Explorer be gone! (YAU-PC)
by Alan Zisman (c)
1999. First published
in Toronto Computes,
Geoffrey Wilson wondered:
I?m running Windows 98. I want to run with
Netscape. Is there
a way of removing Internet Explorer 4, so as to free up hard drive
Alan Zisman suggested:
IE4 is integrated deeply into W98, making it part of
the code that's
used for (for example), the file Explorer, the Active Desktop features
(even if you disable those, they're still there), and the Help
As a result, a lot of IE4 code is pre-loaded at boot--
which is why
IE4 starts up much faster than Navigator.
Thus, it's not easy to remove-- it can be done,
however... you might
want to take a look at Shane Brooks' W98Lite... which is a way to
W98 to improve speed and free up disk space:
Ronald Rocheleau wrote:
Can anyone tell me if Mac external CD-Rom are
compatible with PC?.
I have one and was trying to make it work on my PC without luck.
Alan Zisman replied:
The CD-ROM may look like it can connect to your PC's
Prior to the iMac, all Mac external CD-ROMs used the
, while SCSI is built into all (pre-iMac) Macs, it is an option on PCs,
one that isn't generally included.
As a result, in order to get your Mac CD-ROM to work,
you would need
to add a SCSI adapter to your PC?which, frankly, given the low cost of
new IDE CD-ROMs is probably not worth your time or money.
Armando Silva asked:
Is there a way to change the default browser in
windows 95 ?
Alan Zisman answered:
Both Netscape and Microsoft browsers check whether
they are the default
on browser startup... if they find they aren't, they will give a
box notifying you of that fact, and offering to change. The dialogue
has an option to turn off the check, but it can be turned back on in
Since being 'default browser' basically means that
it's the program
that starts up for a *.HTM, *.HTML, or *.URL file, one could change the
program associated with those extensions, in any of the standard
ways, such as:
Find a saved *.HTM file, shift+right-click on it, and
choose OPEN WITH
from the dialogue box. This will give a list of installed programs,
the option to ALWAYS USE THIS PROGRAM...
Repeat for *.URL files.
Steve Quarrella pondered:
Is it possible to change the shutdown screens in
Like the startup cloud screen, the shutdown screens
are simply 320x400x256
BMP files. They can be created in any paint program, such as Windows
as long as you make them the right size and colour depth, and save them
with the correct names and locations.
-- The "Wait while Windows shuts down your screen"
picture should be
named Logow.sys and saved in the \Windows directory, while the "It's
to shut off your computer" picture is Logos.sys in the same location.
Feel free to make your own replacements.
And on a similar theme?
Mike Klassen commented:
I was looking to change the startup splash screen
in windows 98,
but when I went to the C:\ folder and looked for LOGO.SYS (which it was
in Win95) I realized I couldn't find it. Any ideas where this one is?
In both W95 and W98, there doesn't need to be a
LOGO.SYS-- if C:\LOGO.SYS
doesn't then the default logo, embedded in IO.SYS is used. Many
come with a custom-made LOGO.SYS, modifying
the default to add the manufacturers name, for example-- but it's not
necessary under either Win 95 or 98.
To replace the default logo, create a C:\LOGO.SYS
file-- 320x400, 256
colours (as in the previous answer).
Personally, I like something with my name, address,
and drivers license
number-- to surprise purchasers, should the machine be stolen.
Gerald Van e-mailed:
I recently and reluctantly installed Windows
98 (as result
of long and painful experiences, I hate everything about
and discovered that they have eliminated Win 95's Clipboard.
if anything, replaces it?
Alan Zisman wrote back:
I'm a little confused by your message... certainly,
to have the Clipboard-- i.e. where things go when you select something,
then choose Edit/Copy (or Ctrl+C), in order to Paste.
It's possible that you mean the Clipboard VIEWER
utility that allows
users to view/save items in the Clipboard... this too is still
though it isn't necessarily installed by default?in either Win 95 or
To add it, go to Control Panel, Add-Remove Programs, Windows Setup...
down to System Tools, and double-click to see the list of possible
one of which is the Clipboard Viewer. Add a checkmark, if necessary,
your Win98 CD handy.
You're welcome to hate Microsoft-- certainly you have
a lot of company--
just make sure you hate them for the right reasons!