ERPMan's Computer Tips for Windows page: [part 1]
Updated: Friday December 2, 2022

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Windows Tips:

Fast Restarting the Computer (aka. Restart Windows): (for Windows 95 & 98 only)
For those who are still using either Win95 or Win98, and are tired of seeing the computer go through the
whole boot process after selecting the Restart the Computer option in the Shut Down menu, choose the
'Restart the Computer' shutdown option [if using Win95 without Active Desktop] or the 'Restart' option (if
using Win95 with Active Desktop or Win98), hold the Shift key and click on OK to make the computer
restart Windows instead of restarting the computer.  This tip does not work with other Windows OSes (not
even under Windows NT4, 2000, ME, XP & higher).  And this tip is meant for very slow computers less than
an Intel Pentium 2 processor with inadequate amount of RAM installed.  Using this tip on superfast PCs
regardless of Windows OS may occasionally hang them so just perform a full restart than a fast restart.

Performing a "full shutdown" of Windows: (for Windows 8, 8.1, 10 & 11 only)
See this page on how to do a full shutdown of Windows rather than a fast or hybrid shutdown.

Removing the annoying 'Shortcut to' prefix on shortcuts:  (for all versions of Windows except Vista/Win7)
For those using Win95, 98, NT4, 2000 or ME, install the TweakUI 1.33 powertoy from this MS site.
Then run TweakUI from the Control Panel and click on the Explorer tab.  On the Settings section of the
Explorer tab uncheck the box that has the option 'Prefix "Shortcut To" on New Shorcuts'.   Then click on
the OK button to save settings.  There's NO way whatsoever to perform this trick by editing the Registry
with Registry Editor or other 3rd party registry tools.  Windows XP users should get the MS TweakUI 2.0
Powertoy at this MS page.  Windows XP with at least Service Pack 1 & Windows Server 2003 users
should get TweakUI 2.1 at this MS site.  In TweakUI 2.0 & 2.1 click on the Explorer option (do not click
on the Explorer branch) and in the Settings section, scroll to all the settings until you find the option
that says 'Prefix "Shortcut To" on new Shorcuts'.  Uncheck that box and click OK.  You can also do this
under Windows Vista, Seven (7), Eight (8.x) & Ten (10.x) by using Vista Shortcut Manager.

Removing those annoying shortcut arrows on shortcut icons:  (for all versions of Windows)
For those using Win95, 98, NT4, 2000 or ME, install the TweakUI 1.33 powertoy from this MS web site.
For those using WinXP original only (WinXP without SP1 or higher installed) install the TweakUI v2.0
powertoy from this MS site.  For those using at least WinXP SP1 or WinServer 2003, get the TweakUI 2.1
powertoy at this MS site.  In TweakUI 1.33, run TweakUI from the Control Panel and click on the Explorer
tab.  In the Shortcut Overlay section choose None and click on OK to save changes.  In TweakUI 2.0 & 2.1,
expand the Explorer branch and click on the Shortcut option and do the same thing as with TweakUI 1.33.
No more shortcut arrows on those shortcut icons as they are permanently gone.
Warning: If Win9x/NT4 users install the Security Update of March 7, 2002 (mentioned on MS security bulletin
MS02-014 & MS support KB article 313829) OR if Windows 98 users install the unofficial SHELL32.DLL
2Gb-4Gb Copy patch (SHELL98.EXE), you will no longer have the ability to remove the shortcut arrows
on shortcut icons regardless of what setting you choose in TweakUI or in any 3rd party tweaking tools
that customizes the user interface like Tweaking Toolbox.  There are methods of resolving this minor
problem and all are found at Axcel216's Windows 98/98 SE Tricks + Secrets - Part 5 page.
Follow the directions at his page very carefully.  Those using Windows 2000 with SP3/SP4, WinME, XP &
Server 2003 are not affected by this minor problem as they can safely remove the shortcut arrows using
TweakUI or any other tweaking tools.
Sidenote: The NT4 versions of the MS04-037/KB841356 updates include the latest releases of the shell32.dll
file for NT4 systems with and without the IE Desktop Update.  The MS04-037 and the MS04-024 shell32.dll
security updates for NT4 do prevent TweakUI from changing or removing the arrows on shortcut icons if
the IE Desktop Update for NT4 is installed as I have tested myself on an NT4 machine.
For those using WinVista/WS2008 & higher: Download the Vista Shortcut Manager tool and run it to
remove or change the arrows on those shorcut icons on Vista & greater.

