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Why did moving the mouse cursor cause Windows 95 to run more quickly?

I was playing Hypnospace Outlaw, a game about a retro-themed OS. This OS has a peculiar behavior that when loading a webpage, wiggling the mouse cursor will load the page faster. That reminded me of ...
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Are old versions of Windows at risk of modern malware attacks?

On my answer to a previous question (Can I run Windows 98 and games from the same era on an AMD Duron CPU?) I finished with a warning about using Windows 98 on the Internet, which received the ...
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Latest web browser compatible with Windows 95 / 98

Do you know which is the latest web browser compatible with Windows 95 / 98? At the moment I have an Opera 10 working fine; it is very lightweight but very outdated. I assume that software that works ...
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Are MS-DOS and Windows 9x vulnerable to Meltdown?

In an interesting crossover between current events and Retrocomputing, the vulnerability known as "Meltdown" was publicly disclosed on January 3rd 2018. The retro-computing tie-in is that this ...
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Windows 98 with 2GB of RAM

I have assembled a retro-gaming PC out of an old Shuttle SN45G with a Windows 98/Windows XP dual boot. The motherboard can handle 2GB of RAM, but apparently Windows 98 can only handle 1Gb. Windows ...
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What does Windows' “Tuning up Application Start” do?

When installing an old version of Windows, there is a step about application start tuning: This is not about the PREFETCH folder, since this feature appeared in Windows XP. Question: Does anyone ...
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How widespread was the 'test' activation code for Microsoft products?

Inspired by this question, I recall that many of the older Microsoft products from Windows 3.1 through the late 90's / early '00s supported a 'test' activation code of all 1's. I did this a few times ...
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Can I run Windows 98 and games from the same era on an AMD Duron CPU?

I have acquired an old motherboard with a socket 462 and a AMD Duron (I think its a "Spitfire" model 3). The copyright on the CPU is from 1999 and it apparently doesn't require a dedicated CPU fan as ...
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How to use USB flash drives with Windows 98 SE?

I have a Compaq desktop computer running Windows 98 SE. It's been handed down a few times, and I don't recollect it ever being online but it does have a version of Firefox from 2007 so I could be ...
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Modern USB devices on Windows 98 SE [duplicate]

I have a Windows 98 Second Edition laptop that is slowly degrading. It has not been used for a few years, and I would like to take a backup of the (2GB) drive before it fails. The CD-ROM drive is read-...
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Documentation on Windows Explorer Shell Command Files

Windows Explorer Shell Command Files are a feature added to Windows with Internet Explorer 4 (95 / NT 4). They were used in the now-defunct Quick Launch bar to show the desktop, open IE4's Channels ...
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How to alpha-sort MS-DOS 7.x directories

I maintain a Windows 98SE machine for lots of reasons (Star Commander, SIO-2-PC, ADTPro, 3.5" and 5.25" PC Floppies, RS-232 port, Zip, Jazz, CD-ROM, Ethernet, etc). It is a very useful box. I also ...
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How to open a CorelDraw WI wavelet-compressed image

I have a large sample of .WI images I need to convert to e.g. JPEGs, but the format now seems defunct. The mimetype is image/wavelet. The compression algorithm was developed by Summus, a US company ...
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Windows 98 / XP Dual boot

I have acquired an old Shuttle X PC (Windows XP, Mini-DTX form factor HTPC) that works fine. As I can't do much with this form factor (I can't fit a modern motherboard in the case) and that the ...
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How can I copy files from a Compaq Deskpro?

I have a Compaq Deskpro EN 6266 Deskpro EN PII 266 Computer, pictured below. When I try to insert a 4.7 GB optical disk, the PC stops. When I use a 720MB optical disk it says that I don't have ...
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Searching for an old planet shooter game

I remember playing a game when I was younger, it involved two players each having their own planet with a canon and the canon had different kind of missile attacks. These missile would damage part of ...
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What libraries do I need in order to compile for Windows 98?

