Courtesy of Steven."I figured out how to install DeLuxe CD player from the Plus! 98 CD-ROM on any Windows 95/98/ME system. Requirements:
You MUST have a copy of Microsoft Plus! for
Windows 98 Setup CD-ROM!
If using Windows 95/OSR1/OSR2, FIRST you MUST install HTML Help Update v1.33 [696 KB, English, free], in order to be able to use HTML Help (.CHM)
Download this REG file found at threeTIX [right-click to save!], to enable automatic CD + song title retrieval. More info @ threeTIX.
Make sure your MS Plus! 98 Setup CD is already in your CD/DVD drive.
Then type these commands from any DOS prompt (assuming D
is your CD/DVD drive letter, change if necessary) to extract all necessary files to a new (empty) folder I called C:\DELUXECD (example, change if you like) and hit Enter after each line:MD
C:\DELUXECD C: CD\DELUXECD EXTRACT.EXE D:\PLUS98\PLUS98.CAB DELUXECD.EXE EXTRACT.EXE D:\PLUS98\PLUS98.CAB DELUXCD.CHM EXTRACT.EXE D:\PLUS98\PLUS98.CAB DELUXCD.HLP EXTRACT.EXE D:\PLUS98\PLUS98.CAB
CDNET.DLL EXTRACT.EXE D:\PLUS98\PLUS98.CAB CDOPT.DLL EXTRACT.EXE D:\PLUS98\PLUS98.CAB CDPLAY.DLL REGSVR32.EXE /S C:\DELUXECD\CDNET.DLL REGSVR32.EXE /S C:\DELUXECD\CDOPT.DLL REGSVR32.EXE /S
C:\DELUXECD\CDPLAY.DLLClose the DOS box when done. For internet CD + song title retrieval you just have to (double-)click the REG file above, because unfortunately the original CD + song title retrieval
web sites included with Plus! 98 do NOT work anymore. :-( DeLuxe CD should run properly from now on. Of course you can create a DOS style batch (.BAT) file to include ALL lines above, and add another line for
running the REG file (example):REGEDIT.EXE /S C:\DELUXECD\deluxe-providers.regto fully automate this entire procedure."DeLuxe CD Player installer
for Windows 95/98/ME [325 KB].
Courtesy of Aint."This works with all AOL 3/4/5/6/7/8/9 32-bit client releases. I
have watched AOL's method of opening many a different port number, and using ports other than the common HTTP 80 port. In my
case it was:126.96.36.199 port 11523First make sure to close AOL completely. To force
AOL to act more like a normal browser (and fix problems getting web pages): fire up Regedit and go to:
for currently logged on user:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\America
or for all users on the same computer:HKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\America Online\AOL\CurrentVersionand:HKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\America Online\America Online\CurrentVersion
Under all Registry subkeys
above (in the right hand pane) look for the "WWWUseTurboWeb" DWORD [REG_DWORD] Values (no quotes, case insensitive).
(Double-)click on each and change their Decimal value from 1 (default) to 0. Close the Registry Editor when
done. From now on AOL will act more like a standard browser and uses port 80 (HTTP) to open web pages. This cured
AOL's inability to surf the net, and seems to load web sites a bit faster. You can check this: open a DOS box →
type:netstat -a 2 netstat.logand hit Enter. This will create a netstat .log
file in your main Windows folder [if using Win95/98/ME] or in your %windir%\SYSTEM32 folder [if using
WinNT4/2000/XP/2003], which will update every 2 seconds. Press Ctrl + C simultaneously to stop logging. You can change 2
to 5 or 10 etc... I also noted that NOT all WWWUseTurboWeb entries have the same value, so you may want to make them all
either 0 or 1 and see what works better for you."
