShell98: Unofficial Fix for Bug with Windows Explorer and numerous large files - UVS6SP6: Unofficial Visual Studio 6.0 SP6 Components Update - NPUpdW98: Unofficial Update for Windows Notepad - FdskFrmt: Unofficial Fix for Windows 98 SE Display Errors with FORMAT & FDISK - 48BITLB2: Unofficial Update for Drives over 137gb (for IBM portables) - kb925672: MSXML 4.0 SP2 Update - qfechkup: the Update Information Tool - 2-4-date: the 2-to-4 Digit Date Conversion Tool - q237493: System Date Reflects Changes While Date-Time Tool Is Open - q239696: Hotfix for bug with High Disk Activity or Low Memory - q241052: Hotfix for bug with Password Synchronization - q242193: Hotfix for Bug in Microsoft Client for NetWare Networks	 - q245065: Hotfix for bug with Automatic Repeat and USB Keyboards - q249824: Hotfix for VOLTRACK Is Erroneously Unloaded bug - q250514: Hotfix for bug with Print Jobs on the Same Printer - q250876: Hotfix for Print Queues May Appear Offline bug - q253711: Hotfix for ACPI Computer May Not Shut Down Properly Bug - q257360: Hotfix for ACPI Compliant Computer May Hang bug - q257821: Hotfix for Windows Sockets Function Adds 500ms Time-Out Bug - q258680: Hotfix for Bug in Screen Saver Activation While Suspended - q262232: Hotfix for Bug Using Floppy Disks with LS-120 Drives - q271701: Hotfix for Dial-Up Networking with an ATM adapter Bug - q272621: Hotfix for bug in Reported Size in Virtual Memory Tab - q275873: Hotfix for Sleep and Power Buttons Are the Same bug - q277628: Hotfix for Last Access and Creation Time Access Denied bug - q278033: Fix for Bug in MS Video For Windows Apps with USB Digital Cameras - q278368: Hotfix for Memory Leak in Atmuni.sys - q283032: Windows 98 Cannot List Users in Windows 2000-Based Domain - q288550: Hotfix for Bug in Plug and Play Printer May Not Resume (Vcomm.vxd) - q293197: Windows Explorer Hangs When Inserting PC Card During Resume - q295629: Enumeration Problems in Texas Instruments CardBus Controllers - q307004: Hotfix for Group Policy Bug in Groups with Long Names - q308349: Hotfix for Bug when Turning Off Computer with USB Modem Present - q309081: Hotfix for Infrared Devices Data Features bug - q310695: Hotfix for DVD Player Program Cannot Access Data bug - q315575: Hotfix for DCOM Program Hangs After Server Reboot - q319571: Hotfix for bug in Detection of Non-US Enhanced Keyboards - q321467: Hotfix for bug in SWENUM.SYS with PortCls devices - q323708: Hotfix for Computer Hangs Bug During Infrared Communication - Win982Me: Win98-to-Me by MDGx - msl2tp: Microsoft L2TP/IPSec VPN Client - MMC12: Microsoft Management Console 1.2 - NetFrame: Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 - NetMeet3: Microsoft NetMeeting 3.01 - ieak6: Internet Explorer 6 Administration Kit 14:07:01 -- AutoPatcher has finished compiling the report.++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

A HUGE amount of kudos will be granted to the first person to post their report log file. Just so you know, kudos will be the currency of the future, so start collecting them now !!

Edit 2: here's the latest info on issues with v1.5 -- copied from the first post.

Bugs or issues with v1.5:

- there is a bug in the 'saved choices' function (which allows you to save your module choices for the next time) -- your choice for Internet Explorer 6 Administration Kit won't be saved if you try, and will always reset to 'by-pass' when you load your saved choices.
- in the WMP9 module, the LC3codec update has been duplicated - there are two entries exactly the same - which will result in 2 entries in the report log file for LC3codec being missing if LC3codec has not yet been installed. This only affects the report function, the rest of the code handles this mistake quite gracefully (if you ask me)
- the shortcut that the program puts on to the desktop is configured wrong --- you need to change the target filename from StartPatch.bat to StartPch.bat --- sorry!
- if you have the OS installed on any drive other than the C drive, the missing updates report reports that the Disable Boot Logo tweak is not installed, when it actually is. I mistakenly put the file path for msdos.sys as %windrive%\msdos.sys (%windrive% is a custom variable that sets the location of the drive where Windows is installed) instead of c:\msdos.sys --- this will be fixed in v1.6
- i mistakenly included a zipped version of the kb873374 update in the hotfixes folder. This takes up a whopping 253 bytes of unnecessary space! This will be removed for the next version.

Edited by soporific, 16 November 2006 - 10:25 PM.


