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This is concerning the Windows 98 SE OEM (full) iso listed near the top of the windows 98 releases page on this site.
The installation process runs fine without any problems, but then when it tries to load the desktop for the first time it pops up with an error message saying "the SHELL32.DLL file is linked to missing export SHLWAPI.DLL:tFileAttributesA.". Pressing ok to dismiss the alert then causes explorer to say it performed an illegal operation and will be shut down. Since explorer is shut down before I can actually access the desktop, it is impossible for me to try fixing this from within the OS, so any solutions that require the os to be running are unusable.
Searching for the details of the illegal operation performed by explorer (which was "EXPLORER caused an exception 6d007eH" if you're interested) revealed that it is caused by the OS missing something called ole32.dll, and the provided solution was to copy a fresh version of this file from my windows 98 cd, which obviously would be the iso I downloaded from here. However, the iso provided on this site does not contain any file called "ole32.dll" when I look at its contents.
So I guess my question is, just how many dll files are missing from this site's iso, where can I find them, and how would I add them to my virtual hard drive without having access to it from within virtualbox?
If these dll's were never included with windows 98, then why am I having an error referring to them from a fresh install? Where would my Os installation be expected to get its files from other than the installation media? This is really infuriating because I haven't done any crazy power user stuff, I'm literally just following a tutorial to install the operating system, following the exact steps that are shown, and I'm just... getting errors that the guy doing the tutorial doesnt get. The same sequence of actions provides a different result for me than everyone else. What do I even do in this situation?