Courtesy of Chris."Windows 98, 98 SE(U) and MS Plus! for Windows 98 do
NOT include the Space Cadet 3D Pinball game, which is bundled with MS Plus! for Windows 95, Windows 2000, ME and
XP. However, if you don't have Windows 2000, ME or XP, but still have MS Plus! for Windows 95 Setup CD, and want to
install 3D Pinball on your Windows 98/98 SE(U) system after installing MS Plus! for Windows 98, the Windows 98/98 SE(U) Setup
CD includes the necessary INF file that does the trick. Pre-requisites:
Windows 98 or 98
MS Plus! for Windows 98 installed.
MS Plus! for Windows 95 CD.
Windows 98 or 98 SE(U) Setup
Here's how to do it:
Copy the Pinball.inf file from your Windows 98/98 SE(U) Setup CD
located in the \Tools\Mtsutils subfolder somewhere on your hard disk.
Right-click the copied Pinball.inf file,
select Properties, uncheck the Read-only attribute and click OK.
Open the copied Pinball.inf file in Notepad (or
your favorite text editor) and note the following line:layoutfile=d:\pluslayt.infIf
your CD drive isn't D or if installing from floppy, change the drive letter as needed, then save and exit.
the Plus! for 95 Setup CD. Close any dialogs that Autorun pops up.
Right-click your modified Pinball.inf file and select
Install. If you get a request to insert the MS Plus! Setup CD or floppy, just click OK, navigate to the location of
your Plus! for 95 Setup CD, and finally click OK one last time.
Now sit back and watch the files being copied. :-) When all is
done, you'll have a new entry in Start Menu → Accessories → Games called "Space Cadet Table"
and a new uninstall entry in Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs called 3D Pinball from Plus! for Windows 95."
If you own a Windows ME (Full,
Upgrade, Step-Up, OEM or MSDN) Setup CD-ROM perform these steps:
First make sure your WinME CD is already in your CD/DVD
Run these commands from any DOS prompt (assuming D is your CD/DVD drive letter, change if necessary) to extract all necessary
3D Pinball files to a new (empty) folder I called C:\MSPINBAL (example, change if you like):MD
C:\MSPINBAL C: CD\MSPINBAL EXTRACT.EXE D:\WIN9X\WIN_9.CAB FONT.DAT EXTRACT.EXE D:\WIN9X\WIN_9.CAB PINBALL.* EXTRACT.EXE
D:\WIN9X\WIN_9.CAB SHARED.CHM EXTRACT.EXE D:\WIN9X\WIN_9.CAB TABLE.BMP EXTRACT.EXE D:\WIN9X\WIN_17.CAB PINBALL.EXE EXTRACT.EXE
D:\WIN9X\WIN_18.CAB PINBALL.HLP EXTRACT.EXE D:\WIN9X\WIN_18.CAB WAVEMIX.INF EXTRACT.EXE D:\WIN9X\WIN_19.CAB PINBALL*.* EXTRACT.EXE
D:\WIN9X\WIN_21.CAB SOUND*.WAVC:\MSPINBAL should now contain a total of 71 files.
Optional: move PINBALL.CHM,
SHARED.CHM, PINBALL.CNT + PINBALL.HLP to your %windir%\HELP folder (%windir% is usually C:\WINDOWS) by
running these commands from any DOS prompt:MOVE.EXE/Y C:\MSPINBAL\PINBALL.CNT %windir%\HELP MOVE.EXE/Y
C:\MSPINBAL\PINBALL.CHM %windir%\HELP MOVE.EXE/Y C:\MSPINBAL\SHARED.CHM %windir%\HELP MOVE.EXE/Y
C:\MSPINBAL\PINBALL.HLP %windir%\HELPHINT: Create a DOS style batch file to include
all lines above and then run it to achieve all these tasks in 1 swift move. :)
Create a new shortcut: right-click on an
empty (raised) Taskbar spot → select Properties → click the Start Menu Programs tab
→ click the Add button → type
C:\MSPINBAL\PINBALL.EXE→ click Next → highlight your
%windir%\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\Games folder (example) → click Next → name it
"Space Cadet 3D Pinball" (no quotes) → click the Finish button.
on the new shortcut to play the game.
