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Work Place Shell for Windows 1.5, Gives Windows an OS/2 look and feel.

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Work Place Shell for Windows 1.5 relpaces Windows Program Manager
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Contents of the README.1ST file

Work Place Shell for Windows 1.5 relpaces Windows Program Manager
and give your windows desktop an OS/2 look and feel.








== ==
== W O R K P L A C E S H E L L F O R W I N D O W S 3 . 1 ==
== ==
== V e r s i o n 1 . 5 ==
== ==
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== Release Date : 05/10/95 ==
== ==
== ==
== Copyright IBM Corporation, 1994-1995. All rights reserved. ==
== ==

TABLE OF CONTENTS (in order of appearance):

1) Minimum Program Requirements
2) Subscribing To Package
3) When You Encounter A Problem
4) Release File List
5) Installation (and Uninstallation) Instructions.
6) Editing Your SYSTEM.INI File
7) Editing Your WIN.INI File
8) Known Problems

1) M I N I M U M P R O G R A M R E Q U I R E M E N T S

Processor : Intel 80386SX (or compatible).
Memory : About 350K (when loaded and running).
Disk : Maximum of 780K after installation with all support files.
Minimium of 1MB free in boot drive for installation files.
Video : Minimum of VGA (640x480 16 color) resolution.

DOS 5.x with Windows 3.1 or Windows for Workgroups 3.1 or higher.
OS/2 2.1x or higher (WPSFWIN is installed on Win-OS/2 full-screen session).

2) S U B S C R I B I N G T O P A C K A G E

Check out Library 3 in the OS2DF1 Forum.

3) W H E N Y O U E N C O U N T E R A P R O B L E M

To ask any questions, report any problems, or send any comments,
please append them to:


MAIL : WPS for Windows
Internal Zip 1211
1000 N.W. 51st Street
Boca Raton, FL 33431

NOTE: When sending a problem report please include the following
information in your note:
- Windows (i.e. 3.1, 3.11) and DOS (i.e. 5.x, 6.x) versions.
- Computer manufacturer and model number.
- Video adapter manufacturer and resolution mode tested in.
- Amount of RAM memory.
- Processor type and clock speed.
- Any software that is automatically loaded by Windows.
(such as Adobe Type Manager (ATM), screen savers, ect...).

4) R E L E A S E F I L E L I S T

Files that make up this release of Workplace Shell for Windows are:

WPSHELL.EXE : Workplace Shell for Windows executable.
WNDLIST.EXE : Workplace Shell for Windows task manager replacement.
FCLNBW.DLL : IBM CUA Notebook control library.
FCLSPBW.DLL : IBM CUA Spin Button control library.
CTL3D.DLL : Microsoft 3-D controls library.
WARPICON.DLL : OS/2 WARP 3.0 icon library supplement.
OS21ICON.DLL : OS/2 2.1 icon library (old WPSHELL.EXE icon set).

WPS_XXXX.DLL : WPSHELL.EXE NLS resource library.
PTW_XXXX.DLL : PMTOWP.EXE NLS resource library.
CNV_XXXX.DLL : CONVINI.EXE NLS resource library.

Where "XXXX" is one of the following languages:
DUTC : Dutch.
ENUS : English (US).
FINN : Finnish.
FREN : French (Canadian).
GRMN : German.
PORT : Portuguese (Brazilian).
SPAN : Spanish.
SWED : Swedish.

INSTALL.TXT : Intallation instructions for package.
README.1ST : (This file) "Read Me First" file containing basic
directions on what to do with this program.
LICENSE.TXT : IBM EWS License Agreement details.
WPSHELL.HLP : Workplace Shell for Windows help file.

Support Utilities:
CONVINI.EXE : Conversion utility for WPSHELL.INI files 0.5.x -> 1.0.
PMTOWP.EXE : Program Manager to Workplace Shell desktop migration
utility (always run from PROGMAN).
WINSHUT.EXE : Windows shutdown utility program.

IBMWALL.BMP : "IBM" Wallpaper for Windows (copy to \WINDOWS directory).

5) I N S T A L L A T I O N I N S T R U C T I O N S

(A) Automatic:

Read text file INSTALL.TXT for complete installation instructions.

(B) Manual:

1) Uncompress files listed in the "Release File List" above by using
EXPAND.EXE (in \DOS directory) and copy expanded files into a
destination directory (i.e. C:\WPSHELL).

Copy the following files in your \WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory:

FCLNBW.DLL : IBM CUA Notebook control library.
FCLSPBW.DLL : IBM CUA Spin Button control library.
CTL3D.DLL : Microsoft 3-D controls library.

Copy file WPSHELL.HLP into the \WINDOWS directory.

