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I ran Windows 98SE with IE5.5 without any problems.  I then upgraded to IE6sp1.  The IE6 installation went flawlessly, but since then Windows Explorer opens only with the left pane, the Folder View, collapsed, meaning that I have to expand the C: drive manually before I can view the folders after every time I start Windows Explorer.  This is not only 1,000s of clicks for my injured hand (explosion accident survivor - 4 years in the hospital, 62 operations, lost one eye, cornea burned & scarred on the other eye, both hands quite hit), but also a risk, because I have 3 more mirror drives in this PC for 3 days back instant backups.  The SATA RAID is so fast that I may accidentally open a folder on the wrong drive if I am tired or work too quickly.  I fiddled around with Folder Options "Remember Each Folder's View Settings" as well as with all the file associations etc. - no matter what I do, there is no way to make Windows Explorer open with the C: drive expanded - it only opens with all 4 drives collapsed in Folder View to the left.

I have also tried all possible combos of the switches in explorer:

EXPLORER.EXE [/n][/e][,/root,(object)][[,/select],{sub object}]

On my 2 older PCs which are still running IE5.5, the switches were all set to /n,/e,/C:\ and there Windows Explorer opens correctly with the left Folder pane expanded.  My new PC did that, too, but only as long as I was running IE5.5.  After installing IE6 it showed everything normally in the right, the file window, but did not expand C:\ in the folder pane any more.

So, I assume from the other 2 older PCs that /n,/e,/C:\ is the correct setting.

It is strange that even if I leave the switches out altogether, the 2 older PCs still show C:\ correctly expanded, i.e., exactly the same way as they do WITH the /n,/e,/C:\ is settings - and it is interesting to note that explorer opens FASTER without any switches being set.  Unfortunately, the new PC post IE6 install without any switches also opens faster, but still C: is only highlighted, but NOT expanded in the left Folder View, so, the error carries analogously over to the new install.

Are there any other superseding settings, such as in an .ini file or the registry or does anyone know of any other way to control the behavior of explorer when it opens besides the switches, or is there another reason for this?

Thank you very much in advance.

Sincerely,
Bernard

            
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    by:blue_zee

    Have you tried this:

    explorer /e,/root, c:\

    I'm running Win98, IE6 fully patched and it works.

    Zee
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    by:brnbrg
    Why are you always a step ahead of me?  I am really an idiot - I separated c: from /root the dork that I am...

    Oh, I see - a half-blind disabled guy has to first cough up some of his points to get the really good answers - well, c'est la vie...

    Thanks again for the hundredth solutions from you - it really does work!

    Sincerely,
    Bernard

    p.s.:  Why do you know everything?  Isn't that in itself worrisome - you will NEVER change to Windows XP - and when you do, please, send me a direct e-mail, because then I will switch, too and get all those crappy bugs solved instantly again...
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    by:brnbrg
    Oh no, I'm doomed - now I can't see my other drives and the network - I knew my life would end in a horrible crash some day - and that day will come sooner rather than later...

    Sorry to say, but the other 2 PCs show C: in root, but also the floppy drive as A: and the Desktop above, as well as below the drives D:, E: and F: , the CD-ROM as G:, Printers, Control Panel, Dial-Up Networking, Scheduled Tasks, Webfolders, IE6, Network and Recycle Bin.

    I need to go to all drives, the floopy and Network regularly - is there any way to get it back to the way the old PCs show it all by default?  The new PC shows it, too, but keeps C: collapsed.

    Sincerely,
    Bernard
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    by:brnbrg
    Still not able to make this come up right... what a loser I am...

    I'd also like to ask you whether you see any purpose for the /n switch - first, it does not do what the description says, namely to open a new window for each item selected etc., I cannot see any difference this switch makes at all - should it be omitted?

    A compromise for me with my injuries would be the following:

    explorer /e, C:\My Documents

    which shows everything and expands My Documents properly, which I use the most anyway.  Anything else on the C: drive however, and I will have to expand it first.  While this is better than nothing, it still does not work like the /n,/e,/C:\ setting I found on my 2 old PCs, which work the same if you leave all the switches out, as stated above.

    I tried to specify

    explorer /e, C:\*.*

    but it got upset with me - echoed me some Bootlog file - do you think Windows 98SE does not love me?  I just can't get root to come up along with everything else.
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    This one:

    explorer /e,/root,

    It works for me in WinME, should do it in WEin98.

    Zee
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    by:brnbrg
    in my new install

    explorer /e,/root,

    causes the focus to be on Desktop, which appears in the right window, but not a single drive appears under My PC and nothing is expanded in the left folder view pane, i.e., the Folder View is short - all collapsed with no drives.

    The /root switch in particular seems to be problematic in my new install as it says in the description that it will always go down in the hierarchy from the parent folder, which is always Desktop, unless you specify something.  And then the damned thing leaves the specified C: drive collapsed anyway.

    I should stress that everything else works really well and at high speed, also IE6, I only want to avoid that I have a quirky install.  I had several question and answer threads open with people who all wished me well with all Intel chipsets and agreed that the AMD chipsets were problematic with compatibility - and now this, after all the expense for new hardware and a vanilla install that went really well...  I tried a lot of combinations, many so crazy that explorer wouldn't open at all, but none so far brought it up like the old PCs...
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    Hang in there.
    :)

    If you want to reopen the question, so that it will be seen as unsolved, please do so at:

    http://www.experts-exchange.com/Community_Support/

    Posting a 0 points question with that request and a link to this question.

    Back a.s.a.p.

    Zee
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    This is a funny one, try only the "explorer" command, no switches...

    Zee
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    by:brnbrg
    I did try explorer with no switches and wrote in the intro above as follows:

    "It is strange that even if I leave the switches out altogether, the 2 older PCs still show C:\ correctly expanded, i.e., exactly the same way as they do WITH the /n,/e,/C:\ is settings - and it is interesting to note that explorer opens FASTER without any switches being set.  Unfortunately, the new PC post IE6 install without any switches also opens faster, but still C: is only highlighted, but NOT expanded in the left Folder View, so, the error carries analogously over to the new install."

    I am now reaching a point of diminishing returns - where I spend more time trying to open explorer faster than I can later make up during work...

    What do you think - is my install no good, or is this benign, should I let it go?
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    I would let it go, just weird it works in my systems and not yours...

    Unfortunate, maybe?
    :(

    Again. please feel free to reopen the question so that other comments may be posted.

    Zee
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    I basically only worry if something went wrong in my IE6 upgrade & I now have a questionable install...
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    Just posting here while I have a look through it fully, and do some comparisons.

    C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE /n,/e,C:\

    That's mine, and it opens in folder view with the C:\Drive selected, preceded upwards by Floppy, My Computer, and Desktop.  Only the sub-folders of C:\ are expanded.

    I'll be back once I copy the question and consider the details offline.

    First instincts are that desktop.ini and folder.htt settings might differ between computers or versions of IE.  I'll have to have a look at the different versions of the windows shell dll's that IE6 changes from IE5 to see whether that is a contributory factor.  I'll export a few related registry keys in readiness to explore some possibilities.

    Bill
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    Bill,

    Thanks.

    I also believe in team work.
    ;)

    Zee
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    Bill,

    C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE /n,/e,C:\

    does the same thing on my 2 old PCs running Windows 98SE with IE5.5 and it also does the same on the new PC, except it steadfastly refuses to expand C:\ no matter what I try.  By the way,

    C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE

    without any switches still gives the same result on all 3 PCs - on the 2 old ones it works like on yours, showing all folders from Desktop over the A: floppy to C: drive expanded, to all the other drives and network etc. and again, on the new PC it shows the same as with all the switches, but it just would not expand the C: drive.

    Sincerely,
    Bernard
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    ...any solution or should we give up?

    I wanna be a team player too, and not nag around for little things that may not have a solution - here's a report:

    Compared w/what I had before, this setup is nothg short of sensational.  I bought a Logitech 1000 MX Laser mouse, I can only say - get it, I have never worked to fast and accurately in my whole life.  The only function missing is Smart Move in Windows 98SE, but that was a little bit dangerous at high speeds anyway, because it usually positions the cursor at the "Yes" button and you normally do not want to answer with yes.  Now, that mouse is so fast and so accurate that you literally fly around and stop dead where you really want to on a 22" monitor.  Zee, get that mouse, you won't believe it.  I have also never operated such a buttery web wheel and universal scroll is simply stunning on a big screen.  Now I also feel like I am having that fast rig because once loaded, everything is virtually instantaneous.  I am surely not sorry now that I spent time to make good old Windows 98SE work on the latest hardware.

    Back to our question - I got used to Explorer opening in My Documests from where I do most of my work anyway.  The only switch setting that does that is

    C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE /e,C:\My Documents

    while everything else comes up, too, but we discussed all this ad infinitum.

    Zee, I followed your instructions on how to get IE6 sp1 and all went well - any last thoughts whether my install may have gone wrong - but everything works so well and so flawlessly that this would be hard for me to believe.  The ultra-accuracy and speed of that new mouse more than makes up for the missing function in my explorer, too, hence, this question is not of that much importance any more.

