Windows 98

MS Windows 98 operating system that was released for PC computers in 1998

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Windows 98
Windows XP

How do you dual-boot Windows 98 and Windows XP?

How to dual boot Win 98 and XP: 1. Create two partitions in your hard drive.

2. First install Windows 98.

3. After this, insert the XP CD and click on install.

4. You will get two options -- upgrade or new installation. Select new installation.

5. Click on advanced tab in the next window.

6. In that tab, choose "I will specify the drive" then go ahead.

7. Your system will reboot and then it will ask to format the drive in which you want to install XP. By doing this, you will get both OS running on the same machine.


Updated For Those Who Wish To Run Windows 98SE along with Windows XP on Hard Disks Greater than 40GB.

Since Windows98 only supports a Maximum 40GB Disk Size.

To create a partition, first, boot your computer with a Windows XP CD.

  • Create Partitions desirably.
  • Next, Format the C Drive (or your desirable drive) using the FAT32 File-system.
  • After the Setup has formatted it, it will start copying the files of windows XP in it. Hard Reset on that point (Press the small button beside the power button of your Computer Tower)
  • Again, boot with Windows XP, and this time, format the D Drive (or your second desirable drive) with FAT32 (Not NTFS as if you will format with NTFS, Your Windows 98 will not be able to access the files that you store in windows XP)
  • Again, after it will finish the format, it will start to copy the files. Here, Restart the computer again.
  • Now install Windows 98 normally.

And now follow the above procedures!

Windows 98
Windows XP
Hard Disk Drives

Is it possible to 'repair' Windows XP operating system without reformatting the hard disk?

Yes it is possible to repair windows XP: follow this step:

  • Set your first boot device in the Bios to CD-Rom. Insert your Windows XP CD, save the bios settings and exit. Soon "Press any key to boot of CD" will appear on the screen, hit the space bar to continue.
  • Now setup will inspect your hardware and software, it then will load various files required for the repair. Just wait and be patient, this may take a few moments.
  • Soon a menu will appear (as pictured below), press enter to continue.
  • Now the "End User Agreement" Press "F8" if you agree, "ESC" if you don't.
  • You will now have to select the installation you wish to repair. Usually there is only one, but sometimes, there may be 2 or more (i.e. you have done a parallel install to resolve a problem), use the up/down arrow key to select the install, and then press "R" to continue.
  • Setup will now examine the disk be patient, it can take a few minutes.
  • Setup will go through a percentage - 1 to 100%
  • A screen will soon appear. Press "F3" to continue
  • Now setup will reboot system, wait 15 seconds or just press enter.
  • Now it is time to see if this has solved your problems.

: Yes, You can repaire windows without data loss.

Microsoft Windows
Windows 98
Windows Vista

How do you use a start up disk for Windows 98 SE?

Using a Windows Start-Up Disk

Here are opinions and answers from Wiki s Contributors:

  • Find out more from the readme.txt that comes with the start up disk.
  • You simply go into the control panel (which you find in My Computer) select 'Add/Remove Programs' icon. A window pops up. Now click on the tab along the top called 'startup Disk' then follow the instructions. Make sure you have a floppy disk, preferably one you just bought or have formatted.
A Different Option If you have a properly formatted Windows 98 startup disk, all you have to do is power down the system completely, insert it in your floppy drive (the A: drive) and turn on your system. The startup disk will take care of the rest.
Windows 98
Windows XP
Hard Disk Drives

Where can you find step-by-step instructions on how to reformat a hard drive and reinstall Windows 98SE?

  • To reformat your hand drive using Win98 you need a Win98 boot floppy with reformat and fdisk options on it. To get started, insert the floppy and reboot the system. After the boot you will get a screen that asks you if you want to start windows with CD-Rom support, press the shift and F5 keys and you will get the prompt (a:\) type format c:/s This will reformat your hard drive with the system tools installed. If you need to create a new portion follow the steps above and when you get the a:\ prompt type fdisk and follow the instructions.
  • I have reinstalled Windows 98SE after reformatting my hard drive several time. I was never able to directly install SE. First I had to install Windows 98, then insert the 98SE CD and go through the whole installation process again. I could never figure out why I had to first install 98 and then SE, but at least it works for me doing it that way.
  • If you had Win98, and then bought the upgrade, you would need both disks to reinstall. Start with the new disk, the upgrade. At some point it will ask you to insert the old disk into the CD drive, so it can verify that you actually had a copy, and weren't just trying to get the upgrade because it costs less, without buying the original or older version. Sounds like that might be what happened.
Microsoft Windows
Windows 98
Windows XP

How do you downgrade from Windows XP Home Edition to Windows 98 SE?

