Windows 95/98/Me Tips and Tricks
fix for changing file associations in Win95/98/ME
Highlight the file or folder you want to associate with a particular
Hold the Shift key as you
right-click the file you want to open.
In the context menu that pops up,
Click the Open With option.
In the Open With dialog box, click the box labeled Always
Use This Program to Open This Kind of File.
Then select your favorite application and click OK.
get the same result in a different way
Double-click the My Computer .
Click the View menu's Options selection.
In the Options dialog box, click the File Types tab.
To modify the settings, scroll down to the proper file type and click
on it, then click Edit.
In the Actions box, click Open, then click the Edit button.
Click the Browse button and select the application you really
When you've done that, click OK in each dialog box until
you're back to the Desktop.
Close All Windows - To simultaneously
close all the windows you have
opened, simply hold the shift key and click
the X button on the right side of the folders title bar.
click an /folder on the desktop? But is completely obscured
by open windows and you don't want to have to minimize them all to see
the desktop again?
click the Start-button, choose Run...
and type a dot (.) and press Enter.
to Move the Start Button
a neat, undocumented trick for moving your Start button to another place
on the Taskbar:
Click on the Start button, then hit the Esc key.
Press Alt+- (the Alt key and, at
the same time, the minus key) then let go of both.
Click on Movefrom the menu, then use your right-and left-arrow keys
to move the button.
When the button is where you want it, press the Enter key.
Note that when you restart Windows, the Start button will be back in
it's original location on the far left of the Taskbar.
Manager - File Manager in Windows 95/98
Manager and File Manager are part of Windows 95, and they work in Windows
95 exactly as they did in Windows 3.X.
unique advantages. For example, File Manager is faster than Windows
miss Program Manager and File Manager, you can find
PROGMAN.EXE and WINFILE.EXE
in the WINDOWS folder.
shortcuts to them on your desktop.
3.x to Windows 95 Application Compatibility
3.x applications sometimes don't quite work right in
Windows 95. Fortunately, Windows 95 has a utility that may help.
Select Start/Run and type MKCOMPAT.
Select File/Choose Program, then click on the behaviors you'd like to
to do if you forget Windows password?
have forgotten your Windows password for logging into Windows 95 follow
Go to Start/ Find Files/ Files or Folders, make sure you are searching
the C: drive and type in *.pwl
in the Named field.
Find the file with your user name in front of it and delete it.
Restart Windows 95 and insert your new information (password, and user
name). You can use a new one or the same one.
If you don't want a password at all, just put in a user name and No
password, and Windows will never prompt you again for a password.
to Change Dialup Networking to Auto redial
Double click on the Start menu ,
and choose Accessories, then Dial-Up
Click on the Connections menu, and
Insert check in the box next to Redial.
Choose how long you wish to wait before Dial-Up Networking forces a
re-dial, and how long it should go before giving up on the call altogether.
After inserting the numbers, click OK.
Windows command Win /? Still Works
boot your computer in MS-DOS mode, typing WIN /? at the DOS command
prompt will still work as it did in Windows 3.1.
95 has several command line options that can be used to disable 32-bit
file access, limiting areas of memory that Windows 95 marks as free,
be very helpful if you are having trouble starting the o/s shell.
to calculate the space contained in multiple folders.
select multiple folders in the Explorer by holding
down the control key while selecting folders, you can easily
pull up the cumulative total of space used and files contained in each
of these folders, as well as sub-folders contained within.
After selecting your folders, right-mouse click
on one of them and select Properties.
Windows 95 will then calculate the space and file totals.
be very useful if you need to figure out how much space that needs to
be free on a backup device to hold your folders and files.
MCI CD Audio in Windows 95
have a mysterious way of disappearing or uninstalling themselves - or
at least seeming to uninstall themselves.
Go to the control panel, then Add
Click Next, select No.
Double-click Other Devices.
Scroll down to Microsoft MCI. Under
Models, select CD Audio Device (Media
Control) and continue with the install.
to Change the Modem Init String
you use your modem to dial a phone number (such as your Internet service
provider), if you use Dial-Up-Networking or the standard Windows 95/98
phone dialer, you can send initialization codes to your modem to handle
such things as disabling call waiting, switching to a specific baud
rate, turning on/off data compression etc. (see your modem's manual
for more information on init. strings for your specific modem).
where to change the init string, however can be tricky, so here are
Click on the Start button,
choose Settings, then Control
Choose Modems from the control
Highlight the desired modem (There should only be one listed
unless you have 2 modems, if you only have one modem and there is 2
listed that's a whole other problem.).
Click on the Properties button below
the white area.
Click on the Connection tab.
Click on the Advanced button.
Look under Extra settings.
From there, you can key in any modem init.
string that you wish.Then be sure and click
a good AT Command
is the WINDOWS\SYSBCKUP Folder?
folder seems to contain just a bunch of useless duplicate files. In
fact, all it contains is copies of some of the standard system files.
If you are desperate for hard drive space you may have considered deleting
files from this directory. DO NOT DELETE THESE
notices that a system file is corrupted, it will check the WINDOWS\SYSBCKUP
folder for a backup copy of said file. If found, Win95 will copy the
backup file to the proper folder and allow you to proceed normally.
Without this backup file, you will be stuck either reinstalling Win95,
trying to find a backup copy of the file, or attempting to EXPAND the
original from the Win95 distribution disk.
WINDOWS\SYSBCKUP does not contain
backups of every system file, you will be thankful for this folder if
you ever are in a position to need it.
on the CD-ROM in My Computer and select Eject from the Context menu
to eject the CD from the drive.
switches to the Setup command, you can control what the Win95 Setup
out what those switches are, just type SETUP
/? at the command prompt.
95/98/ME How 2's