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Size: 625 MB
Last update: May 5 1999
Edition: Windows 98 Second Edition ISO
After the success of Windows 95, Microsoft has brought the new Windows 98 for the users on May 15, 1998. The Windows 98 was officially released on May, 15,998 but wasn’t completely available for users until June 25, 1998.
Win 98 was the successor of Windows 95 who was later succeeded by the Windows 2000 and Windows ME.
The OS uses the MS-DOS with FAT32 support to run on your computer. They also improved support for devices like ACPI, AGP, 1394, USB, IEEE, MMX, and DVD.
The command line in Windows 98 worked the same as Windows 95, or MS-DOS 7.1.
In Windows 98, Microsoft has highly focused on web integration. Where they have added programs like Internet Explorer 5.0, desk bands, activate desktop, and channels.
There were also improvements in User-Interface for users. They have made it clear and clean desktop for the users by adding the start menu shortcuts/quick launch.
There are options to customize the taskbar with the addition of Microsoft Plus. Microsoft Plus was a collection or bundle of applications where you could find anti-virus, disk cleaner, CD player, and Wallpaper. All of these features were completely free for Windows 98 and Windows 95 users.
As a comparison, both Windows 95 and 98 had Microsoft Plus but there were some major changes in the bundles. Windows 95 had an older and fewer number of applications as compared to Windows 98.
In windows 98, Microsoft also improved the audio card support with more advanced and better windows drivers. Direct x6.1 and Windows player 6.2 was also introduced who replaced the old media player of Windows 3 or Windows 95.
Other supports were also improved like USB support, LAN, and memory support as well. The Old Internet Explorer 4.0 was also replaced with Internet Explorer 5.0. The internet connection sharing was also introduced in Windows 98. There is DirectX x6.0 in the option for you to install it on your computer.
Note: Remember to use Windows 98, it will require a full OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) to be bootable. However, there is also another way. You can experience the OS by using them inside the virtualization software like VMware workstation or Virtual Box.
Windows 98 editions
There were two versions of Windows 98, the first and second editions.
The first edition was represented inside different computers in preinstalled, the same version was also called the RTM Gold version. The first edition was commonly found on newly purchased computers and a few were there who bought the OS. However, the second edition was the original version of Windows 98.
Unlike Windows 98 first edition, in the second edition, the user could install the latest version of Internet Explorer 5.0, Microsoft Net Frame version 1.0 and 2.0, Remote desktop 5.1, and even Microsoft Office. The OS supported Direct 9.0c and was the first Windows to support Microsoft Office.
Microsoft Office 95 was also released before Windows 98. However, it was windows 98 who integrated incredibly with Microsoft Office 97.
The following requirements should be completed to install or run Windows 98 on your computer.
Processor: 486DX/66 MHz or higher
Memory: 16MB RAM (24 MB of RAM is recommended) or higher
Hard-drive: 320 MB or higher
Graphics: VGA or higher resolution
Hardware: CD-ROM or DVD-ROM, Mouse, Keyboard
Features of Windows 98
Here are some features which are added to windows 98.
Channels– is a feature of windows 98 where you are downloading a page, where it synchronizes with that website. You will be able to read the content without the internet (offline). Channel also helps to get frequent updates too.
Activate Desktop– this feature allowed users to have a customized screen. Users can perform things like changing background images and delete or add different icons.
Multiple Screen– it was the first time for users to use multiple screens at a single time. Using multiple screens on a single OS was a dream which came true by Win 98.
Background options– now, in Windows 98 you are able to use file types like “.jpg, BMP, PCX, HTML, and GIF” as your desktop wallpaper.
Paint– with Win 98, Microsoft has also improved Paint application as well. In new Paint, you are able to open file types like .jpg, .bmp, PCX, HMTL, and GIF.
Hardware support– there were major improvements made for hardware support as well. They had improved the floppy disk HSFLOP.PDR, which helped highly to increase floppy speed. They also added CD-ROM support where the installation was optional for the users.
Power Management- this feature will allow the users to turn on/off their monitor after some certain fixed period of time.
Extended network connections– Microsoft has improved its connectivity to the internet even more in windows 98. They have upgraded the earlier Internet Explorer 4 to 5. Improvements were also made to LAN for better internet performance. The web was more optimized and easier to use for the users.
How to install Windows 98 on your computer?