Removing the EFS [encrypting file system] feature from Win2k Pro & WinXP Pro Systems:
Read this article on how to remove the EFS feature from Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP
Professional systems.  EFS is not available on Windows XP Home Edition, even if you are using the NTFS
file system under XP Home edition.

Viewing and Extracting the contents of MSU Update Packages for Windows Vista, Server 2008 & Higher:
Read MS article 928636 on how to view and extract the contents of MSU packages for Windows Vista
and Windows Server 2008.  Even though the article does not mention either Win7 or Win8, the method may
also apply to those new Windows versions.
Note: The latest versions of 7-Zip and WinRAR can now recognize the contents of MSU files.

Viewing and Extracting the contents of Windows Installer MSI and MSP files:
You can view and extract the contents of any MSI or MSP package using some recent versions of 7-Zip.
You can also try using lessmsi to view and extract the contents of MSI files.

Optimizing Dial-Up Networking [DUN] Internet Connections:  (for 56k modem & ISDN modem users only)
Click here to view my dunfast.htm file on tips to make your dialup connections better.  Before trying out the
the tips, install the very latest drivers and firmware updates for your modem.  Also set the transmit &
receive buffers (from the Advanced Port Settings dialog box) to the higest setting.  In Win9x, NT4, XP &
Win2003, set the slider all the way to the right; in Win2k & ME set both the transmit & receive buffer
settings to Maximum.  To reach the Port Settings box, double-click on the Modem control panel applet,
select the modem, click on the Properties button, click on the Connection tab & click on the Port Settings
button and after you set both settings at maximum, click on the OK button and on the remaining prompts
to save your settings (if you get disconnected a lot or have major connection problems, lower the transmit &
receive buffer settings by one unit or set them at their second highest setting and click OK).
Requirements for Windows 95 before trying out the tips:
Dial Up Networking (DUN) 1.4 upgrade for Win95 (which provides 128-bit security) and the Winsock 2.2
update.  Install either the DUN 1.4 update and then the Winsock 2.2 update.  I have now confirmed
that the Winsock 2.2 patch does not overwrite crucial system files from the DUN 1.4 update for Win95.
Other Win95 updates to consider before making DUN connections more faster & reliable are the
updated Win95 Unimodem V drivers and the TAPI 2.1 update for Win95 (download here).
Requirements for Windows 98 1st & 2nd editions before trying out the tips:
Dial Up Networking (DUN) 1.4 update for Windows 98 first edition (which provides 128-bit security).
Dial Up Networking (DUN) 1.4 update for Windows 98 second edition.  For Win98se users with USB modems
or PCI modems using WDM modem drivers, get the Win98 WDM Modem Kit & the Win98se Q308349 update.
Requirement for Windows ME (Millennium edition) before trying out the tips:
The WinME Q272016 update for those using USB or PCI modems using WDM modem drivers.
Caution: The tips of optimizing dialup internet connections may not work if you use PeoplePC Acclerated
Editon or NetZero Hi-Speed Edition (or even some other internet service provider apps that supported Win9x)
as these "accelerated" software may already optimize your dialup connections.

Optimizing Broadband High-Speed Internet Connections: (great for cable modem & DSL modem users)
Click here to view my cabledsl.htm file on tips to make your broadband connection more efficient.

