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Windows XP a 64 bit upgrade to a 32-bit patch for a 16-bit GUI shell running on top of an 8-bit operating system written for a 4-bit processor by a 2-bit company who cannot stand 1 bit of competition (but it's better than a Mac)!

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Correct File Isn't Installed When Chaining Multiple Hotfixes in WinNT/2K/XP

{Hotfixes that go cold} When you install multiple hotfixes without restarting your computer between each install (chaining), the correct binary may not be installed on your computer. This problem may occur with hotfixes for Windows XP or Windows 2000 that were created before December 2002 (even if you use the QChain.exe file or the QChain functionality included in Windows XP and Windows 2000 hotfixes released since May 18, 2001) or hotfixes for Windows NT 4.0 (regardless of when they were created). To address the issue, download the updated version of the QChain.exe command-line tool. The tool allows system administrators to safely chain hotfixes together. This means the user can install multiple hotfixes without rebooting the computer between each hotfix installation. Otherwise, you're required to reboot after each hotfix install.

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=815062


When Show Desktop....Won't!

Question: On my Windows XP Home Edition computer, I click on the "Show Desktop" icon in Quick Launch menu, the Desktop folder opens instead of showing the Desktop.

Answer: I wondered how long it would be before this question came up for XP. It showed up a lot for Windows Me and Windows 98. I have to admit this one had me stumped, at least for awhile. I did some searching on the Internet and I duplicated the problem on my test computer. Here is how you can fix your computer.

  1. Go to Start | Programs | Accessories | Notepad.
  2. In a blank text document, type:

    [Shell]
    Command=2
    IconFile=explorer.exe,3
    [Taskbar]
    Command=ToggleDesktop

  3. When you save the text document, you need to change the "Save as Type" field to "All Files," and type "Show Desktop.scf" for the file name. You'll want to save file in C:\Windows\System or C:\Winnt\system32, depending on your Windows installation. {As Always, if you put Win XP on a different drive or partitian, be sure to substitute that letter for C:\}
  4. Use Windows Explorer or My Computer to navigate to where you saved the Show Desktop.scf file.
  5. Now, right-click the file and choose "Create Shortcut."
  6. Move the shortcut to C:\Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch if you are on Windows 9x, C:\Winnt\System32 if you are on Windows NT4/2000, or to C:\WINDOWS\System32\Config\Systemprofile\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch for Windows XP.
  7. Last, you need to right-click the shortcut, choose Rename and type "Desktop"   for the name.

Now the Show Desktop icon will automatically appear in the Quick Launch toolbar, and you shouldn't have to restart. However, if you don't see the shortcut, then try restarting your machine before retrying the steps.


CD-RW & DVD Drive Not Auto-Playing? Try this tip....

Question: I recently built a Windows XP-based computer. The installation went well, but now when I pop in any CD in the DVD-ROM drive Windows XP will not autorun/autoplay the CD. I have tried both an audio CD and a data CD filled with photos. Neither would autoplay, but I could go to My Computer and read/access the files on both CDs. Do you know how I can enable autorun/autoplay on my Windows XP machine?

Answer: I think we may be able to help you out here. First, I want to address that occasionally CD creation software can disable the autorun/autoplay feature in Windows XP; more specifically, I'm talking about Roxio Easy CD Creator version 5.02d. If you have this version of Roxio installed, then I would suggest that you download the update, restart the computer, and then try the autoplay feature. Another thing I would check out is if there are any updated drivers for your motherboard (the IDE controller, to be more specific) and your DVD-ROM. If you have tried all these methods, then it may be a setting in your Windows XP registry. Before I move on to tell you the registry edit to fix this problem, I would suggest that you back up your registry first. For a description of the Windows registry and a link to how to backup the registry, I will direct you to Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 256986.

Now, on to the registry fix! First you need to open your registry. To do this, you need to click Start | Run, type "regedit" (sans quotes), and then click OK. Now you need to navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \ CurrentControlSet \ Services \ CDRom. From here, double-click Autorun and make sure the value is set to "1" under Value Data. Next, you need to navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer. Here, you will need to double-click "NoDriveTypeAutoRun" and make sure the value was set to "91" under Value Data. All that is left now is to close the registry editor and then restart your computer. You should now be able to pop in a CD, and Windows XP should pop up the autoplay menu and attempt to autorun the CD. I hope this answers your questions.


