Why doesn't os.popen() and win32pipe.popen() work on Win9x?
There is a bug in Win9x that prevents os.popen/win32pipe.popen* from working. The good news is there is a way to work around this problem. The Microsoft Knowledge Base article that you need to lookup is: Q150956. You will find links to the knowledge base at:
http://www.microsoft.com/kb (dead link).