Enabling Scandisk for Windows to recheck bad clusters/sectors: (for Win95, 98 & ME systems only)
If you have lots of bad clusters or bad sectors on floppy & hard drives [after reformatting them or checking
them with Scandisk or other disk checking utilities] and want to use the space taken up by bad clusters
open the Registry Editor program and go to the following key:
'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Check Drive'
Double-click on the Settings variable and change the last two binary digits to 04 (ex. if the Settings value
is '91 03 00 01' change it to read '91 03 00 04'), close Registry Editor and run Scandisk for Windows &
select the Thorough option when checking floppy or hard disks.  When it encounters a bad cluster it will
prompt you whether to leave it alone, remove the bad cluster mark or retest the bad cluster.  Note:  This
setting is used once & when you close Scandisk the setting is not saved so you will have to repeat this trick
again when running Scandisk again.  This tip does not enable rechecking bad clusters for the DOS
version of Scandisk.  Also be careful after using this tip as clearing some bad clusters on disks may become
defective again (aka. turn bad again later on) when rechecking them with Scandisk or other disk utilities.
Caution: This tip enables the option under the current user only [if user profiles are enabled].  If you log on
as a different user, you will have to open Regedit and modify the binary value & then run Scandisk.
See MS support article 127055 for more information.  Also, Win98 users should have already applied the
Q243450& Q263044 updates before trying out this tip on large hard drives that are 30Gbs or greater
as the GUI edition of Scandisk has problems checking the physical areas of 32Gb+ hard drives.

Using Windows ME versions of Scandisk for Windows & Disk Defragmenter under Windows 95 & 98:
I've noticed when running the Windows ME versions of Scandisk [scandskw.exe] and Disk Defragmenter
[defrag.exe] under a Windows ME system, they run faster than the Windows 95/98 versions of those
programs.  To use the WinME versions of Scandisk & Disk Defragmenter under Win95 or 98, copy the
Scandskw.exe & Defrag.exe files files from the Windows ME CD onto the Windows folder and overwrite
the Win95 or 98 versions.  If you don't have the WinME CD, you can download 'scanfrag.exe' from here.
Run the scanfrag.exe file to install the ME defrag.exe & scandskw.exe files onto the Windows folder.
Before running Scandisk or Defrag, always close any programs running in the background, disable any
screen savers & temporarily turn off power management functions and close any antivirus programs that
are active.  For WinME users, temporarily disable System Restore to free up a lot of space (the Disable
System Restore option is listed on the Troubleshooting tab when clicking on the File System button on
the System properties dialog box; note that turning off System Restore deletes all restore points created
by System Restore).  Otherwise, Scandisk or Defrag will start all over from the beginning when being
interrupted by another program.  Also, disable System File Protection (Statemgr) and the PC Health
Scheduling Application (Pchschd) programs from the System Configuration utilties Startup tab before
running the Defrag utility.  To see Disk Defragmenter in action, run Defrag and after you select the
drive you want to optimize, click on the Show Details button.   Note that fragmentation occurs in EVERY
version of FAT, including FAT32 and slows down performance either slightly or significantly, depending
how fast your computer is & how fast and big your hard drive is.  If you have major problems running
WinME defrag under Win95, 98 or ME under normal mode, try running WinME defrag in Safe mode.
Note: There had been some reports on the web that running Windows Disk Defragmenter or any third party
defragging software does not improve performance.  ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE!  Defragging a hard drive
boosts performance, even by a little bit and possibly extends the life of a hard drive. Hard drives should
be defragmented at least once every month and only after copying/deleting at least 500Mb worth of files.

Disabling System File Protection in Windows 2000, ME, XP & Server 2003:
Click here to view my sfpoff.htm file on how to turn off the System File Protection feature in Win2000, ME, XP
and Server 2003.  Note that it may be harder to shut off SFP in Win2k with SP2 to SP4 installed and with
WinXP and Win2003 with any of their respective SPs installed.

Turning Off CD Autoplay: (in all versions of Windows)
For those using Win95, 98 or ME, open the Device Manager [right-click on the My Computer icon on the
desktop and choose Properties (or open the Control Panel & double click on the System icon) and then
click on the Device Manager tab].  Expand the CD-ROM drives tree and double click on your CD-ROM
drive.  On its Settings tab if the option 'Auto insert notification' checkbox is checked click on it to turn it off
and click OK on all dialog boxes (and reboot).  You can also use the MS TweakUI Powertoy to disable
Autoplay (especially for those who are using NT4, 2000, XP & 2003 because the 'Auto insert notification'
feature is not included in those versions of Windows).  In Windows Vista, Seven (7) & higher you can choose
the Autoplay options from the Control Panel for CD/DVD drives and removable storage devices.

