has been awhile since I have written an article or review, so some of you
might now remember that I am not a Microsoft fan. Of course, if your Operating
System (OS) is not Linux, Macintosh, UNIX or some other non-Microsoft one,
you do not have much choice.
But what if you like a non-Microsoft browser or e-mail program? Say
Netscape or Eudora.
Do you still have to leave Internet Explorer and Outlook Express on
your system? If you try to remove either one of them using the Add/Remove
Programs icon in Control Panel, you are provided with dire warnings that
your version of Windows may not work because you are taking out an integral
part of the operating system.
The answer has always been no, but now you can remove those two Microsoft
programs without any worry and gain added convenience in the process.
So how do you do this? Well, someone told me to search (Google
is my favorite) for 98lite and when I did I found LitePC
. Of course they are a for-profit company, so the link to the free
software is number five of six in a menu that is ever present in the upper
right hand corner of all the pages I looked at on their site.
So what does their free software do? “98lite PREVIEW customizes the
Windows 98 Explorer shell, accessorises and accelerates the Windows 98
Operating System and can remove Internet Explorer. It is a free,
feature rich, no-nags edition to trial, or use for life.” Also, if you
have room on your hard drive, it will move all the “cab” files to it, so
you do not have to get it out every time you need to add or update something
(remember add convenience in the process, above?).
There was another program that removed Outlook Express, but I cannot
seem to find it. It may be that function has been added to their other
Did it install easily and do as advertised? Yes.
Does it work. Yes. I have not had any problems with my Dell Latitude
LM P133 MHZ Notebook since removing those two programs. When I had the
original 1.4 MB hard drive (HD), I was not able to add the “cab” files,
but thanks to a trade at a recent Computer Fest, there was plenty of room
on my 4.6 MB HD (Remember, this is only a Pentium notebook with 42 MB of
What are the other programs offered?: 98lite Professional v4.6; 98lite;
Upgrades and patches; International Language Modules; IEradicator &
IEradicator 2001 (Windows 95/98/Me/2000 in 8 different languages); Startup/Shutdown
Screens (Figure 2); 33 FAQs in 8 sections and they are just waiting for
users to ask more!
To get an feel for their customer approach, it might be valuable to
see section 1, Why FAQ?
Who is this company and how do you contact them?
Why do we have the FAQ?
Because otherwise we get too much e-mail. Hopefully this answers the
My question is not in this FAQ
Sorry! New material is added based on the e-mails and forum postings.
If you feel strongly that we are missing something big post to the SUPPORT
DESK and put FAQ in the subject somewhere.
litePC.com is a division of
Brooks Innovations Pty Ltd, Australia
45 Thorngate Drive
Belair S.A. 5052 AUSTRALIA
Phone/Fax/VoiceMail: (08) 8278 7417
International Fax/VoiceMail: +61 8 8278 7417 ( Local Time )
I suggest e-mail, though I did not need any help with this product.
It worked as advertised and I am very happy with it.