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Kudos you say? I'd prefer euros actually ! :whistle:

Anyway, here's my report in my VM (on a french win98 BTW).
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 This report log for AutoPatcher for Windows 98se
  was generated on Thursday, 16 November 2006
  - the time is now: 21:46:21
  - the most recent report is at the end of this log file.
  - this text is stored in C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\AUTOPACH\logs\Report.txt
  - the program folder is located at: C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\AUTOPACH
  - run the StartPch.bat file to start the program

 The following list of updates were not found on this computer:

 21:46:21 -- AutoPatcher has started compiling the report.
 - dun14-se: Dial-Up Networking 1.4 for Windows 98se
 - q240075: USB Devices May Not Work in Windows 98 Second Edition
 - q318307: Update for vmouse.vxd
 - StopLogo: the Disable Boot Logo tweak
 - EnabMenu: the Enable Boot Menu tweak
 - DOSHere: Add 'Command Prompt Here' to Right-Click Menu
 - Perform: High Performance Tweaks for Fast Computers
 - MDAC281: MS Data Access Components 2.8 sp1
 - kb837001: Hotfix for Vulnerability in the Jet Database Engine
 - kb916528: Unofficial MDAC 2.8 sp1 update with sqlsrv32.dll
 - kb918144: Unofficial Hotfix for various issues in the Jet 4.0 data engine
 - q322656: Msinfo32.exe causes an Access Denied error in Internet Explorer
 - kb816362: Hotfix for Bug in Mshta.exe With Multiple Modal Dialog Boxes
 - kb893627: Hotfix for Bug with Group Policies Not Applied in IE6sp1 (IEDKCS32.DLL)
 - kb896156: Hotfix for bug when removing an HTML element from a Web page
 - kb905495: Hotfix for Vulnerability in the Windows FTP Client
 - kb911567: Unofficial Cumulative Update for Outlook Express 6 sp1
 - kb913433: Hotfix for Vulnerabilities in Flash Player
 - kb918899: Unofficial Cumulative Update for Internet Explorer 6 sp1
 - DXMedia6: Unofficial DirectX Media Update for IE 6 sp1
 - HHUPD141: Unofficial HTML Help 1.41 Update
 - un924191: Unofficial MSXML 3.0 SP7 Update
 - kb925486: Hotfix for Vulnerability in Vector Markup Language
 - WMEncode: Windows Media Encoder 7.1
 - kb817885: Hotfix for bug in the WMP9 OCX Control with Netscape Browsers
 - kb911564: Hotfix for Vulnerability in WMP Plug-in in Non-M$ Web Browsers
 - kb917734: Hotfix for Yet Another Vulnerability in Windows Media Player
 - LC3codec: Unofficial MP3 codec for WMP9 & WMP7 from WinXP WMP10
 - LC3codec: Unofficial MP3 codec for WMP9 & WMP7 from WinXP WMP10
 - kb920670: Unofficial Hyperlink Object Security Vulnerability Fix
 - DirectX9: DirectX 9.0c (October 2006)
 - kb904706: Hotfix for Vulnerability in DirectShow
 - q238453: Hotfix for Spoofed Route Pointer Vulnerability
 - q314941: Hotfix for Vulnerability in Universal Plug 'n' Play
 - q329048: Hotfix for File Decompression Function Vulnerability
 - kb816093: Hotfix for Vulnerability in Microsoft Virtual Machine
 - kb873374: Hotfix for Vulnerability in JPEG Processing
 - UCrypt9x: Unofficial 128-bit SSL Encryption Security Fixes
 - kb917344: Hotfix for Vulnerability in Microsoft JScript
 - TTFext: OpenType Font Shell Extension
 - q301540: Unofficial fix for bug in Installable File System Manager
 - q323455: Directory Services Client Update for Windows 98
 - OleUp240: OLE Automation Libraries 2.40.4522 update
 - 98TShoot: Unofficial Windows 98se HTML Help Troubleshooting Fix
 - RichEd9x: Unofficial Rich Text Edit Controls Update
 - Unicows: Layer for Unicode version 1.1.3790.0
 - UVS6SP6: Unofficial Visual Studio 6.0 SP6 Components Update
 - NPUpdW98: Unofficial Update for Windows Notepad
 - FdskFrmt: Unofficial Fix for Windows 98 SE Display Errors with FORMAT & FDISK
 - 48BITLB2: Unofficial Update for Drives over 137gb (for IBM portables)
 - kb925672: MSXML 4.0 SP2 Update
 - qfechkup: the Update Information Tool
 - q237493: System Date Reflects Changes While Date-Time Tool Is Open
 - q241052: Hotfix for bug with Password Synchronization
 - q241084: Hotfix for bug in ACPI S4 Mode with USB Device Connected
 - q242193: Hotfix for Bug in Microsoft Client for NetWare Networks	
 - q243199: Hotfix for bug in Win98se with NDIS Intermediate Drivers
 - q249824: Hotfix for VOLTRACK Is Erroneously Unloaded bug
 - q258680: Hotfix for Bug in Screen Saver Activation While Suspended
 - q262232: Hotfix for Bug Using Floppy Disks with LS-120 Drives
 - q272137: Hotfix for bug with Long Filenames and Novell NetWare Server
 - q272621: Hotfix for bug in Reported Size in Virtual Memory Tab
 - q310695: Hotfix for DVD Player Program Cannot Access Data bug
 - q321467: Hotfix for bug in SWENUM.SYS with PortCls devices
 - ForcASPI: Force ASPI 1.7
 - Win982Me: Win98-to-Me by MDGx
 - msl2tp: Microsoft L2TP/IPSec VPN Client
 - MMC12: Microsoft Management Console 1.2
 - NetFrame: Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0
 - NetMeet3: Microsoft NetMeeting 3.01
 - ieak6: Internet Explorer 6 Administration Kit
 21:48:12 -- AutoPatcher has finished compiling the report.
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Weird thing is SE2ME and Unicows are installed. I'll test it on my real win98 soon.
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Just a heads up that 896358 is replaced by HHUPD, and 888113 is replaced by 920670.