Just a few fixes for XP's Annoyances
Annihilate Annoying Animations
Wipe out Windows Messenger
Ungroup Your Buttons
Bypass the Password Prompt
Remember Open Folders
Pulverize Personalized Menus

Annihilate Annoying Animations To dump XP's Search 'toon, open any folder, press F3 to start a search, and at the bottom of the Search Companion pane on the left, click Change Preferences. At the top of the pane, click Without an animated screen character. Either continue with a search or close the window.

Wipe out Windows Messenger A nagging balloon from the tray area of the taskbar urges you to launch Windows Messenger and sign up for Microsoft's .Net Passport program. To pop it once and for all, choose Start,Run, type regedit, and click OK. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. With the Run folder (called a 'key' in Registry-ese) selected on the left, choose the MSMSGS icon on the right and press Delete. Click Yes to confirm, and exit the Registry Editor. The icon will disappear from the tray the next time you log on.

Ungroup Your Buttons XP groups similar applications under a single button in the taskbar, forcing you to choose the item from a pop-up menu. If you would prefer separate buttons for each open application, right-click the taskbar, choose Properties, uncheck Group similar taskbar buttons, and click OK.

Bypass the Password Prompt You might not need to enter a password each time you deactivate your screen saver. The fix is easy: Right-click the desktop and choose Properties. Click the Screen Saver tab, uncheck the box labeled On resume, password protect or On resume, display Welcome screen (depending on your log-on configuration), and click OK.

Remember Open Folders In previous versions of Windows, folders and Explorer windows you had open when you logged off would open again the next time you logged on. Not so in Windows XP. If you miss this feature, choose Tools, Folder Options in any window, click the View tab, scroll to the end of the Advanced settings list, check Restore previous folder windows at logon, and click OK.

Pulverize Personalized Menus In Windows XP's Classic Start menu, the 'personalized' menus rearrange menu items and hide many entries until you click the double-arrow symbol to display the entire listing. To get rid of this irksome convention, simply right-click the Start button and choose Properties. Click the Customize button, and scroll to the bottom of the Advanced Start menu options. Uncheck Use Personalized Menus, and click OK twice.


Recovering From Intermittent Disk Failure

So there I was, working on the latest how to article, when my PC died. I got a Stop Message - better known as a Blue Screen of Death - that informed me, in WinXP's inimitable way, that I had a Kernel_Stack_Inpage_Error.

Since the only Kernel I like to think about is named Sanders, I figured it'd be a good idea to follow the instructions on the screen, which said (if I may paraphrase) that if this was the first time I had seen this particular BSOD, and I hadn't installed any new hardware or software, fuhgeddabout it, and try again.

So I did. Three-finger salute. Back to writing.

About an hour later, it happened again.

Time to bring in the big guns. I discovered something which goes by the name of STOP 0x00000077. Ed Bott and Carl Siechert say, "The system attempted to read kernel data from virtual memory (the page file) and failed to find the data at the specified memory address. This Stop error can be caused by a variety of problems, including defective memory, a malfunctioning hard disk, an improperly configured disk controller or cable, corrupted data, or a virus infection."

Then I poked at the Microsoft Knowledge Base and came up with the specific MSKB article for this error. It has a bunch of details about possible problems and solutions - and it's about as opaque as a poorly written Computer Science textbook - but nothing there sounded right. 

I went through all the possible sources of trouble. My anti-virus software is up-to-date (I download a new signature file every day) and working fine. No new hardware or software. Memory doesn't go bad all that often. It took me all of about thirty seconds to realize the most likely culprit was my hard drive. If you've ever hit a BSOD and the cause isn't immediately obvious - like you've just added a new peripheral or changed a driver - you should be leery of your hard drives, as well.

I thought about using Safe Mode (re-start the computer and hit F8 before the Windows XP logo comes up), but I figured Safe Mode wouldn't do anything worthwhile: the error came and went, and Safe Mode doesn't have any specific tools for catching intermittent errors.  

