Description of the Version Conflict Manager Tool in Windows 98

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This article describes the Version Conflict Manager tool(Vcmui.exe) included in Windows 98. You can use the Version Conflict Manager tool to troubleshoot problems that may occur after you install a program.

NOTE: The Windows 98 Help topic "Version Conflict Manager" describes the Version Conflict Manager tool incorrectly.


During the installation of a new program (including Windows 98), files on your hard disk may be detected and replaced with older versions. If a newer version of a file is detected by Windows 98 Setup, a version conflict occurs. Prior to Windows 98, most installation programs (including Windows 95) prompt you to either keep the existing file or overwrite the file with the older file. When you install Windows 98, this prompt does not appear and newer files replaced by Windows 98 Setup are automatically backed up to your hard disk for compatibility purposes.

For example, if you upgrade a Windows 95-based computer that uses a newer version of the Commdlg.dll file to Windows 98, the newer Commdlg.dll file is backed up and the older Commdlg.dll file is copied to your computer.

The Version Conflict Manager tool lists all the backup files, the dates they were backed up, the version number of the backed up files, and the version number of the file currently in use. When you use the Version Conflict Manager tool to restore a backed up file, the file that is currently in use by Windows 98 is backed up, and the backup file is restored.

To start the Version Conflict Manager tool and restore a backed up file, use the following steps:
  1. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Information.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Version Conflict Manager.
  3. Click the file that you want to restore, and then click Restore Selected Files.


Article ID: 186157 - Last Review: January 9, 2015 - Revision: 1.2
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
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