If you installed Windows XP in this method you can downgrade. That is, if you upgraded Windows XP from Windows 98 SE means you can downgrade Windows XP by removing Windows XP in Control panel, Add/Remove programs. Then the first Operating System (windows 98Se) will come.

I've had to do this many times at my work. The best way is to boot with a 98 bootdisk then use fdisk to wipe the hard drive. Then restart the machine with the bootdisk and 98 CD in it. Choose the option to run setup from the CD and then follow the instructions. Setup will format the hardrive and then restart to begin installing the OS.

Why in the world would you want to install 98. Microsoft no longer provides support for 98 and XP SP2 is far superior to 98 in the first place. It is a no brainer. Keep XP SP2 and forget the archaic 98.

Microsoft Windows
Windows 98

What is the run dialog command to open Netmeeting?

Type conf.exe as a run command.

Windows 98
Windows 7
Screencasting Software

Why is Camtasia Studio not working on windows 7?

To solve this problem just download/install

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Computer Hardware
Windows 98

How do you prevent the 'New Hardware Found' from automatically loading in the Windows 98 SE operating system?

windows is a plug & play OS so every time you add a new device it will give you a new hardware found prevent this you must remove the hardware or let windows try to find the driver if you try to cancel it it will just show up on the next boot so try to install it even if you don't have the drivers windows will just put it on your system without a won't hurt your system and you won't get the NEW HARDWARE FOUND PROMPT AGAIN.

Software and Applications (non-game)
Email and IM
Microsoft Outlook and Live Hotmail
Windows 98

Using Outlook Express 6 and Windows 98 Outlook Express will not open and when Ctrl Alt Del is used the message 'Msimn does not respond' appears how do you fix this?

in processess tab click on the outlook process and clikc 'end process' button.

Windows 98
Windows XP

How do you get rid of an Earthlink icon which has stayed in the top right corner of the screen through many updates and a 98 to XP Windows upgrade?

The update from 98 to XP does not affect any software you already had in your computer. Thus it is normal that the icon is still there.

Go to Control Panel (Windows XP has a new, simplified interface in Control Panel, which is not so easy to use, click on Add/Remove Program. Scroll through the list and locate something that is related to Earthlink and remove them all.

I do not know if you need some kind of program to connect to the internet. But if you are not using Earthlink anymore, which possibly is the case, then simply remove anything that is Earthlink-related.

This should help:

If you use earthlink as your server you will have the logo. I have been using earthlink for 6 years and with all my computers it is there. Doesn't bother me though and shouldn't you unless you aren't using earthlink anymore and in that case delete all things earthlink from your PC.

Microsoft Windows
Windows 98
Windows XP

How do you convert D drive from FAT32 to NTFS in Windows 98 OS?

You can not convert a FAT 32 drive to NTFS in windows 98 because windows 98 does not support it. You can however mount an existing NTFS drive in windows 98 using a driver from

Windows 98
Windows 2000
The Difference Between

What are the differences between Windows 98 and Windows 2000?

Windows 98 operates on a DOS platform, which means that when the user clicks on an icon, a code string in Microsoft Disc Operating System is executed, which initiates the process the user has selected. Further commands in DOS are performed, until the process is completed.Windows 2000NT is supposedly the flavor of Windows 2000 which does not run on a DOS platform, but instead, on an NT platform, which is the new operating system that Microsoft developed to replace DOS. DOS was developed specifically for an early processer, the Intel 8088, and its internal architecture was based upon the capabilities of that processor. The X86 processers are descendents of the 8088, but the 586 was the last of that style of processers. NT is supposedly superior for multitasking, serial bus operations, and addressing memory locations, among other things.
Microsoft Windows
Windows 98

How can you take everything off of an old computer and reinstall Windows 98?