Compacting/Shrinking the Windows Registry: (for all versions of Windows)
Click here to view my regsmall.htm file on how to compact the registry.  Because the Windows registry files
never shrink on their own & always grows, using the tips from the regsmall.htm file will shrink the registry files
and perhaps make Windows load a little faster.  Those using NT-based versions of Windows should use
either NTRegOpt or RegCompact to compress the registry files.

Cheats & Hidden stuff in the Microsoft 3D Pinball game: (from Windows 95 to XP only)
See this page for the cheat codes for the MS Pinball game.

Cheats & Hidden stuff in the Windows Minesweeper game: (from Windows 95 to XP only)
Click here to view my winmine.htm file on cheats & some easter eggs for the Minesweeper game.  These
cheats & hidden features are not found in Windows Vista & Windows 7 because the Minesweeper
game in these versions of Windows has been redesigned, however, a hidden debug menu can be
revealed to show where the mines are located in the Vista/Win7 version of Minesweeper.

Showing hidden and 'non-present' devices in Device Manager in Win2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, etc.:
See Microsoft support KB article 315539 on setting the "devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1"
variable to allow Device Manager to show the hidden or "ghost" devices.

Adding "Long Filename" Support for Windows 95/98/ME's File Manager [Winfile.exe] program:
Install the FMLFNS tool from the web site.  This shareware app will add the ability for File
Manager to display long file names.  However, read the FAQ page on any issues with FMLFNS installed
when copying or moving files with long filenames.

Using Windows NT4's File Manager [Winfile.exe] program under Windows 2000, XP, 2003 & higher:
The File Manager tool from Windows NT4 is not included in Windows 2000 & higher NT-based Windows
versions but you can use it under either of those two versions of Windows. If you upgrade from WinNT4 to
Win2000, XP or 2003, the File Manager files are not deleted but you can still use File Manager under the
newer NT-based version of Windows.  To get the File Manager applet (winfile.exe) extract that file from
the full Windows NT4 Service Pack 6a package.
Caution: File Manager will not save the Toolbar settings if used under Win2000 & higher versions of Windows.
The bug also occurs on NT4 systems when IE 5 or higher is installed.  This is not resolved in the NT4 SP6
release of File Manager, so any version of NT4 File Manager with IE 5 or higher installed has the bug.  All
other settings will be saved.  This minor problem is mentioned in MS article 242114.  MS won't fix this minor
bug so don't worry about it.
<> Warning: The File Manager program from NT4 does NOT work under Windows Vista, 2008, Windows 7
and higher as it will crash with an error message pointing to a missing SheConvertPathW function in the
SHELL32.DLL file of Vista, Win7 & later.
Note: David S. told me by email that he's found a way to get the WinNT4 File Manager program to run
under Vista/WS2008.  Go here and read the instructions on how to get the File Manager tool to work under
Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.  The steps to make File Manager run under Vista/WS2008
will also work under Win7 but users with Win7 or Win2008 R2 may have to perform some additional
steps to make the File Manager run correctly.  And you may have to either disable the user account control
[UAC] feature or run this old File Manager program with full administrative privileges so that it will show the
contents of the Windows folder and its subfolders.
Warning: The Access Control List (ACL) Editor feature does not work when using the old File Manager tool
under Windows 8.1, 10 & higher, even after performing the steps to make the ACL Editor work (ACL option is
disabled or grayed out); so the additional steps of making ACL Editor work with File Manager only works
with Windows Vista, 7 & 8.0.  Contact David S about the problem with the File Manager ACLs not working
correctly under Win8.1/Win10, which may require newer & revised ACL wrappers for these Windows OSes.
Another problem is that the NT4 File Manager "Help" files are in the much older HLP format, which versions
of Windows between Vista & Win8.x can't support without installing the WinHlp32.exe program from the
KB917607 update, and HLP files are not supported (and deprecated) under Windows 10 as no WinHlp32.exe
program will be made for Windows 10, although an unofficial Winhlp32.exe package was made for
Windows 10 users from the RAX Software page, when using the "modified" File Manager app from NT4.
Note for Win10 Users: Microsoft has recently offered the old File Manager program from the Windows 3.x
era as "open source" and is recently available on this Github page for Win10 users, along with a compatible
CHM help file for the File Manager program.  Win10 users must install at least the Visual C++ 2015 runtime
package (download here) to run this version of File Manager.  Also note that this version of File Manager is
available in both 32bit & 64bit editions and may work with older Windows versions as early as Vista.