    I wait for your comments, but if there is nothing constructive any more, please, let me know how to write EE Administration accordingly, then this will have to simply remain unsolved.

    Sincerely,
    Bernard
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    Bernard

    I have checked literally every "shell" system file and registry entry for clues to try and explain the differences, but I have not been successful.  This is really puzzling me, but I believe that I have exhausted every avenue.

    There IS one thing that you might wish to double-check in the registry though.  Open REGEDIT and find:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\command

    Is the [Default] StringValue set to:

    C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.exe /e,/idlist,%I,%L

    Here's the exported .reg file from the "explore" sub-key on my system that you might like to compare with yours:

    REGEDIT4

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore]
    @=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\ddeexec]
    "NoActivateHandler"=""
    @="[ExploreFolder(\"%l\", %I, %S)]"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\ddeexec\application]
    @="Folders"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\ddeexec\topic]
    @="AppProperties"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\ddeexec\ifexec]
    @="[]"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\command]
    @="C:\\WINDOWS\\Explorer.exe /e,/idlist,%I,%L"

    Here's the exported .reg file from the "Open" sub-key for comparison:

    REGEDIT4

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open]
    @=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\ddeexec]
    "NoActivateHandler"=""
    @="[ViewFolder(\"%l\", %I, %S)]"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\ddeexec\application]
    @="Folders"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\ddeexec\topic]
    @="AppProperties"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\ddeexec\ifexec]
    @="[]"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\command]
    @="C:\\WINDOWS\\Explorer.exe /idlist,%I,%L"

    If yours are the same, then I am fresh out of ideas.

    The only workaround that I can think of that will provide single-click access to the entire contents of your "My Documents" folder is by creating a new floating toolbar on your desktop.

    Right-Click in a blank spot in the grey section of the bottom toolbar between the system tray and the quick launch icons in the Quick Launch toolbar.

    Select Toolbars > New Toolbar > browse to and select your My Documents folder.

    This creates a new toolbar only the height of the bottom toolbar, but this can be modified to suit either by:

    1. Grabbing the "slider handle" at the left of the new toolbar and sliding it across to the right until all you see is "My Documents" just to the left of the System Tray

    OR

    2. Grabbing the new toolbar at the left edge and dragging it onto the desktop where it can be resized diagonally to the width of the "My Documents" Text on the Title bar to make it compact, but still let you identify it.  Unfortunately it won't reduce past the topmost folder, but it will be quite small.

    For either method, there will be a small chevron of 2 arrows on it that, when clicked, pop out a cascading menu of the folders and contents of that folder just like the Start Menu.

    On my system, I still have my right-click context menu.  Unfortunately, when right-clicking on a folder and selecting "Open", it opens in the "My Computer" window without the folder-view pane at the left.

    The Right-Click > Explore menu for folders opens Windows Explorer on MY system showing the folder view and with that folder selected.

    I assume that it is taking its behaviour from the default values for the Explore command as set on your system, but I believe I might be able to force this to always open in Folder View by adding a new right-click menu item for right-clicks on folders.

    I expected that the creation of this new toolbar would probably create a new Desktop "NameSpace" in the Registry, but it doesn't.  The only significant and apparently related registry change is to the key:

    [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Discardable\PostSetup\Component Categories\{00021492-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}\Enum]

    The Binary Value named "Implementing" is modified in 3 of the paired hex values.  Because they are hex values, I can't figure what the change actually means in terms of changes, and therefore wouldn't know how to edit or modify it.

    The CLSID named {00021492-0000-0000-C000-000000000046} appears in the following areas of the registry:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{01E04581-4EEE-11d0-BFE9-00AA005B4383}
    under the sub-key "Implemented Categories" and the "InProcServer32" [Default] StringValue is set to "C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\BROWSEUI.DLL".
    This appears to refer to the Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer shared "Address Bar".

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0E5CBF21-D15F-11d0-8301-00AA005B4383}
    Same values, but refers to the "Links" bar.

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Component Categories\{00021492-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}
    This has a [400] StringValue named "Desktop Bands" and that's all.

    This key, like the others above, is replicated in:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\CLASSES\Component Categories\{00021492-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}

    So, the new tollbar is treated in the same way as the "Links" Band and the "Address Bar".

    Now, back to the creation of a custom right-click menu option for that new cascading toolbar for your "My Documents" folder to force the right-click > "action" to open Windows in folder view.

    I created a new right-click menu option using the following new key and values:

    REGEDIT4

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\FolderView]
    @="Open in FolderView Window"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\FolderView\command]
    @="C:\\WINDOWS\\EXPLORER.EXE /n,/e, %1"

    This works on my system as intended, and maybe will on yours.  The %1 variable just takes the place of the path to the folder that is right-clicked.

    If you mess around a lot in My Computer, then create a cascading menu on the top part of your start menu to it.

    Right-Click on your Desktop > NEW > Folder
    Type the name "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}" without the " ".  Nore that the dot which is essential.
    Click away from it and you have a new "Control panel" special folder that can be dragged onto the start menu, or in fact anywhere you want it.

    Have a look at these findings and see if it helps as an interim workaround to ease things.

    Bill
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    I have ascertained (from the following page) that replaceable parameters for Explorer.exe command options are:

    %1 (one) - the SHORT file or folder name
    %l (L) - the long file or folder name.

    The /idlist option is explained here under the "Explorer" section:
    http://www.mvps.org/serenitymacros/winprogs.html

    /IDLIST
    An additional parameter that means a Windows internal structure is being passed. eg:

    Explorer.exe /e,/idlist,%I

    The %I is a replacable parameter representing an IDLIST.

    The reason I found this page was that I was wondering whether using the CLSID for any of the "special folders" on the system, instead of the path, would be able to open that folder.

    explorer /e,root,{CLSID-number-of-special-folder}

    The CLSID for "My Documents" as shown in MY registry is:
    {450d8fba-ad25-11d0-98a8-0800361b1103}, but the following command wouldn't work for me until I found the "serenity macro's" page:

    explorer /e,root,{450d8fba-ad25-11d0-98a8-0800361b1103}

    The command NEEDS to have the 2 colons, as indicated below, to work:

    explorer /e,root,::{450d8fba-ad25-11d0-98a8-0800361b1103}

    Good list of CLSID's under the "NameSpace" section at http://www.mvps.org/serenitymacros/icon.html
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    Bill,

    Thank you for the very comprehensive replies (no surprise for me, of course!).

    I hope they can be useful for Bernatrd.

    Zee
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    I enjoy intriguing ones like this, zee.
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    by:brnbrg
    First, let me thank you for all this incredible effort.  It’s touching, because I really am handicapped, but my handicaps are not too bad, and I am used to many work-arounds.   First, to avoid any misunderstandings, let me recap:  Windows explorer behaves normally since the IE6 install in the sense that it shows all the items from top to bottom.  Setting no switches

    C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE

    brings up Desktop, My PC, 3 ½ Floppy (A:), SATARAIDC (C:), D:, E:, F:, the CD-ROM drive as G:, icons for Printers, Control Panel, Dial-Up Networking, Scheduled Tasks, Web Folders,  IE6, Network and the Recycle Bin.  This is all exactly like on the old PCs running IE5.5, except that the old PCs expand the C: drive automatically, meaning, with NO switches set at all I can still see the C: drive expanded.  To make this absolutely clear, THAT is the setting I would like to achieve, meaning all of the above, PLUS the C: drive expanded and highlighted, so that control [F] would instantly upon opening explorer find any file on the C: drive.   No matter what I tried so far, I could only either see everything, but the C: drive would be highlighted, yet remain collapsed, or the C: drive would be expanded, but all the other items would not show.  Only the switch setting

    C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE /e,C:\My Documents

    gave me the compromise, where I see all the items listed above, with My Documents highlighted AND expanded, which I got kind of used to, because it turns out to be the majority of what I happen to have to work on.  Of course, everybody wants their computer to work correctly, hence, the overriding concern is whether something went wrong with the IE6 install.  But that install went smoothly, and I have now browsed heavily for 2 weeks, paid my bills with online banking etc. and I can’t find a single thing to complain about.  My IE6 works flawlessly with the bank and VistaPrint, where formatting with an advanced browser above IE5.0 was a must.

    I am also sorry to say, I exported my registry and character for character all the settings are exactly the same as on your computer, Bill, as is the key

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\command

    Is the [Default] StringValue set to:

    C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.exe /e,/idlist,%I,%L

    so, now that I got a little bit into it, too, I am at the same loss as you guys.  What gets me the most is that everything works flawlessly with no switches

    C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE

    except that the C: drive would not expand.  Maybe it would be easier to debug if there was some kind of outright failure.  Unfortunately, your last recommendation

    explorer /e,root,{450d8fba-ad25-11d0-98a8-0800361b1103}

    results in a strange hierarchy on my computer:  I see Desktop, My PC, IE6, Network, Recycle Bin and then immediately the My Documents folder, but NOT under C: at all, nor do I see any of the other drives, the CD-ROM drive as G:, icons for Printers, Control Panel, Dial-Up Networking, Scheduled Tasks, Web Folders – those are all MISSING and the order is messed up – I have never seen IE6, Network and the Recycle Bin at the top, before any drives or folders of the C: drive.

