The reason I say the installer doesn't appear to work with Windows 98 is that, in addition to the absence of any display indicating it has executed successfully, I am still receiving warnings of invalid certificates at a growing number of sites.
Is there any way to determine if the installer has actually executed, e.g. by the presence of certain files and/or registry entries? The ONLY *.SST file present on my Windows 98 computer is "C:\WIN98\All Users\DRMdrmv2.sst" dated Tuesday, November 21, 2006 08:50:30!
In late November of 2006, the following (root certificate) problem was encountered while attempting to logon to gmail accounts from Windows 98 using IE6 SP1 (It does not occur with Windows 2000 using IE6 or Firefox). In recent months, the identical problem has been encountered on a growing number of sites:
I am presented with the following warning: "Security Alert...The name on the certificate is invalid or does not match the name of the site".
This does not occur with Windows 2000! The (gmail) certificate is dated 9/1/2006-2008. Although others have reported the problem, none of the FAQs nor "user forums" have a solution for the problem. One suggested that there is no root certificate for the issuer (Thawte Premium Server CA), and this may indeed be the problem. There was a root certificates update for Windows 2000 on 10/24/2006. There has not been a root certificates update for Windows 98 since 1/11/2006!
The problem remains after downloading and running (?) rootsupd_a153023b66d29034420aa227ccc2164cff75229e.exe
I don't think such [but I may be wrong] problems/errors generated at different web sites are related to the root certificates installed by these updates [most recent one should have newest valid certificates].
To determine if root certificates have been installed on Windows 9x:
1. Make sure you are running Windows using the registry files from before applying any of these updates [restore from REG backups if necesary (if any)].
2. Start button -> Run box -> type regedit -> press Enter or click OK -> highlight "My Computer" main tree -> click on the "Registry" menu item -> select "Export Registry File..." -> type REGOLD.REG (or whatever filename you wish, just keep the .REG extension) in the "File name" field -> browse to the drive and folder where you want REGOLD.REG to reside -> click the Save button.
3. Run this root certificates update [I recommend this one as being most recent]:http://download.wind...64cff75229e.exe
4. Start button -> Run box -> type regedit -> press Enter or click OK -> highlight "My Computer" main tree -> click on the "Registry" menu item -> select "Export Registry File..." -> type REGNEW.REG (or whatever filename you wish, just keep the .REG extension) in the "File name" field -> browse to the drive and folder where you want REGNEW.REG to reside -> click the Save button.
5. Compare the 2 REG files side by side [to see all differences in your registry after installing root certificates] using a graphical windiff type of tool [the one from M$ Win98 Resource Kit does just fine = free], to use it you must download the 3 files below:ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/services/technet/...FILE/GUTILS.DLLftp://ftp.microsoft.com/services/technet/...ILE/WINDIFF.EXEftp://ftp.microsoft.com/services/technet/...ILE/WINDIFF.HLP
See all 3 files above:ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/services/technet/...98/reskit/FILE/
or by running FC.EXE command line DOS tool [which should reside into %windir%\COMMAND , where %windir% = usually C:\WINDOWS] from a DOS box/session/window (example):
FC REGOLD.REG REGNEW.REG
FC help screen is obtained by running:
Compares two files or sets of files and displays the differences between
FC [/A][/C] [/L] [/LBn] [/N] [/T] [/W] [/nnnn] [drive1:][path1]filename1
FC /B [drive1:][path1]filename1 [drive2:][path2]filename2
/A Displays only first and last lines for each set of differences.
/B Performs a binary comparison.
/C Disregards the case of letters.
/L Compares files as ASCII text.
/LBn Sets the maximum consecutive mismatches to the specified number of
/N Displays the line numbers on an ASCII comparison.
/T Does not expand tabs to spaces.
/W Compresses white space (tabs and spaces) for comparison.
/nnnn Specifies the number of consecutive lines that must match after a
None of these root certs updates install any files, they just modify the registry, deleting old/obsolete/outdated certs and installing new ones.
Therefore registry comparison side by side if the the only way to determine such changes.
That is except if using RegMon [free]:http://www.microsoft...ies/regmon.mspx
which monitors in the background all registry changes, and displays them in real time [formerly by SysInternals, now belongs to M$].
I don't think Gmail [Google mail] errors are related to root certs, I just tried Gmail using Win98 SE + MS IE 6.0 SP1 with all updates installed [+ the previous root certs update from October 2006, not newest one from February 2007], and had no errors.
Actually the previous root certs update [that one installed properly on all Win32 OSes] was released sometimes in October 2006 if memory serves.