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Windows 98 Resource Kit Sampler

By: Arie Slob

The Windows 98 CD-ROM contains some nice goodies, we'll discuss some of them here. First we want to install the Windows 98 Resource Kit Sampler:

  1. Insert the Windows 98 CD in your CD-ROM drive, and from the menu choose Browse This CD
  2. Open the folder \tools\reskit and run Setup.exe
  3. Follow the prompts to install the Windows 98 Resource Kit Sampler (this requires a maximum of 12MB of free disk space)

Note: If you restart your computer after you install the Windows 98 Resource Kit Sampler, and you get a message that Windows 98 can't start because WIN.COM can't be found, edit your autoexec.bat file, and change the PATH= statement to include C:\Windows. You can edit your autoexec.bat by typing \windows\command\edit c:\autoexec.bat at the command prompt.

Setup creates a Windows 98 Resource Kit folder on the Start menu with a shortcut to the Tools Management Console which is used to browse, acquire help on and run the tools. For more information about these utilities, choose the Resource Kit Tools Help shortcut.

Tools Management Console

Here's a short rundown of the tools included:

  • Configuration Tools

    • Code Page Changer (Screen Shot)

      This tool lets you change the Keyboard/Code Page for MS-DOS mode.

    • FAT32 Conversion Information Tool (Screen Shot)

      With this tool you can scan your (FAT16) drives, and it will tell you how much space you will save when you convert to FAT32.

    • Time Zone Editor (Screen Shot)

      The Time Zone Editor creates and edits the time zone entries that appear in the Date/Time properties dialog box in the Control Panel.

  • Deployment Tools

    • Batch for Windows 98 (Screen Shot)

      With Batch 98 you can easily create a script (an .inf file) to automate Windows 98 setup. When you install Windows 98, setup consults this file instead of prompting for each piece of information, allowing you to install Windows 98 virtually unattended and at full speed.

    • Windows 98 INF Installer

      Windows 98 INF Installer allows you to add new software components or hardware drivers to the Windows 98 Setup program at installation point.

  • Desktop Tools

    • Link Check Wizard (Screen Shot)

      The Link Check Wizard scans all of the link (*.lnk) files on your system. If the associated application or document for a link is not found, the Wizard will list that link file as a "Dead Link", giving you the option to remove it.

    • ClipTray (Screen Shot)

      ClipTray is a small, simple program that places an icon on the System Tray. When you right-click on the icon, it brings up a menu containing titles of ClipTray Entries that are available in a central text file. Clicking on the ClipTray Entry you wish to use will place it into the Windows clipboard, ready for pasting into any program.

    • Image Editor

      Edits Icon and Cursor files.

    • Minitel TTF Files

      Two font files to provide the styles required by the HyperTerminal application to emulate the look and feel of Mintel terminals. Arial Alternative is the only font that contains these graphic characters.

    • QuickTray

      With QuickTray you can add your favorite programs, documents, URLs, or other resources in the system tray of your Windows 98 desktop.

  • Diagnostics and Trouble-shooting

    • Microsoft File Information (Screen Shot)

      Microsoft File Information provides information about virtually every file that is included with Windows 98 and Internet Explorer 4.0, including file sizes, dates, installed location, CAB file location, and a short description of each file.

    • USB Viewer (Screen Shot)

      USB Viewer is a tool for developers, support personnel, and others who need to view and troubleshoot Universal Serial Bus (USB) device configuration settings. USB Viewer works by pulling information from the USB hub driver(s) on your system.

  • File Tools

    • Long Filename Backup Utility

      The Long Filename Backup Utility is a command-line tool that removes and restores long filenames from files on a disk or directory. In special cases, you might need to run backup or disk management utilities created for older versions of Windows or MS-DOS that are not compatible with the extended file system capabilities of Windows 98. Or you might occasionally need to run an application that is not compatible with long filenames. In such cases, you can use the Long Filename Backup Utility utility to make your Windows 98 disks and directories backwards-compatible.

      WARNING The Long Filename Backup Utility utility is intended for use only by experienced Windows 98 users. The improper use of this utility can cause serious damage to your Windows installation, including disabling the shell.

    • Text File Viewer (Screen Shot)

      TextViewer provides a graphical interface for quickly viewing text files on local or shared drives.

    • Where

      Where is a command-line utility that can be used to locate files on the hard disk or the network. Where can execute recursive searches, can display file information such as date, size, or execuTABLE type, and can accept environmental variables in place of paths.

    • WinDiff

      WinDiff shows the differences between specified ASCII text files or folders of ASCII text files. This is particularly useful for program source code. The display either shows a summary of the comparison status of a list of files (outline mode) or a detailed line-by-line comparison of one of the files (expanded mode).

  • Network Administration Tools

    The utilities in the Network Administration Tools category are not installed with the Windows 98 Resource Kit standard installation. These tools require a separate setup procedure.

    • Network Monitor

      Network Monitor agent and protocol driver allow network administrators to look at the details of network packets, perform remote captures on a packet anywhere on the network, and gather network statistics about a group of client computers running Windows 98.

    • Password List Editor (Screen Shot)

      With Password List Editor you can remove entries from a Windows 98 password list file.

    • System Policy Editor

      The System Policy Editor sets administrative policies to define configuration settings for individual users, individual computers, or groups of users.

    • Remote Registry Service

      The Remote Registry Service is an application that allows administrators to view and edit the Registry on a remote computer running Windows 98 over a network.

    • Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Print Provider

      The Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Print Provider allows Windows 98 clients to administer printer queues on Windows NT Networks.

    • SNMP Agent

      SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) Agent allows Windows 98 machines to communicate on SNMP networks.

  • Scripting Tools

    • TimeThis

      TimeThis times how long it takes the system to execute a given command.

    • Waitfor

      This command-line tool waits until a signal is given across the network. Multiple machines can wait for the same signal.

    • Winset

      Command-line tool that sets or removes environment variables in Windows 98 from either the command line or a batch file. It differs from the MS-DOS Set command in that it operates on the Windows global environment.