98/ME tweak guide
Updated on October 04, 2000 by Thomas
the following guide is prepared on Windows Millennium, much of
the guide is applicable to Windows 9x also. For the most part
the differences between Windows 9x & Millennium Edition
are minimal, or just plain cosmetic, e.g. different
icons. When any large discrepancies exist they will be noted
tweaks below will help you improve your Windows 9x/Millennium
things first, update the Operating System. This will
ensure you have better-optimized components/files, bug fixes,
security updates & so on. I suggest using a combination of
Updates & CNET
Catchup (My personal favourite). This way you're bound
to find any updateable components. Install them as
should also check out our OS
Updates page which has links to, & installation
order of all current Windows Millennium Edition patches.
fairly essential update is that to Internet
(Included with Millennium Edition). This includes many fixes
& optimisations & updates several online components.
previous versions of Windows 9x, Millennium Edition supposedly
“suffers” from the same Missing VXD’s
installation problem of “missing” VXD’s (When it
actually isn’t a problem). The VMM32.VXD file
is a combination of these “missing”, & many others. To
see what I mean, click on Start, Run, type regedit
& hit Enter. Go to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\VMM32Files].
Listed here are the files that make up VMM32.VXD.
click on My Computer select Properties. Click
the Device Manager tab. Open any Device category, e.g.
Modem, then double click on the device listed there. When
opened select the Driver tab then the Driver File
Details button (Some devices may have this option greyed
out so skip onto another one). What you are looking for is any
bracketed, (), files. Below is an example of you are
trying to find.
this case the vcomm.vxd is bracketed. This essentially
means that vcomm.vxd is one of the driver files being
used by a device, although it being obtained/loaded via the VMM32.VXD.
the point of this is that you do not need to extract any
VXD’s from *.cab files & copy them into the WINDOWS\SYSTEM\VMM32.
The files never were missing in the first place.
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