    Look – I’ll live – I would be very grateful, if this was my worst problem – right now I have no job and no income, for example, one more reason I have to stop.

    IF YOU DO NOT THINK THAT MY IE6 INSTALL WENT BAD, then I’d say, let’s give up & let me know what I should do with those 200 points.  Maybe we can reach a compromise – I have been cleaning my cookies by hand, because I never found a utility that would leave the Fleet Bank cookie in Windows Cookies, plus the related entry in Temporary Internet Files.  So now with this bug my chores take longer – just tell me what your preferred cookie and temp file clieaning utilities are, but remember, I can only afford them at the moment if they are for free and I give you each 100 points and we’re done with this ghost chase.  I am as always thankful and remain astounded at the resourcefulness of this great community.

    Sincerely,
    Bernard
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    Bernard,

    From your comments, I would say ther is nothing wrong with your IE.

    I'm using All-in One Secretmaker Free as pop-up blocker, ad-blocker, anti-spam and privacy protection, including cookie management.

    It will take you a little time to understand and configure properly (per your needs) but it works quite well and for that price...

    Regarding the points, I'm not worried.

    Post for a refund if you want. No problems here.

    Zee
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    You guys spent so much time for me, I split the points & we're done with that weird bug, thanks again.

    Zee, do you have a link or site where I can get the All-in One Secretmaker?

    Sincerely,
    Bernard
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    p.s.:  Secretmaker.com was easy to find... no need to respond, thanks again
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    Bernard,

    Thank you.

    Take care.

    Zee
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    The command NEEDS to have the 2 colons to work   :-)

    Hi, Bernard

    explorer /e,root,::{450d8fba-ad25-11d0-98a8-0800361b1103}

    NOTE that the :: comes after the ,

    I can't remember if this has been tried, but if C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE seems to open it the way you want, then what about this strange behaviour:

    EXPLORER /e   (opens the Windows folder expanded on mine)
    EXPLORER /e,  (opens with Desktop expanded)
    EXPLORER /e,root,  (opens with C:\ Drive expanded)

    You could go on experimenting until you are blue in the face, and get some very different results.

    Not sure if you are aware of this, but pressing the numeric keypad's * will open out ALL drives/folders.  It can take ages, depending on how deep some of the sub-folders go.  Pressing the numeric keypad's - will collapse the folders to whatever drive/folder is selected in the left pane, but does so almost instantaneously.

    The expanding process eats memory, and your system will lag.

    I have found a registry modification that MIGHT work.  I haven't tested it, because I will need to reboot and clear my memory after that * escapade :-)

    http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/1113/

    >>>
    Automatically Expand Folders in Explorer

    When using Windows Explorer the SELECTED FOLDER is automatically expanded in the left-hand folder list.
    Applies to All Windows versions.

    (a better explanation here: http://www.theeldergeek.com/automatic_expanding_trees_in_windows_explorer.htm
    If Friendly Trees (Expanding Trees) are enabled, clicking on a drive in the left pane of Explorer will automatically expand the tree. When a different drive is clicked, the tree on the previous drive will close and the tree of the newly selected drive will expand).

    A bit like the setting in Internet Options > Advanced tab to apply to the Favorites bar.

    1. Start > Run > and type REGEDIT > Click "OK" and find:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    2. Create a new DWord Value named "FriendlyTree" (don't use the "" and observe the space between the words)

    3. Right click on it and "modify" the value to 1 to enable and 0 to disable.

    4. Close REGEDIT, and any other open programs, then reboot.

    Windows 98 doesn't seem to have an option in Windows Explorer through which this setting can be enabled without messing in the registry.  I don't have IE6 installed, so I can't check this, but IE6 MIGHT have added this option:

    Windows Explorer >Tools > Folder Options > View tab
    Tick the box for "Display Simple Folder View in Explorer's Folders List".

    You know, there is one thing that might help with reducing the amount of mouse clicks you need to navigate your system, and that is something known as "Hot Tracking" as explained here:
    http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/18/

    The registered version of WinGuides Tweak Manager allows you to apply over 1000 registry tweaks.
    http://www.winguides.com/tweak/tweaklist.php
    Hot Tracking is one of these tweaks.

    Another free way to apply this, is by installing Tweak UI version 1.33.
    exeDownload the self-extracting file here:

    http://ftp.pcworld.com/pub/new/utilities/system_resources_tune_up/tweakui133.exe

    Run it to unpack the contents to C:\Windows\Temp, locate the file tweakui.inf in the TEMP folder, Right-Click it, and select "Install".  You will have a new control panel icon and Tweak UI will start up with Windows when you next reboot.  The Hot Tracking setting is at the bottom of the MOUSE tab.

    I use Karen Kenworthy's "Cookie Viewer" to delete cookies.  I find it easier just to click the "Delete" button and scroll to miss out ones I want to keep, or just keep clicking.  It also tells you a few things about the cookies.

    http://www.karenware.com/
    http://www.karenware.com/powertools.asp
    http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptcookie.asp
    http://www.karenware.com/progs/ptcookie-setup.exe

    Needs visual basic 6.0 RunTime files to be installed

    http://www.karenware.com/powertools/runtimes.asp
    http://www.karenware.com/progs/vbrun60-setup.exe

    Do you use DOS a lot as a DOS Box within Windows?  This registry modification creates a new Right-Click option on Drives or folders that will open a dos box at the selected folder or drive.  I use this so much now that I couldn't live without it.  Follow the instructions on the following page,

    http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/260/

    or copy the text below and paste into notepad.  Save as "DOS_Here.txt" and rename as "DOS_Here.REG".  Actually, the name is immaterial.  Right-Click the .reg file and select "Merge".  Accept the notification message.  The change is immediate.  The next time you need to quote a directory path, just right-click the folder in Windows Explorer and choose the new menu option.  Click the text selection button in the DOS box's toolbar, scroll over the text, and then click the Copy button.  Ready to paste right into Experts Exchange comments :-)

    --------- Start of text to copy (DON'T include this line) --------
    REGEDIT4

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\DOS_Prompt]
    @="DOS Prompt"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\DOS_Prompt\command]
    @="C:\\COMMAND.COM /K cd \"%1\\\""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\DOS_Prompt]
    @="DOS Prompt"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\DOS_Prompt\command]
    @="C:\\COMMAND.COM /K cd \"%1\""
    --------- End of text to copy (DON'T include this line) --------

    How about creating 2 new Right-Click menu options "Copy to Folder" and "Move to Folder".  It will remember the last-used folder, so if you regularly dump files, create files, or download them onto your desktop, it becomes a 2 second option to copy or move them to a regularly-used folder.  I use this for multiple selections of images, etc.

    Do the same as above to create a .reg file, and then right-click and merge it:

    --------- Start of text to copy (DON'T include this line) --------
    REGEDIT4

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Copy To]
    @="{C2FBB630-2971-11d1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Move To]
    @="{C2FBB631-2971-11d1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\CLASSES\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Copy To]
    @="{C2FBB630-2971-11d1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\CLASSES\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Move To]
    @="{C2FBB631-2971-11d1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}"
    --------- End of text to copy (DON'T include this line) --------
     
    In fact, why not download my .reg file that will create both these new options in one go:

    http://client.henninger.com/pickup/learning/Win98RightClickOptions.zip

    It's password-protected with my Experts-Exchange username (case-sensitive), so take note before downloading it.

    Regards
    Bill
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    Thank you, Bernard.  I hadn't realised that you were online right now and accepting comments.

    Hope this extra info helps, even if it doesn't cure the "bug".
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    Zee, grab a copy of that .reg file while you are here.  It's handy to run on a new installation rather than trying to remember it all or trying to find the info online again.
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    Thanks for all those tips!  By the way, you write:  "...pressing the numeric keypad's * will open out ALL drives/folders.  It can take ages, depending on how deep some of the sub-folders go..."  Well, there is one thing I invested in - and that was a SATA RAID with 2 WD 10,000 RPM 74 GB Raptors - nothing takes minutes any more...  That was the idea - I have never seen such stunning I/O speeds - the entire C: tree expands in great detail with countless folders and over 120,000 files in just seconds - and it does take minutes on the old machines...

    Also, the greatest tip I ever received came from the old Askme.com knowledge base and said to use Windows ME's defrag.exe file for Windows 98SE - it is compatible and twice as fast.  Let me tell you, first the old PCs finally really finished in half the time - with my mess of files the 98SE defrag did take forever.  But then your eyes would pop out with the new hardware - it is unreal how that monster SATA RAID races through using Windows ME's defrag - and the sound it makes - as if you had soldiers with machine guns in the PC...  And that's what it is - millions of little green men with machine guns, all inside my PC, shooting at file fragments until they're all blown to smitherines!  And it all happens in seconds - now that is what I call progress...  So, you see - I do have some technical knowledge after all...

    Thanks again - if I have more time, I'll try your suggested strange switch combos.

    Sincerely,
    Bernard
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    :)

    And thanks Bill, safely added to my data base...

    Zee
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    I too recently replaced a few system files from Windows ME into my 98SE system, and am pleased with the results.  Not all of them work, however, and it's not just a case of copying every system .exe file over to the 98se systems.

    One thing that makes life easier is a program named ScanDefrag.  It uses windows disk cleanup (cleanmgr.exe), msconfig, scandisk, and Norton disk doctor/speed disk (if installed), and you set the configuration you want ScanDefrag to use with them.  Once configured properly, one click allows it to clean up unwanted files, reboot and prevent selected applications from starting up, and it then runs scandisk.  Finally, it runs defrag after protecting certain windows system files that shouldn't be tampered with or rearranged.

    Run with the ME version of defrag, this process is pretty fast and easy, and can be scheduled to run as a completely unattended process.  Minbe isn't quite like little machine guns, it sounds more like my troubled washing machine on the spin cycle due to my slower 7200 rpm hard drive :-)

    Try out that "Friendly Tree" registry modification along with the ripped-off floating toolbar.  I would not normally wish to have each folder collapsing if I click another, because I use drag and drop a lot, but the "Copy To/Move To" addition should negate the need for this.

    Another possibility is one of the freeware programs that allows you to view 2 instances of Windows Explorer side-by-side.  One of these is 2xExplorer, but you should be aware that I have been attempting to solve a problem for another member who lost drag and drop functionality that MIGHT be associated with this program.  It worked fine on MY system when I tested it though.

    http://www.netez.com/2xExplorer/

    2xExplorer is officially pronounced dead. You can still download it for free, but that's about it. xplorer² is the way to the future. It comes with a "pro" and a "lite" version. The lite version is free and much more powerful than 2xExplorer, and you should really give it a try!

    http://www.netez.com/xplorer2/

    2xExplorer runs as a standalone application from its own program folder and restricts registry modifications to its own.  It relies on the functionality of Windows Explorer and IE 4 and above, so it doesn't need to add too many files or modify anything.

    Another that I bookmarked and downloaded a while back, but NEVER TESTED out, is Twin Explorer:

    http://www.pepsoft.com/twinx/index.php

    I'm a great believer in creating some very useful new Right-Click menu options for different file types to speed things up and customise the way I want to view them.  Paint Shop Pro, WinZip, IrfanView and others all add their own right-click menu options, but do you know how to create your own?

    If NOT, then I am about to summarise the procedure as a printable pdf file.  I'll drop a download link to it once I've done it.  I'll add some suggested programs to it while I compose it.

    Bill
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    You need many drives, Bill, many 10,000 RPM drives in RAID 0 - you know, when you become disabled you start thinking weird - get all that hardware & making it all back!  Lost assets, lost relationships, lost life and all - all with SPEEED!  That's how I found out about these little green men & their machine guns - millions of them!  Unfortunately, due to slight pressure to pay my bills for mere survival, that is also about the extent of my technical knowledge.

    But kidding aside, I am very grateful for this college course, which now has turned post-graduate level in exploring.  My only hope is that xplorer² does not turn into xploder², because now I have pretty much run out of time for any more debugging, now I have to get some productivity out of this new hardware.  Yes, I do use right-click menu options for Paint Shop Pro, WinZip, IrfanView and others, but I do not know how to create my own and look forward to your link.

    Thanks again,
    Bernard
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    Zee, by the way - I have been using All-in-one-Secretmaker now for a little while, and my system is behaving quite differently.  I have cut back a little bit in the functions it offers, now I am running it with worm hunter, privacy protector, cookie eraser and explorer history eraser on, because more cleaners at one time worry me somewhat.  At every boot, setup is now echoing a message - is that normal?  And I just did a routine upgrade to my my free ZoneAlarm, but now there is an extra line in autoexec.bat

    Set tvdumpflags=10

    Is that normal and should I leave it there?

    Also, spam protector is labelling every single legitimate e-mail as spam, prevents all of them to download quickly into Outlook 2000, even with my fastest hardware the disk light stays on for a while until secretmaker allows the e-mails finally to be downloaded - it looks like there is a price to pay.  The delay, the extreme disk activity and the fact that each and every one of quite legitimate e-mails is labelled as spam made me shut it off for the time being.  Is that normal or is there a long learning pocess until all legitimate e-mail is finally in the white list?  Doesn't all that activity wear the disk drives out?

    Sincerely,
    Bernard
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    I am not experiencing the issues you are reporting with Secretmaker.

    Maybe you should just uninstall if it's eating up your resources. This is weird because my system is far weaker than yours and have no problems.

    The anti-spam feature is a learning process, it will get better and better with time but I agree it's a bit annoying at first. The alternative is disable it and delete junk mail manually.

    Anyway and as you surely know, software is exactly like this. Even if the reviews are great:

    http://www.download.com/All-in-One-Secretmaker/3000-7786_4-10332329.html?tag=lst-0-1

    There will always be "unhappy" systems.

    I do use ZoneAlarm v.5.1.033.000 and couldn't find that entry in the autoexec.bat file.

    Just downloading the current update. Back in a few minutes.

    Zee
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    Yes, that line is added by the latest update of ZoneAlarm.

    Not to worry, I guess.

    Zee
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    Bernard

    I'll just create some separate .reg files and zip them up for you with a readme.txt to explain what they do.

    blue_zee

    I don't suppose you could have a look through this question and see what you make of it.

    http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Win98/Q_21192467.html

    It's long, and the indented quotes don't make for easy reading, but it's otherwise pretty well covered.  The thing that is puzzling me is where plab says that, when attempting to download an .exe or .zip file (perhaps others also), he is shown a blank IE window with an icon in it.  I wondered if there was a file association problem and this was a Macromedia Flash symbol, or if it was the ActiveX tri-colour cube icon.  It is as bad as Bernard's "Little green men with machine guns that live in the SATA RAID drive" :-)
    What he sees is  "a tiny red square above a tiny green circle and a tiny blue triangle".  Ever seen an icon like that on a web page?
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    :-))

    Weird one, no doubt.

    Let's see if Firefox works for him.

    Zee
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    Hey, hey – leave my little green men and their machine guns out of this!  And now they are watching TV!

    Set tvdumpflags=10

    What are TV dump flags anyway and why are they set to only 10 when I have millions of these little green men…  See, I can analyze technical stuff, too – I went to the univoethity (or was it the akedemmy?) where they first introduced me to that SCHOEMIX Operating System – I’m smart, I can handle things…

    Back to my problem - I suspect and agree that my bug does have to do with file associations.  The only anomaly I can find is the following sequence:  MS Paint right after a complete 98SE install cannot handle JPEG files.  This is normal, because a MS knowledgebase article specifies that the expanded capabilities of MS Paint become available only after another imaging product is installed – the monopoly gangsters at MS, of course, had Office in mind with Photoeditor.  So you install MS Orifice 2000 and there is MS Photoeditor, which gloms on to things in a weird way.  Suddenly, it becomes the default for GIF and JPEG files.  GIF files lose their animation and are stuck on frame one.  So you go to File Types and carefully remove MS Photoeditor from GIF and JPEG files and type in the iexplorer info as follows:

    Application used to perform action:
    "C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\iexplore.exe" –nohome

    Use DDE is checked

    DDE Message:
    "file:%1",,-1,,,,,

    Application:
    IExplore

    DDE Application Not Running: [is left blank]

    Topic:
    WWW_OpenURL

    You do that for both JPEG File Types, the first entry for JPEG, JPG and JPE and the second for JFIF and, of course, for GIF.  So, now IE becomes once again the default for these file types, BUT ONLY if you first load IE.  If you simply click on a JPEG or GIF file without IE being open, you get an error message which simply goes by too fast on my new hardware to read (I guess a drawback of speed), but then the file opens anyway in MS Photoeditor.  Again, GIF files of course, lose their animation in MS Photoeditor and are frozen at the first frame.

    But if you load IE first, all is well in fairy land.  GIF files have their animation back, JPEG files appear instantly the way I’d see them on a website or in an e-mail, essential for me for work collaboration.  I thought that retyping the file association carefully would set an absolute end to MS Photoeditor’s usurping of these 2 file types, but no such luck.  Obviously, there must be something else that makes MS Photoeditor the default for these GIF and JPEG file types when IE is not open.  Maybe I am now beginning to split hairs, but this is the only anomaly I can find on my system – and to preempt your comments – if it stays like that I’ll count myself lucky.

    Here is something to give back to you, unless you guys of course, know that, too:  I depend on those fast JPEG conversions of complex graphics for collaboration and presentation and especially to write legibly and sharp on them, or to put even a graphic on top of a graphic.  I found that custom text & numbers shrink very poorly if you have to reduce a graphic and turn it into a JPEG file.  I found that MS Photoeditor makes immaculate BMP and JPEG files and goes back & forth between them flawlessly.  MS Paint, however, handles JPEG files poorly.  I achieve the best results if I start with BMP file, then write with MS Paint on it, save it as BMP and if it is small enough, simply convert it with MS Photoeditor to JPEG.  If the BMP file is too big I found IrfanView to have overall the smoothest image reduction algorithm.  Then I save that reduced image again as BMP, write with MS Paint on it and have the finished product converted to JPEG with MS Photoeditor.  All this is for free (you have to be a MS Office user, of course) & fast – and by now you know that FAST & FREE governs the life of a sorry madman like me.

    Sincerely,
    Bernard


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    Yes, image file associations are a real pain the way some applications hog them.  I had problems with .gif files not displaying in Internet Explorer and couldn't explain why.  The problem is that I use Paint Shop Pro which likes to group and redesignate all the files associated with it as "Paint Shop Pro 7 images" rather than leaving them listed as separate file types with their proper names.

    Of course, this is my doing because I associated them all with PsP.  I use IrfanView, but have only associated a couple of strange ones to it that PsP won't open.  Paint Shop Pro then proceeds to grey-out the check-boxes and the "Remove" button, so you can't remove the association from within the program.

    I eventually deleted the "Paint Shop Pro 7 Image" type from Folder Options > File Types and then rebooted.  After that, I used PsP to associate the image types again and the .gif's displayed again in IE.  very strange, so I now have added a Right-Click Menu option (View in IE) against all file types that can be displayed in IE.  It gives you some idea of how they will be rendered on a web page before using them for that purpose.

    To compound things, I was messing with some old Windows 3.1 utilities to test their "standalone-ness" and compatibility with Windows 98 in furtherance of creating a single bootable Win98SE CD that can run the OS completely in memory.  Size IS important (I know women say it isn't) to keep it slimline, and I've been trying to use applications that are completely self supporting and don't need to write data to the registry, .ini files, or .dat files (obviously out as CD's are Read-Only).  I was also looking for programs that can be called using parameters and switches to control their behaviour.  I renamed the 3.1 .exe's to avoid a potential conflict with "known executable file names" already installed by Win98.   For my troubles, I ended up with my images associated with PaintBrush, my .WAV files associated with the 3.1 Media Player, and a few other mysterious happenings.  That's teach me to mess around on a stable computer, but at least I know what ones can be used in Win98.

    Office 2000 installs imaging file filters that enable MSPAINT to import and export as .GIF and .JPG, and I assume that you are referring to this MS article:

    http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q298/5/80.ASP

    Here's a pretty good discussion relating to MSPAINT and image files:

    http://www.geocities.com/one_human/advanced.html

    http://www.geocities.com/one_human/advanced.html#JPG_GIF_fix

    http://www.geocities.com/one_human/advanced.html#mspaint_fix

    These sections are quite comprehensive and gave the relevant files for download, along with .reg files to finish the job.

    >>>
    JPEG Graphics Filter: Jpegim32.flt
    GIF Graphics Filter: Gifimp32.flt

    You need to make sure you have both filters in the following folders:

    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\grphflt
    C:\Windows\MsApps\Grphflt

    You may already have the JPEG Filter on your system, but only in one location.
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    You're really radical bringing 3.1 .exe files into 98SE, but I totally agree w/u re applications that are completely self supporting and don't need to write data to the registry, .ini files, or .dat files - and I am grateful that I do not need Paint Shop Pro which is one of these major glom-on monsters.  As an alternative I bought all the Serif graphics programs at a time until about last year when they were literally giving them away for about $9.95 a piece.  So I bought basically all of them - Serif is the outcome of Harvard Graphics, SPC Software Publishing etc. and gave away their core software such as Harvard Instant Charts, Harvard Quick Presentation - those are smaller apps that are just as you describe - completely self-supporting.  But then it gets better:  I use Serif Page Plus 9  to convert almost anything to perfect PDF file (all for $9.95 where Adobe now wants your soul and more and more money) and I do all my drawing in Serif Draw Plus 7.  There is a wealth of imagery as each of these apps comes with their own Resource CD.  I also got Impact Plus and Photo Plus 7 from Serif and can only say that there is no glom-on from any of their apps & they all work fine.  So, for me there is no Adobe or Paint Shop Pro, at least while I have no money while the imagery I produce with all that Serif stuff looks just as great.

    By the way, the filters are all there and then some from all the Serif apps - I never thought of checking which causes them to be installed - Office 2000 or Serif, because I wan never really technical, I just wanted things to work with as little overhead as possible and I am very conscious about the glom-on factor - any apps that mess around are eliminated from my system.  But I suspect that Office 2000 brings those filters up.  I know that after all the Serif apps are installed, there are some 168 more True Type fonts installed which comes in handy, because they are all available in Outlook where you can write in fancy hadwriting or sign with fancy signatures and in MS Paint with which I write on my hi-res BMP files as explained above.

    I just still have no explanation why this stupid IE6 causes Windows explorer not to open normally any more, really weird.  But the depth of your comments made me more philosophical - I have the fastest 98SE system money can buy today and should count myself lucky.

    Sincerely,
    Bernard
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    Also, the strangest thing just happened:  Zee had recommended I put the following lines into the SYSTEM.INI file:

    [386Enh]
    MaxPhysPage=40000
    ConservativeSwapFileUsage=1

    [vcache]
    MaxFileCache=396216

    Now, I bought only 512 MB, hence, I never had any memory issues with this 98SE install.  But since I put these lines in, my SATA I/O was kind of strange, it would "hang" there, for many seconds and then rattle off the rest of my XCOPY32 backup jobs (written in DOS .bat files).  Also, there were other such strange pauses with disk I/O, as well as the fact that I ran out of memory much too fast for my taste with large volume of graphics work, i.e., opening and closing IE, Photoeditor and all the other apps.

    I am sorry to say, I took these lines out and the system flies again!  What is going on - I suspect that the huge empty space on the SATA RAID array makes the issue of a "slow" and "too large" swap file superfluous - see Bill & Zee:  Another reason to buy those drives with that army of the millions of little green men & their machine guns!

    Just thought I let you know - it is strange, but since I took these lines out, the blue line for memory usage in TclockEx virtually never goes to more than half, while before just a couple of hours of letting the Webshots screensaver run made it go all the way to the right - very surprising.

    Sincerely,
    Bernard
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    Bernard,

    I didn't recommend the MaxPhysPage setting, 40000 is for 1GB+ of RAM.

    If you want, just for testing purposes, exclkude that line, keeping the other 2 and see how it feels.

    But, basically, I do agree with that super fast array, the excessive swap file usage may be really superfluous.
    :)

    Lucky you!

    Zee
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    Millions of little green men!  And all firing!  Ha, haahh!!  My brain turned to Swiss cheese - no need to think any more - just buy faster and faster hardware!

    Ha, haahh - Krazzy Eddie has no technical knowledge, but is going at 10,000 mph!!
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    Zee, you're right - I re-read my notes and the

    MaxPhysPage=40000

    was for when I contemplated buying more memory.  I'll do the test with the other 2 lines in and report back, but it will take me a little while, because it takes actually quite a while until I run out of memory  & resources with reckless stacking of graphical and other work.  And I want to be objective and do a variety of observations, such as sitting down without rebooting after Webshots has been running for hours and memory shows almost as used up - we'll see.

    Bernard (really Krazzy Eddie...)
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    Did the test with the other 2 line in and can't tell the difference yet, so far you're proven correct.  But I could not accumulate yet a mess of files, which then would all have to be backed up with those DOS xcopy32 .bat files.  I may be misjudging this, but the only disappointment so far with the new hardware is the lag when copying from the SATA RAID, which has a separate channel on the ASUS P4C 800E Deluxe motherbord to the regular SATA, where I have one backup drive, to the primary IDE channel, where I have another EIDE ATA 133 7,200 RPM backup drive.  But the manual warned that 98SE would be considered a "legacy OS" and that this hardware was optimized for XP - so, you may have yet another point with your timely warning to migrate it all to XP "sooner rather than later", as you put it...

    It may be sad, but true.

    I'll post once more on the long-term difference of leaving those 2 line in.

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    OK and thanks.
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    You know, it's kind of strange - I run half a day with the 2 lines in, half a day without them, and unfortunately for an objective test, or fortunately for me, the machine is so powerful overall, that I can't get a conclusive answer.  If I sit down at the PC after Webshots has been running for hours without rebooting and begin serious memory-intensive work, that was a virtual death sentence on all lesser machines.  But now this high-end machine keeps on going - and of course, when it begins to cough up furballs is not always the same - you need literally hundreds of Word, Excel, Photoeditor, Paint, IrfanView etc. files open to see it get slow, then white out some areas and finally ask you to close some apps.  It is hard to produce such a huge sequence exactly the same twice for an objective test, and then who is to say that one or the other choice would not perform better/worse under slightly different circumstances.  It is that close.

    Maybe you can enlighten me what you would like to see philosophically from inserting these 2 lines, what advantages you are looking for, if any, from leaving them in, with respect to such a massive sequence of memory & CPU abuse.

    Krazzy Eddie
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    Well, I am sorry to report that I am now officially being considered insane by respected members of the computing community.  This comes as a surprise to me, because with those pieces of glass, theat went through my eye into my brain, I am as mentally stable as they come - here is what happened:  After several calls to ASUS tech support, the 3rd level top guru there told me that I am the only one mad enough to run Windows 98SE on their top board and tried again to impress upon me that they put all their marbles into optimizing that P4C 800E as well as the P4P 800E Deluxe board for Windows XP.  Then I got kind of a lecture about how XP would have all the I/O channels open, i.e., next to SATA you can run both, the primary and secondary IDE channel, while Windows 98SE's use of the ordinary SATA eats up either the primary or secondary channel.  Hence, if you need a CD-ROM, then you can only use one more device on that IDE channel and that's the end of it - so you lose 2 drives.  You will have to buy a Promise PCI card to get that extra capability back and with it, those lags will be gone.

    The lags are not so bad, and are only due to emulation for legacy OS.  The C: drive on the primary SATA RAID has no lags - it is stunning - I keep a "monster" around - a Webshots installation with over 65,000 photos, organized in 319 collections with over 10 GB:  It is truly unbelievable, but on the 1.4 GHz AMD PC compressing these collections after a download from Webshots.com took over 2 minutes and now it takes less than 3 seconds!  And I had a Promise PCI UIDE ATA100 RAID in the old PC with 2 Maxtor DiamondMax Plus drives with 7,200 RPM! Not just one regular drive...

    So, the lag problem is resolved and is independent of the 2 lines in or not in.

    Krazzy Eddie

    p.s.:  I'm now scared... Zee, soon you and I are the last ones to use 98SE and then Bill's college course about all that detail (how can he know and actually retain all that stuff?) will be taught in history class...  Sad, but true...
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    :)

    Well, give up on those 2 lines, no doubt they can only be useful on "lighter" machines. Yours is so powerful you cannot see or feel the difference.

    I feel a generation gap...

    Between Win98 and XP of course, but I'm betting we will keep a PC running with Win98 just to show our grandchildren how good these old OS's were...!!

    The truth it's upgrade time.

    Cheers,

    Zee
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    I surmise that

    [386Enh]
    ConservativeSwapFileUsage=1

    forces the machine to make use of the balance of available memory, and I do not know what the purpose of the [vcache] entry is

    [vcache]
    MaxFileCache=396216

    Could you, please, enlighten me - I have done so many parallel tests and they're still coming out differently - whay should I be looking for?

    Sincerely,
    Bernard
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    p.s.:  I wish there was a tool or a command that would absolutely return all memory after apps are closed - but you will probably tell me that it does not exist and that XP is the next best thing... right?
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    LOL...

    The truth is... XP handles large amounts of RAM much better (REALLY much better) than previous OS's.

    Anyway, as you know, I'm still hanging on to my rusty and old Win98...

    Regarding the other issue, you're troubling yourself too much but I don't remember having pointed you this excellent site:

    Windows 98 & WinME Memory Management
    http://www.aumha.org/win4/a/memmgmt.htm

    Everything you need to know plus other things you probably never thought about...
    :)

    Zee
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    P.S.:
    There are memory "optimising" tools that unload memory, but the risk of problems (unloading something you need!) are greater than the benefits.

    If you want to try some, see these:

    http://www.download.com/3120-20_4-0.html?qt=memory+optimizer&tg=dl-20&search.x=0&search.y=0&search=+Go%21+

    Zee
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    One thing that DOES bog Win98 down a lot, is the propensity for hanging onto .dll's in memory long after they should have been ditched.

    There is one registry setting (approprately named "AlwaysUnloadDLLs") that seems to work on older computers or those with moderate amounts of memory.  Whether it would make the blindest bit of difference on your flying machine is something that could only be tested, but how could you benchmark it?

    http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/667/

    REGEDIT4

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\AlwaysUnloadDll]
    @="1"
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    Thanks for the tip with the registry - I typed in the key, and I agree it will only help if 98SE hangs on long enough for the problem to become cumulative - and I can't judge whether that could be the case in a review of many images opened by different apps, for example.  I don't care - I'm in so much trouble with imagery/workload that I could use a machine that is another 1000 times more powerful.  Also, Optimum Online is no longer what it once was 2 years ago - I could get 9.2 mbps net throughput, indicating that they really gave everybody 10 mbps!  Which was incredible - off the charts on all test sites.  Well, now it's down to 2.8 mbps to 3.5 mbps and many sites are slow as molasses (not optonline's fault), but noticable if you're handling 100s of images in a session...

    You still did not tell me the meaning of your 2 lines - am I correct in surmising that

    [386Enh]
    ConservativeSwapFileUsage=1

    forces the machine to make use of the balance of available memory, but what is the purpose of the [vcache] entry

    [vcache]
    MaxFileCache=396216

    if I have precisely 512 MB anyway?
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    Before you spend a penny on new hardware:  A big turnoff is boot time...  All that RAID array stuff has its price, you have to wait for the Promise BIOS to scan the RAID array drives, so a simple restart takes 37 seconds away from you for that, but if you then hope for the fabulous 8 seconds with which Windows XP loads, not so fast - 98SE needs still another 40 seconds to load.  A huge time loss if you're testing somthing and during installation phases...  As you can imagine, the guys at ASUS are only laughing at me, making fun of me, why I don't use XP...  One reason is that the cheapie OEM version of XP is tied to one machine - i.e., with my hardware changes & tests I would constantly have to call these people and argue with them, get a new key each time XP refuses to boot - what a fair and honest deal...

    You know, they screw you so hard up there in Wintel monopoly gangsterland that some people get so peeoed that they become inventive - honestly, my machine is indistingiushable from an XP machine of my cleeagues, once it's running - the only difference is that I/O lag, but that is only there the first time you use any of the I/O channels, the second and subsequent use during a session it flies, too; the net boot time for 98SE, and possibly memory issues, but I can only max out memory with stupid frivolity which I would not engage in during the normal course of image work.

    I have 6 books staring at me in my hutch - the 1st one aptly named "Windows XP Annoyances" - for me the whole thing is an annoyance if it does not really do something new for me and I need another 6 month learning curve - or do you know already every little trick we have been discussing about 98SE analgously for XP?  If so, then I have really fallen behind and will die the dinosaur that I am...

    Dino Eddie
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    Quoting from: http://onlinehelp.bc.ca/tips.htm#vcache
    (Special attention to the last paragraph)

    Windows 95/98/Me - Virtual Cache (vcache) Management.

    The technique of using high speed memory to cache recently used data read from the hard drive is a well proven technique for improving computer performance.  Smartdrive did this task admirably in the later versions of DOS and with Windows 3.x as anyone who has ever witnessed the difference in performance of Windows 3.1 before and after Smartdrive was set up can tell you.  With the release of Windows 95 the use of Smartdrive was discontinued and it was replaced by a more sophisticated system called Virtual Cache or vcache.

    In Windows 95 the implementation of vcache proved to be somewhat less than ideal, at least in the way it configures itself. When Windows 95 is launched, vcache will expand to use up any and all available RAM memory.  Then when additional applications are launched, Win95 is very slow to shrink back the vcache, thereby forcing the system to use virtual memory extensively to handle the memory needs of these applications.  So on one hand there is a very large disk cache attempting to improve performance while at the same time application programs are paging back and forth to the swap file because there is not enough RAM available for them to use.  So for users of Windows 95 there are some distinct performance advantages to be gained by putting some reasonable limits on the amount of RAM that vcache is allowed to have.  This is done by adding the following section to the system.ini file in the \windows folder:

    [vcache]
    MinFileCache=aaaa
    MaxFileCache=bbbb

    The aaaa should be replaced with the minimum amount of RAM (in K) that you want vcache to use.  This should be zero or at best 1024 (one megabyte).  The bbbb should be replaced with the maximum amount of RAM (in K) that you want Win95 to use for vcache.  A good general guide is that this should be 25% of your total system RAM but probably never more than 12288 (12 mb).  

    Do not use these limits with Windows 98/Me!!!!!!

    The handling of vcache is one specific area where Windows 98  and Windows Me are vastly improved from Windows 95.  First of all, the vcache resizing process has been cleaned up dramatically and Windows 98 will reduce the vcache almost instantaneously should applications require more RAM.  Secondly, and equally if not more imporatant, the vcache in Windows 98/Me has the ability to execute certain program code directly from vcache.  This means that the vcache RAM is doing double duty, serving simultaneously as a hard disk cache and as an executing application program.  This is only possible with programs that are "aligned" for Windows 98/Me by their compiler but more and more of the available programs are being compiled this way.