You can take off applications that you want to keep but you must have a good means of storing that application like with a zip drive or flash USB storage device. Can I ask a question, what do you mean when you say "take everything off" in computer terms that means a "format" which means you will be formatting your hard drive which will remove EVERYTHING, I mean start you from the beginning. This means you will not have an operating system and will need to reinstall Windows to get back going, but be mindful, EVERYTHING you had on that computer will be erased.

LOTS Better Find yourself a "zero-fill" utility. There are plenty of free ones online; most of the major hard drive makers supply one with every drive they sell. The "zero-fill" utility should be on a bootable disk, be it a CD-ROM or a floppy, depending on your system. Run the "zero-fill" utility on your PC. Be patient! It takes time to write billions of zeroes! When the "zero-fill" utility is finished, your hard drive will be in the condition it enjoyed the day it left the factory.

To install Windows 98, you should have both an installation CD and a bootable floppy. If your system will boot from a CD (most will these days), you won't need the floppy. Insert the CD or floppy disk, turn the thing on, and you're off to the races.

Microsoft Windows
Windows 98
Windows XP

Why does Windows crash when opening a folder with an invalid mpg?

"Not certain, but if the Windows you are using is XP, isn't XP configured so as to be capable of playing mpegs within Explorer? If so, this could be tied in to your problem. Try disabling that ability in folder options, it might assist."

ok i shall try and help here

the file is corrupt and whenever you try to read from the part of your hard disk it crashes because its trying to access a file that it says isn't there but at the same time is there

Delete the folder and the files inside and empty recycle bin

im afraid anything inside there is gone

A friend just had this but the file was on his desktop so i had to use command prompt to get rid of it but as soon as the file was gone then his laptop worked perfectly

Some more info

I don't know the answer yet, but I have the same problem. I know the file is not corrupt because, share the folder on the network and other computers can play the file without a problem.

So don't delete the file to quickly.

This doesn't solve your problem but you also won't lose a potentially irreplaceable movie.

Try putting in your XP or Vista disk and using the repair option? you may be missing some key files that will allow you to play the movie or even read the movie as a file

Windows 98
Windows XP
Windows Vista
The Difference Between

What are the differences between Windows 98 and Windows XP?

Differences between Windows 98 and Windows XP are:

  • Win98 has a FAT file system, XP supports NTFS as well.
  • XP has a system restore feature
  • Some Windows 98 machines do not have USB ports.
  • XP has a Firewall provided.
  • For XP, additional ZIP archiving software is not required.
  • Win98 has security issues and Microsoft ended support for it in 2006. Support for XP was ended in 2014.
  • Windows NT based architecture with multi-processor support. Security and performance increases by 25-50% with upgrade from Windows 98 to Windows XP. Of course you also need a computer with 10 times more RAM and a much faster CPU to support all of the processes utilized.
Computer Terminology
Microsoft Windows
Windows 98

What is the difference between MS-DOS and Windows?

Both Dos and Windows are Operating systems. But, they possess some features which make them differentiate. These features are listed below:

"«Dos is only single tasking while Windows is multitasking.

"«Dos is based on plain interface while Windows is based on Graphical user interface (GUI).

"«Dos is difficult to learn and understand while Windows is easy to learn and understand.

"«Dos is less preferable by users while Windows is more preferable operating system.

"«Limited users can work on dos while in Windows there are many users.

"«We cannot see mouse in Dos while in Windows we can see and use mouse to click on icons or links.

"«Simple text commands are written in Dos while in Windows we operate computer with the help of mouse.

"«In Dos we cannot Play games, watch movies and listen songs while in Windows we can enjoy playing games, watching movies and listening songs.

"«In Dos new hardware cannot work properly while in Windows it can detect and installs software automatically.

"«Application and system software¡¦s did not work properly in Dos while in Windows it runs at a great speed.

"«Dos is not user friendly while Windows operating system is user friendly.

"«Dos performs operations speedily as compared with Windows operating system.


