Three problems in one post. I have suggestions for the last two:

#2: The symbols in the upper right hand corner boxes are in the little known Marlett font. See support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q134/8/61.asp (for Windows 95, but it applies to Windows 98 also). Use sfc (start>run>sfc) to extract it from your Windows 98 CD (or let the program search for missing files), or find it on any other computer and use Control Panel>Fonts to install it.

#3: The size of IE windows when opening can be changed by the following procedure. It's like magic, but it works. Note the word "exactly" in the recipe.
http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6142-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=27481&messageID=309875&tag=

Can you elaborate on problem #1 (dialog boxes). Do you mean to say that the Open and Close and Print dialog boxes in Notepad (that's a good example, MS Word is a bad one) are all blank? You can't work with the system in that way, I think.

Kees