Using the exFAT System and its drivers under Windows XP & Windows Server 2003:
Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Server 2008 & higher have added support for exFAT formatted partitions
and/or removable high capacity devices (especially with modern usb flash drives that are 32Gb & greater).
Note: Microsoft has released the KB955704 update on January 27, 2009 which adds full read/write exFAT
support for Windows XP SP2/SP3.  For those using Windows Server 2003 SP2, download the
KB955704 update which was released on August 26, 2009.  Note that the exFAT file system is currently
not compatible with Win9x, 2000, ME & NT4.  So to access exFAT formatted volumes, use at least
WinXP SP2/SP3, or Win2003 SP2 with the KB955704 update installed.  And for those using the X64 (64bit)
version of WinXP/WinServer 2003 SP2, get this version of the KB955704 update.
Caution: The KB955704 update does not add exFAT support to XP/2003's Disk Management console.
If you want to format your storage device or drive as exFAT you will need to use either the "format" command
line tool or the format tool from Windows Explorer to do so.

Restoring the "Start Menu" & "Start Button" in Windows 8.x:
Microsoft removed the Start Button & Start Menu beginning with Windows 8.  Download and install
Start Menu X to restore the familiar start button & menu.  Works with Windows 8 & 8.1.  You can also
use the Classic Shell program to also use a Start button & Start menu on Windows 8.x.  The IOBit
Start Menu 8 app is still available but it is causing active program windows in Win8.1 to sometimes
automatically minimize at random times without user intervention; contact IOBit to see if they have
released an updated version of the Start Menu 8 program that does not have this problem.  Otherwise,
uninstall IOBit Start Menu 8 from the Win8.x OS and use either Classic Shell or Start Menu X.
Note: the Classic Shell program is no longer being developed but Open Shell was made as an
improvement over Classic Shell.

Blocking "forced" Automatic Windows Updates in Windows 10/11:
See this Computerworld article on how to block "forced" automatic updates under Windows 10, especially
for those using the "Core" or Home editions of Windows 10 & newer.

Disable "Fast Startup" in Windows 8.x & Windows 10/11:
See this AddictiveTips article on how to turn off the "fast startup" option in Windows 8, 8.1, 10 & 11.

Internet Explorer Tips: (IE5 and IE6 only; does not apply to IE7 and later)

Disabling & Enabling FTP Folder View under IE 6.x: [for Win98, ME & NT4 only]
IE 6 does not include the option to enable/disable Folder View for FTP sites and even if it does the option
(whether enabling or disabling it in IE 6 & higher) does NOT work (the FTP Folder view option first appeared
in IE 5 on the Advanced tab of the Internet Options control panel applet).  To really disable FTP Folder View,
locate the 'msieftp.dll' file in the Windows System folder:
('c:\windows\system' for Win98 & ME; 'c:\winnt\system32' for WinNT4)
Rename the msieftp.dll file to something like msieftp.000 or msieftp.--- [do not delete the msieftp.dll file
because you might need it later on if you decide to use FTP Folder view] and now try browsing any FTP
sites in IE 6 (you now have the regular view for FTP sites instead of the folder view).  To enable Folder View
for FTP sites simply rename that file back to 'msieftp.dll' and view any FTP site in the IE 6 window.  This is
not a problem for Windows XP & Server 2003 users as the FTP 'Folder View' option works correctly with
IE 6 under Win2k, XP & Win2003.  Note that this tip may not work properly under WinME if you installed IE 6
on top of IE 5.5 with the SFP feature enabled.  In that case find and rename all traces of the ''
file and then try to rename the msieftp.dll file & you should get the regular HTML view for FTP sites in WinME.

