12/96 More Notes From The Lab
A couple of months ago we mentioned that MS Works lacks an uninstall
feature. Well, actually it does have one-but you have to choose
to install the uninstall during the overall install. Got that?
That's what we did . . . uh, didn't.
As in-house CD-ROM whiz Marc Spiwak learned recently, Corel's
CD Creator 2 has a delightful added feature-it fries NTFS under
4.0. However, if you were fortunate enough to install it on a
FAT partition, you still have a way out: Boot with a diskette
and rename PORTDRVR.SYS in the SYSTEM32\DRIVERS directory to disable
it. Reboot the wounded machine and apply the appropriate patch
found at http://www.corel.com/support/faqs/multimedia/1215.htm.
Utility glutton John Yacono discovered a snag in the Emergency
Recovery Utility on the Win95 CD-ROM. Designed to back up key
configuration files, the ERU looks for a default batch of them
to show the total disk space required. You can then include or
ignore members of this set during backup. Unfortunately, if any
of the files isn't already on your PC, the program completely
hangs as it checks the files' size. We found this bug on two systems
that were so well supported by Windows 95 they didn't need AUTOEXEC.BAT
files. The solution: Create empty files as substitutes for any
files listed in the ERU.INF file (located in the same subdirectory
as ERU.EXE) that might be absent from your system.