Copy NLS resource libraries that match the language you have installed
in Windows. Look in WIN.INI file "[Intl]" section, "sLanguage" key
and find out which language it is. Following are some of the language
codes used by Windows:

"sLanguage" Name Resource Library

dan Danish DANI
deu German GRMN
eng International English ENUS
enu U.S. English ENUS
esn Modern Spanish SPAN
esp Castilian Spanish SPAN
fin Finnish FINN
fra French FREN
frc French Canadian FREN
isl Icelandic
ita Italian
nld Dutch DUTC
nor Norwegian
ptb Brazilian Portuguese PORT
ptg Portuguese PORT
sve Swedish SWED

2) Run PMTOWP.EXE from Program Manager's "File" -> "Run..." menu.

3) Manually change the following SYSTEM.INI entries in the [boot] section:

taskman.exe=taskman.exe (if any, most will not have this line)


taskman.exe=\wndlist.exe (add if it does not exists)

(where is the directory where WPSHELL.EXE is stored).

4) Exit Windows and restart so that the new shell will take effect.
If you experience any problems at this point, please refer to the
"When You Encounter A Problem" section above.

Optional Step In Manual Installation:

5) Copy IBMWALL.BMP to the \WINDOWS directory and using the
the "Background" page in the Desktop's settings notebook or
"Control Panel" -> "Desktop" application change the background bitmap
to IBMWALL.BMP and select the "Tile" attribute.

(C) Uninstall Instructions:

1) If in Windows, exit Windows.

2) Edit SYSTEM.INI file in \WINDOWS directory and replace the following




3) Restart Windows 3.1.

4) Remove the following files from your \WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory:

FCLNBW.DLL : IBM CUA Notebook control library.
FCLSPBW.DLL : IBM CUA Spin Button control library.

5) Delete all contents of the Workplace Shell for Windows destination

6) E D I T I N G Y O U R S Y S T E M . I N I F I L E

A "Workplace_Shell_for_Windows" section is created (and maintained)
automatically by WPSFWIN in your SYSTEM.INI file in the \WINDOWS directory.

The SYSTEM.INI file is where Windows 3.1 and other system-related
applications and drivers keep vital information that reflects or changes
the behavior of the system. This is a pure text file (ASCII-file) that
can be edited by any of your favorite ASCII editors (i.e. e, epm, edit).

WPSFWIN will create (if you edit the "System" settings notebook) a
Workplace Shell for Windows section in this file when you change any of
the "System" default settings. This section will look something like this
(and it will probably be at the end of the SYSTEM.INI file):

DESKTOP_HorzIconIndent=23 (other values:0-32,000)
DESKTOP_VertIconIndent=5 (other values:0-32,000)
SYSTEM_ConfirmOnFolderDelete=Yes (other values: No)
SYSTEM_ConfirmOnDelete=Yes (other values: No)
SYSTEM_ConfirmOnFileSystemDelete=Yes (other values: No)
SYSTEM_ButtonAppearance=Minimize (other values: Hide)
SYSTEM_Animation=Enabled (other values: Disabled)
SYSTEM_MinBehavior=MinToViewer (other values: Hide and MinToDesktop)
SYSTEM_OpenBehavior=CreateNew (other values: DisplayExisting)
SYSTEM_SystemSetupFolderName=System Setup (depends on the language installed)
SYSTEM_NoSave=Disabled (other values: Enabled)
COLOR_ShadowText=00FF00 (other values: )

As you can see must of the entries in the section are self-explanatory.
The "ConfirmOnDelete" entry lets WPSFWIN know that you want to confirm
all delete operations done in the shell. "ConfirmOnFolderDelete" is
a sub-classed "ConfirmOnDelete", this means that if "ConfirmOnDelete" is
"No", the "ConfirmOnFolderDelete" will take precedence for delete operations
done on folder objects (recommened default settings is "Yes").

Also, The whole "Window" page in the "System" settings notebook is
listed. You can edit these entries manually if you want, but they won't
take effect until you restart Windows or open the "System" settings
notebook again and press "Default" on the "Windows" page.

Notice the "other values" possible in each entry in the WPSFWIN section.
These values can be case-insensitive.

The "COLOR_ShadowText" is a BGR triplet mapped to 2-digit hexadecimal
values. Each primary color can be a hexadecimal value from 00 to FF.
Therefore, if you want bright cyan, for example, you would want the Blue and
Green primary colors full brightness (hex. FF). So, the final SYSTEM.INI
entry for COLOR_ShadowText would be FFFF00.

If you are not familiar with the meaning of these values, refer to any
OS/2 2.x user's manual.

Also, I would like to explain the other entries made and used by WPSFWIN


These two entries are the core of how WPSFWIN is able to substitute
PROGMAN "seamlessly". Windows 3.1 uses these two key entries to figure
out who will be handling the task management for the user, and who will
become the default Windows GUI shell to the user.