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Let's try to get to the bottom of this ... AFAIK the above SYSTEM.INI entry forces the computer to use as much of the physical memory as possible, and as little of the swap file as possible. This issue became obvious when newer computers with over 128mb of RAM became the standard computer spec and people were wondering why there was disk activity relating to the swap file when there was still lots of spare RAM. This setting will stop this.

Thanks for the reminder.
I forgot to mention that this works best with at least 256, 384 or 512 MB of RAM [more the better].

Also, since the swap file is now fixed and maxed out, make sure you assign it a really large size in system.ini [example]:

[386enh]
PagingDrive=F:
PagingFile=F:\WIN386.SWP
MinPagingFileSize=819200
MaxPagingFileSize=819200

In this case the swap file is fixed in size at 800 MB [note the identical values for both minimum + maximum size].
If the swap file is fixed in size, there will be no more HD thrashing [swap file resizing].
Also, if the swap file resides on a local hard drive/partition, make sure it's the fastest one [if you have more than 1], preferably partitioned with FAT16 [fastest file system]. Best is to dedicate an entire FAT16 HD partition [2 GB] to the swap file.
Or put it on a USB stick [if available], or if you have RAM to spare, create a huge XMSDSK RAM disk [at least 700-800 MB] and put it on it.

HTH

Edited by MDGx, 29 November 2006 - 07:01 PM.


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Weird thing is SE2ME and Unicows are installed. I'll test it on my real win98 soon.


No, its not weird --- this is exactly the reason I wanted people to do this. For quite a few of the hotfixes, autopatcher looks for the INF file that is usually left behind, but some people might be installing the updated system files in another way other than using the original hotfix package. All the unofficial service packs do this. So, for these cases i'll change the method of checking to the FILC method which is my file version checking system. I want to leave as many of the hotfix checks finding the INF file as possible because this is the fastest, and significantly saves time throughout the program's operation.



I'll check up on SE2ME and Unicows and report back soon ...

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Weird thing is SE2ME and Unicows are installed. I'll test it on my real win98 soon.

The Win982ME module in v1.5 is a custom module that doesn't use the normal code to run everything. It uses the old method of checking if the update is installed (using file sizes). I've changed this to use the same code that all the other modules use, and now the check is for the file version of user32.dll (checks for version number 4.90.0.3001 or higher and skips install if found).

With regard to unicows, the code should be right. It checks for the file version of unicows.dll and if its lower than 1.1.3790.0 the report will say it needs to be installed. If its the same, it will report its already installed, or if its higher it will report that it has been superceeded. So check your version of unicows and get back to me.

Version 1.6 will be released very soon, currently only 2.4mb in size ...

Change log for v1.6
Buxfixes:
- all bugs in v1.5 have been fixed (see main post for list)
Additions:
- to IE6sp1 module: kb886677 & kb834158
- to Windows Components module: System Policy Editor for Windows 98
Improvements:
- the Win98 to Me module uses a better upgrade check
- the report function has been tweaked further
- autopatcher now promtps to manually install Dial-Up Networking 1.4 if not already installed.

version 1.6 screenshots:

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I ran version 1.5 of the autopatcher on a clean install of 98SE + SP2.1a. All seemed to work fine apart from upon the last reboot Windows complained about ASPI being older than the version it should be (can't remember the exact error, sorry). I've saved the log file if you need it, thanks for your work :)

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Ok...I said I would post a test on my real french Win98 so here it comes. (by the way if you want more feedback, warmer posts to those that provide some would be welcome :whistle:).

Anyway, I've checked everything and here's what's installed but listed as missing in my report:
- q240075: USB Devices May Not Work in Windows 98 Second Edition
 - Perform: High Performance Tweaks for Fast Computers -> done manually so that depends of what you check
 - kb913433: Hotfix for Vulnerabilities in Flash Player
 - kb918439: Hotfix for Vulnerability in ART Image Rendering
 - kb916281: Official Cumulative Update for Internet Explorer 6 sp1
 - q238453: Hotfix for Spoofed Route Pointer Vulnerability
 - q314941: Hotfix for Vulnerability in Universal Plug 'n' Play
 - q329048: Hotfix for File Decompression Function Vulnerability
 - kb891711: Hotfix for Cursor and Icon Format Handling Vulnerability
 - q323455: Directory Services Client Update for Windows 98
 - q310695: Hotfix for DVD Player Program Cannot Access Data bug
 - q315575: Hotfix for DCOM Program Hangs After Server Reboot
 - Win982Me: Win98-to-Me by MDGx -> but you explained why

Unicows is not listed this time (I can't check on my Virtual Machine as this install doesn't exist anymore)
Hope that's what you need. ;)
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Yes, when changing the pre-installed ASPI layer Windows will complain about an older file. Just click ignore to that message.

Gape's version of the forceASPI 1.7 in his Unofficial Service Pack adds a patch that eliminates that complaint. I noticed it when checking out one of the ini files in his pack.

There's no problem to just click the ignore button though, as you're never bothered again by that once you tell the Version Conflict Manager popup to ignore the file.
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Anyway, I've checked everything and here's what's installed but listed as missing in my report:

- q240075: USB Devices May Not Work in Windows 98 Second Edition
 - Perform: High Performance Tweaks for Fast Computers -> done manually so that depends of what you check
 - kb913433: Hotfix for Vulnerabilities in Flash Player
 - kb918439: Hotfix for Vulnerability in ART Image Rendering
 - kb916281: Official Cumulative Update for Internet Explorer 6 sp1
 - q238453: Hotfix for Spoofed Route Pointer Vulnerability
 - q314941: Hotfix for Vulnerability in Universal Plug 'n' Play
 - q329048: Hotfix for File Decompression Function Vulnerability
 - kb891711: Hotfix for Cursor and Icon Format Handling Vulnerability
 - q323455: Directory Services Client Update for Windows 98
 - q310695: Hotfix for DVD Player Program Cannot Access Data bug
 - q315575: Hotfix for DCOM Program Hangs After Server Reboot
 - Win982Me: Win98-to-Me by MDGx -> but you explained why
Unicows is not listed this time (I can't check on my Virtual Machine as this install doesn't exist anymore)
Hope that's what you need. ;)


This list is great, thanks! --- these are your list of "problematic" installs - ie my code needs improving to handle these files better. If Unicows is now not present, that's a good thing. You'll see the results of your feedback in the change log, if any.

Gape's version of the forceASPI 1.7 in his Unofficial Service Pack adds a patch that eliminates that complaint. I noticed it when checking out one of the ini files in his pack.

Thanks heaps for this info --- i'd noticed this bug but I couldn't replicate it on demand -- i'll definitely try to integrate Gape's method of getting thru this, because it does interrupt the whole autopatch process. Thanks again ...

I actually have no idea when its a good idea to move this project from alpha to beta. Any ideas?

Edited by soporific, 27 November 2006 - 11:35 PM.


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I downloaded 1.5 again just in case you changed anything.

Then I tried to download the 1.6 update several times. The first time I got the download page and "clicked here to download file." Internet Explorer 7 couldn't open the page.

On succeeding attempts I couldn't even get to the download page. Maybe their site is down at the moment?
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Then I tried to download the 1.6 update several times. The first time I got the download page and "clicked here to download file." Internet Explorer 7 couldn't open the page.On succeeding attempts I couldn't even get to the download page. Maybe their site is down at the moment?

I just tried to download v1.6, and its fine. I used both Firefox 1.5 and IE 6. Maybe its something to do with v7 but I can't think what it could be... I'll put it up on another server ... its only 2.5mb ... stay tuned ...

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Thanks soperific. I got it from the new link. Maybe if I had installed GetRight it would have worked from the original link. I haven't gotten to that yet. I usually wait until I encounter a problem, large type of file. That thing usually gets anything.

I'm excited about testing your new update at some point. I still wonder why System Information's Internet Explorer information was messed up every time I used your pack previously. Strange stuff.

I like your new additions! I've always installed System Policy Manager as part of the full Windows 98 Resource Kit. It was something I needed to install seperately as the complete setup doesn't install it. Now I can just run your pack, and like magic it'll be there!

Well, it'll be when I get to a VMWare install. I just don't trust that if I install 98 I won't get that IOS bootup error if I install it natively. I have no idea what's up with that but I real quesy about running 98 after that's happened to me every time for the last year or so.
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