Windows 9X/ME

Windows 9X/ME
018-Removing commands from run the RUN list in win98
011-Remove password screen on boot up (windows 98)
025-Windows98/98SE hot fixes.
031-Windows98/98SE cannot see some shares on W2k/XP.
036-Prevent bypassing logon screen by pressing ESC key
037-No Windows or Network Logon Dialog Box at Startup
046-Problems Shutting Down Windows 98 Second Edition
048-Error Message in Internet Connection Sharing Adapter Properties in Device Manager:
“The NDIS.VXD device loader (s) for this device could not load the device driver (Code 2).”
056-Invalid System Disk-Replace the disk and press any key

If you didn’t recently install the Intel Driver, go to the Compatibility Mode section, below.
If you recently installed the Intel driver from Windows Update, you should try to uninstall it either by:

1. Revisiting and click on Product Updates. Then click on Show Installed Updates. Scroll down until you see the Intel Driver Update. Click on uninstall. Restart the computer when prompted.

2. START|Run|MSINFO32. Click on Tools, and then Update Wizard Uninstall. If the Intel driver shows up anywhere, delete ALL of them, then restart the computer.

3. Remove the files involved with the update, manually. They may or may not all be there depending on your hardware. They are:
a. intelintelata.inf in Windows\INF\Other (a hidden folder).
c. intelata.mpd
d. intelvsd.vxd

If you uninstalled the Intel driver using any of the methods above, the next step is to delete the Intel Master IDE.
Right click on My Computer, and select Properties.
Then the Device Manager tab.
Select Hard Disk Controllers and open it if it’s not already open (if it’s already open, note the state of the Primary and Secondary channels; if they have yellow marks, the next section will fix that).
Delete the Intel Master IDE.
Proceed with the next section if you have yellow marks in the Primary and Secondary channels, otherwise, restart the computer. Windows will attempt to reload the original drivers at startup.

Compatibility Mode:
Check if you’re in MS-DOS compatibility mode.
Right click My Computer, and click Properties, if not already there from the above section.
Click on the Performance tab.
It will indicate if you’re in compatibility mode or not. Also, check your Primary and Secondary IDE channels in Device Manager. If they have yellow marks, you need to review this MS KB article:;en-us;Q151911. You need to check if a NOIDE value has been placed in the registry at this key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\VxD\IOS Instructions for removal of this value is in the MS KB link, above.

Removing commands from run Start>>RUN>>list in win98:
please note: this tip involves registry editing, make sure you backup your registry before trying this.

run regedit, then navigate to the following key
current version
delete the key with the command you ran previously
then restart


MS windows 98/98SE hotfixes page:


windows 98/98se cannot see some shares on w2k/XP.
Problem: Windows 98/98se cannot see some shared folders on w2k or XP, but sees others, where as w2k or XP clients can see all shares on other w2k or XP machines.
This is because Win98 limits the length of a share name to 12 characters, and it can’t see shared folders with longer names.
To fix this problem change longer share names to no more than 12 characters.


Getting rid of the Windows Login Box:
When a PC starts, you are presented with a Logon box for Windows; no networking is involved, the system simply wants you to supply a password to access your own system.
This “feature” was provided for those situations where a single PC might be used by more than one person in an organization. Unfortunately, Windows is not very telepathic. It cannot figure out if there is only one person who will use the PC or if several will. It always assumes that more than one person will use a PC (right or wrong).
Correction: This process is designed to preserve all other passwords you may have stored in your password list kept by the Windows operating system.

The process is very simple:

Click Start|Settings|Control Panel
Double-click the Passwords icon
Enter your current Logon Password in the box labeled Current Password
Leave the New Password and the confirmation box below it blank.
Click Ok.
Go to networking Properties| Select Windows Logon from the PRIMARY NETWORK LOGON list.
The next time you restart your PC you will no longer be asked to enter a Windows Logon password.
if you are prompted for a password leave it blank and click OK.


Prevent bypassing logon screen by pressing ESC key:
Windows 98 is not the most secure system for networking, one problem is that users not having domain credentials can still logon locally by pressing ESC key. To disable this go to the following registry key:

Create a DWORD value named “MustBeValidated” and set it to 1.

No Windows or Network Logon Dialog Box at Startup
When you start Windows, you may not receive a Windows or a network logon dialog box.
to fix this problem try one the following:
Make sure the Primary Network Logon setting is set to Client for Microsoft Networks.
Delete the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Network\Real Mode Net

Problems Shutting Down Windows 98 Second Edition
Shutdown problems in Windows 98 Second Edition can be caused by any of the following issues:
The Fast Shutdown registry key is enabled.
There is a damaged Exit Windows sound file.
A program or terminate-and-stay-resident (TSR) program may not close correctly.
An incompatible, damaged, or conflicting device driver is loaded.
There is an incompatible Advanced Power Management (APM) or Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) setting.
There is an incompatible Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) configuration setting.
The computer contains incorrectly configured or damaged hardware.
There is a video adapter that is not assigned an IRQ in real mode.

Microsoft has released the Windows 98 Second Edition Shutdown Supplement that addresses shutdown issues on computers with specific hardware and software configurations running Windows 98 Second Edition. These issues include computers restarting when shutting down and computers hanging on shutdown.

Error Message in Internet Connection Sharing Adapter Properties in Device Manager
After you install Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) on a host computer, you may see an exclamation point in a yellow circle next to the ICS adapter in Device Manager. When you view the properties of the adapter, you may see the following error message: The NDIS.VXD device loader(s) for this device could not load the device driver, code 2. Also, the ICS icon may not appear on the taskbar.
This behavior can occur if another program is providing a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) service for the host computer.

To resolve this behavior:

Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add/Remove Programs.
On the Install/Uninstall tab, remove any program providing a DHCP service by clicking the program, and then clicking Add/Remove.

On the Windows Setup tab, double-click Internet Tools, and then click to clear the Internet Connection Sharing check box.

Click OK, and then click Yes when you are prompted to restart the computer.
Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add/Remove Programs.
On the Windows Setup tab, double-click Internet Tools, click to select the Internet Connection Sharing check box, click OK, click
OK, and then continue with the on-screen instructions to configure Internet Connection Sharing using the ICS Wizard.


Invalid System Disk
Replace the disk and press any key
After bios check the system comes up with a blank screen and a message: “Invalid System Disk
Replace the disk and press any key”
This happens when system files get corrupt or are accidentally deleted. Or if there is a floppy disk in the drive while bootup.

First make sure the drive is empty.
If it is then create a boot disk on another windows 98 machine, boot the problem machine with the disk then type:
A: to switch to a drive
at the A:\ prompt type sys c: