What are .VXD's and why does Windows 98 need a fix?(the following is provided from a website which is no longer on the Web so I don't even know who put this together)
Windows 95 and 98 both use a compression technique to theoretically speed up Windows load time, which combines many system VXD's (Virtual eXtended Device drivers) into one monolithic VXD file named VMM32.VXD. However, theory and the real world have been proven not to work 100% of the time.
The results for many users of Windows 98 are:
- System instability
- BSOD's (Blue Screen Of Death)
- Mouse lockups
- Problems during Shut Down
- Screen suddenly freezes, ALT+CTRL+DEL will not recover.
If YOU have experienced these problems, this fix alone may eliminate them.
First download (vxd_fix.zip) the patch, then extract the vxd_fix.bat to a folder on your desktop, put your Windows 9X CD in the CD-ROM and then click the .bat file and follow the prompts.
What the .bat file does is copy all of the VXDs off the CD onto your hard drive, and restores them back to factory default. This is very helpful if some have become corrupted.
(NOTE: USE THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK, THIS IS PROVIDED AS A SERVICE FOR PEOPLE WHO ASKED FOR IT! I PROVIDE NO SUPPORT)