  1. DOS uses CLI (command line interface), whereas Windows used GUI (graphical user interface)..
  2. DOS does not support networking, Windows does..
  3. DOS is a single user OS, Windows is Multiuser..
  4. DOS is a single tasking OS, Windows is Multitasking..
  5. Dos is a single threading OS, Windows is a Multithreading..
  6. DOS supports 2 GB of maximum partition size, Windows supports 2 TB or more..
  7. DOS uses FAT 16 file system, Windows uses FAT 32..
  8. Server administration is not possible in DOS..
AnswerDOS is the system that runs your PC. Windows was created as a GUI (graphical user interface) making the running of your computer much easier and safer AnswerUltimately, the difference between these types of programs is who has control over the computer. DOS programs generally expect themselves to be the only program running on your computer, so they will directly manipulate the hardware, such as writing to the disk or displaying graphics on the screen. They may also be dependent on timing, since the computer won't be doing anything else to slow them down. Many games fall into this category.

Windows programs, on the other hand, realize that they must share your computer with other Windows programs. Actually, did you know that Windows 3.x itself is a DOS program? What this means is that Windows has control of the computer's hardware, and in turn it shares parts of the computer's resources with Windows programs. The obvious advantage to this arrangement is that you can do several things at once; for example, you could play Beethoven's 5th, start downloading a file from a BBS, then look at your checking account and use a Calculator to check the balance all at the same time. Another advantage is that you can share data between programs; for example, copying a spreadsheet summary into a work processor document.

The important thing here is that many DOS programs will run poorly or not at all in Windows. For example, if you try to run Microsoft System Diagnostics (MSD) while you are in Windows, you will get the message:

You are running Microsoft Windows.

MSD can only report information specified by it's associated Windows Program Information File (.PIF). Therefore information presented may be less accurate or complete than if MSD is run outside of Windows. For more accurate information please exit Windows and run MSD from the MS-DOS prompt.

Some areas may be affected while MSD is run under Windows: Memory values and types will reflect what Windows provides by itself, and through the associated .PIF file; IRQ values may be reported differently; and the visual memory map in Memory, Memory Block Display, and Memory Browser may show different results. Other areas that may be affected include Video, OS Version, Mouse, Disk Drives, and COM Ports.

So how do you know whether a program is made for DOS or Windows? Nearly all Windows programs bear the Microsoft Windows logo Microsoft Windows compatible, while DOS programs do not. If you're still not sure, try running the program from the DOS prompt first. For example, type calc at a DOS prompt; you will get the message:

This program requires Microsoft Windows.

NOTE for Windows 95/98: if you try running a Windows program from the Windows 95/98 command prompt, the computer will simply start Windows (if it isn't already running) and run the program.

A word of warning for Windows users: in the Main group there is an icon called MS-DOS Prompt. This is not the same thing as running in DOS. It will let you run some DOS programs, such as the command prompt or the EDIT program, but it is still running on top of Windows. The proper way to switch from Windows to DOS is to close or exit all of your Windows programs, including Program Manager.

Windows 95/98

One way to switch the computer from Windows to DOS mode is to click on the Start menu, then Shut Down, then choose "Restart the computer in MS-DOS mode". Doing this will close all Windows programs and (mostly) remove Windows itself from memory.

Another way is to adjust the properties of a DOS program. Right-click on your program (or its shortcut), select Properties, open the Program tab, and click on the Advanced button. In the Advanced Program Settings you can set the program to run in MS-DOS mode, and even specify a starting configuration just for that program.

AnswerMS DOS is in Windows. When you go to shut down, it has a choice. shut down in MS DOS mode. AnswerBasically, both are operatong systems. MS DOS is the oldest OS from Microsoft. It is a single user command line operating system. While Windows (latest version) is multi-user and feature a user friendly GUI(Graphical User Interface). AnswerMS-DOS (MicroSoft Disk Operating System) is a CLI (Command-Line Interface).

Windows is a GUI (Graphical User Interface).

When working with a CLI, you begin with a blank screen and a command prompt. At the command prompt, you type commands, one at a time, for the computer to process. (i.e. "MKDIR C:\MYDIR" to create a directory called "MYDIR" in the root folder of the C drive) Any programs (text editing, database, etc) are run from the command prompt by directing the computer to the location of the program, and typing the execution command.