I am attempting to compile John Burger's StdTel for Windows 98. I am using Pelles C, because it has Windows 98 support, but it appears that I don't have the necessary libraries. This is the compiler's ...
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Windows 98 SE installation “hangs”

I just got a Medion PC with an Intel AN430TX, Pentium MMX 166 and 32MB of RAM. The Mainboard has a 3d Rage 2 and Yamaha audio onboard. I can not install Windows 98 SE completely. I don't get any ...
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What algorithm does Windows 98 use to decide whether to show or hide menus?

A comment on User Experience reminded me that Windows 98 keeps the All Programs submenus open when the mouse isn't on the menus, but if the mouse strays too far from the menus for long enough they all ...
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Copying disk images to Commodore 64 floppy disks

For some time now I have been on a mission to get back into playing games on a Commodore 64. I have bought an original Commodore 64C. I got hold of a original 1541 disk drive. I also got hold of a ...
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Submarine diver game where you had to collect fish and other things for your aquarium

I've been searching for a game that I used to play a ton when I was a kid on the Windows 95/98, but I can't find it for the life of me! From what I remember, you were a deep-sea diver that collected ...
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Building a DOS/Win95/98 computer from scratch [closed]

I'd like to build a DOS/Win95/98 computer in order to play old PC games I have without emulation. Here are a few games I'd like to run: Teranova: Strike Force Centauri; System Shock 1 and 2; Half-...
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Identify Windows DirectX game about building a manufacturing business

I'm trying to find the name of a game that I played in the mid-to-late 1990's. Here's what I remember about it: What I played was a demo version, that came on a CD along a bunch of other demos. They ...
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Dual-booting Windows 98 on an iMac G3

Is it possible to dual boot Windows 98 or Windows 95 on an iMac G3 running Mac OS 9.2?
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Where can I get icons for Windows 3.1/95-style GUIs?

Consider for instance the GUI for Microsoft Word 97: I am interested in getting the tiny icons used for the "Open", "Save", "Print" operations below the menu bar. Is there a good source for these and ...
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Windows 98 Aptiva IBM not booting from CD

I have this old Windows 98 Aptiva IBM which I can't seem to get out of DOS mode or boot from a CD. When I switch it on, it goes through the BIOS checks and then prompts me to click enter to boot or F1 ...
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Windows 98 SE PC refusing to network using NIC/modems

The problem is basically as the title stated. I have a Compaq Presario PC from the late 90s running Windows 98 Second Edition. It was handed down so I'm not exactly sure what it went through in its ...
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Windows 98 SE Splash Screen loads forever [duplicate]

I was currently trying to install Windows 98 on my computer. The specifications will be listed: Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 1.5 GB RAM (Modified system.ini so it sees less) 186 GB IDE Hard drive (...
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What does “select” mean in a Windows 98 install disc?

I discovered that games are not on my Windows 98 SE computer, including Solitaire. I thought I could use a Windows 98 upgrade disc to install the games but apparently I cannot. I am considering ...
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Using a NeoMagic 256XL with Windows 98SE

I have a Sony Vaio PCG-F560 notebook and I have installed Windows 98SE on it. The only issue is that the display works only in 16 colors mode with 640x480 resolution. I think the problem is that ...
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Windows 98 hangs after entering password on fresh install

I am doing a fresh reinstall of Windows 98 SE on a Dell Optiplex GX1 550Mbr+. I previously had this very same version of Windows on this machine. The install works perfectly, but when I get to the ...
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A fatal exception 0E has occurred at 0028:FF02847B Installing Windows 98 SE

I get A fatal exception 0E has occurred at 0028:FF02847B after trying to install windows 98 se on an hp pavilion zt3000. It does this right after is says searching for plug and play hardware.
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Windows 98 CD-ROM driver error

I've begun forcing myself to learn the basics of Windows 98, since I figured that it was essential to have knowledge of computing before Windows XP and Ubuntu 12. After successfully creating a boot ...
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Refactoring Old Printer Driver for Current Linux Kernel [closed]

I have an old Lexmark 1100 printer (parallel port LPT1) that is currently working fine on Windows 98. I've tried to make it work on several current distros of Linux but, so far, none worked. Basically,...
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What was the name and origin of this security software?

I am trying to find a free software for security, that I downloaded for tracing someone attached to my computer. I remember using this on my Windows 98 system. You could see on a map where the ...