windows xp can and will corrupt files until activation.
while this is partially avoidable by quickpar and/or multipar,
the problem will persist by design 'til you activate.
(it's easy over the toll-free phone number provided).

i avoid the problem by getting a cheap copy of xp
for a dell, (works with other, though!) with unused serial sticker, over ebay,
and just activating it. presto: no more data trubbles forever!

like it or not, you can't use xp without problems 
until you buy it, and activate it like microsoft wants,
but then when you do, it's rock solid and exhibits zero 
data corruption. you get what you pay for. 

freeware the cost is zero.

been there, done that.
proof positive.
rock solid, no exception(s).
a word to the wise.


> From: Michael Robinson <>
>Sent: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 5:58 AM
>Subject: [Freedos-user] Made XP work okay...
>I got my K6-2 500 with 504 megs of ram running XP SP3 well enough by
>turning off the swap file.  Don't let XP swap, Warcraft II works fine.
>The scsi hard drive, despite being a Seagate Cheetah, really slows the
>system down.  I don't let my Linux firewall allow this old machine to
>access the Net, so there are a LOT of protection programs I don't need
>to run.  I don't need spywareblaster, clamwin, spybot search and
>destroy, crap cleaner, or Windows defender for starters.
>I'm not 100% confident in the method I used to bypass activation.  Would
>Microsoft please distribute an activation crack and let people freely
>use 32 bit Windows XP at will?  
>I've been studying Windows 7 verses Windows XP and honestly, it's a toss
>up.  Both systems are bloated and complex.  A ROM based dos system is
>more secure than even the typical Linux system and it's going to be
>light weight.  That's not saying much though, I can't compare Apples to
>Oranges and be fair about it.
>The ipxwrapper hack seems to force one to use Windows NT 4.0 or newer.
>If only someone would port ipxwrapper to freedos and write a program to
>create a DOS executable out of a Win32 app like Warcraft II BNE.  Add
>network card support for many of the current network cards and on mobo
>nics to that, there is suddenly no reason why Warcraft II can't be
>played on old computers using a: free, lean, and nice operating system.
>Warcraft II and Freedos's memory footprint is small enough, even if the
>necessary WIN32 support is added most likely, that one should be able to
>run the game using freedos in way under 100 megs.  Note that most
>network cards built into motherboards and many PCI network cards are
>currently not supported in DOS and one has to take care of that somehow.
>I think that running Warcraft II Battle.Net edition on a freedos system
>is possible, but there are a lot of pieces to pull together and Blizzard
>probably won't offer to help.  
>Come on Blizzard, these games are not earning you revenue anymore and
>they are very popular.  It annoys people when a company crushes efforts
>to create open source clones of it's popular software and this can
>incite boycotts.  I am a legal owner of Warcraft II BNE, two copies
>actually.  I should be able to play Warcraft II on systems that
>are current and supported as well as open.
>I'm sure ReactOS will work just fine on old hardware if it is
>stabilized, but it isn't stable right now and the developers have 
>not released since October or longer.  The only way to get free 
>Windows NT it seems is to support the ReactOS project.  Sadly, I 
>can't.  Even if they make their fundraising goals and can hire
>competent programmers to help move the project along faster, 
>there is no telling when stability will be achieved.
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