If you don't have the MS Plus! 95/98 or Windows ME Setup CDs,
just download MS Pinball [1.3 MB, compatible with
all Windows 32-bit OSes], and then run the executable to install the game.
This fix applies to all Microsoft Internet Explorer (MS IE) 4.0x/5.xx/6.xx and newer 32-bit
releases for Windows 95/98/NT4/2000/ME/XP/2003. After you first install MS IE on your computer, you will notice that by
default, when you move your mouse pointer over an internet link (a.k.a. URL = Uniform Resource Locator) on most web pages
[unless the webmaster disabled this feature on purpose :(], only the web page name is displayed in the status bar at the
bottom of your IE window (example using my home page):"Shortcut to
home.php"instead of showing the *full* ftp directory/file or web page location (URL):"http://www.mdgx.com/home.php"But there are 2 methods you can use to FIX this MS
The easy way [;)]: with MS IE open: click View (IE 4.0x users) or Tools (IE 5.xx/6.xx
users) from the top menu → select Internet Options... → Advanced tab → scroll down to "Show friendly URLs" →
uncheck the box → click Apply/OK or hit Enter. To revert back to Microsoft's default repeat steps above, but this time
check the "Show friendly URLs" box.
The hard way [:)]: click the Start menu → select the Run... box →
type regedit (case insensitive) → click OK or press Enter → go to (if you are the only user = affects ALL users on
your computer!):HKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorerand to:HKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Mainor to (if more than one
user):HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorerand to:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Mainand (double-)click on each
"Show_FullURL" Registry Value, found as:
DWORD [REG_DWORD] = under the "Internet
Explorer" Registry subkeys above. Type 0 in the Decimal Value Data box.
String [REG_SZ] = under the
"Main" Registry subkeys above. Type no in the Value Data box.
Then click OK or hit Enter for all Values to
save the new settings. To revert back to Microsoft's default, repeat steps above, but this time type 1 [DWORD] or
yes [String], respectively. Close the Registry Editor when done.
NOTE: In certain
cases you may need to do this all over again, e.g. after installing a new MS IE version/upgrade. :(
Sent courtesy of enZley, and works with all Windows 95/98/ME releases."If you want your
video adapter to pump out its optimal refresh rate, there is an easier way than using Powerstrip or other annoying software
tools that cost money and/or take up precious RAM. I tested this ONLY with Windows 98 [build 4.10.1998], so try it at your
own risk if you have other versions. Open Regedit and go to:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Class\Display\0000\DEFAULTThe key 0000 could
be a different # (e.g. 0001, 0002 etc), depending on how many video cards you have installed on your computer. (Double-)click
the "RefreshRate" String value and change the Value Data to 80 or a higher #. If it is not present create
it: in the right-hand pane → right-click on an empty spot → select New → String Value → name it RefreshRate→
click OK → right-click on it → select Modify → change Value Data to 80 or higher #. When you change the Value
Data for the String value you MUST restart Windows in order for it to take effect. IMPORTANT: If after restarting your computer the screen is weird looking, you have set the refresh
rate too high. In this case reboot again by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete twice. Now hit F8 untill you get the boot menu.
