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I have Thai version Win 98 on my computer. I can't read Thai language. I am at a University in Thailand. I need help in downloading English Help files for Win 98. Where can I get them?

The sys. admin at the U. has only Win 98 Thai version original CDs. Not much help there.....

Is there some place where I can d/L these files from?

Any idea will be of much assistance to me....Thanks much.
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Question by:balak46
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by:drcspy
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Well I'd be happy to email them but the file is about 10Megs........and I'm on dial up (it'd take a loooonngg time and the email system wouldn't like it)...

I guess you might need to look hard for someone with an english version of 98 or perhaps some translating program may do the job for you...........

Why not post a message on the student notice board ??
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by:BillDL
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Is the university OK about you installing other help files on one of its systems?  
Remember that you should put them in a separate folder such as C:\Windows\HelpEng  and then reset the Windows Path to that folder so that F1 and menu help will be available.

I suppose if they won't allow this, and if you had the patience and time, you could simply store them somewhere  and rename them individually so you could see immediately what they were and access them manually, but it's a fair amount of work.

The Windows98 SE help files are of the .CHM (Compiled HTML) or the older style .HLP that looks like a red book and usually needs its own .CNT file. The latter are usually for Windows native applications such as Java, SQL etc, whilst the .CHM ones are more comprehensive and often more general.  I can't remember if Win98 1st Edition used the .CHM help files - do a quick search for *.CHM and see if there are any on the system.

I'll try and find a source where you could download the files in batches.

How are you getting by on a Thai system without knowing the language? I assume the menu's etc are in Thai.

I would have thought, as you are probably paying for your course and other countries such as US and the UK make provision for foreign students whose native language is not English, that they should really help you to source the files.
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by:balak46
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Dear Bill DL:

May be I should have been more specific.
I am a professor here. University is OK with it, as long as it helps the staff to do their job.

Getting *.chm files and keeping it in a separate folder sounds like a good idea. I guess it would not be context sensitive. That's OK. At least, I will have a *workable* solution than the present help that is of a "poking the finger in the cloud" variety.

I tried to locate *.chm files. There are none for English.
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by:BillDL
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balak46

There are hundreds of App's which allow compiling, decompiling and conversion to and from .CHM files (type "win98 .chm files download" into Google), but unfortunately I haven't found a download page for the Win98 Helpfiles.

I managed to copy all my installed Windows 98SE .CHM helpfiles out into one folder and created a text file to show their original locations, but it's somewhere in the region of 12.5 MB.  Winzip doesn't compress them too well, and I'm not entirely sure which of them may need .ocx or .css files to display and afford full functionality.  The smallest I could zip them is about 10.5 MB although I could break them into smaller chunks. (A couple are over 1 MB each, and aren't really suitable for emailing though).

Unfortunately I don't have any web space at the moment or I could zap them onto it in stages for your download, so I'm pretty stuck other than physically snail-mailing you a home-burned CD of the neccessary files along with a text file indicating where they were installed on MY system.

Let me know here if you want me to do this:
(or here with address) scraping_the_barrel@hotmail.com
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by:balak46
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Thanks much for all the help.

One of my students happen to pick up EE and saw my name. She rushed in to help... and installed the files I needed. However, your comments were valuable though.

Your efforts cannot go unnoticed or without merit. So, here it is.

Bala.
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by:BillDL
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Thanks Bala

I wish I could have found a link to allow you to download them, but I'm glad you were able to source them.  I also hope that you can set a path to allow the context-sensitive help to function properly.

Thanks for the points although I didn't feel I was able to help too much.
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