for Windows 3.1, 95, 98 and ME
Abandonware and Freeware
Adobe Reader for Win/3.1x PDF file reader for Windows 3.1
Video for Windows Allows you to play.avi files in Win 3.1
Internet Explorer 5.01 IE 5 for Win/3.1.
Calmira 3.3 Adds a Win/95 feel with a "Start" button, right mouse button functionality, etc.
WARNING!: DO NOT INSTALL CALMIRA XP ONTO WINDOWS 95 AND UP!!! THERE IS NO WAY TO EXIT CALMIRA AS IN THE ORIGINAL VERSION. EVEN IF YOU MANAGE TO FIND THE UNINSTALL PROGRAM AND UNINSTALL IT, WINDOWS WILL BE CORRUPTED AND YOU WILL HAVE TO RE-INSTALL!!!
TCP/IP For Windows 3.1x The internet protocol for Windows 3.1x. If you have an ethernet card and a broadband or DSL connection, you can have a really good browsing experience.
osr2fix.exe This is a fix for Windows 95B & C so that you can run Windows 3.1x (in DOS mode, I guess?). I've never actually tried it.
WinRar 2.9 WinRAR for Windows 3.1x and 95.
File Manager update for Windows 3.1
File Manager update for Windows for Workgroups 3.11
Year 2000 update for Windows for Workgroups.
Windows 95, 98 and ME
This is *FREE* antivirus software that is just as good, if not better, than some of the products commercially available. This product has installed on every version of Windows I have including server versions. I don't have a Win/95 unit up right now, but I expect it should work on it.
BitComet Great program for P2P (peer to peer) file sharing of torrent files.
Download Accelerator Plus 5 Beta Speeds up download times by making multiple connections to a file to increase download speeds, and resumes downloads if they are interrupted. Intergrates into Explorer and some versions of Netscape Navigator. This is the DAP 5 Plus Beta version and my favorite. It doesn't have all the extra bells and whistles of the newer versions, and it doesn't use excessive resources. A very simple, straightforward tool that does exactly what it says it does.
Easy Office Freeware version. Similar to Microsoft Office. It comes with Easy Word, Bookeeper, Spreadsheet, and Easy Zip, a free unzipping utility similar to WinZip. Note: This is a large file, about 27 megabytes! If you have a dial - up ISP, be prepared to wait 2 - 4 hours for download. It's worth the wait! Easy Word can also make simple web pages if you are in a hurry to get a page up. Also Windows 2000 and XP compatible. It may work on other versions, but I didn't have them available for testing.
IZArc 3.4 By far the best free unzipping utility I have ever seen. It supports 40 different file types and integrates into Windows Explorer. Use of this utility is recommended for the zipped files on this site.
Kerio Personal Firewall 2.1.5 Excellent Firewall program. It is set to "Learn Mode" by default so that you can configure it in the fly. If you don't want to continually be prompted to permit the same programs to run over and over again, check the box in the lower left corner that says "Create Rule" and it won't prompt you for that particular program again. Once you have it configured, you will be very happy with it's performance. I like this version better than the newer ones because it's easy on system resources.
Media Player 7 Windows Media Player 7.0, the highest version that will install on Windows 95 natively.
Media Player 7.1 for Windows 95 Complete instructions for NT/95 are in the archive. You may also need the Dial-up Networking 1.4 update and DCOM95 in Windows 95 for it to work properly. The DCOM95 file is in both the IE5.01 and 5.5 downloads. I will post the DUN 1.4 update as soon as I run across it. I have it somewhere.
Media Player 7.1 Media Player 7.1 for Windows 98 and up.
Media Player 8 for Win2k ONLY I found this on the web (somewhere). It is meant for Windows 2000 ONLY and it works pretty good.
Media Player 9 Windows Media Player 9 for Win/98/2k/XP.
Media Player 9 for XP A higher version of WMP 9 exclusively for XP.
Media Player 9 for OS X WMP 9 for Macs. (Hey, why not?) :-D
Media Player 10 Newest version for XP.
Personal Web Server for Windows 95 Convert Windows 95 into a web server. Limited to 10 connections.
Sambar Web Server 6.1 This is a good web server for Windows 95 and up. You can do Network Load Balancing if you have multiple servers on a network which is why I went with Win2k Advanced Server. During setup, it will ask you where you want to install the program. I suggest "C:\Inetpub\wwwroot" otherwise it will install into a subfolder of wherever you downloaded the file to. Your website goes into the "Docs" folder.
Savant Web Server 3.1 Webserver for Windows 95 and up. Turn your desktop into a webserver in less than 10 minutes. It has an excellent help section and it requires almost no configuration. Install and start the program, load your website into C:\Savant\root, and you're up. To actually get your computer on the web, go to DSL/Cable Webserver for a complete "How-to" on setting up a home server. It should be noted that I had this program on my backup server at first, but it seemed to "choke" on the larger downloads. Also, I found out that if you don't put your domain name into the DNS field at the top of the main window, you won't be able to access your site from the web! Very irritating.
Starships in Flight Fantastic Star Trek screen saver. It shows all the Starships from the original series to all the spin-offs flying in orbit around planets, through the stars, with each other, etc. Also included are Romulan Warbirds and Klingon Battlecruisers. Complete with sound effects. Even if you're not a fan of the show, it's still worth a look. It's really that good --- AND it works in Windows 95!
VNC Viewer Handy program for networks. Lets you "log in" on another computer in your network from a remote location and run programs or help someone, etc. It must be installed on all the computers to work.
Volumouse Nifty little program that lets you adjust the volume on the computer by hovering the mouse cursor over the taskbar and moving your mouse's scroll wheel up or down. In 2000 and XP, there is another setting that lets you adjust the transparency of a window by hovering the mouse cursor over the title bar by moving the scroll wheel up or down. Neat! For 98 and up. ( I tried this in Win/95 once. Although it will install, the program won't actually do anything!)
Weatherbug for Windows 95 This is the only version of Weatherbug that I have found and/or know of that installs in Windows 95 and it works great. Always decline offers to upgrade because newer versions don't work in Win/95.
Weatherbug 5.3 For Windows 98 and up and my favorite. This program doesn't use excessive system resources or have extra stuff you don't need. A simple staightforward tool great for desktop weather.
Winamp 5.05 and 5.07 both work in Windows 95. It's reasonable to assume the others will also, but this is NOT TESTED.
WinZip 6.0 WinZip for Win/3.1x/95 and up. Not tested on Win/XP.
WinZip 8.1 WinZip for Win/9x and up.
Xplorer 2 lite A Windows Explorer program with two explorer panes instead of one. Handy if you need to manage files in mutiple places.
2X Explorer Previous version of Xplorer 2.
This update has two parts. You must run this one first and reboot the computer.
Then install this update and reboot. Resolves certain Y2k issues
Ext2IFS_1_10b.exe Driver to read Ext2 and Ext3 Linux drives from Windows. I have only used it in Windows 2000, so I don't know if it will work in other Windows versions or not.
NT Option Pack NT Option Pack For Windows NT Workstation.
winntusb.exe Generic USB driver for Windows NT. Works in ALL versions.
MS-DOS 7.10 This version of DOS was originally developed by Microsoft but never used in any operating systems. It will support any version of Windows you want to put on it. It comes with its own CD-Rom drivers so that you have access to your CD-Rom drive without an operating system. Excellent for experimenting. It also has it's own version of "Dosshell" and an excellent "Help" feature. I highly recommend it! Note: During setup, it will ask you if you want the splash screen during startup. Even though it's pretty to look at, it uses up memory and slows down boot - up. Save yourself some trouble and choose "no". The files are in *.IMG format. I have included RaWrite for Windows so that you can open the files to diskette.
Need a boot disk? Click here . It's a modified Windows 95 boot disk that supports most CD-Rom drives and doesn't move your drive letter back. So far, It has worked on every computer I've tried it on except for one which was an SCSI (50-pin) drive. Those drives need their own special drivers. The disk also comes with the usual tools -- format, fdisk, edit, etc. I have included the freeware tool RaWrite for Windows so that you can open the file. Just write it to a floppy in your "A" drive and your good to go.
Front Page Express -
I now have this program with an installer. The name is FPExpress_eng.exe and it is an installer that does everything it is supposed to. If you downloaded the French version, just uninstalling it isn't enough. There are some files that you have to uninstall manually to get it off your computer and to get it to quit speaking French. They are: setdefed.exe and MFC40LOC.DLL in your System (system32) directory, and setup.ini in your Windows (WINNT) directory. Click on it and read it in Notepad before you delete it just to make sure it's the correct file. Also remove fpxpress.inf and fpxpress.pnp from your Windows (WINNT) \Inf directory. Now for the scary part: registry keys. If you are an advanced user, this will be no problem, but if the only thing you know how to do is turn it on, you may want to get some help because everything in the registry that had to do with "Microsoft FrontPage Express" has to be removed so that the English version will work properly. Otherwise, Windows will continue to look for a program that is no longer there.
A couple of final things - If the French version is the one you want, you must restart your computer after installation even though you aren't prompted to. You must do the same upon removal also, plus the extra work mentioned above. The English version will tell you when to reboot.
TweakUI Popular powertoy that gives more control over Windows settings.
CD Players - Here are some CD players that I have gathered over the years. They are all for Win/3.1x, but they will work in newer versions. I think all of these players need vbrun300.dll to work. You can get it below under the CD-Audio Player. Directions are provided under that heading.
Top Pick! -- Splinter Creek Media Player -- Top Pick!
Originally written for Windows 3.1x, this program was WAY ahead of it's time. Not only does it play CD's and media files, it also plays Windows Audio Visual (.avi) files! The look is simple and it's easy to use. The Splinter Creek Media Player provides an unprecedented level of quality that would add to any Windows operating system including Windows XP. Just place the player in your Windows (or WINNT) directory, create a shortcut into your "Programs" folder, and you're set. Enjoy!
CD-Audio Player CD Shuffle player. Recommended for those who have limited manual installation skills with Windows. It has it's own setup program that does all the work for you. It is a small player that you can move around your desktop with track times, numbers, etc. Note: This player needs vbrun300.dll to run. If you don't have it, you can get vbrun100, 200, and 300 here. Just place them into your System or System32 directory, and you are good to go. Note: This player starts minimized. You must click it's button on the taskbar to bring it up.
CDTRAX Appears to only work in Win/95. Does not work in Win/98 and up, which is a shame because this is a really nice player. It has digital-like displays and the CD tracks are also displayed as buttons that you can push to go directly to that track.
HYPERCD Small CD player that stays in the bottom right corner of you screen. You must move your taskbar down to expose the player and then move it up again to "push" it into view. It's basically shaped like a small taskbar.
MINICD A small CD player that is intended to stay in the top left of your desktop, but you can move it wherever you want. It looks like a mini taskbar.
MYCD Small CD player that resembles a CD drive that you can move around your desktop.
TINYCD Lives up to it's name -- it's a small square with the most basic controls and a track number display.
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