Select the Safe Mode option. Once in Windows, restart Regedit and go to:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Class\Display\0000\DEFAULTand modify the
String value "RefreshRate" so that its Value Data is lower than the one you originally entered. You may have to mess
around with different numbers until you get the optimal refresh rate, but it beats using expensive or memory hungry 3rd party
utilities."ADD-ON: To adjust your Desktop refresh rate to automatic, (double-)click on
"RefreshRate" and change its numerical value to read -1. Restart Windows when done to apply the new
setting. Any other number corresponds to the actual vertical refresh rate frequency in Hz (Hertz), and MUST be
supported by BOTH your video controller AND your monitor, otherwise you may DAMAGE one or the
other! Also if you have installed more that one video driver over time (by swapping video cards or by upgrading
to a newer driver version), you may have more than one subkey under the Display key above, like: 0001, 0002 etc. But keep in mind that ONLY the most recent of these keys is
"active", probably the one bearing the highest 000n number.FYI: See also "WIN.INI DIRECTX + VIDEO SETTINGS", also in MYTIPS95.TXT
(part of W95-11D.EXE), for more details.UPDATE: "Under this Registry
be 0001, 0002 etc..., depending on the Registry key your video adapter is installed under, you'll see a bunch of subkeys: 8,
16, 32 etc... for different display settings, and each has subkeys for different resolutions: 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768,
1280x1024 etc... Under any of these subkeys you can set the DEFAULT refresh rate for that specific resolution, which will
also appear on the Display Properties list for further tweaking. The "ModeRefreshRateList" String Value can include
all (and more) of these numeric values: 60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100, 120, 140, 144, 150, 170, 200, 240, but they MUST be ALL
supported by YOUR particular monitor! New refresh rates will appear and can be selected at will from: Desktop →
Properties → Settings → Advanced → Adapter →Refresh Rate list, ONLY IF you have added specific resolutions under
the Registry subkeys above! My monitor is capable of 1280x1024, but I couldn't access that resolution until I set the
"ModeRefreshRateList" and "RefreshRate" @ 60 in the Registry, so now I'm able to use this setting. :)" [Thank you
This is a succinct chronological listing of all current Microsoft Plus! add-on packages, meant to enhance your MS Windows 32-bit OS experience, and provide entertainment for your entire family. In other words... "Let
the children play", as Carlos Santana so eloquently put it on his 1977 "Festival" latin rock album. ;) Note that most Plus! Packs are designed specifically for particular Windows OS editions. Keep reading to learn all the "gory"
First goes the Plus! Pack for Windows 95/95a OSR1/95B OSR 2.0-2.1/95C OSR 2.5 (used to sell for 30-40 bucks at your local computer store), released the
very day Windows 95 retail was officially "unleashed" (August 15 1995). Among other "goodies" Plus! 95 comes with a new version of Scan Disk, Drive Space 3 FAT16 disk compression, Desktop Themes Manager and the famous Task
Scheduler, called back then System Agent. System Agent should have been implemented into Win95, like many other basic system utilities that are still missing from the OS, like an anti-virus scanning/protection
tool. :( And you'll also get all those fancy "screen entertainment" extras: high color desktop wallpapers, 256 colors icons for your shortcuts, a bunch of fun(k)y screen savers, a great variety of sound files, animated
mouse cursors and the classic Space Cadet 3D Pinball game (also bundled with Windows ME, 2000 and XP). MS Plus! 95 Pack is included on the Windows 95B/95C OSR 2.x Setup CD part # 0796 000-45236 US and part # 1297 X03-56265 US,
according to MSKB OSR2 FAQ. See "3D PINBALL", also in TIPS98.TXT [part of W95-11D.EXE]. More
info. Even more info. See "INSTALL MS PLUS! 95 OVER MS IE 3/4/5", also in REGISTRY.TXT
[part of W95-11D.EXE]. MS Plus! 95 Themes Fix: Get THEMES.EXE Fix [84 KB]. MSKB: Plus! 95 Support
Center. Get Plus! 95.
And if one Plus! Pack wouldn't be enough, check out
MS Plus! for Kids for Windows 95/98/ME (retails for ~ $20), with some cool programs suitable for "kids" of all ages: Play It!, Talk It!, Paint It!, Picture Picker, and last but not least, the [kinda buggy :(]
Security Enhancements designed to deter prying eyes away from your Windows computer, appreciated nonetheless by concerned parents. More
The tradition continues... same day the retail version of Windows 98 crowded the stores (June 25 1998), MS added another one to the list: Plus! Pack for Windows 98/98
SP1/98 SE(U)/ME, worth in Microsoft's eyes exactly 40 George Washington 1 dollar bills. :( Following the same principle, Plus! 98 includes a respectable list of multimedia + entertainment software: Deluxe CD Player
with customizable database, the famous 3rd party [eye candy :)] Organic Art Plus 3D Screen Savers (Special Edition) licensed to Microsoft by Computer
Artworks, more Desktop themes chock full with high resolution wallpapers, icons, sounds + cursors, and of course... games [gotta relax somehow :)]: Spider Solitaire (also included with Windows ME, 2000 and XP), SegaSoft
Marbles (Special Edition) and Microsoft Golf (Lite Edition), not to forget the Picture It! image manager, and the useful CyberMedia File Cleaner (Special Edition) troubleshooting tool. MSKB: Plus! 98 Review. MS Plus! 98 ZIP Folder Fix: Get ZIPFLDR.DLL Fix [268 KB, English].
