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Version Conflict Manager

 
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sylvester



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:17 am    Post subject: Version Conflict Manager Reply with quote

You may remember this topic popped up in my thread re: mass storage device drivers. At that time I noticed a descrepancy between my "System Informaion" and the "My Computer" properties.

System Information:
Microsoft Windows 98
4.10.1998
Upgrade using Full OEM CD

My Computer/Properties:
Microsoft Windows 98
Version 4.10.2222
Registered to: My Name
*****-OEM-*******-*****


Further to this, many years ago (2002) I reinstalled Windows 98 Standard Edition over top of itself. As far as I can remember, I think this was because my D:\ (CD ROM) disappeared from in My Computer and I couldn’t figure out why. Anyway, I never knew about the Version Conflict Manager until recently. The following is what it shows. In the lower table I have added a column of what versions show when I check the properties of the files that the manager now shows as unknown. There you'll notice that the versions seem to be the same as the "Was" column, except for one, and that the files that were version 4.4.0.3388 now have the zero missing from the third spot.


File Name________Was__________Now

ACCwiz.exe______1.0.0.3________1.0.0.2
hidclass.sys______4.10.0.2222____4.10.0.1998
msinfo32.exe_____4.10.0.2222____4.10.0.1998
msnp32.dll_______4.10.0.2000____4.10.0.1998
mswrd832.cnv____1998.8.6.0_____1997.8.12.0
rnr20.dll_________4.10.0.2002____4.10.0.1998
setupx.dll________4.10.0.2000____4.10.0.1998
stimon.exe_______4.10.0.2222____4.10.0.1998
tapisrv.exe_______4.10.0.2000____4.10.0.1998
telnet.exe________5.0.1755.2_____5.0.1717.1
timedate.cpl______4.10.0.2000____4.10.0.1998
tshoot.ocx________1.0.1.2123_____1.0.0.2004
uhcd.sys_________4.10.0.2000____4.10.0.1998
usbd.sys_________4.10.0.2019____4.10.0.1998
usbhub.sys_______4.10.0.2019____4.10.0.1998
vdhcp.386________4.10.0.2014____4.10.0.1726
xcopy32.mod_____4.10.0.2222____4.10.0.1998


File Name_____Was_______Now________Properties Show

callcont.dll____4.4.0.3388___unknown_____4.4.3338
cb32.exe_____4.4.0.3388___unknown_____4.4.3388
clrvdiddc.dll___1.3.0.2______unknown_____1.3.0.2
conf.exe_____4.4.0.3388____unknown_____4.4.3388
dcap16.dll____4.4.0.3388___unknown_____4.4.3388
dcap32.dll____4.4.0.3388___unknown_____4.4.3388
dcapvxd.vxd__4.4.0.3388___unknown_____4.4.3388
decdnet.dll____5.0.0.90____unknown_____5.0.0.90
msconf.dll____4.4.0.3388___unknown_____4.4.3388
msg723.acm__4.4.0.3388___unknown_____4.4.3388
msh261.drv___4.4.0.3388___unknown_____4.4.3388
msh.263.drv__4.4.0.3388___unknown_____4.4.3388
mst120.dll____4.4.0.3388___unknown_____4.4.3388
nac.dll_______4.4.0.3388___unknown_____4.4.3388
nmcom.dll____4.4.0.3388___unknown_____4.4.3388
ra3228_8.dll___5.0.0.90____unknown_____5.0.0.90
ra32rv10.dll___5.0.0.90____unknown_____5.0.0.90
ra32sipr.dll____5.0.0.90____unknown_____5.0.0.90
rarv1032.dll___5.0.0.90____unknown_____5.0.0.90
ra3214_4.dll___5.0.0.97____unknown_____5.0.0.97
raocx32.dll____5.0.0.97____unknown_____5.0.0.97
raxtra.x32____5.0.0.97_____unknown____2.0.2.1
rrcm.dll______4.4.0.3388___unknown_____4.4.3388
vtdapi.vxd____4.10.0.2222___unknown____4.10.0.2222
wb32.exe_____4.4.0.3388____unknown____4.4.3388


My first question is… Should I be restoring all these files to the versions I had prior to the reinstall?

Also, I have Windows 98 Service Pack 1 listed in my Add/Remove Programs list. I don't remember from where or when this was installed. Should it have been reinstalled too, or was it on my 98 disk and would have been reinstalled with the rest of 98? I had the system built at a local shop and my disk is a Microsoft Windows 98 OEM that says "For distribution with a new PC only". If you do suggest that I restore the files and reinstall the Service Pack, which comes first?

Thanks to anyone and everyone.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, if it isn't broken don't fix it!

I wouldn't restore the files, you may well undo fixes that have been put in place. The USB drivers, and unofficial service pack will change some files from their originals, so you may break the effects these have if you restore the original files.

If Service Pack 1 is showing there, then I think it is installed, and therefore doesn't need to be reinstalled. It's possible this was on the disk, although if it was then it is normally mentioned somewhere on the disk. You maybe downloaded it from Windows Update??
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