Post subject: Modifying Windows 9x installation - Is it possible? Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:16 pm
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As the title said, I want to create custom installations of Windows 9x (95/98/Me), but there aren't too much solutions on Internet. I want to do this like I do with nLite or NTLite. There are some custom installations, like Windows 98 TE (reffered as Third Edition, it's mentioned here some time ago).
So, any ideas how to create Windows 9x custom install? Thanks.
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Post subject: Re: Modifying Windows 9x installation - Is it possible? Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:26 pm
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It's not very easy, as compared to Windows NT-based installations (whether it's an NT5 based install or NT6 based).
Windows 9x works by using CAB chaining, so you'd have to restructure the whole set of around 30 CAB files.
I was never particularly interested in the guts of the 9x install, but I know a good piece of info, that is, in MINI.CAB, there is a stripped-down version of Windows 3.1 (which you can use with custom programs).
I can look into the guts of 9x, and forward you some info.
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Post subject: Re: Modifying Windows 9x installation - Is it possible? Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:13 pm
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Favourite OS Win95C & Win98SE
There are ways to do it. I have my own custom builds of 95 OSR2.5, 98SE, and ME that slipstream most HotFixes and some other enhancements. For example my 95 OSR2.5 build already includes my CPU clock speed fixes and USB + USB storage support already installed out of the box. My 98SE build does the same with USB storage + USB2 support. Also slipstreamed VMware VGA drivers to escape 640x480x16 automatically when running in a VM.
There is an old thread at MSFN regarding "w98_slip" that covers the subject pretty well. I don't know if all of the tools referenced there are still available or not though. I use a special slipstreaming package developed by rloew, but it isn't free.
Post subject: Re: Modifying Windows 9x installation - Is it possible? Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:05 pm
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I want to do this like I do with nLite or NTLite.
So, 98Lite then? It still seems to be commercial software, but a search of this very forum will yield a working download link for the full version.
Honestly, I don't see how you can claim "there aren't too much solutions on Internet" when the tool you're looking for is mentioned on the Wikipedia article for "Software remastering" alongside nLite and NTLite...