Oh no, more games! :-) The Plus! Game Pack:
Cards & Puzzles for Windows 95/98/NT4/2000/ME/XP/2003 was "shoved out" the (Redmond, Washington, USA) Microsoft doors, just in time for the release of Windows Millennium Edition (ME). This "entertainment" package will set
you back 20 green beans. Includes [a bunch of family style Windows games, what else? :)]:
12 classic Bicycle Card games: Hearts ("fancier" than MS Hearts bundled with Windows 98, 2000, ME and XP),
Spades, Cribbage, Pinochle, Crazy 8s, Oh Hell!, Go Fish, Old Maid, Euchre, Gin Rummy, Schafkopf [can you say that 10 times fast? :)] and Skat;
10 Puzzle games: Fringer, Finty Flush, Mixed Genetics, Charmer, Rat Poker,
Color Collision, Jewel Chase, Lineup, Spring Weekend + Muddled Casino;
Hear... hear... (e)XP(erience) is here! [What a suggestive name for an OS release! :)] Not to make an exception to the rule, Microsoft issued the
Plus! Pack XP for Windows XP/2003 the same day both retail builds (Final, Gold, RTM) of Windows XP Professional + Home Edition hit the
store shelves (September 25 2001). Gotta shell out 20-40 smackaroos if you gotta have it. :( And the (similar) list
goes on: Windows Media Player (WMP) add-ons for digital media enthusiasts: 3D Visualizations, Skins, Voice Command, MP3
Converter, CD Label Maker, Speaker Enhancement + Personal DJ, a few new 3D games: Hyperbowl, Russian Square, Labyrinth, oh...
and the "must have" desktop themes [3D enhanced this time :)]: Aquarium, Space, Nature + Da Vinci, plus the "jaw-dropping"
DirectX 3D "photo realistic" screen savers: the famous 3rd party Serene Aquarium (special edition) licensed to Microsoft by
SereneScreen, Space, My Pictures, Nature, Da Vinci, Robot Circus, Sand
Pendulum + Mercury Pool. More info. Get
all current MS Plus! XP Updates + Patches from "FREE Windows NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012 (NTx) Extras". How to Install Plus! XP on Windows 2003 Server. Buy it from
After the release of Windows
XP Media Center Edition (MCE) during Q3 2001, Microsoft decided to allow all Windows XP users benefit from some of the
"media enhancements" bundled with XP MCE, and posted on January 8 2003 the web based (39 MB, USA users only, $20) and CD-ROM
($20) versions of Plus! Pack Digital Media Edition (DME) v1.0 for Windows XP/XP MCE/2003. List of features: Photo
Story, Party Mode, Dancer, Analog Recorder, Audio Converter, CD Label Maker, Alarm Clock, Sleep Timer, Sync & Go for
Pocket PC + 50 Effects and Transitions for Movie Maker 2. Microsoft released October 6 2003 Plus! DME v1.1 for Windows
XP SP1/XP SP2/XP MCE/2003 (web based edition, 43 MB, USA users only, $20) which adds Photo Story 2 with Video CD Burning,
more Dancer modules and more Movie Maker 2 effects. Same as Windows XP and 2003, Plus! DME requires product activation
(WPA) after installation. :( More
more info. Even
more info. WARNING: The Register! Buy it from Amazon.com.
