KernelEx - A Compatibility Layer for Windows 9x (Overview & Demo)

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Diogo Bruno
They should do it with windows xp, programs are beginning to become incompatible with it too.
You should do a video on the Windows 2000 Program Compatibility Launcher.
Francis Friesen
Yeah firefox 60 wont work 52 esr would be the newest that could potentially work
Rez Zircon
Just FYI -- tried to register on OSForums, couldn't get past %$#@ing reCAPTCHA. Gave up after about 20 iterations. It has gotten so bad that anymore I usually just bail on sites that use it. I think the problem is the bots are wise to it, so it keeps upping the ante. Today among other crap I got "street signs" images so blurred I couldn't tell what was what.
Sparky Cat
If only the KernalEx devs were there to update it
Señor Dossier [Retro reviews, Coleccionismo & más]
The site's link to the program seems to be broken
Bass Maiasa
This is great. I have an old 98 that I keep in the kitchen that I only use as a media player while I'm washing the dishes. Why should I waste even $100 to replace it as long as it still works? With this Kernelex, it can now run MP4 files instead of ridiculous WMV files (90 mb MP4 = 1.5GB WMV!), and I don't have to waste time converting MP4s anymore. Just a note, the unicow.dll file may unzip as a hidden file. If you don't see it, that's why.
Synthetic Dawn
it would be amazing to see kernelex running new windows drivers on win98 get your chipset cpu graphic and sound drivers installed up and running under this
Honestly, I don't have much experience with kernel-ex, but I am going to use it when I get a Windows ME based machine. I like ME because of a couple of things. 1.) The general public doesn't really know how stable that OS can be if it's using well coded drivers specific for the OS. 2.) I share my birthday with ME. I don't mean just the month and day, I'm literally as old as that operating system. Yeah, I might be a little biased because of the birthday thing and I just love old pc's in general, but I think ME didn't get a fair shot.
it needs to support Windows 7 and maybe even 8.1 in the near future, this will always be useful. Also, Firefox 50 ESR probably works since it officially supports Windows XP.
Cybernik The Robot
Is there a similar software for XP/7? If so can it run Windows 10 softwares?
Sriram Jeostarzz
Can dragon ball fighter Z run on windows 98 with the help of kernel x?
Thunderglobe 127
Thanks for posting this video! Now to try out ActiveSync 4.5 on my 98SE machine.
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What will happen if i will run this on windows 98 and then run alky for applications on it?
I definitely found this useful for some games, but sadly v1.14 of Diablo II and whatever's the most recent versions of StarCraft 1 and WarCraft III still won't run with it.
if there is ever a kernelex for windows xp then what would happen if you ran that with windows 98
Nathaniel Knight
I have a video suggestion to install Windows FLP on the $5 Windows 98 PC
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Ur voice like Microsoft Sam
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Mistro Tech
Get Firefox 52.9.0 that will work with vista and xp 60 requires windows 7 or newer, if you read the dialog box.
There was enough need to keep these older M$ operating systems more usable? 😳 I can fully understand stopping at Windows 7, but not those.
I thought KernerlEx can only run up to Win2k softwares. :D
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Saúl Soto
I like kernelEx
Rusty Ruwes
Very interesting. 👍 The Windows 9x UI still looks pretty nice. Timeless design.
hi I need help with installing Kernel Ex. I'm installing this on Windows 98, It feels me I need to have Microsoft Unicode Layer, now I downloaded this ran it and it told me i needed to specify a installation location. I tried installing to Windows folder, system32 folder, and the root of the c drive and KernelEx still cannot detect it, anyone know the location where I should install it?
Hugo Simões
Yes, i can give win9x a 15404154th try and use kernelex. I think i never used it.
If I where to guess I think this might just be tricking software into thinking its on a newer OS. Thus any checks that prevents it from working normally get bypassed. That and I think it could be utilizing some wine files to emulate say newer graphics apis.
Nathaniel Knight
In my opinion OpenOffice 3.2 is one of the last best version of OpenOffice
There's a bloke called "jumper" on the MSFN forums that's forked the project and made a much more updated version. Lets me run later versions of VLC and lets me able to run FamiTracker
Victor Dike
KernelEx is the best software to run Firefox 9.0 to watch YouTube video's.
random kid
where did you get the windows 98 iso from
Chris Hendrix
Kernelex doesn't have their own website, but it's just a sourceforge page.
Synthetic Dawn
try firefoxportable
David Davidson
But can it run Crysis?
i wonder if native vista ever get something like hat to run windows 7/8/10 aplications
Chrome on Windows 9x?!? M I N D B L O W N!
Gobbz YT
Wait.. ur running windows 9x on 2018?
Only posted 3 hours ago and already infiltrating my recommended section. Sounds like an interesting program since I like experimenting with old operating systems in VMs occasionally.
I heard Chrome can work on 2000 with mods like this
Konrad Kołakowski
But why would anyone would like to do that? Windows 98/Me were unstable, still DOS-depended OSes, anything based on NT is VASTLY better in this regard, especially since modern hardware minimizing any possible performance improvement of those very weak OSes. Anything capable of running relatively modern version of Chrome or Firefox, probably could run Windows XP or 7 as well... I respect this as technical achievement, but not as something very useful
Used it on WinME.
