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 PostPost subject: "TIMECRK.EXE is not a valid application" in Windows 95 Beta        Posted: Sun May 05, 2019 11:01 pm 
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I am trying to install Windows 95 Build 311 (January Test Release) in 86Box. The installation is successful, but when I try to use TIMECRK.EXE to remove the timebomb, I get this error:

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But I'm not on Windows NT???

This does not happen in builds like 122, 224, or 347.
Does anyone else get this problem? Is there a workaround for this?
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 PostPost subject: Re: "TIMECRK.EXE is not a valid application" in Windows 95 B        Posted: Mon May 06, 2019 12:42 am 
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It does something similar too in Build 405 (February Test Release):

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Is there something wrong with the monthly Test Release builds that causes TIMECRK to fail?

Also, if I run it with the MS-DOS prompt, the prompt will crash saying an illegal operation was attempted. If I run it from MS-DOS (boot disk or MS-DOS mode) then it will hang.


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 PostPost subject: Re: "TIMECRK.EXE is not a valid application" in Windows 95 B        Posted: Mon May 06, 2019 1:19 am 
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AFAIR it's a DOS app, just run it from DOS.


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 PostPost subject: Re: "TIMECRK.EXE is not a valid application" in Windows 95 B        Posted: Mon May 06, 2019 2:19 pm 
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oscareczek wrote:
AFAIR it's a DOS app, just run it from DOS.

SupernovaNick wrote:
If I run it from MS-DOS (boot disk or MS-DOS mode) then it will hang.

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 PostPost subject: Re: "TIMECRK.EXE is not a valid application" in Windows 95 B        Posted: Mon May 06, 2019 5:19 pm 
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This is how I use timecrk.exe:
1) Start the installation of a Windows 9x beta.
2) After the first part of the installation process is completed, I shut down the machine instead of rebooting.
3) I mount the virtual hard disk and copy "timecrk.exe" onto it, then after I'm done I unmount the virtual hard disk.
4) I power on the virtual machine again, but with something like the Windows 95 startup disk.
5) Then I type C:, and then I type timecrk.exe, done.
I might make a lot of unnecessary steps, but that's the way I do it and it worked for me.


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 PostPost subject: Re: "TIMECRK.EXE is not a valid application" in Windows 95 B        Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 12:17 am 
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Valerio wrote:
This is how I use timecrk.exe:
1) Start the installation of a Windows 9x beta.
2) After the first part of the installation process is completed, I shut down the machine instead of rebooting.
3) I mount the virtual hard disk and copy "timecrk.exe" onto it, then after I'm done I unmount the virtual hard disk.
4) I power on the virtual machine again, but with something like the Windows 95 startup disk.
5) Then I type C:, and then I type timecrk.exe, done.
I might make a lot of unnecessary steps, but that's the way I do it and it worked for me.

Hey, this works! Thanks. :D

EDIT: Well, it worked on build 311, but on build 405...

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 PostPost subject: Re: "TIMECRK.EXE is not a valid application" in Windows 95 B        Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 1:02 pm 
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You're welcome. I'm not sure about what I'm saying but maybe timecrk.exe doesn't work on every build of Windows 9x. Perhaps some builds lack or have a broken timebomb and the patcher can't work.


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 PostPost subject: Re: "TIMECRK.EXE is not a valid application" in Windows 95 B        Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 9:15 pm 
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Yeah, you're right. Build 405 doesn't even have a timebomb. It works fine.
Thanks for your help!


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 PostPost subject: Re: "TIMECRK.EXE is not a valid application" in Windows 95 B        Posted: Wed May 08, 2019 6:48 am 
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TIMECRK is not needed on 86Box anyway, you can just go to 86Box Settings, disable time synchronization to host there, and then set the correct date and/or time in the emulated machine's CMOS Setup or even at the DOS prompt before installing the desired build.

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