Installing Windows Desktop Update with the IE 5.x or 6.x setup program: [under Win9x/NT4 systems only]
If you want to install (or upgrade) the Windows Desktop Update under IE 5.x or IE 6 without having to remove either
one & then installing IE 4.01 SP2 and re-installing IE 5.x or IE 6.x, and NOT using the IE Administration Kit (IEAK) under
Win9x/NT4 follow these steps (I now have 3 methods, only use one of them since IE 4.01 SP2 is no longer available for
download & MS no longer supports any version of Internet Explorer earlier than IE 6 under WinXP/2003):

Method 1 - Installing the Desktop Update by running IE 5.x setup using special parameters [requires Internet Connection]:
    1. [For Windows 95 users] Run the IE 5.x setup program from the Run dialog box with the following line with the quotes:
       "C:\Windows Update Setup Files\ie5setup.exe" /c:"ie5wzd /e:IE4Shell_WIN /I:Y" (if the IE 5.x setup program is stored
         in the 'c:\windows update setup files' folder)
       [For Windows NT 4 users] Run the IE 5.x setup program from the Run dialog box with the following line with the quotes:
        "C:\Windows Update Setup Files\ie5setup.exe" /c:"ie5wzd /e:IE4Shell_NTx86 /I:Y" (if the IE 5.x setup program is stored
        in the 'c:\windows update setup files' folder)
        [If the IE 5.x setup program file is in a different folder mentioned here substitute the name of the folder where you kept
         the 'ie5setup.exe' file OR run the IE 5.x setup program from the DOS Prompt inside Windows from the folder where you
         kept the installer file using either of those two commands]
    2. Choose your installation options and let the setup program download the necessary files (including the '' file
        if using Win95 or the '' file if using WinNT 4)
    3. Watch carefully at the progress dialog box when the IE 5.x setup program downloads & installs the desktop update
       and by the time you reboot, you'll have the desktop update (although you'll want to disable viewing both Folders and
        the Desktop as Web pages after the desktop loads)
Note that this method requires an Internet connection because the IE 5.x setup program always downloads the ''
or '' file even if you already have the required installation file for the Desktop Update.  Do NOT use the above
method if the IE 5.x setup files are on the CD.  If you already have all the required files on the CD or local hard drive use the
next method below.  This method will not work if you are upgrading the Desktop Update under Windows 98 1st & 2nd editions.
I found the method mentioned above posted at this site.

Method 2 - Adding the Windows Desktop Update option as an IE 5.x installation option [definitely recommended when
installing IE 5.x directly from the CD or from a local hard drive & have all the required files especially the Desktop Update setup
file (either the '' or '' file)]:
    1. Run the IE 5.x setup program normally (not typing those extra parameters).
    2. When the License screen appears, open Windows Explorer and browse to the 'C:\Windows\temp\ixp000.tmp' folder (if
        using Windows 95/98) or the 'C:\WinNT\temp\ixp000.tmp' folder (if using Windows NT 4.0) and look for the 'iesetup.cif'
        file [do not click on the Next or Cancel button in the IE 5.x setup dialog box].
    3. Edit the 'iesetup.cif' file in Notepad or Wordpad and locate either the [IE4Shell_Win] or the [IE4Shell_NTx86] section.
        Under either one look for the line that says 'UIVISIBLE=0'.  Change it to read 'UIVISIBLE=1' (Win98 users should
       change the line above the UIVISIBLE string that says 'Platform=Win95' to 'Platform=Win95,Win98' in the [IE4Shell_Win]
        section) and save your changes.
    4. Now accept the License Agreement, click the Next Button, choose the Install Minimal or Customize Your Browser
        option and the Windows Desktop Update option will appear.  Click on the checkbox to select it and click the Next
        button to install or upgrade the Desktop Update (yay!).
Note that the Desktop Update option will no longer be there if you rerun the IE 5.x setup program.  You'll have to use this
method again if you plan to reinstall IE 5.x & the Desktop Update.  I found this method posted at this Windows IT Pro site.

