Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition
Revision - 2.5
Q: When was Windows 98 released?
A: Windows 98 was officially released on June 25th 1998.
Q: Will I be able to upgrade to Windows 98 from
Windows NT 4.0?
A: No. The Windows 98 upgrade is only designed to upgrade from Windows 95.
Installing Windows 98 over Windows NT will be considered as downgrading.
To upgrade Windows NT 4.0, you will need to upgrade to Windows NT 5.0.
Q: Will it be easy to upgrade from Windows 3.1 or
A: Yes. There's one easy-to-use pack for upgrading from Microsoft Windows
version 3.1, Windows 95, and Windows for Workgroups version 3.2x. Also,
Windows 98 is backward compatible with Windows 3.1, Windows 95, and the
MS-DOS® operating systems.
Q: What is new in Windows 98?
A: First of all, Internet Explorer 4.0 is integrated as a component of
Windows 98 just like Internet Explorer 3.0 to OSR2. There is also a
built-in TV tuner, a better Dial-Up Network and a system shield called
Dr.Watson which prevents crashes ensuring a better and smoother
environment. For more information, go to the articles
Q: Is Windows 98 faster?
A: Although Microsoft makes no guarantees that general system performance
will increase after installing Windows 98, many users have seen an
improvement after upgrading from Windows 95 + IE4.0.
In addition, with the help of FAT32 and the updated Disk
Defragmenter, you should see a noticeable improvement in application
loading times. Shutdown times and startup times (if your computer supports
OnNow) have also been reduced.
Q: What are the minimum system requirements?
A: 486DX / 66 MHz
16 MB of memory
Typical installation requires approximately 195 MB of
free hard disk space,
but may range between 120 MB to 295 MB, depending on
your system configuration and the options you choose to install.
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive (3.5" high-density disks
available for additional charge).
VGA or higher-resolution monitor.
Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device.
Q: Do I need to purchase the full edition to do a
clean install ?
A: No, you can do a clean install on the upgrade edition if you own the
previous Windows Operating System (95 or 3.X), you will be asked to insert
a number of your old disks or a CD for proof of purchase.
Q: Does Windows 98 supports FAT32?
A: Yes, Windows 98 was designed to run smoothly under FAT32.
Q: Where has Microsoft FAX gone off to?
A: Outlook Express cannot use Microsoft FAX, so it is not installed by
default - you can however install it yourself via the Windows 98 CD in the
following CD Directory - tools/oldwin95/message/us/awfax.exe.
Q: Is the Windows 98 interface the same as the
Windows 95 interface?
A: The interfaces are similar. But the Windows 98 interface is more like a
Web browser. So you can use the same navigation and viewing techniques
whether you're searching your hard disk or the Internet. Most of these
options can be adjusted or switched off to resemble Windows 95.
Q: My partition currently does not support FAT32.
Does that mean I cannot install Windows 98?
A: Don't worry. Windows 98 setup will have an FAT16-to-FAT32 conversion
process. This means you can install Windows 98 on a non-FAT32 partition or
drive and setup can give you the option to automatically convert it into
FAT32. However, Windows 98 will run fine on FAT16.
Q: Will I be able to dual-boot in Windows 98?
A: Yes. You might want to try some other third-party software to do this.
Q: Will my Windows 95 software run under Windows 98?
A: Yes. Almost all software designed for Windows 95 will run well
(sometimes even better) under Windows 98. There are a few cases with
various utility programs in which you will need to check the companies
website for an update.
Q: Does Windows 98 include Multi-Monitor support?
A: With Windows 98, you can use more than one monitor at a time. You can
spread out your work (and play) across your monitors, just as you might
spread out papers across your desk. With multiple monitors, you can
simultaneously get different views of a file, work on multiple files in
the same application, or run multiple applications.
Here are examples of things you can do using two or more
monitors with Windows 98:
- Easily integrate information from different files by
dragging and dropping it across monitors.
- Watch TV on one monitor while you work on another.
- Get two views of a game, such as Microsoft Flight
Simulator cockpit view and tower view, simultaneously.
- Use two monitors for Web development in two screen
Each monitor you use needs its own video card. You can
change the settings of the monitors independently.
Q: I thought that Windows 98 comes with a new
A: It sure does - It is included on the CD under Tools/ResKit/Powertoy.
(TweakUI does not appear on the Windows98SE CD, you can download
Q: How do applications launch faster with Windows 98?
A: Windows 98 features Disk Defragmenter as part of its Windows
Maintenance Wizard. Disk Defragmenter keeps track of the applications you
use most, and puts the files needed to run those applications together on
your hard disk and in the order needed for launching them. As a result,
Windows 98 is able to launch your applications up to 36% faster.
Q: When will I be able to watch TV on my Windows 98
A: As soon as you install a compatible TV tuner card and hook up an
antenna or cable TV. Web TV® for Windows and TV Viewer are included in
Windows 98, as is Program Guide, which you can use to find out when
programs are on and set reminders to tune in. Windows 98 lets you watch TV
full screen, in a window, or on a second monitor as you work in another
Q: When Fixes or Upgrades come out for Windows 98 -
will they be in the form of a Service Pack?
A: Yes. Various smaller updates will be released on the Windows Update
Q: How can I get the latest drivers and system
updates for Windows 98?
A: You can access new drivers, system updates, and technical support for
Windows 98 through Windows Update, an online extension of Windows 98 for
registered users. You should also check your Graphic
card and soundcard makers website for the latest available drivers.
- The Web site is revised regularly to keep up with
- When you visit Windows Update, Update Wizard scans
your computer, tells you which (if any) of the latest offerings you
don't have, and asks whether you want to add them.
- Windows Update keeps track of what you add so you can
easily uninstall it later.
