Monday, 22 January 2018

Microsoft Office 97 On Windows 8.

Being a fan of old software I thought I would try Microsoft Office 97 on Windows 8 to see if it could run.
Microsoft Office 97 was made for Windows 95 but people have installed it on Windows 2000 and later versions of Windows. But can it run on Windows 8?

Here is what I found when I installed MS Office 97 Professional  on my Windows 8 netbook.
I did a custom install from the CD which installs all of the apps from MS Office. 

I tried the toolbar that comes with Office 97, Microsoft Office Shortcut bar which reminds me of the Sidebar in Windows Vista. But unlike the Sidebar on Vista the 97 Office toolbar can be dragged around different parts of the desktop or made smaller.
It works on Windows 8 as you can see here in the pictures.

It can also find software on your computer. It found my Windows 3.1 File Manager on my PC without any problems. You can add other program files to the toolbar as well.

Office 97 Shortcut Bar on Windows 8.

MS Office 97 Shortcut Bar on Windows 8.

Next I tried Microsoft Word 97 which worked just fine and so did Microsoft Power point and Excel.

Office 97 also has a photo app, Microsoft Photo editor which you can view and edit photos. That worked very well and so did Microsoft Binder.

There is also a search tool called Find Fast included in Office 97 which is a bit like Windows 95's Find, Start Menu Search. Before Microsoft replaced it with Windows Search in Windows 98.
Find Fast works in the same way and found all of my files.

Microsoft Word 97 on Windows 8.

Here is Microsoft Photo Editor from Office 97 On Windows 8.

Microsoft Power Point 97 on Windows 8 with the animated Office Assistant.

Office Assistant the animated search characters that are in all of the software in Office 97 work on 8 and are based on the Characters from Microsoft Bob. Windows XP also has animated search in Windows Explorer( Rover the Dog and Co.) which sadly was removed with Windows Vista. But was still in later editions of Microsoft Office then removed in Office 2007.

The default search character in MS Office is Clippit also nicknamed "Clippy" but you can choose other search characters as shown here.  Or you can  turn them off if you don't want them.

Office 97 comes with animated search characters of which the Windows XP search is based on.

Search Assistants in MS Office 97 including Clippy.

More search companions in Office 97.

Office Assistant character, the cat!

More Office Assistant characters.

I then tried Outlook 97 the email program, but despite my best efforts it did not work. I could not even get it to work on Windows XP so it seems that it can only run on Windows 95.

Microsoft Access does not work on Windows XP either but all of the other software did the same as it does on Windows 7 and 8.
So yes you can run Microsoft Office 97 on Windows 8 and it also works on Windows 7 and Windows XP and Windows Vista.

You can see Microsoft Office 97 in action on Windows 8 in my video.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Disable Windows Store In Windows 8.

This also works in Windows 8.1.

The Windows Store is part of Windows 8 and 8.1. While some people might want to use it to install Metro Apps. If you don't use it or never use Metro software it can be a waste of space.

You cannot delete or uninstall Windows Store as Windows might not work. But you can turn it off so that you won't have to deal with it anymore.

So here is how.

Windows 8 Pro Only.

Group Policy.

If you have Windows 8 Pro you can turn Windows Store off using Group Policy Editor. You can also use the registry Editor if you want to.

Go to your start menu or  Start screen and click "Run"to open Run Command.

Then type in "gpedit.msc "without the quotes.

In Group Policy navigate to  User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Store.

Group Policy.

Select Windows Store then select Turn off Store Application.

Turn Off Windows Store.

Then click on Edit policy Settings. 

Select enabled.

Save settings then exit Group policy.

Handy Tip:
You can create a shortcut for Group Policy. By copying the Gpedit.exe found in Windows/System32 to your desktop or start menu. So that you can access it whenever you need to.

Windows 8 Home.

Registry Edit.

If you have Windows 8 or 8.1 Home Edition you won't have Group Policy. Because it is not in Home Edition.
So you will have to use the registry editor.
This also works on Windows 8 Pro if you don't want to use Group policy.

Go to start menu, open Run Command and type "regedit" without the quotes.

This opens Registry Editor.
Navigate to the following key

There you will see another key that says "Remove Windows Store."

Right click on this key and select "Modify. "

Edit the D Word to Value 1.

Registry Edit.

Save and close regedit.

Windows Store is now disabled and will no longer be in the start menu.

But you can turn it on again if you need it by going back to Group Policy or the registry. And changing the D Word to 0 or changing the settings in Group Policy to Disabled.

Windows 3.0 Multimedia Edition Software On Windows 8.

Here I show you some some very nice screensavers and also Alarm Clock from Windows 3.0 Multimedia Edition running on Windows 8 32 bit.

Open WinHLP Files On Windows 7 And 8.

Here I show you how to view HLP files from older versions of Windows on Windows 8 without installing the WinHLP update.
Also Works on Windows Vista and Windows 7.

How To View HLP Files On Windows 7/8 When You Cannot Install The WinHLP Update.