No new Microsoft toys for
you to "play" with this year [:-(], but now (October 19 2004) you can get both Plus! Pack XP [see paragraph
5 above] AND Plus! Pack DME [see paragraph 6 above] combined as the new "super-duper" Plus!
SuperPack for Windows XP SP1/XP SP2/XP MCE/2003 for "only" 30 mulah from Microsoft, or 25 if shopping @ Amazon.com [all orders > $25 include free
shipping!]. If you already own either one of these packages, you can get the SuperPack for the discount price of ~ $20
after sending the mandatory $10 mail-in rebate. Same as its predecessors, Plus! SuperPack requires product activation
(WPA) after installation. :(And today you want to go to... oh no, please... don't "start me up"! :-) Have fun
All these tips aim to MAXimize the performance and reliability of DOS based programs/games started from a Windows DOS box. This allows compatible native DOS applications to execute from within the Windows protected mode
GUI environment in a confined (isolated) DOS box/session/window, by emulating a DOS Virtual Machine (VM). But keep in mind that unfortunately not all software originally written for real DOS mode can run this way. :(
Some require strict conventional, upper, extended and/or expanded memory specs, and/or exclusive access to hardware resources, like full screen VGA/SVGA/XVGA resolution, real time audio/sound/music FM/wavetable/MIDI etc.
Such programs/games need native/real/true/pure MS-DOS mode, and eventually large amounts of usable RAM to run properly: see all other topics in MEMORY.TXT [part of W95-11D.EXE] to learn how to customize
your system for providing MAXimum free memory in native MS-DOS. It is also important to realize that certain older (EGA or even VGA, but probably not some SVGA) DOS based apps/games may run OK from a Windows DOS session, but
usually slower than from native MS-DOS mode. :( To avoid DOS box errors/lockups, sometimes the only way is to disable certain program/game features, like: enhanced audio stereo/effects, SVGA/VESA video modes (i.e. revert
to 640x480 or even lower screen resolutions if available) etc. You decide if the tradeoffs are worth giving up native MS-DOS mode.CAUTION: Windows 95/98/ME OSes support a maximum of 64 DOS boxes/sessions/windows open at the same time!FYI:
DOSBox CPU, Video, Sound + Network DOS emulator allows to install + play old DOS games on Windows PCs (free GPL).
scripting/re-encoding tool + hardware emulator allows playing old DOS games from within all Windows 32-bit + 64-bit OSes (free GPL).
But let's see what you CAN do to speed up your DOS programs running from DOS boxes and make sure they
perform as error-free as possible: [good luck! :)]
Turn on "Full-screen": right-click on your MS-DOS PIF shortcut → Properties → Screen tab → check the box. Most
(S)VGA programs/games NEED full screen to execute properly. You can also press Alt-Enter simultaneously to toggle between a window and full screen (temporary fix), or create a custom PIF (MS-DOS Program Information
File) shortcut for your particular program/game (permanent fix) that needs to run full screen. See "2 DOS OR NOT 2 DOS", also in MYTIPS95.TXT [part of W95-11D.EXE],
Turn on "Close on exit": right-click on your MS-DOS PIF shortcut → Properties → Program tab → check the box to return to the Windows GUI automatically upon exiting the DOS session. This
setting is enabled by default ONLY in Windows ME PIF shortcuts!
Turn off "Warn if still active": right-click on your MS-DOS PIF shortcut → Properties → Misc tab → uncheck the box to get rid of that
annoying nagging dialog window.
Turn off "Fast ROM emulation": right-click on your MS-DOS PIF shortcut → Properties → Screen tab → uncheck the box. This is necessary for (especially older,
without hardware VESA support) video controllers that do NOT emulate their VESA/VBE BIOS video modes properly into Windows 32-bit protected mode drivers (VXDs). If you own such a "crippled" video card, make sure to load a
dedicated VESA/VBE 2.0/3.0 driver/TSR (eventually from AUTOEXEC.BAT) PRIOR to starting Windows GUI. Most manufacturers/vendors of old VGA cards provide compliant VESA/VBE drivers bundled with the hardware,
also available for download (usually free of charge) at their web/ftp sites. See "SPEED-UP + BENCHMARK TOOLS" for examples of VESA/VBE drivers + tweaking tools.