Francis Friesen
Just wondering what vm did you use to run windows 98 in
You can't visit websites using HTTPS only on older machines as they sometimes don't support the communication. I can't remember everything, but when I googled for the hardware and software used on StackOverflow I found a blog post from the developers briefly talking about issues like that. It would certainly make for an interesting video, something along the lines of: "Windows 95 to Windows 10: what we've been gifted with and what is missing now"
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0:03 A Chrome On Windows 98! LOL! XD
Very nice rundown. I just rebuilt my old p4 and beefed it up considerably. New mobo and new caps, full 98se install and kernelex. I have used in the past but am now starting to learn about the stubs, and tried the shortcut by using the package over on the operating system revival website - kernelex 2.5.2018. While it did work to get kmelon 74 running (painfully slow though) it seams to break daemon tools partially. It would be really interesting if you could expand on this topic to better expand on what has been done since original development stopped and what the stubs stuff is all about! Great video and channel, subbed for sure.
Zachary Schwanke
+Michael MJD are you going to make a video on how to theme the latest version of window 10 to look like windows 7?
Troy Van Heer
@Michael MJD Hi Michael, it's Troy here. Just wanted to say thanks so much for uploading this video as I requested. I actually didn't stumble across it until a month or two after you put it up, but nevertheless it helped me get Kernelex up and running on my Windows 98 machine and for that I'll be forever grateful! I apologise in advance to you and everyone else that it took me so long to post an update, but better late than never right?
Does it work on actual Windows 98 PCs, or only on a virtual machine?
Lewis Johnson
Hi! First like.
You can drag and drop in virtual box
Natsuki Lutick
Would this work on Windows 2000, and if so, does Doki Doki Literature Club run on it? Or does DDLC work on 98 with KernelEX?
Great video!
Cameron Walker
OpenOffice? LibreOffice is the standard. OpenOffice is old hack. LibreOffice is where near most (of not all) the previous Sun Microsystems OpenOffice original developers moved to, AFTER Oracle detonated the development team. Apache took the project over since.
Nurudin Imširović
That was a nice video you've made! I actually take my spare time to play around with KernelEx inside VirtualBox, it's fun! I'm thinking on testing some "modern" games like GTA 4, Call of Duty 4 and such. Do you think it's possible? At least with VMWare if not VirtualBox. Again Great video, keep up this work, it means a lot to us 😀👌
theluckycrafter C18
how to make windows 98 not obsolete
but WHY? Why extend Windows 95 instead of installing Windows 2k or XP?
I wish this would be updated and maybe even have a version for XP. I would love to make software that does that or even make a modern web browser for operating systems like XP and even older ones going back to even Windows 95, maybe even 3.1 but I doubt that’s realistic to have modern web browsing on at all.
Shiny El. Ghosteo
Is there a program like this that allows XP and vista to run 7/8/10 software? I feel like that would have very practical uses.
Gabriel Korytiak
Windows 3.11 in 2018 ???
Hey your pronounciation of troy name wasnt complete rubbish have a sub
Michael Perugini
I think i will attempt to do this.. I have a vintage PC i restored with 98se , so i think i will try this and see how it works on my real 98, now that i have seen this. Thanks Michael!
Consuming Memes
nice vid
Jim Dayton
Hey cool video! I will definitely try this sometime!
now you can run csgo on win98!!
Is a great tool to run newer software on vintage machines, unfortunately some of those new programs are a bit greedy with the resources they need to run and spoil the experience somewhat. 2:16 Maybe the reason for that is that Opera's certificates are now outdated. I can't browse, under Win98SE, some sites i used to visit, not so long ago, anymore, neither with Opera or Firefox, and many of them aren't even high end, eye candy bloated websites. I blame the recent announcement of Google that Chrome will mark non HTTPS sites as unsafe and i guess many sites are migrating from old certificates to newer ones unsupported by legacy browsers. If someone can bring a workaround, please let us know.
Furry AwsomParodyz
why was this recommended
Kaibe Corp
is there any compatibility like this for windows Xp? so i can run win 7 apps on it?
Joel Robert Justiawan
4:25 Omg? *Pay?!* this is not free?! No. He means, "Feel free to visit ..." not "pay". The software is fully Gratis, Open Source, and Full version. He just preffers to use different style
Jessie James
Would like to see more stuff on this program been using it or trying to use it and like to see a list of programs that work. Also there is a web site that says they have updated this program but I'm not sure if its safe or if it really does anything because after installed it which I'm not really sure how I did because the directions on the web site was weird. My game stopped working so I had to reinstall windows. Well final fantasy was being stupid and wouldn't update saying there was a problem with the hard drive but after reinstalling windows the game works fine. But yeah I want to see more stuff on this program.
Now i can play fortnite on windows 98 thanks
Eder Lopes
Very good.
Running very modern programs on a 1990s/2000s computer isn't practical due to their vastly increased resource demand, especially a web browser or a desktop 'app' built in a web engine. A Windows 98 machine will run out of memory or GDI resources very soon, and crash, or be stuck with full cpu utilization. Very unlikely people use those computers productively today, and if they do, then they continue running specialized applications compatible with old systems. For nostalgic and entertainment purposes (games), a computer with only period applications will also feel more authentic and be more stable. Most tasks can be completed using older versions of software, such as Microsoft Office 2000. A computer doesn't necessarily need a web browser on it, or latest versions, just because they exist. Old web browsers no longer work regardless of operating system because of forced, unnecessary updates in encryption protocols (elliptical curve, now also TLS 1.3 on some sites). Opera did release an update, but that is for WinXP and later only. KernelEx is a useful tool, but I'd use it only if there a need to run a specific program.
Chris Hendrix
Daniel Rios
This KernelEx is interesting, but I see no reason to use it instead of a recent light Linux distro
Jaan Artur Viirsalu
Is there something like this for iOS? I have iOS 9.3.5! It's also JBd.