Example (Text in italics are commands, other text is command prompt.):





At this point, PONG would take up the entire screen, leaving you unable to do anything but play the game until you exit the game. After you exit the game, you would be brought back to the prompt:


On the other hand, a GUI offers much more flexibility by using icons and windows to represent objects and programs. With Windows, you can open several different documents or programs, and easily switch between them. Also, there is the Start Menu, from which you can launch program shortcuts instead of having to wade through the entire file directory to execute your choice of program.

The interrelation is that Windows was originally a program ran to top of DOS. In order to use Windows, you used to need a line in your AUTOEXEC.BAT (a script file that automatically executed on DOS startup) that pointed to the Windows program. Windows versions 3.x - 9x and Me still run on top of DOS. What this means is that those versions of Windows aren't really Operating Systems, because they rely on DOS to process all the programs. All those versions of Windows do is make the programs easier to get to and switch between. Windows NT versions, and the Windows XP/2K line are built on their own system kernel so they are considered true Operating Systems on their own.

AnswerDOS was an older version by Microsoft which was entirely text and command based. Windows has a GUI (Graphical User Interface) which means you can use a mouse, view pictures, have icons, etc. If you've ever seen something like '''"c:\>_"''' in white text on a black background, chances are that that was DOS or a version of it.

On Windows XP, you can get a version of it by pressing Start -> All Progs -> Accessories -> Command Prompt. This is an updated version of the original DOS which would run in fullscreen and be the only thing on the computer. You can get started by typing ''HELP '' to see a list of commands. For info on a particular command type '' /?'' .

  1. DOS does not supports GUI, Windows supports.
  2. DOS does not supports networking, Windows Supports.
  3. DOS is a single user OS, Windows is a multi-user OS.
  4. DOS is a single tasking OS, Windows is a multi tasking OS.
  5. DOS does not supports threading, Windows Supports.
  6. DOS supports maximum 2 GB of partition, Windows supports 2 TB or more.
  7. DOS supports FAT 16 file system only, Windows supports FAT 32 and NTFS.
  8. There is no server support in DOS, Windows has.
  9. DOS is not as stable as Windows.

difference between ms dos and windows

Microsoft Windows
Windows 98
Windows XP

How do you lock and hide a folder not deleted but protected from use in Windows 98?

first you need to select the folder. then right click the mouse once. select properties at the bottom of the menu. select hidden option and apply. now select if you want to hide subfolders nad files in this folder. next select advanced and then encrypt contents for secure data. click ok then select sharing tab at top of box. check the box "make this folder private" click general tab and apply box at bottom. hey presto hidden folder, encrypted, and unsharable do reverse to access the file but don't change the sharing part. e-mail me if you having problems


ur soln. is very good. I've tested it but unable to find my own hidden, encrypted folder! presto?

well if you cant find your encrypted folder first what you need to do is go to tools, click on folder potions, click on the tab that says view, and click show hidden folders and apply.

Windows 98
Windows XP
Hard Disk Drives

How can you install Windows XP with your current OS Windows 98SE without formatting your hard drive?

If u have an additional partition like D: ten u can install winXP.if we are putting the XP installation CD it will ask wherre we want to install.don't try to install in C:.if u have only one drive and u have enough free space then u can use third party software for partitioning the unused party. By Anas

Why not install another hard drive and choose which drive to boot to by using your bios. Windows has enough problems trying to keep it's operating system running, I wouldn't advise running both operating systems on one hard drive if I could do it with two hard drives. Before you do either you want to check "all" your hardware to see if it will run with both operating systems. What may run with 98 SE may not run with XP and God only knows what the next Windows is going to run with as Long Horn may not run with any or either. Good Luck with your system.

P.S. I have two hard drives one with 98 SE and Linux using a dual boot configuration and the other runs with XP by itself.

Windows 98
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7

Can you downgrade your OS from Windows XP to Windows 98 without buying or using a disk?

No. Unlike in previous versions of Windows, there is no possibility of "uninstalling" Windows XP. The reason is that in most upgrades, Windows XP converts the file system on the hard drive to NTFS. This file system does not work with Windows 98, and it is very difficult to convert back.

Even if the above were not the case, a system that shipped with Windows XP wouldn't contain the operating system files of Windows 98, thus you couldn't revert to it.

