Hey Scott, Good post. Answered a lot of my questions. Thanks, Bob Noble www.sonic.net/bnoble ----- Original Message ----- From: "Scott McNay" <Wizard@xxxxxxxx> To: "BREZZ132@xxxxxx" <pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2003 7:45 PM Subject: [pcductape] Re: WinXP-to- W98 | | Hi Jupiter, | | Thursday, December 11, 2003, 9:05:35 PM, you wrote: | | Bcc> I have a client who just bought a new, basic PC at | Bcc> CompUSA. He wanted to upgrade his programs from a slower Pentium | Bcc> PC. However, several of his DOS programs will not run on the XP | Bcc> machine. | Bcc> I'm not that familar with XP but I proposed to re-format | Bcc> his new PC and load W98SE, (what he has on his old machine). He | Bcc> went back to CompUSA and they told him that it would not work. I | Bcc> haven't done that particular switch before but I don't believe it | Bcc> will be a problem - - - except perhaps for some special drivers | Bcc> that I might have to download from the new PC. | | Which programs don't work? Make sure that you have WinXP SP1 installed | as well as the compatibiliy updates from WindowsUpdate. Also, create | an icon for the program(s) in question, then look at the properties | for the icon; you should see a Compatibility tab; select Win98 or | Win95 compatibility, to see if that helps. Furher, note that there are | two different command shells, one is CMD.EXE and the other is | COMMAND.COM; you may get better results with COMMAND.COM. Microsoft | went to some effort to make WinXP backwards-compatible with Win98, so | your "several" statement kinda surprises me. I started out with DOS, | so when I moved to Windows, backwards compatibility was important for | me. Nearly everything that I wanted to use worked, and most of the | rest either had better replacements in Windows (especially if they | don't make mouse use mandatory, like some brain-dead programmers do), | or don't really apply to Windows. With Win2K and WinXP, some programs | are blocked for security reasons; logging on as Administrator | ("Owner", on some brands) will bypass this problem. There's also an | Application Compatibility Toolkit that you can download which has | fixes for a large number of specific programs, mostly games. | | The problem with Win98 is getting drivers for the newer hardware. If | the hardware is relatively standard, this probably won't be much of a | problem. Also, if the machine has 512M or more of memory, you may have | trouble. Also, you may not be able to use all of the hard drive space. | | --Scott. To unsubscribe from this list send an email to pcductape-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface.