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Hi,
I use win98 in 2 places one in my school and other in my home. The win98 in my school seems to be win98 because when i double click on the desktop the start menu appears but when I do this in home it does not work.

This is not all, the one my school has more right click options than in the copy in my home. The only new thing I have seen is more system tools.

What is the problem?
Regards,
Aseem

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This really isn't a problem, some hardware comes with enhanced desktop and special features.  Like when you click on the desktop and start menu appears, this is one of the function included with many display card vendor.  i.e. Diamond and Matrox I think.  And if you have Norton Utilities, then the system tools are added to right click menu.  There're only 1 version of Win98 (Service Pack won't due out until next year)  You see the differences only because they're using different hardwares/softwares.
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Then there is no difference between win95 and 98 besides a few useless system tools.  
Anyway about the hardware, pcs in my school have no special hardware and secondly more right click options wouldn't be the part of a monitor or any other hardware.
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Nope, Win95/Win98's differences are mainly in Kernal level, and more like bug fix and some new features.

As for hardware, I'm saying if the PC in your school uses say Diamond Viper 550 display card, then with Diamond's driver, it enhanced the desktop making start menu pop up when you click on the desktop.  If the PC you use at home uses Canopus Spectra 2500, same TNT chipset, but because of it's vendor's different driver, you wouldn't get the start menu when clicking on desktop.  It's not special hardware, just different display card.  This function is not standard Win95 or Win98's, period.

Lots of softwares will add new items to the right click menu, I use Norton Utilities as a example...  It will add 'system information' to your right click menu when you right click on 'My computer' and if you have Winzip, then the 'add to zip' would be added when you right click on a file.

If you're only comparing the appearance of Win95/Win98, then yes, they're more or less the same UI, same goes to WinNT, but can you say WinNT and Win95/98 have no differences?
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I asked the technician guy he said  our school has Diamond Viper 550 display card so you were right.

you'll get your points but can u answer this q. that can these drivers work on any pc?
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Wow...  What kind of school you go to?  The Diamond Viper 550 is out only for a month and it's quite expensive by school standard...  I'm just using it as an example...

To answer your question, No.  The driver is written for Diamond Viper 550, it can not be use for other cards in most cases.  But!  If you do have a same chipset reference design TNT cards, then yes, you can use it because Diamond uses reference design.  (i.e. Creative TNT)
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I go to the BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL IN CAIRO, EGYPT. And thanks,

Regards,
Aseem
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