So I figured I'd get down into the belly of the beast, and booted my PC into the Windows XP Recovery Console - the closest thing WinXP has to running DOS. The one big trick to running the WinXP Recovery Console is getting instructions: WinXP's Help system has lots of info about the Recovery Console, but if your system isn't working, that doesn't help much. If you search the Knowledge Base for the term "Recovery Console" you won't get any hits! Blech.

Starting the Recovery Console is as simple as booting from your WinXP CD. Follow the instructions to "Repair or Recover" your existing Windows installation, and enter the number of that installation (usually "1"). You'll be prompted to enter the administrator account password. (Something WinXP Help won't tell you: if you're running a default installation of WinXP Home, your administrator account password is blank - so just hit Enter.) Once the Recovery Console comes up, you can see all the available commands by simply typing help.

I ran a chkdsk /r, which is supposed to scan the hard drives and make repairs as necessary. Chkdsk came up clean. No problems. Blech.

So I re-started Windows again. Clicked Start | My Computer, right-clicked on my C: drive, picked Properties | Tools and tried to run an error check. WinXP came back saying "The disk check could not be performed because the disk check utility needs exclusive access to some Windows files on the disk. These files can be accessed only by restarting Windows. Do you want to schedule this disk check to occur the next time you restart the computer?" I clicked Yes, but my deadline was looming, so instead of playing the silly reboot game one more time, I pulled up that file that I was working on, finished it (save often, save well), sent it off to the editor, and then...

...then my machine died again. BSOD 0x000000077. Ol' x77 and I were on a first-name basis at that point.

That did it. I was ready to reduce that heap of %$#@! to silicon rubble. I tore open the box and spent an unconscionable amount of time wiggling cables, re-seating the jumpers, pulling and pushing and prodding - and fretting. I used one of my good machines to check the Web for disk-awakening exercises, but somehow I couldn't bring myself to freezing the drive or baking it. There was a magical incantation that I seriously considered, but I couldn't pronounce the word "WesternDigSeaMaxtophiles".

Exhuasted, I completely gave up. Plugged everything back together, booted the machine, and the disk check I scheduled (and had subsequently forgot) kicked in. Within a minute, WinXP's chkdsk reported that it had detected and repaired a bad cluster in pagefile.sys. XP came up smellin' like a rose, and hasn't had a single problem since.

The moral of the story: if you have an intermittent hard disk error, use WinXP's error check setting (right-click on the drive, Properties | Tools | Error Check), and re-boot your machine, repeatedly, until the error gets picked up.  Perhaps a sledgehammer really isn't a good diagnostic tool after all!


Windows XP Baseline Security Analyzer

Once in a very blue moon, Microsoft releases a tool that you absolutely must download and run. Well, I just checked, the moon is blue, cows are jumping over it, and if you use your Windows XP machine to connect to the Internet, Microsoft has a tool that you need. 

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Dubbed the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer, this big hunkin' program (2.5 MB in all) goes through your Windows XP (or 2000) machine, and checks most of its major components for missing security patches, gaping security holes, and little nit-picking things that you probably never knew existed. 

When you run the report you'll get a list - probably a very long list - of steps you should take to improve the security on your Windows XP machine. I found the advice to be remarkably legible and even easy to follow. Your results may vary, of course. 

Ya know how anti-virus software companies keep their products up-to-date by using signature files (also called "update files") that contain the very latest information about the latest viruses? MBSA works much the same way. Every time you run MBSA, it downloads a file that's constantly updated by Microsoft, and uses that file to check your

What I Found

When I ran MBSA on my main XP/Home machine - the one I use for Internet Connection Sharing, and thus potentially the most vulnerable PC in my home office - the program picked up a few problems. For example, I don't use NTFS on all of my hard drives, and that is a security risk, no question about it. Remarkably, the program presented me with a detailed explanation of the risks involved, and even offered step-by-step instructions for mending my errant ways. 

I won't, of course, but that's just me.