The entry "taskman.exe=\wndlist.exe" makes the WPSFWIN "Window
List" the default task manager. If you ever want to switch to the
original "Task Manager" that comes with Windows 3.1, just manually edit
this line and make it: "taskman.exe=taskman.exe". Just that simple!

The entry "wpshell.exe=\wpshell.exe" makes WPSHELL.EXE become
the default GUI for Windows 3.1. If you ever decide that WPSFWIN is not
the "cola" for you... just edit that statement to "shell=progman.exe".
Easy huh!?, and you don't even need a bottle opener!!

7) E D I T I N G Y O U R W I N . I N I F I L E

The "WPSFWIN System Event Sounds", just like its OS/2 counterpart
(but to a lesser degree), registers 5 system events when installed.
These event registrations are just 5 more lines in your WIN.INI file.
Just look for the "[sounds]" section of the file, and you'll find many
system events and the sounds (WAV files) associated with them listed.
At the bottom of the list, there should be 5 entries of this form
(if no associations have been done):

WPBeginDrag=,Workplace Shell Begin Drag
WPEndDrag=,Workplace Shell End Drag
WPFolderClose=,Workplace Shell Folder Close

WPFolderOpen=,Workplace Shell Folder Open
WPShred=,Workplace Shell Shred

Notice that there are no *.WAV files associated with them. The
easiest way to do it is by selecting the "Control Panel"'s "Sounds" program.
It will read the events for you and let you associate sounds to them.

If you ever want to edit the name of the events, edit the text at the
END of the line. For example if I wanted to change the description of
the "Workplace Shell Folder Close" event to "Close'em up!", here is what
you'll need to edit:

WPFolderClose=,Workplace Shell Folder Close

WPFolderClose=,Close'em up!

If you ever want to delete all events from you Windows 3.1 system,
delete all 5 lines and voila! They're gone.

8) K N O W N P R O B L E M S

8.1) The "Disappearing-Desktop" problem (or ATM-bug) is caused by
the automatic loading of the Adobe Type Manager (ATM) drivers
in SYSTEM.INI. We have been able to isolate the problem to the
loading of the drivers while WPSFWIN is the default Windows shell.

For ATM 2.0 or 2.5 drivers installed:

To quickly fix this problem, manually edit your SYSTEM.INI file
and comment out the following lines by placing a ';' (semi-colon)
at the beginning of the line:



Contact Adobe Systems to get the latest ATM drivers (version 3.01).

If you have ATM 3.0 drivers or higher, just add the following line
to the "Settings" section of ATM.INI file:


With this change the ATM drivers can be loaded but no "ATM" icon will
be displayed on the bottom-left corner of the screen at startup time.

8.2) When running Program Manager AND Workplace Shell together, Program
Manager will respond to any "PROGMAN" and "SHELL" DDE services.
The "PROGMAN" DDE service is used by installation programs to create
and query program groups and items.
The "SHELL" DDE service is used in Windows by DOS applications and
DOS "boxes" to associate title text and icons to them.
Therefore, if installing a new software application, be aware that
you must run Workplace Shell alone for it to communicate correctly
with the installing application.

8.3) OS/2 Full-Pack Warp users installing under Win-OS/2 sessions will
not be able to terminate (or shutdown) their Windows session
correctly. This is a problem that only happens in the Full-Pack
version of OS/2 Warp. The shutdown function works eith no problems
under native Windows 3.1x and OS/2 Warp (for Windows).

8.4) Applications which have been documented not to install properly
* Quicken 4.0
* Arts & Letters

8.5) If you have any problems using DOS applications (or DOS windows)
while running WPSFWIN, you can disable the DOS DDE "SHELL" service
in WPSFWIN by adding the following key value to SYSTEM.INI in the
"Workplace_Shell_for_Windows" section:

8.6) If you encounter a problem with repainting the Windows desktop,
add the following key value to the SYSTEM.INI in the
"Workplace_Shell_for_Windows" section:
The following applications have been found to cause this problem:
* PC-Xware for Windows v2.0

8.7) Because settings notebooks contain multiple dialogs and each dialog
owns many controls, it is recommended you do not open more than
5 settings notebooks at any one time. There is a maximum of about
10 settings notebooks open before the Windows system runs out of
"USER" resources. Of course, this might vary depending on which
object's settings notebooks you open; template and shredder objects
use less memory than folder and program objects.

But, as a general rule, try to keep the number of settings notebooks
open at any one time to a minimum.

8.8) If you have any problems using the utility program WINSHUT.EXE,
try adding the following command line switch ot it: -skipwps
This will skip some special processing that WINSHUT.EXE does for
WPSFWIN and call ExitWindows() directly. Therefore, the message box
confirming shutdown won't appear and Windows will shutdown


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