This also works on Windows Vista and Windows 8.1.
There are other work arounds but this is the easiest way.

On Windows XP you can view HLP files from Windows 3x without any problems because it is built into XP, as it is in versions before that.

But Microsoft removed support for these files on Windows Vista and later versions of Windows.
Although there is still the Winhelp exe in Windows Vista, Windows 7 and 8, it is inactive. So you cannot read HELP file unless you install the WinHLP Update.

I recently reinstalled Windows 8 and one problem I was having was I could not install the WinHLP update from Microsoft on my Windows 8. Even though I did download the correct update for my version of Windows, Windows 8 Pro it would not install.

WinHLP Update Error Message On My Windows 8.

This can also happen on Windows Vista and Windows 7 but there is an easy way to overcome this problem.

You need to replace both the WinHelp and WinHLP32 exe on Windows Vista,7 or 8 with the ones from Windows XP. Or an earlier version of Windows such as Windows 2000 or Windows NT4.

So here is how:

On Windows XP :Go to your Windows Folder and copy both the Winhelp and WinHLP32 files and save to a CD or USB drive.

Then on Windows Vista,7 or 8: 
Go to your C/Windows Folder,look for both the WinHelp and WinHLP32 exe.

Take Ownership of both files then delete them.

You need to install a software such as Take Ownership to do this.

Once you have deleted both files replace them both with the ones you have copied from Windows XP. As shown in my picture.

WinHelp and WinHLP32 files from Windows XP.

Windows folder on Windows 8.

You will now be able to read HLP files without any problems as seen in my pictures.

HLP files now open on Windows 8.

This also works on Windows 8.1 but  I am not sure about Windows 10 since I don't have it. 

Warning:Some Windows updates will replace the Winhelp exe to the later version. So you may have to reinstall the Windows XP files again, but that depends on the updates. But if that happens just repeat the same steps again which will resolve this.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

The Difference Between Bezier And Beziers Screensavers.

Most of the screensavers that are on Windows XP have been in Windows since Windows 3.1. Some are still in Windows 7 and 8. But many have had most of the nice features and settings options removed by Microsoft. And are really stripped down versions of the originals that were in Windows 95 and Windows 98.

Beziers is one of them and has been in every version of Windows up to XP but has many features removed. The Windows NT version that was in all NT versions from Windows NT4 to Windows XP displays pretty red lines.

But the older version that was in Windows 95 and all Windows 9x versions including Windows ME displays multiple colors. And you can change the colors to display whatever color you want.

It is called Bezier which is really the same screensaver as the Beziers on Windows NT4, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Except that the settings have been removed from Beziers screensaver.
But you can install the original version on Windows XP.

You just need to copy the SS Bezier.scr Screensaver file from Windows 95 or 95.
Then place it in the C/Windows/System/32 folder on Windows XP and it will run.

Both screensavers also work on Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
You need to rename one of the screensavers so they don't conflict.

I like the Windows 95 version better and I have it on both my Windows 7 and 8 computers.

This is Bezier Screensaver from Windows 95 running on my Windows 8. It has the option to change the color of the strips and also to display multiple random colors.

Beziers Screensaver from Windows XP on my Windows 8. As you can see the option to change the color strips is gone. Just plain red lines-Not that red is not nice. I just like the Windows 9x screensaver better of the 2.

Oh and both screensavers work on Windows 8 and Windows XP of course.

How To Extract 16 Bit Icons On Windows XP and 7.

This also works on Windows 8,Windows 8.1,Windows 10, as well as Windows Vista.

If you have ever installed any 16 bit software or games from Windows 3.1 you will know the big let down is that the icons don't show up. So you have to use another icon from the Shell32.dll folder on Windows.

In Windows ME and earlier versions of Windows this is not a problem as those version were 9x based and even the early NT versions such as Windows NT had support for 16 bit apps.

But  this was removed by Microsoft in Windows XP and later versions but there is still a way to get back the original 16 bit icons.

To do this you need to download and install a software called BeCyicon Grabber which can extract any icon including 16 bit ones.

There are of course other software that can do this but I find BeCyicon Grabber the easiest one to use and it works for me.

You can extract the icons then save in a folder on your PC. Then point to it when Windows prompts you to choose an icon.

Here is my Windows 7 and as you can see I have all of the 16 bit icons for my 16 bit software on my desktop. But it can also extract 32 bit icons and is very handy to have. It works on all versions of Windows including Windows 8 and Windows 10.

The above picture is my desktop on Windows 7. All of the software here is bit with the REAL 16 bit icons!

Here is Golf a 16 bit game. As you can see Windows cannot display the icon.

Be Cyicon Grabber finds the icon and saves it. I now have the icon on my desktop.

These above are all 16 bit icons that have been extracted and can be saved anywhere on your computer in a folder.

Please that 16 bit software will only work on 32 bit Windows not 64 bit.

BeCyicon Grabber can be downloaded from here: