Friday, February 12, 2010

Send in your screenshots!

I'm going to be holding a competition, and as part of it, I want screenshots of your computer. Whatever Operation System, and whatever skin/theme. (If your Ubuntu computer has an epic skin, I'll accept it.)

To submit your computer, I need three images - One of just the desktop, one with the Start Menu (Or equivalent), and One with Firefox running. Brownie points* for showing a Windows 98 related website.

Example images:

I also want the following information (So I can post the information the end):
  • Your name (or chosen pseudonym)
  • A website or twitter feed (optional)
  • Your Operating System, and chosen skinning tool - And Skin name itself if you have it.

Send the images, and above details to yeoldesteve+98[you know the symbol]

*Brownie Points are non-refundable, non-transferable, and at the moment, only redeemable with requests for tutorials on a specific piece of software. I reserve all rights to revoke unlawfully used brownie points, and all that other legal stuff that doesn't really matter.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tutorial: Wakoopa

This is my first tutorial on how to hack software to run on Windows 98.

First, a description of the software. (From it's website)
Wakoopa is a social network that helps people discover the best software, games and web apps on the market. Sign-up, install a small tracker on your desktop and automatically create your online software profile that you can share with friends and the world, also through widgets. Wakoopa keeps you updated about what your contacts are using, and sends you smart recommendations.

Step 1: Download the Tracker software.

Step 2: Browse to the downloaded installer, and Extract with 7-Zip.

Step 3: Open the extracted folder, and copy 'Wakoopa.exe'

Step 4: Browse to Program Files, and create a folder named 'Wakoopa'

Step 5: Paste the executable in this folder.

Step 6: Run!


- The installer will still warn of incompatibility even when KernelEx spoofing is enabled.

- If running Revolutions Pack 7, you will need to disable skinning. No such action is required with RP9.

- Please join the I use Wakoopa on Windows 98! team on Wakoopa.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Installing a new Windows 98 system.

As I'm going to be installing windows 98 again in the next 24 hours, I thought it would be a nice time to post a list of software that should added to a fresh install.

Autopatcher 98
First thing to be installing after a fresh install of windows 98.
Autopatcher 98 is similar to it's XP counterpart - It will install and/all updates (both official and unofficial), all in one large chunk.

Simply select the options, hit start, and wait. Autopatcher will automatically reboot as many times as required, and even give you a report (including the time taken) about what it's done.

Download here

KernelEx is a application compatibility layer for Windows 98. It allows programs to run which otherwise wouldn't, by extending certain windows DLL files.

To put it simply, KernelEx allows XP programs to run on 98.

Download here
Support here

R2 System Lock
The default Windows 98 security options are really quite poor. Adding a logon password can be completely avoided simply by pressing cancel.

R2 Studio's System Lock provides a better way of locking your computer, and brings it to XP standard.

Download here

Optional Software
Revolutions Pack 9
A complete UI overhaul, RP9 allows for (real) themes, additional features within Windows Explorer, and a new Task Manager.

Support here
Download here

I may add more software to this list at a later point.