"Dynamic memory allocation": right-click on your MS-DOS PIF shortcut → Properties → Screen tab
→ uncheck the box. Do this if you experience frequent display jitter, sound crackles and/or excesive hard disk thrashing with your DOS programs/games. When
enabled, this allows Windows to update in-game video display as needed, by assigning system memory dynamically to the respective program, which may cause poor performance.
Turn up "Idle sensitivity" to
maximum: right-click on your MS-DOS PIF shortcut → Properties → Misc tab
→ Idle sensitivity → drag slider to High (right end). Do this if your DOS apps/games seem to slow
down your Windows machine. This decreases CPU cycles, memory resources and screen refresh frequency in DOS programs that poll (check) the keyboard/mouse ports for signals (key presses/clicks) too often. In case your
DOS apps/games seem to pause periodically turn down Idle Sensitivity to minimum → drag slider to Low (left end).
Turn on "Prevent MS-DOS-based
programs from detecting Windows" [use with CAUTION!]: right-click on your MS-DOS PIF shortcut → Properties
→ Program tab → Advanced button → check the
box. This may be necessary to "fool" certain "stubborn" programs/games that refuse to run from within Windows (like Spectrum HoloByte STNG: A Final Unity)
into "thinking" they are running from real MS-DOS mode. ;-)
Assign a fixed amount for each type of RAM to the PIF shortcuts, according to your particular application's vendor guidelines:
right-click on your MS-DOS PIF shortcut → Properties → Memory tab
→ here are 4 different kinds of memory: "Conventional memory", "Expanded (EMS) memory", "Extended (XMS) memory" and "MS-DOS protected-mode
(DPMI) memory" → scroll to the desired "Total" value (NOT "Auto"!) for each of them →
click OK or hit Enter. Turn on "Protected" mode: right-click on your MS-DOS PIF shortcut → Properties
→ Memory tab → look under "Conventional memory"
→ check the box. Certain DPMI games may crash Windows if this setting is NOT enabled! ALL Windows "Total"
defaults are set to "Auto", which may attract annoying hard disk swapping and/or program/game slowdown/stutter. It is
recommended to enable ONLY the required memory type(s) and disable ALL other(s) to achieve MAXimum performance. Games
known to need specific amounts of RAM for optimal operation:
Bypass automatic hardware detection for programs/games having problems
executing from within Win9x/ME, by specifying manually your particular video/audio/joystick/etc properties in the game
Setup. Such apps are NOT compatible with the way Windows Virtual Memory Manager (VMM) implements I/O
virtualization. Interplay Descent is known to have trouble detecting sound cards in a DOS box.
