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Running Microsoft Windows 98 on a computer

Reader Question:
“What are some features of Windows 98. I was wondering if my old Pentium II laptop would be able to run it.”
- Justin A., USA

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer: Running Windows 98 on a computer in this day and age makes bery little sense. This is due to the fact that the cost of time and money that it would incurr would outweigh any productive use of such a computer. Although, it can defiantly be done. If you simply want to run Windows 98, you can always use VMware Player to run install and run Windows 98 inside your current version of Windows. You can certainly do this in case you want to go back to the past for a while, or want to take a trip down digital memory lane.

What is Windows 98

Windows 98 is an old and very successful operating system developed by Microsoft. It uses a complete graphical user interface, and was the  second most major release in the Windows 9x line of operating systems. It would easily run on a Pentium II computer without any problems, although the operating system may be prone to various malware and viruses since Microsoft ended support for Windows 98 in 2006. As the name implies, it was released in the year 1998. It was the successor to Windows 95. Windows 98 second edition was released in the year 1999, and was the last upgrade to Windows 98.

Some Features of Windows 98:

Web Integration

Windows 98 comes with Internet Explorer 4.01, and other browsers can also be installed. It also comes with Outlook Express for email, Windows Address Book for contacts, FrontPage Express for publishing, Web Publishing Wizard, and Windows Media Player 6.2 (only in Windows 98 second edition).

Support for Hardware Devices

Windows 98 supports various USB devices such as hubs, scanners, keyboards, mice, joysticks and other devices.

System requirements of Windows 98

Windows 98 recommended requirements:

  • 66 MHz or higher Pentium (or equivalent) processor
  • 24 MB of RAM
  • 500 MB of hard disk space
  • VGA or higher resolution monitor (640 x 480)
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive

(Windows 98 is not designed to handle more than 1.0 GB of RAM, and may give peoblems if more than 137 GB of hard drive space)

Windows 98 was supposed to be discontinued in January 16, 2004, but Microsoft kept supporting it until 2006 due to its popularity, and user-base.

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Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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