W98_Slip is a set of batch and script files used to slipstream updates into Windows 9x. Currently it has only been tested with Windows 98se, but with minor modifications it should work with Windows ME, Windows 98 first edition, and (with more extensive modification) maybe even Windows 95.
[eta: Its main limitation is that it can only slipstream updated files. New files could be slipstreamed, but it would take editing by hand of the makecab script files.]
W98_Slip is written by Glaurung. This project was inspired by TommyP's HFSlip project.
For information and support, visit the W98_Slip thread in the MSFN Windows 98se unofficial service pack Forum.
This is version 0.1 (first release).
Copyright and credits:
These files are open source, released under the GPL. You may use them for any use, personal, non-profit, or commercial. But you do so with the understanding that, 1) these files are experimental, unwarranteed, and you use them completely at your own risk, and 2) using these files may invalidate your licence with Microsoft, and any license issues caused by using these files are totally your responsibility.
Currently, these files are entirely my own work; I welcome contributions by others. You may redistribute these files, but if you do so, please give me credit, and leave in the contact information so users know where to go for information and updates.
These have been tested successfully with my OEM copy of Windows 98 SE. I have used them to do a maximum install from both DOS and within Windows with no error messages whatsoever. However, I don't own a retail copy or a bulk licence copy to test on. These files may or may not work with your copy of the OS.
There is no guarantee, and no warrantee. There is no support. This project is something I did in my spare time. I'd like to help you if you have problems, but I may not be able to reply right away or at all.
My batch file writing skills are pretty basic. Currently there is little error checking or sanity control. If you follow the directions, it should work. If you don't, it won't work.
w98_slip: Instructions for use.
0. You will need: 7zip or winzip, to extract updated files from hotfixes or from the unofficial service pack. Makecab (Microsoft cabinet SDK), for obvious reasons. Minitrue, used by W98_Slip to turn file lists into makecab scripts.
1. Unzip the files to a new folder on a disk with 1gb or more of free space. I've always put them in a top-level folder with a short file name. They might work for you if you put them in "My documents/my very long folder name with lots of spaces," and then again they might not.
2. Run w98_slip.bat. It will create some subfolders and display a short version of these directions.
3. Copy the win98 folder from your Windows 98 SE CD to the "source" folder.
3a. W98_slip expects some files to exist that are not required for setup to work properly. If the copy of the setup files that you have handy doesn't include setup.txt or setup*.wav, then when W98_slip tries to compress the updated source, makecab will fail with an error. If you can't find your original win98 CD, just run "makecab /f pass2.ddf" to see the missing files, then create some zero-byte dummy files with the same names.
4. Put the new versions of the files you want to update in the "updates" folder.
4a. If you want Windows Update to see the hotfixes you're slipstreaming as already applied, you need to edit an existing .inf file in the source to add the registry entries that tell windows update that you're already patched on that issue. Sorry I can't be more specific but the exact entries to make will depend on the exact files you are updating.
4b. Two restrictions on updated files: a) the files in the "updates" folder cannot be compressed (extract them first), and 98slip will only update files that already exist in the original (ie, w98_slip won't slipstream the q891711 update because it uses new files not in the original). You can add files not found in the original, but you'll have to edit the scripts by hand, and edit inf files in the source to take account of the new file.
5. Put the following programs in the "tools" folder: makecab.exe (downloadable as part of the Microsoft Cabinet SDK), and mtr.exe (part of minitrue, downloadable from http://www.idiotsdel....net/minitrue/). Also, if you have used 98lite (pay version) to remove the DOS command line utilities from windows\command, reinstall them.
6. Run w98_slip.bat again. The program will pause at various points, both to let you see if any errors popped up and to allow you to cancel out if need be, so it's not possible to run it totally unattended.
7. The slipstreamed install files will be in slipped\win98.
8. If you run w98_slip.bat again, it will ask you if you want to reuse your previous decompressed source. This is mainly a time saving measure, since decompression takes several minutes. It will also ask you if you want to reuse your previous makecab scripts. This is in case you modified the scripts for whatever reason. Finally, it will ask if you want to recreate the entire slipstream or just the precopy.cab files. Again, this is a timesaving measure for people who mainly want to modify the .inf files.
Things to note:
1. The install files will not be the same sizes as the originals, and there will be slightly fewer of them. This is because w98_slip is designed to generate the same number of cab files regardless of the size of your updated files.
2. In your slipstreamed install, Sfc.exe may not work properly (I haven't tested it so am unsure), as it contains hardcoded references to specific .cab file names. Fixing this would require hacking the binary file default.sfc.
What the files do:
pass1.ddf and pass2.ddf are makecab directive file stubs (everything makecab needs except the list of files to compress). The file lists for makecab are generated by w98_slip on the fly using minitrue.
mt*.txt are minitrue scripts. mt.txt, mt1.txt, and mt2.txt handle the conversion of the three layout.inf files to makecab directive files. mt_fl.txt and mt_pc.txt handle the conversion of the list of files contained in the cabs into makecab directive files.
mt_inf.txt handles the problem that driver19 and driver20.cab don't exist in the fileset w98_slip produces, but are referenced in a couple of inf files. I made it external to help simplify the process of adapting w98_slip to work with other versions of the OS.
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Edited by glaurung, 20 August 2006 - 08:08 AM.