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How can I visit HTTPS websites in old web browsers?

I'm having trouble accessing HTTPS websites using Netscape Communicator 4.8. This is the error message I get: Is there a way I can configure some sort of proxy that will allow me to access HTTPS ...
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Windows 95 early build's “Windows protection error” on the post-installation boot up [closed]

On the first boot up, the early builds of Windows 95 (pre-OSR2) would commonly show the following error screen during the post-installation boot-up, Restarting the computer doesn't fix the issue. How ...
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Was Windows 95 really released in 1995?

Here's a recent Microsoft article claiming, "Windows 95 was launched on August 24, 1995". https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2020/08/24/looking-back-the-25th-anniversary-of-windows-95/...
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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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Why would installing Windows 9x on a Sager NP8200 or Wedge 466/DX2 laptop brick the system?

In the setup.txt file on the Windows 95 and 98 CDs (located in the \WIN95 [Windows 95] / \win98 [Windows 98] folder), which contains important information on setting up Windows and solving or working ...
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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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Did the Windows 95 screensavers use hardware acceleration APIs?

The windows 95 is known for introducing a couple of classic screensavers including: Maze, Pipes and starfield among others. It looks like DirectX is a collection of multimedia APIs but for this ...
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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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Can a bootable Win9x HDD be made interchangeable between PCs?

Normally, Windows 9x must be installed on each PC individually so that it can be loaded/configured with the appropriate set of drivers. I'm wondering if there is any way to make a boot HDD that can be ...
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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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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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Logitech drivers from Windows 95 Installer on the actual disk

I'm attempting something that might seem crazy but I got stuck at the end. I am installing Windows 95, on a flash drive, using a PC with modern hardware (Not a virtual machine!). I got around the ...
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USB ports for a 486 laptop (pccard 16bits)

I have an old laptop 486 with PhoenixBIOS which supports PC card 16bits( PCMCIA II/III). I am thinking about the possibility of adding a pccard 16bits with USB ports, mainly to read usbsticks or ...
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Why did Windows pick 260 characters as the maximum path length?

I just got burned by the 260 character path limitation in Windows. Why did Microsoft decided to limit paths to 3 characters for drive + 256 characters + 1 character for the terminator? Mac OS of the ...
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What did Microsoft customize on Windows 95 installation floppy disks?

I have a Windows 95 Upgrade 3.5" DMF installation disk set where several disks were infected by the boot sector virus known as "Chance.A". I'm interested in restoring these to their original contents. ...
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Combination of processor and Windows version

Have an old(ish) laptop with a Pentium T4400 @ 2.20 GHz processor, and some old software1 that requires Windows 95 or NT. With a view to running this software on that hardware, I tried installing ...
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“Your program is testing for optimal display performance” for older Windows/DOS games

I remember seeing the following a lot when I was younger, and recently saw it again in a DOSbox setting: For those that haven't seen it, the squiggly red lines shift and undulate quite a bit, and ...
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Installing Windows 95 by floppy?

Ok so I have an old laptop with only a floppy drive. It came with windows 95 on it but suffered from some terrible BSODs that I could not resolve. I figured I would just download some windows 95 ...
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How did Windows 95 verify the Certificate of Authenticity?

After setting up Windows 95 in a virtual machine, I noticed that it could verify the product key without internet (no serial ports or network adapters). From modifying a genuine key at the CoA (...
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How does Notepad store text files in memory?

Before I knew about line endings, I used to open small executables in Notepad and ruin them completely. However, some more complex executables (e.g. Paint Shop) were too big for Notepad, and I was ...
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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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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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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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Windows 95 boot disk cannot detect my CD-ROM drive

I have an IBM 466 DX2 with the default CD-ROM drive installed like normal. I wanted to install Windows 95, so I first tried to install on top of the version of DOS already on the hard drive. It had ...
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First computer emulator in Windows

I released my ZX Spectrum emulation Wspecem, and GPL sources first time publicly in the Internet at large, the 15th May 1996, for Windows 95. I am quite sure it was the first ZX Spectrum emulation ...
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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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Looking for Win95 game with vector graphic

The game I can't remember the name of was like this: You controlled a triangular space-ship which could fly from planet to planet and could land on it. The planets had gravity which made it not so ...
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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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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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Disk Image From Windows 95 Machine Not Bootable

I recently got my hands on an IBM 340 PC (100MHz Penitum, 16MB of RAM). I'm going to wipe the disk and start fresh, but I wanted to preserve the contents of the disk should I wish to restore it to it'...
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Why can't VirtualBox install drivers for windows 95B?

I can complete the installation of Windows95 (B version) in VirtualBox, but it has a problem installing some of the drivers (see image below). Even when the installation disk is mounted and I click '...
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Why are Windows 95 installation disks not uniquely bound to a single product key?

I was installing the OEM version of Windows 95 on VirtualBox the other day for reminiscence sake, and for some reason I had two different product keys. I tested both of them to see which one mapped to ...