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All of the classic 3D screensavers (3D Maze, 3D Pipes, 3D Flying Objects, 3D Text, and 3D Flower Box) used OpenGL instead of DirectX. This was a virtual necessity for two reasons: (1) the original version of Windows 95 didn't ship with any version of DirectX, and (2) the Direct3D API required hardware acceleration that most PCs of the time wouldn't have had....


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Install Cygwin using setup-legacy.exe from the Cygwin Time Machine, pointing it at the cygwin-legacy URL, which pins the package versions to the last set released for Cygwin 1.5, the last release for Windows 9x. The Cygwin Time Machine serves frozen-in-place versions of Cygwin, so it will work as well today as it did back then, which was pretty good, ...


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For works "made for hire" in the USA after 1978, copyright extends for 95 years after the date of first publication. So for practical purposes, it depends entirely on when (or if) Microsoft decides to put them in the public domain.


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Here is the solution I found. This probably isn't the only possible solution, but the only one that worked so far. Feel free to contribute, as it's likely imperfect The guide generally assumes the computer can boot off your device. The workaround to boot off USB will be posted, but it might be easier to just stop at this point if the computer cannot. Note: ...


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It is The first 3 digits are the day of year from 001 - 366 The next 2 digits are the year from 95 - 03 The next 7 digits must be divisable by 7 but the number must start with a 0 The next 5 digits do not matter. Here's a key using this concept 20097-OEM-0888888-00000


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This will be tricky and pose significant differences, so I want to ask: why? What is it that you hope to achieve? I presume it is not about price, as media cost is not very significant today. Is it for a set of installed apps or games? If so, can you do it once and then clone it to another card? The principle driver that matters is the disk controller. So ...


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You have to get the system booted up under DOS to start with. That's the hard part. If you have a working Windows 9x/ME system you can just format the flash drive as FAT16/32 and select to make the drive bootable. Copy the win98 folder from the Windows 98 setup CD on to the flash drive. Finding the DOS fdisk and format programs from a working Windows 9x ...


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There's no need to go down the hardware route to run 32-bit apps. 32-bit apps run on 64-bit Windows. However, not all old apps run on newest operating systems despite the bitness. I own for example CorelDraw X3, which does not run on Windows 10. But I run it on a 32-bit Windows 7 Client OS on virtual machine regularly (on a 64-bit Windows 10 host). That ...


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You mention the processor but not the amount of memory installed. It's possible that it contains more RAM than older versions of Windows can deal with. You could try using a virtual machine (VM) such as VirtualBox which can be configured to support older versions of Windows with a single CPU and a small amount of RAM (512MB might be a place to start). ...


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I used to have an exchangeable disk that I used between my PC and my kids' PC. Theirs was more powerful so when they were at school and I was working from home, I'd use their PC. The trick is to have two boot configurations that the user can select on startup. Basically you put the menu into config.sys (see How do I create a boot menu to select between ...


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IIRC, Windows 98 & ME are versions of 95, and 2000 is a version of NT? Later Windows versions are more different? All modern windows is based on the "NT line", but of course it has evolved over the years and sometimes things break. IIRC in terms of windows system stuff NT4->2K was a pretty big change, 2K->XP was realtively minor, XP->Vista was a big ...


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CD distribution media is difficult/expensive to make unique. I once worked on a very low-volume product. We devised a technique to make the CD "proof of purchase" i.e. baked the product key into a unique CD which could not be copied. What we did: Our technique relied on burning a writable CD and then making a small scratch on the label side at a fairly ...


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