Even if it was a PC which originally "had" Win98 on it (then say you upgraded to XP) only in XP Professional can you run initially in FAT32 or NTFS. (as my upgrade disc did not automatically convert the system over to NTFS. Win98 is FAT32.

Converting the XP files to NTFS is a "one-way" street. There is no going back.

Meaning, you need setup Cd's; for the only way back is to format "C" which erases everything and "fdsk". And then all the other disks that run your printers and scanners (and other stuff?)

Computer Hardware
Windows 98
The Difference Between

How do you get to the bios on a Toshiba 460cdt?

Laptop's BIOS settings which can be accessed by pressing the [Esc] key during the memory test when booting the laptop.

Windows 98
Windows 2000

If you switched from OS 98 to 2000 and now want to switch back how do you reformat your computer?

If you've format your hdd using NTFS, then you need a windows 98 bootdisk to startup, run fdisk.exe and choose Y to treat NTFS as large disk. delete the NTFS partition and recreate the FAT32 partition. Then restart, format the HDD and install Win98.

Microsoft Windows
Windows 98
Windows XP
The Difference Between

What is the difference between Windows 98 Windows 2000 and XP?

Windows 98 was the polished, final, improved version of Windows 95.

It was easier to use, suffered a lot fewer crashes , freezes and other forms of torture familiar to Windows users than the 95 version did and had a higher support for USB.

Windows 95 and 98 are somewhat the same disregarding graphics. 95 was the big bang for Microsoft. After such a success and with the Internet on the rise, 98 came out configured for a more optimal net configuration. But not that stable or reliable. Windows 2000 and Windows NT are pretty much the same thing just different release dates. NT based OS's are a lot more stable considering they run on NTFS(hince NT) whereas 98/95 run on FAT32 which is of course less stable. And well XP just plain over did it, XP just looks pretty. XP is way to big, takes way too much start up and RAM dedication. Make sure you have a solid Gig of RAM before going XP, and upgrading to Service Pack 3 is advised.

Windows 95 and 98 (and Windows 98SE and Windows Me) were designed and marketed to Home users. Windows 2000 is an expansion of Windows NT and both were marketed for Businesses. Windows XP is a hybrid of the two allowing for the selection of either file system at the time of installation and is much more stable. It's Microsoft attempt to wean users onto two flavors of the same OS, thus keeping their costs down and better compete with Unix.

If you're running Windows XP Home Edition, you can run rather successfully with 250mb of RAM (even 128mb if all you're doing is Word and email, although I don't recommend it). If you're running Windows XP Pro, then I would recommend that you run with 500mb of RAM, with 1gb only being necessary for high-end gamers, or graphic users such as CAD-CAM or movie.

It also depends upon if you're a work station or a stand-alone system. Tens of thousands of work stations run just fine using Windows XP Pro with just 250mb of RAM, whereas stand-alone systems need more.

Windows 98 is based on DOS which is an old operating system created years ago hence why it crashes a lot.

Windows XP (and Vista, 200, and NT) are completely rewritten from scratch. They are much more reliable and have replaced Windows 98.

First of all Windows 98 cannot work with most hardware. Windows XP can work with hardware that 98 can work with and more. Windows XP haves better themes than 98. XP can work with more software than 98, XP can also work with software that 95, 98, Me, and 2000 works with. XP haves better icons. 98 is slow. XP is fast. XP comes with more security features than 98.

Microsoft Windows
Windows 98
Windows XP

How do you fix it if after installing a new monitor all the icons and windows are all too large and your system is stuck at 640 x 480?

The issue is the video card driver either isn't installed correctly, or the monitor isn't being seen correctly with the right driver.

The most common problem is the video card driver. Go to Device Manager, and right click the video card, and select UNINSTALL. then reboot your computer, and it should reinstall automatically

Computer Buying
Windows 98

How much is a computer running on Windows 98 worth?

They are practically worthless, though you may find someone willing to buy one, usually because they don't know any better.

Men's Health
Mac OS
Windows 98

Is it safe to load your sperm everyday?

If by "load" you mean ejaculate then Yes, it is fine, you can't run out or over use your penis.


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