Before to download windows 98 complete setup and install it on your computer, you will need a few things. Remember that Win] 98 is an old OS, so it cannot run most of the current applications present in the market. We should also mention that you might find slower performance with numbers of bugs and possible crashes.
You should have a backup of your data before installing it because you might lose them while installing Windows 98. It will be easier and safe to install it on an empty drive. After or during the installation you might get some notifications about upgrading to Windows 10 or upgrade to the latest Windows, so ignore them all. You will also need the drivers of sound, videos, and network if you don’t possess the cards.
Disk partition for Windows 98
Before installing the Windows 98 OS, you need to do the partition of your computer. This partition will help you to install Windows 98 on your computer. Without this, you won’t be able to install Windows 98 on your computer.
- Insert your file
Try to insert your floppy/ CD/ DVD or the bootable USB drive of Windows 98 on your computer. It is not compulsory to have a floppy, bootable CD/DVD or USB will do the work just fine.
2. Choose the drive
Make sure you have configured the BIOS first. Now, you will get two options to install it on your computer. You can either install it from your hard drive or from an external drive that you have inserted. Choose where your ISO file is by putting the number of the drive and press Enter. If this option appears doesn’t appear, don’t worry. Just follow the next step.
3. Choose the with or without CD booting
Now, basically you will get two options of booting win 98 with CD or without CD. The difference is that with CD it will do the partition on its own while without the partition will be a task for you.
4. Type fdisk
A back screen of command prompt will appear, type fdisk and continue to the next step.
5. Press Y
Some details will be given on your screen. Now, press Y and continue to next step.
6. Choose “Create DOS partition“
Four options will be given to you. Choose the first option (Create DOS Partition or Logical Dos Drive) by putting 1 and pressing Enter.
7. Create “Primary DOS partition“
Another four options will be given. Now, Select the first option (Create Primary DOS Partition) and put 1 and press Enter.
8. Maximum size of Partition
You will get this notification. You can either select it by typing Y or reject it by typing N. However if you want to other partition as well then we would recommend type N and create an extended partition and continue.
9. Press “ESC“
After the partition is complete your computer will require to restart. Press ESC to restart your computer.
10. Choose “without CD-ROM support“
Now, an option will appear. Choose the option of Start Windows 98 setup without CD-ROM support by typing 2 and pressing Enter. If your computer turns off, then again the same option will appear. Choose the same option and continue.
11. Type “Format“
If you got some drives name or other issues then type extract ebd.cab format.com and when the extraction is done, type format c: or else these steps are not necessary. And you will need to continue to the next part installing Windows 98 which is given below.
12. Type “Y“
Now, as you want to format the disk C: which in a result all of your files will be deleted. You will need to format the drive. To do that type Y and press Enter.
13. Drive name
When you are done with formatting your drive. Follow the next step by putting the drive name. You put the drive name (of 11 characters) or leave it blank.
Installing Windows 98
As now you have done the partition for windows 98, it is time to install it. Remember that the partition section is compulsory and you cannot install Windows 98 with the partition.
- Put the floppy
The first step is to put the floppy or CD in your computer and restart the computer.
2. CD Rom support
Now, choose the CD Rom Support option and continue to next step.
3. Type C:\Windows\options\cabs
Type the following “C:\Windows\options\cabs” and press “Enter”.
4. Type Setup
You have typed C:\Windows\options\cabs now type “Setup” in the end and continue.
The computer will scan disk and click on “Continue”.
6. Select directory
Choose the second option.
7. Type “C:\Windows”
Now, type “C:\Windows” and click on “Next”. A caution will appear, “accept” and continue to next step.
8. Setup option
Choose the custom and click on the “Next” button. Now, choose all the files you want to install by clicking on the boxes. And click on “Next”.
9. Computer details
Fill in the blanks and continue.
10. Choose the other options
Last things to do is to select languages, locations and keep going forward.
11. Last step
After a while, your computer will need to restart (restart your computer). When your computer starts enter the details and choose the other options like computer name, time zone, and continue. Your computer will load and a few moments later your windows 98 is successfully installed.
Windows 98 product key
Now you are done to download Windows 98, you might be in search of its product key? As we are not the owner or shareholder of Win 98. So, we can’t provide you the Windows 98 product keys.
This was our tutorial to Download and Install Windows complete setup for your computer. Both downloading and installation procedure of Win 98 is easy and simple. If by any chance you got any error, please comment down.
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