Hidden treasures of Win 98

Not all of the new utilities in Win 98 are available on the Start menus. But if you have the Windows 98 upgrade CD, you can install the Windows 98 Resource Kit Sampler, which includes the following little programs of varying usefulness:

ClipTray lets you place frequently used text into the Windows Clipboard, so you can paste it into documents - great for entering boilerplate copy. To select a saved text element, just right-click the ClipTray icon in the Windows 9x taskbar tray. Put ClipTray in your StartUp folder to keep it running every day.

Fat32 Conversion Information estimates how much disk space you'll gain by converting your drive to FAT32.

Link Check Wizard analyses all your Windows Shortcuts and determines which ones no longer point to existing files or applications. Select the ones you want to remove, click Finish, and your system is suddenly a little tidier. This tool is a handy little housecleaner, particularly if program uninstalls leave mountains of dead Shortcuts in your Start button's program area.

Microsoft File Information may not answer every question you have about your Windows installation, but if you can cope with the geekspeak, it can show you which .cab archive houses which files.

QuickTray lets you add application or file icons to the system tray for one-click launching of your key files or applications.

TextViewer is just what its name implies - a basic way to view the contents of .htm, .txt, .ini, .inf, .bat, or other text-only files (.html files appear as HTML code, not as they would in a browser). Unfortunately, it suffers from the same file-size limitations as Notepad.

Tweak UI is the indispensable Control Panel icon for customising the Windows interface, the same one you get if you download the free Microsoft PowerToys from www.microsoft.com. Tweak UI lets you hide desktop icons or erase telltale history lists, prevents "Shortcut to" from being added to all your Shortcut names, and replaces tiny icons with large ones (to relieve eyestrain).

WinDiff has an awkward interface, but it's a handy tool for comparing two text files or two directories, highlighting the differences in colour. It's great for puzzling through multiple .ini file updates or duelling config.sys files. WinDiff even compares Explorer file listings.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Scott Dunn

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?