MBSA checked to see if I had any accounts with trivial passwords - no problem there - and advised me that I had installed all of the latest Windows XP hotfixes (no sweat; I followed the instructions in last week's Windows XP newsletter!).

Not all is sweetness and light. MBSA still leaves a lot to be desired, particularly when it comes to the infuriatingly convoluted terminology that underlies all of Windows XP. For example, I was absolutely amazed to discover that my default Windows XP/Home installation had enabled something called Remote Access Connection Manager. Except, for the life of me, I don't know what Remote Access Connection Manager really does.

So I used the MBSA link to bring up a help file that was supposed to explain this particular security hole, but it didn't lend a clue about Remote Access Connection Manager - and the help was Windows 2000-specific anyway.

A bit alarmed, I popped over to the Microsoft Knowledge Base and searched for "Remote Access Connection Manager". Didn't bring up much - nothing at all about security problems. Searching for the precise phrase "Remote Access Connection Manager" brought up just one hit that starts with the following piece of enlightenment: "You may not be able to log on to your domain by using a virtual private network (VPN) if you have the Microsoft Proxy 2.0 client or the Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000 client installed, and the proxy server can be reached only by using the VPN connection." Sorry. Barking up the wrong tree, there.

I went poking around a bit, and ended up looking in MBSA's list of "What was scanned." There I found a suspicious-looking entity called RasMan (Remote Access Service Manager). When I hopped back to MSKB and looked for "RasMan" and "Remote Access Service Manager." I didn't find anything written in English, either. 

Being a superstitious fellow, I followed the steps that MBSA spelled out anyway, and RACM - er, RASM, uh, RasMan - was banished from my machine in a nonce.

Office XP Scanning

MBSA also scans your Office 2000 or Office XP installation for security holes. I, for one, use Ken Slovak's ATTOPT routine to keep Outlook 2002 from swallowing up files attached to my email messages. I was a bit surprised that MBSA didn't find the Registry diddlings that overrun Outlook's draconian email security "features."

The rest of the Office scan went pretty well. MBSA correctly identified a few Outlook "Security Zones" that I had customized, and offered to fix them.

For More Help

When Microsoft released the new MBSA last week, it also started a new newsgroup, called   microsoft.public.security.baseline_analyzer, specifically for the product. I poked around the newsgroup and found surprisingly few disparaging remarks. The number-one solution for intermittent problems seems to be "uninstall MBSA and re-install it".  Fair 'nuff.

All in all, MBSA is an impressive tool - one you should download and use immediately.

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Windows XP Updates

Windows XP, right out of the box, automatically notifies you when updates to your system are available on the Microsoft Windows update site. With automatic updates enabled, you'll get occasional reminders in your taskbar about updates to download.  Usually these downloads patch the most critical security flaws that Microsoft has found in its products, but available updates go way beyond plugging the gaping security holes.

TIP: if you want to see if Windows XP is automatically downloading critical updates go to Start | Control Panel | Performance and Maintenance | System and click the Automatic Updates tab. I recommend that you choose the second option, which allows you to pick and choose your updates before they're downloaded. Some of the updates are big - very, very big.

You can see all of the updates that are currently available by opening up Internet Explorer and choosing Tools | Windows Update.  Microsoft breaks the updates available into three different flavors: critical updates, Windows updates and driver updates.

Critical Updates are selected automatically. You can choose to bypass a specific critical update, but I don't recommend it. If Microsoft says it's critical, it's critical, even if it's buggy and has to be over-written eventually with an even-more-critical patch.

Driver Updates appear depending on what hardware was found when the update scan is performed. I'm generally wary of driver updates since I've been stuck too often with a computer that won't work after these specific 'improvements' have been installed.  Don't get driver updates when you're in the middle of an important project and make a backup before you try them. In my experience, only a small percentage of all the updated hardware drivers that are available appear in Microsoft's automatic update. Usually you'll have to check with individual hardware vendors for any Windows XP updated drivers.

Windows Updates are a potpourri of updates and bug fixes. Here's a few updates that have been made available recently:

All these updates only account for a relatively small download - a few megabytes - they download and install painlessly.   I install all these updates even if they don't seem to apply to me (I'm too old for 'Snow White') because you never know when one of these problem will come up and bite you.

Should I reboot after my download?
You may need to re-boot your computer depending on what you download.  It would be nice if Microsoft made it clearer about the re-booting requirement before you download but this is a customer request that the company has steadfastly ignored for years, so there's no reason to think they'll change anytime soon.  For the moment we can be grateful that Windows XP needs re-booting after updates less frequently than earlier versions of Windows.


Q. I was also told to run a periodic defragmentation and CHKDSK procedure too. Are you familiar with the CHKDSK procedure? Correct me if I am wrong, but the defrag helps keep the hard drive in tip top shape, and the CHKDSK procedure helps keep our Windows files in tip top shape, is this true?

A. Well, uh..no.

CHKDSK and in older versions of Windows, ScanDisk, checks the integrity of the hard disk . They can search for and in most cases repair such things as bad sectors, cross-linked files, DOS header errors, filename errors, partition property errors, and etcetera.

Here is how to enable Windows XP's CHKDSK: In Windows XP, the Scandisk command is not available.

  1. Double-click My Computer , and then right-click the hard disk drive that you want to check.
  2. Click Properties , and then click Tools .
  3. Under Error-checking , click Check Now .
  4. Click Start .

CheckDisk makes sure that your hard drive is usable and repairs simple damage. It can also prolong the life of the hard drive in tandem with Disk Defragmenter.

The Disk Defragmenter works a little differently. A simple explanation:

Every time you create a file, copy a file, move a file, delete a file, or open an application or any program for that matter the scattered fragments have to go somewhere. If a block is 32 KB and you try to stuff a 40 KB file fragment into it, it doesn't fit. Windows then scours the disk to find a place for it. This may be way out of sink so that the file isn't consecutive but scattered all over the place. Also Windows can not store file fragments sequentially if there isn't any room, so from the 40 KB file fragment example above it has to store it in a new 32 KB block. Windows can not fill up this same block with other information to hold the required 32 KB so we have this block which only has 8 KB in it and no more can be added to it. So now the file is Fragmented or split. It doesn't take very long for the entire disk to hold fragmented files all over the place. Where ever there is an open block to store these fragments.

Another problem with fragmented files is that when you open that file again, the hard drive has to look for all of the fragments so it can be loaded into memory. The hard drive is now working harder than it would if the files were all in sequence.

The disk defragmenter, does exactly what it's name suggests. It takes all of the split file fragments and re-arranges them in sequential order and places more of the fragmented files in the 32 KB block sectors. After the defragmenting, the hard drive has an easier time locating all of the files information and thus can load it into memory faster and more efficiently..

The new defragmenters now not only know where each fragment of a file is supposed to go, but can also recognize which programs are used most often by checking the files attributes and the File Allocation Table (FAT). The programs and files accessed most often are stored near the outside of the disk so that the read heads can access them much faster and thus the programs load faster.


Win XP Shutdown Shortcut

Q. Before I upgraded to Windows XP Professional, I had a little shortcut that would shut down Windows. When I upgraded, the shortcut disappeared. How do I get it back?

A. In Windows XP, restoring the shortcut is amazingly easy. Right-click on the Desktop and choose New | Shortcut from the pop-up menu. Browse to the file C:\Windows\ System32\Shutdown.exe, click Next, name the shortcut, and click Finish. Now right-click on the new shortcut and choose Properties. In the Target box, append the command line switch -l (to log off), -s (to shut down), or -r (to reboot).

If you also add the switch –t xx (where xx is a number of seconds), Shutdown.exe will display a warning and count down the specified number of seconds before activating. You can specify a comment to be displayed with the warning by adding the switch -c "Your text". The countdown behavior is particularly useful if the shutdown program is launched through the Scheduled Tasks applet. For example, a library computer might be scheduled to shut down 10 minutes before closing, with a 60-second warning. Once the countdown has begun, the only way to stop it is to launch the program again with the -a (for abort) switch on its command line.

Shutdown.exe is included with Windows XP, and you can add it to Windows NT 4.0 or 2000 via the corresponding Resource Kit.

Alternatively, Michelle says that this method isn't working for her. If you find this to be true, do the following:

  1. Right-click on the Desktop and choose New | Shortcut from the pop-up menu.
  2. Browse to the file C:\Windows\ System32\Shutdown.exe
  3. Once you have this in the shortcut box place the switch in the correct area of the file. If you want to log off for example it will appear like this:

    C:\Windows\ System32\Shutdown.exe -l
  4. Press Next
  5. Name your shortcut
  6. Press finish

The shortcut should now work for you. Do not bother to edit the properties dialog if it isn't working, the steps above will force the correct permissions.


The Briefcase & XP
Q. I used to have Win98 and whenever I right-clicked a file, there would be a option for me to send it to the briefcase. Since I have XP now, it doesn't offer that feature when I right-click a file. What's up?

A. It has been improved and replaced as File Synchronization...
File Synchronization replaced the Briefcase...

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/en-us/default.asp?url=/
WINDOWS2000/techinfo/reskit/en-us/prork/prde_ffs_annm.asp

If you want the option to "Send-to" your briefcase again this is how to get that option for Windows XP. (If you have the Briefcase Icon on your desktop)

1. Right-Click on the Icon and create a shortcut to your Briefcase and drag it over to the right side of your desktop screen, for the time being.
2. Now click "Start"
3. Now click "Run" In the command line type: sendto (All one word) Now hit the "Enter" key.
4. The "send to" window will open.
5. Now, drag the shortcut you just made for your Briefcase into the open "Send to" Window, and drop it there! Now close the open "Send to" window.

Now you will have the option once again to send anything you want to your Briefcase as before.


Hardware Headachs With XP

Okay, you have taken the plunge, you bought XP.
Now, your favorite programs do not work, or, more important, your hardware seems content to ignore the new OS. You need to update your drivers or buy new hardware. Lets see if we can get the drivers first eh?

Once you have Windows XP you have to make sure that all your hardware has the latest drivers to make them work properly and efficiently. 

You can use the Windows Update feature which may suggest some replacement drivers but only a small percentage of hardware is updated via Microsoft in this way.

More likely you'll get updates from the manufacturers web site.  It's worth checking since after the public release of Windows XP many hardware makers released updated Windows XP specific drivers.

We'll take you step-by-step through the ways to update drivers - since drivers are released in differing ways we can't be totally specific, but we do have some tips to make life easier.  Oh yeah, and the same basic steps apply to all recent versions of Windows.

To update the driver for an existing device first download the latest drivers from the makers web site.  Make sure you get the download for the version of Windows you have.   Once the file is downloaded double click on it (or choose the Open button from the 'Download Completed' dialog box. 

What happens next depends on what the manufacturer has done.  Occasionally they'll automatically update the drivers for you, more likely you'll have to do it yourself.  

No biggie, the file you downloaded is a compressed version of the driver files.   Extract the files to a temporary folder, Windows will often default to an obscure folder under 'Documents and Settings' that can be hard to find so it's better to change it to something easy like c:/temp . Bo perfers easy.

Then go to Start | Settings | Control Panel | System | Hardware | Device Manager, right click on the device, choose Update Driver then disable the automatic scan and point to the folder you extracted the files to.  See why I suggested c:/temp ? -- it's much easier to find than something like c:\Documents and Settings\Application Data\Temp .  Windows will then install the new drivers.

Depending on the drivers you may need to restart the computer -- you'll get a message on the screen if you do.  Thankful re-booting is less necessary under Windows 2000 and Windows XP then earlier versions of Windows.

If you want to check which drivers are running go back to the Device Manager, right click on the device, choose Properties | Driver and you'll see the date and version of the installed drivers plus the name of the driver supplier.


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Feeling Tweakey

The XP's Eye View

You can explore with Win XP

Tell Windows XP where to file it!

Got a fat Hard drive? Try NTFS. Hearing is believing.

Reinstall Windows XP without Re-Activation? Of course you can with this About.com tip

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A 64 bit upgrade to a 32-bit patch for a 16-bit GUI shell running on top of an 8-bit operating system written for a 4-bit processor by a 2-bit company who cannot stand 1 bit of competition (but it's better than a Mac)!

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