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Re: How to add files to an existing img partition.

From: DC
Subject: Re: How to add files to an existing img partition.
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2020 11:05:36 -0400
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Resolved.  I was able to build another larger Win98 image, albeit with some trial & error.  Same basic process - Create the image with BxImage, and perform the install in Qemm with an existing Win98 Iso, which builds Windows 98 into the BxImage file.

Everything's working fine.  All of the application I use are portable & 32-bit, and don't require any setup or registry entries.  Treepad Enterprise, MultiEdit, and Total Commander are the important ones.

I haven't tested all of the apps yet, but the Big 3 working even better than expected.  It's on a Galaxy Tab S6.

I'm going to leave XP alone for now, and instead look in the basement for an Intel Tablet, so I can run Wine and select XP or 7 or whatever is needed at the time.

Btw, the whole purpose for this, was to be able to reach for the Android tablet while on the recliner.  Sometimes I like to write code or work in the pim, before drifting off to sleep.  And sometimes I'll wake up at 2 am, and would rather do something constructive than indulge in social media.  I don't need to test code or run games.  Just work in the pim, do some screen captures and paste them into documentation in Treepad ; or write code and test it during the day.

It's inconvenient to reach for the laptop, at 2 am.  Tablets are tailor-made for recliners.

Thanks everyone for their assistance, I learned a lot.  When I find an intel tablet and start playing with Wine, I'll report any successes & failures.


On 6/28/2020 1:23 PM, Frantisek Rysanek wrote:
On 28 Jun 2020 at 17:02, galois@nycap.rr.com wrote:

Yes, I understand Narcis. They're NTFS, but I'm referring to each one
as Win98 or WinXP, because I'm getting different results from each

Windows98 do not know NTFS. They only know FAT12/16/32, with support
for long filenames strapped on (the original DOS could not do that).

It is rather ironic that you're having a problem with long filenames
on NTFS = the partition produced by Windows XP. In NTFS, long
filenames are supported since the dawn of time, and Windows XP in
particular default to Unicode for the character set... should be no
problem at all :-) Maybe PowerISO just does not support NTFS
properly. It's a fairly complex filesystem, compared to the FAT
family - can be difficult to implement and properly QC by an
independent third party.

I've tried asking Google for "virtual loopback HBA driver for Windows
to mount HDD images" - but there were no meaningful results.

Such a driver would have to live in the kernel, but use a file as the
underlying device. I'm wondering to what extent the abstraction of
files is available in the NT user space only... Anyone writing this
kind of a device driver would either have to access files within the
kernel space, or write a companion user-space counterpart (either a
desktop app or a service) that would feed data to the HBA or "mass
storage" driver in the kernel... Maybe it has to do with the fact
that driver signing is nowadays pretty strict on part of Microsoft,
which may deter potential open-source whitehat hackers from such an
endeavour... and there can be other, more subtle hurdles, technical /
architectural / political.


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