Method 3 - Using a batch file (*.bat) to install or upgrade the Desktop Update [requires IE 5.x or IE 6.x already installed] <>
    1. Open the or file in Winzip or any archiving utility and extract all the files inside onto a
        temporary folder (for example 'c:\temp\ie4shl95' for Win9x; 'c:\temp\ie4shlnt' for WinNT4).
    2. Create a batch file in Notepad with the following lines:
        @echo off
        start /w RUNDLL32.EXE ADVPACK.DLL,LaunchINFSection ie4shell.inf,DefaultInstall
    3. Save the file as an 'install.bat' file and place it onto the temporary folder where you store the IE Desktop Update
        setup files.
    4. Double-click on the INSTALL.BAT file to install the Desktop Update.  Do NOT restart the computer yet!
    5. Go to the Control Panel, click on Add/Remove programs, click on Internet Explorer and Internet Tools and choose the
        option to Repair Internet Explorer and click on OK to repair IE.  Then click on OK again to restart the computer and the
        Desktop Update should work properly after reboot.
<> Caution: This method may require repairing Internet Explorer 5.x/6.x on Win95/NT4 systems after performing this method
of installing the Desktop Update; the Start button, when clicked, may not display anything; so that means the Desktop Update
was not functioning properly.  To repair IE, double-click on the My Computer icon, then double-click on the Control Panel icon,
double-click on Add/Remove Programs, select the Internet Explorer and Internet Tools entry, choose the option to Repair Internet
Explorer and restart the computer.  This will create some missing Quick Launch icons & register the Desktop Update.  Now
the newer Explorer interface should work under Win95/NT4.  This problem happens when installing the Desktop Update on top
of the old Win95/NT4 Explorer-Shell interface.  Using this method will cause the loss of the ability to remove/un-install IE as
some of the un-install data for IE will be missingYou will no longer have the ability to un-install Internet Explorer and the
Active Desktop Update.

These methods only work if using either Windows 95, 98 or NT 4.0.  Windows 98 Second Edition [4.10.2222] includes version
4.72.3609.2400 of the Desktop Update while Windows 98 First Edition [4.10.1998] has version 4.72.3110.1 of the Active
desktop component (IE 4.01 SP2, IE 5.x & later have version 4.72.3612.1700 of the Desktop Update).  And to add the
"Show File Attributes In Detail View" option in the View tab of the Folder Options dialog box once you install the Desktop
Update with the IE 5.x setup program, view the attrib9x.txt file from my site, copy all the info on there, save the file as a
'attrib9x.reg' file and double-click on the file to add File Attributes option.  You may also need that file after performing a
'clean' install of Win98 2nd Edition or using Win98 SE.  Both methods of installing the IE Desktop Update can also work
with the IE 6.x setup program but under Windows NT 4 only (replace ie5setup.exe with ie6setup.exe).  IE 6.x includes the
Desktop Update for NT4 and not for Win9x [and IE 6.x will never work under Win95].

Also note that before installing the March 7, 2002 [MS02-014] Security Update under Windows 98, 95/NT4 with Active Desktop
(yes, the update DOES install under Win95 with Active Desktop from at least IE 4.01 SP1) the Desktop Update must first be
installed from IE 4.01 SP1, SP2 or even at least IE 5.x and there's no need to view the Desktop as a web page.  The patch
only requires the Desktop Update installed in order for the patch to work and the patch does NOT care whether the View As
Web Page option for Active Desktop is enabled or not (the patch won't work under a Win95 system without Active Desktop).
Use the tip mentioned above to install Active Desktop with the IE 5.x or IE 6.x setup program and then apply the MS02-014
security patch; NT4 users can ditch the MS02-014 update and install the MS04-037 update which includes the latest shell32.dll
security fixes.

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