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95 vs. 98

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by combsdon, Dec 28, 2001.

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  1. combsdon

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    I have windows 95 on my computer. is there an advantage to going to 98?
     
  2. brianF

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    My opinion 98 is much better than 95. exactly why I don't have specific's.
    If your networking or going to use usb it's a must, much easier.

    2k is even better than 98, I switched to 2k and haven't gone back.
     
  3. Dan O

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    Windows 95 is no longer supported by Microsoft and many other vendors for one big reason. As a result, if you purchase a new application or piece of hardware it may not work. One of the most important improvement for 98 was real USB support and plug-and-play that works.

    But if you have an older system and you plan not to upgrade or add anything I would stay with 95. As they say, if it is not broken don't fix it.
     
  4. john1

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    Hi combsdon,

    Dan is quite right to point out that it depends on the setup you have.
    With the earlier Operating Systems, if you could fit it on your HD,
    then you could run them. Newer ones have "Minimum Requirements" if you
    dont have at least 200mb of Ram i dont think 98 will install, there
    are "workarounds" but it wont be right. With 95 I have installed it OK
    with 4MB of Ram. Also the speed. 95 will run 'acceptably' on 100 Mz,
    even 75 Mz if your not too fussed about occasional short waits. But 98
    has much more to do inside itself, its got extra refinements and bells
    and things. 98 wont run very well at all on older stuff, its very slow
    to work with at 75 Mz, and a joke at 60 Mz. Many people have gone back
    to 95 after trying 98 because of that.
    But if your system allows then 98 is good. For gaming, maybe the best.
    If youre not a gamer then 2K is probably the best OS around.
    '2000 Professional' is my personal favourite. Steady as rock.
    Sometimes hard to get the drivers but eventually you can find most.
    Best of luck,
    John
     
  5. combsdon

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    well it's not broke so I guess I won't try to fix it.......at least yet.

    thanks.
     
  6. Dan O

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    I think that's a good choice.
     
  7. Emtronics

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    I have installed Win98 on systems with only 32mg of RAM many times. I think john 1 meant 200mb of hard drive space. Win98 will run pretty well with 64mg of RAM on a 100mhz or higher processor. I do not recommend anything slower.
     
  8. john1

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    Cheers Emtronics,

    I got that a bit wrong ..... whats the min ram to install 98 ?
    I have put 95 in with only 4 Kb on an old Zenith 100
    i dont know how low you can go
    before it just wont run.

    I meant 4KB not 4MB but i wont edit it
    cos then the thread wont look right.
    I think 98 refuses to load below 2MB of ram
    but now you've got me wondering if ive got that right ?

    Cheers, John
     
  9. Emtronics

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    Hello john1, I can remember running Win95a with 8mg of RAM and I thought that was kickin! :) When I got to 12mg of RAM, well, that was really flying along.

    I wouldn't install Win98 on anything less than 32mg of RAM although I believe it will run on only 16mg. If anything less, than I'd imagine a slow machine with lots of BSOD whenever multi-tasking in Windows. Afterall, multi-tasking is what Win98 was really all about. Being able to do more than 3 things at a time. Ya know; "Where do you want to go today?" :D
     
  10. john1

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    Hi Emtronics,

    I'm feeling a bit clearer today,
    i think that 98 does a system check,
    and if there's less than 2 MB it gives
    a message - 'not enough memory'
    then wont install.
    From what i recall, there are 'workarounds'
    but i dont know what they were.

    Where do i wanna go?
    Somewhere peaceful, where they dont keep
    changing the currency every few years.

    I cant do more than 2 things at once anyway.

    John
     
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