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VLC: unicows.dll error

Everytime i try to start VLC there comes the errormessage:
"Error while loading DLL `unicows.dll`!
The application will terminate now"

Is it possible to make it Win98(SE) compatible?

John T. Haller
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Not fully compatible... But good possibility

VLC Media Player itself is not fully compatible with Windows 95/98/Me. No developers have them and the player is no longer tested on those platforms. It says this on the Portable VLC page, too. The quote from the VLC page says "Windows 95/98/Me users: Please note that these versions of Windows are not officially supported. No VideoLAN developer uses any of these systems, which makes them hard to support.
VLC should mostly work with them, but some incompatibilities might appear. You might need to download The Microsoft Layer for Unicode on Windows 95/98/Me Systems. The two MSLU files need to be put in the C:\Windows\System32\ folder."

All that said, it sounds like it's a unicode issue and it will be fixed by installing the MS Unicode Layer they mention. You can find it here:

If it works, cool. If not, you're out of luck.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

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unicows.dll for win98/95

if you copy the unicows.dll file that comes with 2.0.4 and is located in c:\program files\ 2.0\program
and put it in the same directory as vlcportable.exe it works in win98 (I haven't tested in in win95 or winme)
if you don't have , it also comes with java JRE 1.5.x

It would be nice if this dll could be added to the vlcportable distribution.

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in Fact

In fact you can take any file named unicows.dll
(I found five on my computer)

personaly I have copied the file from Windows media player directory

and placed it in C:\windows\System32

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