I have looked and looked, and cant find it, where in 2.42 is it?
In the buttons windows it is in the thing with the leopard icon once you are in the material area. You can get to the window with it by hitting panels>shading>texture. Also, you can hit f5 twice if you start blender with the defaults. There will be text saying texture type and below it the word none. Click “none” to get to the menu for texture types.