Microsoft Releases Year 2000 Update for Windows 98

Free Update Addresses Minor Date Display Issues; Available to Customers Immediately

REDMOND, Wash. - Dec. 7, 1998 - - Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has identified and addressed minor year 2000 issues in the Microsoft Windows 98 operating system. The identified issues pose no risk of data loss or PC damage, and customers would be unlikely to encounter the issues during normal, daily use of their computer. Nevertheless, because these minor issues can potentially result in the inaccurate display of dates in 2000 in certain areas of the operating system, Microsoft is making the Year 2000 Update widely available so its customers can obtain and install it easily. Customers can download the free Windows 98 Year 2000 Update from the Windows Update Web site at or call (800) 363-2896 to receive it on CD-ROM.

"Microsoft understands the critical nature of the year 2000 issue and is committed to diligently testing its products and promptly providing information and solutions to its customers if issues do arise," said Rich Kaplan, director of the platforms infrastructure group at Microsoft. "In the course of Microsoft's ongoing testing efforts with Windows 98, we have identified and fixed these minor year 2000 issues."

Year 2000 Issues Pose No Threat of Lost Data or PC Damage

While the year 2000 issues discovered in Windows 98 result in the incorrect display of dates in 2000 in certain rare scenarios, they pose no risk of data loss. Most customers would have an extremely small chance of ever running into these issues in their normal, daily computer use. For example, an issue discovered involves the Date/Time control applet, in which a user can in certain instances set the date to Feb. 29 of a leap year and then do the same for other years as well. This is simply a display problem, however. The user cannot apply this incorrect date. Another issue discovered involves the Phone Dialer applet in Windows 98, in which the log file created after a user makes a phone call with the applet may in certain instances display the year portion of the call date incorrectly.

Please see the addendum for a complete list of the year 2000 issues found in Windows 98.

Update Widely Available

Microsoft is making the Windows 98 Year 2000 Update available through several channels so it will be as easy as possible for customers to update Windows 98. To ensure that users of Windows 98 are aware of the update, Microsoft will begin sending announcements via e-mail to registered users of Windows 98 within 24 hours. The Windows 98 Year 2000 Update is available on the Microsoft Windows Update site at Users of Windows 98 who have downloaded the Critical Notification Update from the Windows Update site will be automatically notified of the year 2000 update when they log on to the Internet. Customers can also receive the update on CD-ROM free of charge by ordering it from the Microsoft Web site or by calling (800) 363-2896. In addition, Microsoft is making the update available to OEMs and will include the update on the Microsoft Select CD for corporate customers. Some Microsoft vendors will offer the CD-ROM at select retail locations as well.

Earlier this year, Microsoft unveiled its Year 2000 Resource Center, a comprehensive Web site for customers facing year 2000 computer problems. The site, at, includes a product guide that outlines compliance and the testing status of specific Microsoft products. Microsoft recommends that customers frequently check the Microsoft Year 2000 Web site or call (888) MSFTY2K (673-8925) to keep up to date on the latest compliance information, as it is subject to change.

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Windows 98 Year 2000 Issues

Microsoft has found minor year 2000 incompatibilities in Windows 98. Below is a complete list of these issues:


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