Q: I had problems installing Windows 95 over Windows
3.1. Will it be easier to install Windows 98 over Windows 95?
A: Yes. Upgrade Wizard will walk you through the upgrade process and help
you solve problems right away. Also, the Plug-and-Play driver library has
been expanded to diminish potential hardware problems.
Q: Will my DOS games and programs run under Windows
A: Yes. Just like Windows 95, DOS programs and games will still run well.
Q: Can Windows 98 run DVDs?
A: Yes. Windows 98 has built-in support for digital video disc (DVD)
drives. One DVD can hold about 15 times more information than a CD. An
entire movie - with full-motion video and lush surround sound - can fit on
just one disk.
Note: Windows 98 own DVD
Player does not have great support for a variety of DVD Decoder cards -
only a couple are currently supported, this will change in both the SP 1
and OSR releases. You can however purchase any number of DVD Software
Decoders such as XingDVD or Power DVD for a small charge, these programs
allow you to watch DVD movies without the need of purchasing a DVD
Hardware Decoder card.
Q: Recently upgraded to Win98 now I notice that the
system will hang on the "Windows is shutting down" splash screen
indefinitely, with no disk activity.
A: Disable Fast Shut-Down
**You should be off-line to do this**
1.)Open ' Start ' menu and select ' Run '
2.)In the field type without the quotes "msconfig"
3.)From the System Configuration Utility, on the ' General ' tab
select the ' Advanced ' button
4.)Enable by checking off the box next to ' Disable Fast Shutdown'
5.)Click ' OK ' on that tab and also on the next.
6.)Click on ' Yes ' in order to reboot.
Q: How do I uninstall Internet Explorer 4 from
A: You can't - Internet Explorer 4 is the shell
for Windows 98. You don't have to use the browser - Netscape or any other
browser will install just fine on Windows 98.
Q: My Windows 98 CD is scratched and broken, how do I
go about getting a new one?
A: Contact your computer manufacturer if it came with your computer or if
it is from MS, call 1 800 426 9400.
Q: Can you install DirectX 6.0 onto Windows 98?
A: Yes you can - go to http://www.microsoft.com/directx
and follow the links to the DirectX Core Components as these are the only
ones you can install on Windows 98, or just load up Windows Updated and
download it from there.
Q: Does Windows 98 include antivirus software?
A: No, but Microsoft Plus! 98—a separate package of enhancements and
extras for Windows 98-includes McAfee antivirus software and six months of
Q: Does Windows 98 have Dual Processor Support?
A: No, only Windows NT currently supports Dual
Q: How can I copy files from win98 cdrom onto hard
drive so that when I re-install win98 I can point it to hard drive and NOT
have to use win98 cdrom?
A: New Installation:
Simply copy the win98 folder to your hard drive. Run setup from the copied
folder and that's all there is to it.
If you have already installed win98, copy the folder anyhow then when an
installation file needs a file from the cd, browse it to your copied
Remember to keep your product key which is on your cd
cover, so even if you don’t need the cd to install you need the product
key on the cd rom cover.
Q: Is there an option in Dial-up Networking in
Windows 98 where it will automatically redial a number if the number is
A: Yes, Open DUN, and click "Connections", "Settings".
You'll see the redial options there.
Q: Is it safe to install Internet Explorer 5 over
A: Yes it is.
NOTE: First and foremost -
Uninstall any beta releases of the browsers - although it isn't
compulsory, it is better to do so.
For tips and tricks on Internet Explorer 5 - check http://www.activeie.com/ie5/tips
Q: When will Service Pack 1 be released, what does it
contain and how big will the download be?
A: There will be a Service Pack 1 release for Windows 98 in the very near
Q: Whenever I try to shut down to MS-DOS I get a blue
screen error - what is wrong?
A: It is likely that you have run into the USB
problems that Windows 98 has brought with it. If you have a USB device
plugged into your computer (Gamepads etc) then sometimes, when you shut
down into DOS - Windows 98 will give you a blue screen error, that only a
reboot can fix. The work around is to unplug the USB device before
Q: Is Windows 2000 the next version of Windows 9*?
A: NO - Windows 2000 is the next version of
Windows NT and will come in many different packages. A new version of
Windows 9* is due in the Year 2000.
98 Second Edition - Specific
Q: Where can I order Windows 98 Second Edition?
A: You can order it directly from Microsoft - http://www.microsoft.com/windows98/guide/Win98/PurchasingInfo/default.asp
Q: Is Windows 98 Second Edition Going To Be Available
A: No - But a Service Pack 1 release for Windows 98 will be available for
download in the very near future and will include most of the bug fixes
that were included in the Windows 98 Second Edition Release.
Q: Can I use the Windows 98 Upgrade to Windows 98
Second Edition to do a clean install of Windows 98 Second Edition?
A: No - You must have Windows 98 Gold installed.
Q: I am seeing a strange 4-5 seconds slow down just
after my taskbar and start up programs load, what is causing this, as I
cannot click on anything until the 4-5 seconds have passed?
A: Currently we have no clue as to what is causing this as it isn't
happening for everyone. We are working hard to find out what is causing
it. Update: On bootup the TSRQuery
is taking far too long to load up for some people.
Q: Does Windows 98 SE include the Active Desktop?
A: Yes. The Active Desktop component has been included as part of Internet
Q: Are there any updates for Windows 98 Second
A: Yes. Netmeeting 3.0 is already out of date - you can download Netmeeting
3.01 Final right now.
Q: Where is Tweak UI on the Windows 98 Second Edition
A: Tweak UI is no longer allowed to be placed on the Windows 98 CD due to
complaints from OEM's that users have been messing up their settings with
it. You can download it right
here though if you really need it.
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