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What is a "driver information database" in Windows 9x?

At first boot post-installation or when installing third-party device drivers in Windows 95/98/ME, it's common to see the following dialog: So what is this "driver information database" ...
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Was the MS-DOS window in Windows 95 an emulator like current DOSBox?

Windows 1.x, 2.x and 3.x required a DOS to be loaded before running them. Later Windows 9.x and ME had similar (?) way of working, but DOS was included with them, 32-bit multitasking and other stuff ...
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What did SULFNBK.EXE actually do?

SULFNBK.EXE is an executable file that came with Windows 98 and Millennium, and is known for sporting a pretty… interesting icon in the former: It has also become pretty infamous for being subject to ...
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Where can I find a list of official Windows ME updates (security patches, etc.) that came after the RTM version?

I am using the Windows ME final version (4.90.3000, German; newer installation CDs are not available). I am looking for a chronological list of updates that came after this version, that in the past ...
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Does the kernel of Windows 95/98/ME have a name?

In this question: Why was the DOS kernel discarded? I was told that DOS is not a kernel. It runs on CPUs that don't even have kernel mode. So how can it be a kernel? So I think this is right. Now if ...
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Why do most of my games have graphics errors on my Windows ME retro PC?

I've built a retro PC with Windows ME, a GeForce 2 MX 400 (drivers installed) and DirectX 8.1. But it seems many of the games have graphics errors. In most cases these are black areas. (See ...
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Is it possible to view hardware-reported device identifiers on Windows ME?

On Windows XP and later you can view OS device identifiers for a given hardware component in Device Manager; those often include hardware-reported device identifiers, like PCI vendor/product ID pairs. ...
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Is it possible to delete a phantom floppy drive under Windows ME without additional tools?

I have build a Windows ME retro PC. In the BIOS I disabled the floppy controller. There is no physical floppy drive installed. But Windows ME still shows a phantom floppy drive A:. Everytime Windows ...
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Why does Windows ME setup not start even if I switch SATA drives to IDE mode?

I switched SATA disks to IDE emulation mode in the BIOS (instead of AHCI). Then I ran Windows ME setup from a SATA CD drive. But I get this error: Device driver not found: OEMCD001 No valid CDROM ...
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Why do Windows 98 and ME boot disks use EBD.CAB and the RAMDrive?

Starting from Windows 98, Microsoft RAMDrive was introduced into Emergency Boot Disks (EBDs). A:\README.TXT contains the following explanation: Without creating the RAMdrive, we would not have enough ...
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Can HIMEM.SYS be disabled in Windows ME’s IO.SYS?

Windows ME's IO.SYS includes HIMEM.SYS, which it loads unconditionally. Since it is possible to decompress and disassemble IO.SYS, and hack it to enable full DOS mode, can we go a step further and ...
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What technical reasons prevented the Win9x Virtual Machine Monitor from running multiple threads simultaneously?

Were there any inherent limitations in the way the VMM for Win9x was designed that prevented it from being able to run threads simultaneously if the underlying hardware had multiple cores/processors? ...
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How to perform a DNS lookup in a VxD?

Is there a documented way of performing a DNS lookup in VxD-land? Windows 98 provides TCP/IP-32 VxD that mimics the function of the Windows NT/2000 TDI, however this interface usually works with IP ...
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Why are there three different settings in the [Paths] section of MSDOS.SYS?

In Windows 9x, the MSDOS.SYS configuration file contains a [Paths] section whose contents usually look like this: [Paths] WinDir=C:\WINDOWS WinBootDir=C:\WINDOWS HostWinBootDrv=C Both WinDir and ...
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Disassembling Windows IO.SYS

Under the question How did Windows ME "cripple" DOS?, Ross Ridge's answer showed a section of his disassembly. I would like to know, a) what disassembler was used and b) what adjustment or ...
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How do I install Windows 9x on an older machine from a flash drive (or any other unconventional device)

Windows 9x is no longer common, and isn't commonly supported. While there exist many solutions to burning ISO to USB or other storage device, most fail at some point, with commonly useless if any ...
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When will the copyrights on various versions of Windows and DOS expire?

Related to question What is the best way to obtain old versions of MS-DOS and Windows? When will the copyrights on various versions of Windows and DOS expire? Once they expire I presume one could ...
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What is the last VLC Media Player version for Windows 98/98SE/ME? [closed]

What is the last VLC Media Player version for Windows 98/98SE/ME ?
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Is there a prebuilt git binary available for Windows 9x? [closed]

Obviously, given age, doesn't have to be as secure and fancy and the modern builds, but is there there a git build for Windows 9x, just like there is for Windows XP? Also wondering whether there is a ...
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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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What made Windows Me so crash-prone?

Many people remember this operating system as not exactly a walk in the park, namely that it could crash as early as during the installation phase or at unexpected times when the user wasn't doing ...
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How did Windows ME "cripple" DOS?

Windows ME includes the ability to create a bootable DOS floppy. This floppy contains versions of COMMAND.COM and IO.SYS that are "crippled" to remove real mode. This is done with only one changed ...
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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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