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It references the horse’s mouth here:
Update June 9, 2006: Win98, Win98SE, WinME support ends early. See this article: http://blogs.technet.com/msrc/archive/2006/06/09/434300.aspx.
This is both a good and bad thing. It will help minimize the number of Windows OSes one needs on hand to support clients, but is bad, because good PCs that will run Win98, will not run Win2k or WinXP. Viruses and spyware will have a foothold on the net for years to come because of the technically ignorant, or those without the cash for a new PC.
Many of the computers that run Win98 are still very useful. For these computers, a move to Linux, which is fantastic for extending the lifespan of “obsolete” hardware, will now be a more viable option. With the end in site for security updates for the worst issues in Win98, those that want to use their PCs on the internet will need a viable alternative.
Win98 is still in use not just in homes, but in many small businesses and non-profit organizations. Even though a new WinXP Home PC can be purchased for $500.00 or less, if you do not have $500.00, it is a lot of money. Especially if all you do is documents, spreadsheets, email, and web surfing.
Kairos Computer Solutions can help if you have an older PC running Win98 or WinME, and are not in a situation for a new PC. We can help you determine if your current PC is a good candidate for running Linux.
Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows 2003 all have a Task Manager. It can easily be reached by pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL, and then clicking the Task Manager Button.
I have seen client’s computers that do not have the close button, that is the boxes with the line, box, and X in the top right-hand corner. Without this, you cannot close the Task Manager Window, and it stays on top of anything else on the screen. Re-booting seems to be the only way to close the window, but if you bring up the Task Manager again, it is still missing the buttons, and the tabs.
Various web sites I found in researching this suggest Registry edits, and all kinds of other complex solutions.
There is a very simple solution that I figured out all by my lonesome, but is hopefully in the MS Knowledge Base (If it is, it is not very high on the list of Google searches.). The solution is the same thing that causes the “problem” in the first place.
Double-click below the gray line that runs across the screen below the menu and above the tabs will cause the “problem”. Double-clicking in this same area gain fixes the “problem”.
The following screen shots illustrate the before and after when this “problem” is caused.
Go to the EDIT Menu.
Click Updates – uncheck “Display Notification At Startup”
Click Startup – uncheck “Display Splash Screen”
This will stop annoying windows asking to download products that are not needed. It will also speed up the start time for Adobe Reader.
There are several tweaks you can make to Internet Explorer that will make it more FTP-friendly. First, you can set up IE so that it can browse FTP directories, just as if they were folders in Windows Explorer:
1. Click Tools | Internet Options.
2. Click the Advanced tab.
3. Under Browsing, check the box labeled Enable Folder View For FTP Sites.
Next, if you’re on a computer that’s behind a firewall, you’ll need to set up IE to use passive FTP:
1. Click Tools | Internet Options.
2. Click the Advanced tab.
3. Under Browsing, check the box labeled Use Passive FTP.
To download a file from FTP use this URL:
This will result in the user being prompted for a password. Once the user supplies the password, a directory comes up, and the user can drag and drop files to and from the FTP window. Contact your support representative for this password.
A good free FTP client is FileZilla at http://sourceforge.net/projects/filezilla.
Windows ME is not easy to work with because of how Microsoft took away functionality that is in all other versions of Windows. Support techs do not like working with Windows ME.
A quote from the following Microsoft link:
“Windows Me contains features designed specifically for home users, and
is not intended for deployment in environments containing Windows 2000
Server. The Windows 2000 [or Windows XP Pro] Professional operating system is designed for
business users, and contains more advanced client features related to
the Active Directory service.”
(Long URL follows)
Please be aware of this if you are making any plans, in the near future, for upgrades to your workstation hardware/software.
MSCONFIG.exe Lets you turn on/off programs that load at startup. Works with Win95. Useful if system has less then recommended amount of RAM and want to keep resource usage down.
Windows 2000 does not have this, but there are freeware utilities.
Windows XP does have this.
Windows 95 and Windows 98 should clear out the c:\windows\temp\ directory when Windows installation programs install correctly, but they do not. This can lead to repeated GPFs, or Invalid Page Faults, when combined with severely fragmented hard drives. It is safe to delete any files or folders that do not have today’s date. Then power down, start > shut down > shut down, for 20 seconds, then power up. Windows NT/2000/XP isolate RAM from GPF issues, so DO NOT use this procedure on those operating systems.
Below is a method to add a batch file that will run whenever a PC especially prone to GPF’s is started.
Right click Windows taskbar.
Choose Start Menu Programs Tab.
Click Advanced Button.
In left explorer pane open up Programs, then open up StartUp.
In right pane, right-click to create a shortcut. NEW | SHORTCUT
In the command line browse to Deltree.exe:
Then add the following:
Name the Shortcut.
Before close Windows Explorer:
Right_click on shortcut, left_click on Properties.
Choose the Program Tab, put check mark in Close on Exit.
Set Run Line to Minimized.
Click OK, then finished.
Then you can copy the batch file to the server and then copy it to C:\Programs\StartUp on all the other PC’s.
Full Command line:
C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\DELTREE.EXE /y c:\windows\temp\
You can just cut and paste the line above into the START -> Run line, or open a DOS window and run it that way.
* If consistent and regular errors, Thorough Scandisk with automatically fix errors checked, then Defragment (ignore the program saying only 0% or whatever, go ahead and do it. On modern hard drives 1% can be over 100 MB on a 1 GB drive. For a 5 GB drive it is 500 MB (half a GB)!
Workstation Information Checklist
Please fill out all of the information below for each workstation.
Windows Version: ______________ (Right-click My Computer, Left-click Properties)
Service Pack: _________________
RAM: ___________ (Min. 128 MB)
NIC: ____________ 10 or 100 megabit?
Anti-Virus make _________________ Date of Last Full Scan: ___________
Anti-Virus Up To Date: ____________
Spyware Remover?: ________________ Date of Last Full Scan: ___________
Firewall?: _______________ Correctly configured?: ___________________
Date last Disk Cleanup: ___________________
Date last Defragment: ____________ (Win95 & 98 are especially sensitive to fragmentation.)