    Recently, there have been a few instances with Windows 98/Me were it has been shown to be advantageous to manually place a maximum size limit on vcache.  These instances can occur when any one or more of the following three circumstances exist:
    1. The computer has a huge amount of RAM (512 mb or more) installed.
    2. The computer is used to update or modify huge data files (equal to or larger than the amount of RAM installed in the computer.
    3. The computer has subdirectories that contain a vast number of files (numbered in the thousands).
    In any of the above situations it is now considered prudent to set a vcache maximum limit of approximately 70% of the total installed RAM but in no case larger than 512 mb (524288K).  The evidence is still being gathered regarding the behaviour of vcache under the above circumstances and there may be additions or changes to the above comments as further reports are received.

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    Bernard,

    We must take that step forward...
    :)

    As you say, it will be a learning process, but I have seen very few (one or two) people returning to 98.

    I'll probably get one of those CD's nect month!
    ;)

    Zee
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    And we may be close to beating the longest thread in EE.

    I wonder if they a special prize for that..??
    (hmmm.... maybe not)

    Zee
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    Thank you for the info on vcache - the way I understand it then is that

    [vcache]
    MaxFileCache=396216

    is just in that 70% range of 512 MB they are talking about?  And that should be an ideal number?

    Ah, the longest thread in EE history...  Well, it is the troubled psyche that makes the thread so long...  I really do not have the time to re-learn it all so that my now high-end, high-speed system of cranking out strategic thoughts in instant graphical form on Windows XP.  I tried quickly to run my core apps on a colleague's XP PC, but I could not get my work to run right away.  If I, for example, would have to abandon the Serif apps, especially the older ones, I'd face a 6 month to 1 year learning curve as the level of graphics they offer almost instantly and effortlessly, can only achvieved with real high-end graphics work on Adobe.  These apps are not only really expensive, but then you get married to them and to the Wintel gangsters.  And the learning curve for XP - my God, I know how long it took me to make 98SE do what I need, at least another 6 months, if not more, until it all really runs the way it's running right now...

    Virtually all my knowledge came from Brian Livingston's Windows 98 Secrets books, I have them all, also the Office & Excel Secrets books etc.  Livingston ranted how he would not get involved in XP for hundreds of reasons, and so there was no centrally organized source of undocumented "secrets" like he compiled for 98SE.  There also was real bitterness, which I shared with him, about the monopoly aspects and the forcing of the enduser into extortion-like EULAs (I subscribe to Ed Foster's gripeline and consider myself just a common sense citizen, not even too much of a libertarian, but the shenanigans of large firms enumerated in Foster's column make you angry).  Add to that 2 inches of notes from Askme.com & EE and that's real knowledge, at least all the bugs that every hit me...  I know this is a process of years until I have that full knowledge of XP and all my work runs on it the way it does now...  Very bitter for me, I need to get a job now and where I am going they have all XP machines, so I am already behind as you correctly point out.  I have one XP SP1 CD sitting here, but I am afraid to tie it to hardware I am not sure about - I could still put it on the 2nd computer and slowly, side by side debug every little facet of it again...  I guess I'll have to do it - how conformism forces us into these senseless acts of loss of time.  But to finish my projects which I need to go on job interviews is such a pressure cooker that I do not have the time to sleep, to say nothing of XP, but I guess everybody has to learn it and has no time to do so, hence, I will have to do it, too.

    Just make sure you become an XP expert BEFORE I migrate, Zee, ha, hah, haah - Krazzy Eddie can't read, because he has brain damage and needs everything explained to him!

    Thanks again for everything - I am dragging my feet since the summer when I thought I might migrate to XP and who knows - maybe something breaks even on my new super-PC during this critical phase, before I can get to XP - then I'll have to bother you again!

    Sincerely,
    Bernard
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    Bernard,

    Thanks.

    I really enjoyed this...

    We'll meet again in the XP TA...??

    Ok, Ok, I'll take my coat now.

    Cheers,

    Zee
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    Not so fast...  Lookie here, the All-In-One Secret people declare ZoneAlarm crap and want me to use their stuff without ZoneAlaram(?!?)  What's going on?  This is from their website when I checked for an upgrade:

    Major changes
    Intermediate Version 3.9.8.1
    Click here to get the actual version
    We had to remove the work around for the ZoneAlarm firewall as many users got problems which have been without any before.
    As ZoneAlarm is very instable by itself we will not develop further on this matter until the situation has changed.
    Sorry us for the inconveniences.

    Brilliant English grammar on their website, too...  I'm sorry, but my ZoneAlarm is not unstable at all - it saves my behind every minute of every day I'm on the web...  I'm not gonna install this - the previous (current) version 3.9.8 works just fine - shall I keep it?  SpyWareBlaster also has no problem, and neither has AdAware & SpyBot -  so what are they talking about?  See - you said good bye too early...

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    Wasn't aware of that...

    If they want us to choose between popup stopper and firewall, I'm keeping my firewall!

    They must be out of their minds.

    And, yes, 3.9.8 hasn't caused me any problems. Sticking with that version too.

    I'll keep on listening anyway and back whenever I get a notif.

    Zee
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    Keeping 3.9.8, too... they ARE out of their minds...

    Neat community - that one can keep sending messages much later, when one, e.g., really know an outcome...  I'll keep on playing with the 2 lines in and out of SYSTEM.INI - will post back, too.  Was also wondering whether TclockEX is a reliable tool, because I have to admit that I get scared when the blue line shows all memory used and simply boot.  But this has the disadvantage that I never see my super-PC blow, or hang, like it did in the past.  In that sense, TclockEx is the tool to have, because with the new 512 MB of memory & all that speed and resources, if you have been working normally until the blue line reaches max, it may be time to take a break for reasonable people anyway - and you're only 77 seconds away from bliss - a freshly rebooted computer with free memory...

    Hi-speed Eddie
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    Well, the All-in-one Secretmakers came out with 3.9.8.5 without specifically admitting that they had lost their minds by excluding ZoneAlarm from 3.9.5.1 and only with a vague statement that 3.9.8.5 will "not be slowed down" by VPN and firewall products - is it safe for ZoneAlarm users or did you pass on that version, too?

    I have now conclusive evidence that LEAVING THE 2 LINES IN is actually superior to not putting them in, by the way - for many scenarios, my raw speed seems to paint over it, but when you need to rattle through hi-res BMP photos w/MS Photoeditor, you blow through available memory much faster and reach the point where the PC hangs for a while and then works like molasses in about half the tries as when compared with leaving those 2 lines in.  So thank you once more for this tip - this makes it clear that you should tweak every machine to the max, even the fastest hardware - it coughs up furballs, too...

    RAID Eddie
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    Hi Bernard, a.k.a. Hi-speed Raid Eddie!

    Thanks for the update, interesting knowing that even a super fast machine will have somr benefit from those 2 little tweaks.

    Regarding Secretmaker, I did upgrade to 3.9.8.5 and see no problems yet.

    Cheers,

    Zee
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    You mean, you do run free ZoneAlarm 5 along with 3.9.8.5 as well - I think it is now version 5.062.004?

    By the way, it's now 3 tweaks - don't forget the clever AlwaysUnloadDll registry key...

    Also, I remember from disk I/O & network packet size arguments - I wonder whether

    MaxFileCache=396216

    really IS the magic number for a machine with 512 MB...  What made you pick that number?

    Holiday Eddie
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    Just installed 3.9.8.5 with free ZoneAlarm version 5.062.004 - all went well & first browsing went ok.  Was just concerned, because their sweeping statements can scare you...

    Leaves only to ponder what ideal MaxFileCache size would be - but that probably depends on the way one uses the machine...

    Holiday Eddie
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    Eddie.

    If you ever get around to plunging into Windows XP, then here's a couple of tips.

    Do a "custom install" and only include only the absolute essential programs that you intend using for the manner in which you intend to use the computer.  I had already installed SP1 by the time SP2 came out, but I believe that you might be able to go directly to SP2.  Download the FULL SP2 or get the CD rather than allowing it to update the system online.

    Buy XPlite from http://www.litepc.com/xplite.html and run it on the new installation before spending time configuring it.  Remove all the unnecessary services and superfluous programs that don't apply to your proposed uses for the computer.  XPlite is able to turn off "file protection" and allows you to remove a whole lot more things than would have been possible with File Protection enabled.

    Once done, re-enable file protection, and configure your computer the way you want.  I have no need for fancy themes or animated menu's, etc, so I just got rid of all that junk with XPlite.

    SP2 decides that you have to know about how your system may be vulnerable, and launches the "Security Console" (or whatever it's called) each time the system starts.  I have disabled the WinXP firewall in favour of Zone Alarm for now, and told the system not to keep telling me that I am vulnerable because I don't have the WinXP firewall enabled.
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    >>You mean, you do run free ZoneAlarm 5 along with 3.9.8.5 as well - I think it is now version 5.062.004?<<

    Yes.

    Bill, thanks for that info.

    Will keep it safely to be used as soon as I also upgrade...

