Windows '95 Hints and FAQ's

Cabinet files are large files used by Microsoft to hold a large body of related information in individual files. They have the additional effect of rendering their contents invisible to users who are not 'in the know', in other word who do not have expert knowledge of Windows'95.

CabView

This mysterious little program from TweakUI, does not appear to do a thing when you install it. However, once you unlock its' secret you may find it quite useful if you are an advanced user who helps others with program installations and troubleshooting. Windows'95 programs come in a compressed file format with the file extension ".cab" . CabView gives you a tool to look "inside" *.cab files to find out just what files they do contain.

How to install it: Use 'File Explorer' to locate the cabview.exe file you downloaded. Double-click on it to extract the CabView files. Right-click on CabView.inf then select 'Install' from the drop-down menu that will appear with this command included. This will install the Cab-file viewer for the current computer session.

Highlight the CAB file you wish to examine, and select 'View' from the menu to see a list of the files stored inside the *.cab file. Once you have opened a *.cab file for viewing in this way you can extract any file contained in the *.cab file by clicking on it and then selecting 'File - Extract' from the menu.

This tool is expected to be most useful to advanced users trying to troubleshoot problems to do with installation and corrupted files.

Link to Bob Jensen (Trinity University) Technology Glossary

Link to CabView.
Link to Ledamay.com Index of useful Windows'95 tuning programs. One important caution must be given here though - if you follow the link to Ledamay, don't move out of the "info" directory into the Main or Index page. Some of the images that can be found from that page are offensive to some people. However, the computing advice is fine, which goes to show that all sorts of people can get interested in computing.

Capture (Windows) Screen Image.

Have you ever wanted to capture the image on your Windows '95 screen, or to print it as is? Wondered why the "Print Screen" button doesn't work in Windows like it does in DOS?
Well, wonder no longer, and you don't need to search for some neat utility to do the job either. You have it right there in W'95.

When you have an image you want to save or print, Press "Print Screen".

Not impressed? That doesn't work?

Then, do this next - Press "Start", "Accessories", "Paint", and then "Paste". You should now have that image available to save, print, or otherwise process.

Browsing History.

You'd like to know where you've been for the last few weeks? What was that URL you accessed 4 weeks ago?

On the URL line for Netscape, type ... global:history ........You might be surprised.

With the browser Opera, the procedure is a little different as the information is help in a text file "global.dat" in your Opera directory; try this - C:/opera/global.dat -

For MSIE ( MicroSoft Internet Explorer ) the equivalent command is - C:/windows/history -

You can empty these files if you want to.

Right-click copying images on a web-page.

This is the sort of W'95 property that friends are likely exclaim about ... "Didn't you know you could do that??" and look at you as if you are some kind of mental cripple.

Place the mouse cursor on an icon/image, and right-click. A drop-down menu should appear, giving you the option of several useful actions. In fact, using "Right Click" in many situations may make it possible to do copy/cut/paste, or otherwise modify many types of file or parts of a file. Experiment.

Security hints in relation to operating systems, connected computing, e-mail, web-pages, ICQ, trojans, viruses.

From time to time I have come across valuable hints from specific sources. I ame gathering together a set of these that will help make you system more tamper-proof and robust.

NewgifThe most valuable of these come from a friend, Terry Blount, in the USA. He runs his own site and provides information weekly. Extracts from this may be found here.

Otherwise, more help is right below.

Firstly, drivers for Hewlett-Packard printers; these are available to be downloaded direct from HP. Otherwise they can be exceedingly difficult to come by.

Instructions from HP are as follows:

Anonymous ftp library service is available for around-the-clock access to drivers and technical support information for Hewlett-Packard peripheral and computer products.
Please note that paths may change without notice.

Access the Internet or FTP address and use the menus to locate the software or support of your choice.

URL for Access HP: http://www.hp.com Here .
URL for Software and Support: http://www.hp.com/go/cposupport Here .

FTP address: ftp.hp.com Here .
Login: anonymous
Password: your Internet name (or user identification)

If you are really stumped, call me and I may be able to help.

Something for Opera users

Some of you will have heard of the marvellous program called 'GetRight' which helps your computer stay connected when you are downloading files, looks for alternative download sites, selects the fastest and uses it, resumes broken downloads, and reconnects if the connection is broken and takes up the download where it was broken.

Unfortunately, this program works in conjunction with Netscape and MSIE only; that is until now; there is a plugin from the GetRight people that you can put in your Opera directory, and I am told it works very well. Here it is: here.(322 Kb or 328,748 bytes)

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