I've been assured by a friend that Windows 95/98 will play films released on the Video CD format via Active Movie. From what I've seen of the two Video CDs I've borrowed, I believe that he is correct - but my system is dreadfully inconsistent in the way that it treats these discs.
Even before I started trying to view them, I had problems with auto-insert notification - it kept "reactivating", so I would get the same program trying to run several times which was very frustrating. I disabled it.
Then W98 started playing up by either failing to register that the CD drive was connected, or telling me that I had an audio CD inserted, even when I had put a Video CD in the drive. Ejecting and reinserting the disc cleared this eventually, but it keeps re-occurring.
After fiddling with the devices in the Multimedia window under control panel I managed to view a half hour section of a video CD before it locked up on me.
My system frequently crashes out, and I've had messages telling me that "an exception has occurred at 0028:C1827442 in VxDCDVSD(03)+000027C2. This was called from 0028:C1826C5C in VxDCDUSD(03)+00001FDC". Whatever that means.
I've tried installing the original CD driver (it's a creative 24 speed) but this has had no effect.
My friend tells me that his system is stable, even during and after running Video CDs, so what's wrong with mine?
Oh, btw, I disable all extraneous applications before running Active Movie, but this doesn't always work.