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I'm using softwindows 95 on a
pmac 8500/180
every windows  application that I
want to install requiring VGA
and I can't install anything
at the moment can you explain
what to do step by step?
because I'm not familiar with
windows.actually I've tried to
change the display type but
when I restarted the softwindows
it switched to another mode there
are two cursors and the white one
(window cursor) is not moving
and I can't affect anything with
mac mouse(but it's moving)
what can I do to solve this
problem??
thanks
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I'm using Softwindows since version 1.0 and had no problems with it. I now have Softwindows 95 on my PM 6100 and no problems. Softwindows 95 can only use VGA mode which means a maximum of 256 colors (nothing else). But you can set the window size to any value your current MAC screen settings allow (for example 900x500) on a Mac screen showing 1024x768 to a maximum of the same size as your mac screen. Just look in the Mac menus (I can't tell you how this is called in the english version, because I have a german version). So the settings for Softwindows 95 are very simple bacuse you can set them in the Mac manner and you don't have to do something in Windows.

But, if you want to install software in Softwindows 95 you have to do exactly the same as you would have to do on a PC. Mostly installing software in Windows 95 is simple because most of the programs have an installer. Mostly it's called "setup.exe". Just do a double click on this program in the Windows Explorer or call it in the DOS box and this program will guide you completely through the installation process. Mostly you can choose the directory (on the MAC it's called "folder") where the software will be installed. Sometimes you can choose the software components too. After the installation the software is ready to start. Just as simple as on the Mac.
To uninstall don't delete the software by hand (as you normally do it on the Mac). Use an uninstaller included to the soiftware or open the Control Panel and choose "Add/Remove Programs" and then choose the software to uninstall and let this program do the rest. You must know that on Windows 95 every software is not just copied to the hard disk on installation, it must also be registered and on uninstallation the registry entry must be deleted. So therefore mostr software includes an uninstaller.

Belonging to your mouse problem. There are two modes for the mouse on a Mac running Softwindows. You can choose between the Mac mouse (default) and a emulation of a windows mouse (slower and not so good). I would say, just leave the mouse in the MAC mode (see settings in the Softwindows menus). In the MAC mode your mouse behaves exactly like it would be a mouse on a PC (no difference). Normally you don't see a second mouse cursor. If you can't solve the mouse problem, remove Softwindows and reinstall it.

If you have more questions just add a comment to this answer.

I hope my little introduction to Softwindows and Windows itself could help you.

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An answer to your comment:
I SOLVED THE VGA PROBLEM BY setting
the desktop area to 860*480 but
when I open a game e.g DOOM the
desktop is shrinking and I just can see
the half of the game. do you know why??

could be the following:

I think DOOM is written for DOS and not for windows and DOS programs control their screen by themselves and so Softwindows has no direct control over these programs. Maybe such games are not playable on an emulator like Softwindows. Just try them and see if they work or not. I tried different windows programs and all of them work fine but there were also some troubles with DOS programs controllinbg the hardware directly. Softwindows has no direct hardware support and can't allow that because the hardware is controlled by the MacOS and not by any other OS.

Hope, that this answer will help you, re.
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