unneeded DOS/Windows network drivers (i.e. Netware Client), especially if NOT connected to a network, to avoid game
stutter and/or lockups in DOS boxes. DPMI (DOS Protected Mode Interface) games using a DOS extender (CWSDPMI.EXE,
DOS32A.EXE or DOS4GW.EXE) are known to be affected: id Doom + Doom II, Irrational Games System Shock, 3D Realms Duke Nukem
3D, Eidos Tomb Raider, Lucas Arts Rebel Assault + Rebel Assault II. DOS extenders (DPMI
DOS software that require Virtual Control Program Interface (VCPI) services MUST be run ONLY
from native MS-DOS mode with an expanded memory manager (like MS EMM386.EXE loaded from CONFIG.SYS), because VCPI relies on
the EMM386.EXE EMS/XMS sharing scheme, even if expanded (EMS) memory is turned off by the EMM386.EXE "NOEMS"
switch. Unfortunately Windows 95/98/ME do NOT supply VCPI support for DOS apps! Origin Strike Commander needs VCPI
(implicitly native MS-DOS mode) to start. In such cases it is necessary to turn on "Single DOS mode" in your
MS-DOS PIF shortcut. See "EXIT TO DOS", also in TIPS95.TXT [part of W95-11D.EXE], for details. Note that Microsoft REMOVED this feature from Windows ME! See "MS-DOS PROMPT", also in MYTIPS95.TXT [part of W95-11D.EXE], for
If your DOS programs/games need EMS (Expanded Memory Specifications) enabled in a DOS box, make sure
you do NOT load MS EMM386.EXE or ANY other 3rd party enhanced memory manager, like McAfee (Helix) NetRoom RM386, Symantec
(Quarterdeck) QEMM386, Lineo (Caldera) DR-DOS EMM386, IBM (Qualitas) 386MAX, Uwe Sieber UMBPCI, etc from your
CONFIG.SYS. You also need to remove or disable [remark with a semicolon (;) in front] ALL these lines (if any) under
the [386enh] section of your SYSTEM.INI, found in %windir% (usually C:\WINDOWS) by
opening it in Notepad/SysEdit (example):[386enh] EMMExclude=B800-D3FF,F000-FFFF,A000-AFFF EMMSize=0 NoEMMDriver=onMUST keep the
EMMExclude= line (but make sure it does NOT exclude the ENTIRE UMA) because your video controller probably requires to
use its own properietary area(s) for proper operation. Example: the EMMExclude= line above is OK. Then add this (similar)
line (example):EMMInclude=B000-B7FF,D400-EFFFAvailable upper memory areas (UMAs) are displayed
by running MSD [MicroSoft Diagnostics tool = see MSD9X.TXT (part of W95-11D.EXE) for
details] ONLY from native MS-DOS: press M at main screen and scroll down to see black color coded contiguous UMAs between
addresses B000 - B7FF and D400 - EFFF (hex). These are just examples, they may be different on your computer.
Then add them on the EMMInclude= line separated by commas (if more than 1). Let Windows 9x/ME provide its own EMS
management in DOS sessions: make sure it is enabled: right-click on your MS-DOS PIF shortcut → Properties →
Memory tab → "Expanded (EMS) memory" area should be Enabled. See "BASIC *ESSENTIAL* MEMORY
TIPS" in MEMORY.TXT [part of W95-11D.EXE] for a list of DOS software that needs EMS to
FYI: See "95/98/ME SETUP + MEMORY
MANAGERS", also in MYTIPS95.TXT [part of W95-11D.EXE], for more info.A MUST for ALL Windows
ME users running DOS based programs + games: Microsoft REMOVED COMPLETELY the access to native/real/true/pure MS-DOS mode from
Windows Millennium Edition (ME), a.k.a. MS-DOS 8.00. :( But you CAN get it back by applying the Unofficial DOS Patch, which modifies COMMAND.COM + IO.SYS (from C:\Windows\Command\EBD) +
REGENV32.EXE (from C:\Windows\System) to allow Windows ME to boot to native MS-DOS and use DOS mode startup files
(AUTOEXEC.BAT + CONFIG.SYS), Windows 95/98 style, to be able to use your (old) MS-DOS based apps/games that do NOT
work from within a Windows DOS session/box, and tweak your CUSTOM AUTOEXEC.BAT + CONFIG.SYS files to free MAXimum conventional DOS memory. :)More
"Pressing F5 in Notepad inserts the current date
and time stamp at the location of the cursor.
If typing .LOG as the first line in a Notepad document, the
current date/time stamp is added automatically every time upon reopening that file. These tips work with all
Windows 9x/NT/2000/ME/XP/2003 (32-bit) and Windows/WfWG 3.1x (16-bit) versions of NOTEPAD.EXE (located in %windir% =
main Windows directory/folder).
When you highlight a Desktop icon or a file/item in Windows Explorer, hold SHIFT and
press F10 (same as right-clicking the mouse) to get the Open With... menu."