    Yes, there's no other way to go!

    Zee
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    Bill,

    Dynamite as usual - thanks for all that info!  That's precisely what I've been worrying about... and that I'd have to spend 6 months until I really knew how to cut XP down to the functions I really need.

    Did you disable the XP firewall in favor of the free ZoneAlarm version 5.062.004, i.e., is the free version good enough?

    I do not trust system restore at all - is that gone, too with XPlite?

    Is there any risk that XPlite simply stops working and forces one to call the MS monopoly gangsters for some reactivation code in the middle of some crucial work?  I do change hardware rather often...  Are the MS monopoly gangsters hostile to XPlite or do they treat it like any other license, i.e., do they even know the difference?

    Holiday Eddie
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    p.s.:  By the way, I preliminarily ordered the SP2 CD and lookie here - the MS Monopoly Gangster do reward good behavior!  Just on the mere promise that I will finally fall in line, did they promptly and for FREE (!?!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT!!?!!) send me the SP2 CD with all 266 MB of security and other fixes...

    How nice they are...  Except that at about the same time a MS rep on their consultant line warned me not to buy an OEM copy of XP, because it is officially for one hardware setup only - and if I decide to change that, my request for reactivation may be refused by MS!

    Well, I read Ed Foster's gripeline and have something against monopolists, it's probably just me...

    Libertarian Eddie
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    Get your hands on one of the "corporate" issues that did not need activation, and then trawl through all those nefarious sites on the internet (with popup stopper enabled), and obtain a serial key suitable for that version.

    Install it, and then alter a certain binary value in the registry.  Then run a certain command line and switch to force the activation screen.  Change the product key to one that isn't blocked by SP1 or 2.  This will have entailed long hours of browsing and then trial-and-error, but you will have a full installation that thinks it's activated.

    I am obviously not at liberty to divulge this whole process in detail though, because that would be as wrong as MS denying reactivation to someone who has modified their computer too much.  I am quite a mercenary person though, and I would have no qualms about selling you this info if you just send your payment to me through paypal to bill@license_evaders.com  ;-)
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    Ha, hahh!  Wild Bill Hickock - alive and well - as a mercenary...(!)  Payment's coming right up - especially from me, after 4 years in the hospital I'm swimming in money...

    Just for clarification:  Before I bought this new hardware, I could not get a straight answer from MS about the OEM version question, not even what would happen in case of a sudden hard disk failure.  While being quite reliable, 2 of my Promise RAID arrays did fail over the years and in each case one of the drives was completely shot and the entire C: drive array had to be rebuilt from scratch.  Not knowing what final setup would be suitable, I do play around a lot with hardware and was naturally afraid to enter into this XP MS monopoly game and that was and still is my primary reason for not upgrading to XP - I just don't like dirty play.  And I do consider MS to be dirty, primarily due to a Justice Department too stupid to correct all the detail that MS puts out which is in violation of anti-trust and other laws.  But conversely, this is also why I do not steal licenses - I bought my 3 Win98SE licenses – 1 came with a PC and 2 I bought retail on sale.  The same is available for XP, but then you're in the hands of the monopoly gangsters - and one night, when you might need your system the most, they could really shut you down - that's why I don't like them.  Read Ed Foster's column (http://www.gripe2ed.com) - horror stories abound...  By the way, I also have a colleague who works for a large company and went through all the steps you outlined above, he knows in what dire straits I am financially and offered me such corporate copy with a product key that accepts SP2, but I declined, maybe I'm an idiot, but that's how I am.

    No, my question did not relate to license evasion, but simply whether XPlite would put my fate into the hands of the MS monopoly gangsters just as buying an OEM copy would, that’s all…

    No-hot-XP-copy-for-me Eddie
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    Oops, I'm suddenly in BIG trouble -I don't even know what I did... I hope Zee u can read this, because you once advised me (I think) to use the ieradicator tool - here is what happened:  I ran CoolWebShredder as always, but it suddenly hung and after that I could not open IE6 any more, I got that dialog box with the error message, restart the IE6, send an error report, don't send one.  So, whenever I am in that loop, since I went through this with IE5.5, I now simply go to Add/Remove, and since you cannot uninstall IE, I chose revert to previous version.  So the uninstall starts, but then even that hangs and gives me this message:

    A previous installation has pending work requiring a reboot.  You need to restart your computer to complete that installation before running IE setup.  Setup will now close.

    And no matter what I do, it won't get out of this - I restarted many times, checked what is running etc, ran sfc, ran the repair option 10 times, all came back with no error, ran even CoolWebShredder several times, goes fine now, AdAware, Spybot, AVG7, all runs fine - no virus, nothing, but I can't open IE6 and I can't uninstall it.  Is there a way to interrupt this?

    Because from what I read about ieradicator, that may be a pretty radical tool...
    Please, help...

    (Now really) Krazzy Eddie
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    it gets even weirder - after trying to open it by right-clicking, it runs out of resources after a couple of tries, then the system hangs, but suddenly, the IE6 browser opens up, and in the address field is

    http://default.home/

    and no matter how oftern I try to change it back to blank, it will still say that in the address field, com hell or high water...
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    Hi, Bernard.

    You should have tried an IE repair, instead of downgrading to IE5.x.

    Add/Remove  Programs > highlight Microsoft Internet Explorer > click Add/Remove > select Repair > Next and OK.

    Rebooting when asked to.

    Try that and see if the problem persists.

    If it does, try searching for a file "wininit.ini" and delete it.

    Reboot and see what happens.

    Post back.

    Yes, IEradicator is a radical move, but may be necessary. Please don't use it without further instructions.

    Zee
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    Bernard,

    Just read your fresh post. You may have been hijacked.

    Don't go through the steps I posted above.

    Forgive me, if you have already read this, but I must repost it:

    Download Ad-Aware SE from here:
    http://lavasoft.element5.com/support/download/
    Install, UPDATE and run.
    You may need to reboot and run again to clean all the nasties that cannot be deleted at once (“in use”).

    Also excellent is SpyBot Search & Destroy available here:
    http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=download
    Install, UPDATE and run.
    You may need to reboot and run again to clean all the nasties that cannot be deleted at once (“in use”).
    You should also apply the "immunize" function, since it blocks roughly 1900 known 'bad' runs/apis/apps.

    Even if Ad-Aware and SpyBot S&D are similar, they do clean different things. You should have both of them and use REGULARLY.

    You can also install “preventive” software that will help you control these nasties:

    SpywareBlaster:
    http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
    Avoids malicious Active X installs.
    Advantage: no system resources used!!!
    Just download, install and UPDATE.

    All of them extremely useful but you must keep them UPDATED.

    Make sure you can see all files and folders (My Computer > View > Folder Options > View tab > under Hidden files select "Show all files" > click Apply and OK), reboot in Safe Mode (press F8 at startup and select Safe Mode from the menu), run Ad-Aware and Spybot S&D once or twice until they come up clean.

    See if these help.

    Zee


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    Zee, I have all the latest AdAware SE, SpyBot, spywareblaster, update and run religiously - you know me...  trouble is, they found NOTHING... and I booted 100 times in between, see nothing running in msconfig or <Ctrl><Alt><Del>, so what am I to do... I also ran sfc and the repair option several times as you first suggested

    But now that I have the browser open, I could actually see what it really wanted to go to in the address field and it is this:

    res://C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\SHDOCLC.DLL\dnserror#http://default.home/

    what does it want to get there?

    Bernard

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    ps:  I just saw that shdoclc.dll is an old application extension with a date of 8/29/02 and it does reside in

    C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM

    so, what does the above URL try to do and why can't I get rid of it with all my tools, incuding CoolWebShredder, which also comes up clean... (?)
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    Try this Winsok fix tool:

    http://www.downloads.subratam.org/WinsockFix.zip

    Download, run it and reboot.

    Zee
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    by:brnbrg
    wait a moment - now AdAware SE found 9 items of Alexa Data miner, 1 file and 8 registry keys - let's see this first...
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    sorry, I just ran the fix option of winsock - made no difference...  should all this have been run in safe mode?
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    what would happen if I "ruined" the present IE6 installation, say, by removing iexplorer.exe - would it then allow me to revert to an earlier version, so that I could then re-install IE6 over IE5.5?
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    by:brnbrg
    I just realized I can't converse with you here forever...  I will open a new question now...  sorry...

    Sincerely,
    Bernard
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    by:brnbrg
    I opened another thread, but I'm pretty pessimistic now - I'll pobably not get an answer to this crazy "a previous installation was never completed" and it does not let me do anything with IE setup.

    Maybe as a last attempt, what is it that you wanted to tell me I's have to watch out for with ieradicator - you said I should not go ahead without asking you for further instructions.  But I wonder whether the fatal error in reading the IP configuration is not a death sentence and I may have to redo this system anyway...

    Sincerely,
    Bernard
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    by:blue_zee

    Bernard,

    Sorry, I was off for dinner (Europe here), no bad intentions....

    iI'll go your new question.

    Zee
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