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poynton 12th March 2008 04:43 PM

Windows 98 Upgrade ??
Hi Guys,

I have heard that there is a site where unofficial upgrades are available for Win98.

I think it is run by people in Sweden or Finland.

Anyone any ideas ??



kevinkr 12th March 2008 05:16 PM

I'd recommend one of the many free flavors of linux instead. Note that the latest version of Ubuntu requires 384MB of ram minimum instead of the earlier versions which require just 256MB. (Version 6.06 works fine on older machines with 256MB of ram) There's also Debian, Knoppix, a compact port of Debian, and Damn Small Linux amongst others.

Ubuntu has installed on every piece of hardware I have ever tried it on without any issues. More recent versions of the others generally have been fine too.

I doubt the latest versions of Suze Linux or RedHat will run on such old hardware..

Others will weigh in with additional suggestions I'm sure.

I'm not a linux expert, just dabbling from time to time.

Linux gives you a modern desktop interface that is not prone to the frequent crashes I remember with Win98 on six different machines I owned, is not likely to be compromised by most malware, virii, trojans, worms, and other exploits, and has more modern applications available.

What is the intended purpose of this pc?

Almost no one in the apps world supports win98 any longer so you would be limited to software that is at least 4 - 5 yrs out of date now.

I_Forgot 13th March 2008 06:44 AM

I second the suggestion of Ubuntu. I like Kubuntu for the KDE desktop better than the Gnome desktop in Ubuntu, but you won't go wrong with either.

If you must run windoze, get a copy of win 2k. It was by far the most reliable POS (piece of software?) that M$ ever made. Don't enable auto updates- it will update itself to nonworking condition in about 2 days.

"The day M$ makes a product that doesn't suck is the day they start making vacuum cleaners."


Jakob2 13th March 2008 10:04 AM

Afair its only available for Windows 98SE, take a look at this site:

As uninstallation of this service pack isnt really possible id strongly recommend an harddisk image dump before installation for easy restoration of your old system if anything went wrong.


Jakob2 13th March 2008 11:35 AM

Another possibility could be a Windows98 automatic updater like this one:


7n7is 18th March 2008 03:47 PM

How about this?

poynton 18th March 2008 04:03 PM


Originally posted by 7n7is
How about this?

it's the same as in post 4 with a few other freebies as well.
Why pay?

richie00boy 18th March 2008 04:40 PM

What is your machine spec? XP might be the way to go if you have more than 128 meg RAM and don't play games. 98 is pretty unstable.

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