"Windows 98 + ME *still* alive" campaign

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awergh

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Actually, Windows 98 (FE = First Edition), 98 SE (Second Edition) + ME (Millennium Edition) are *still* alive and well.
Please keep in mind that Windows 9x [95/98/ME] based OSes are installed on over 70 million computers, out of which 50 million are running Windows 98, 98 SE or ME.

Most small companies, charities, schools and a lot of individuals cannot afford to upgrade to Windows XP or any other OS, even Linux, because they don't have the necessary resources and/or knowledge.
True, Linux distros are free, but someone needs to install, service, repair and maintain [in many cases] a large number of [eventually networked] computers, no matter what OS they may run, and those IT technicians must get paid.
Sure, the KDE/Gnome interface may look familiar to most Windows users, but there will be a learning curve to make use of it.
Do you think people are willing to go through such pain just to upgrade their good-working 98/ME computers? Ask them yourself.
Besides, those good ol' 9x based OSes are fairly easy and cheap to maintain and troubleshoot, even if Microsoft won't help anymore. ;)

The point is that...
Enthusiast power users, programmers and IT specialists provide *free* support in their spare time at various web sites, forums, blogs etc.
MSFN.org is the best known support forum for Windows 98, 98 SE + ME, and all updates, service packs, fixes, patches, enhancement packs etc... are free:
Unofficial 98 SE Service Pack forum:
http://www.msfn.org/board/?showforum=91
95/98/98 SE/ME forum:
http://www.msfn.org/board/?showforum=8
Your questions + comments are usually answered in a timely fashion by knowledgeable forum members.

This way Windows 98/98 SE/ME OSes can be safely used even on modern, fast computers for every conceivable purpose, including playing hardware demanding games [if you have the necessary hardware that is ;)], desktop publishing, 3D graphics rendering, high-end A/V editing, CD/DVD burning, programming, internet browsing etc.

* System Updates:
98 SE SP2:
http://exuberant.ms11.net/98sesp.html
98 FE SP1:
http://www.msfn.org/board/?showtopic=44732
ME SP1:
http://www.msfn.org/board/?showtopic=61407
Native USB Drivers for 98 SE:
http://www.msfn.org/board/?showtopic=43605
MS IE 6.0 SP1 Updates Pack:
http://www.msfn.org/board/?showtopic=77706
98/98 SE Upgrade Pack:
http://www.msfn.org/board/?showtopic=72297
98 SE Cumulative Update:
http://www.msfn.org/board/?showtopic=50611
98, 98 SE + ME updates + (hot)fixes:
http://www.msfn.org/board/?showtopic=46581

* Enhancement + Transformation Packs:
98SE2ME:
http://www.msfn.org/board/?showtopic=46349
98SEMP10:
http://www.mdgx.com/wmp.htm#98MP10
Revolutions Pack:
http://www.msfn.org/board/?showtopic=58357
Kernel XP:
http://www.msfn.org/board/?showtopic=71476

* Individual OS Updates:
98:
http://www.mdgx.com/web.htm#W98
98 SP1:
http://www.mdgx.com/web.htm#SP1
98 SE:
http://www.mdgx.com/web.htm#98SE
ME:
http://www.mdgx.com/web.htm#WME
95 FE (First Edition) + OSR1:
http://www.mdgx.com/web.htm#WIN
95 OSR2:
http://www.mdgx.com/web.htm#OSR2

* Essential System Add-Ons + Tools:
http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm
DirectX Fixes, Updates + Tools:
http://www.mdgx.com/dx.htm
Internet Explorer Fixes + Updates:
http://www.mdgx.com/ietoy.htm
Windows Media Player Fixes + Updates:
http://www.mdgx.com/wmp.htm
Drivers + Tools:
http://www.mdgx.com/drv.htm

* Security, Firewalls, Anti-Spyware + Anti-Virus tools [free(ware)]:
Security:
http://www.mdgx.com/modem.htm#TS
Firewalls:
http://www.mdgx.com/fw.htm#FWL
Anti-Spyware:
http://www.mdgx.com/fw.htm#ASP
Anti-Virus:
http://www.mdgx.com/vir.htm

* Tips, secrets, guides + troubleshooting:
All Windows OSes:
http://www.mdgx.com/newtip.htm
98, 98 SP1 + 98 SE:
http://www.mdgx.com/newtip98.htm
ME:
http://www.mdgx.com/wme.htm
Registry:
http://www.mdgx.com/reg.htm
W95-11D.EXE:
http://www.mdgx.com/95.htm
MSDOS.SYS:
http://www.mdgx.com/msdos.htm
SYSTEM.INI:
http://www.mdgx.com/lastweek.htm#SYSINI
DOS:
http://www.mdgx.com/secrets.htm
Easter Eggs:
http://www.mdgx.com/egg.htm

* Free(ware) software:
95/98/ME + NT4/2000/XP/2003:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm
Diagnostic, Testing + Benchmarking:
http://www.mdgx.com/speed.htm
Backup, Recovery + Hard Disk:
http://www.mdgx.com/secrets.htm#FDPT
CD + DVD:
http://www.mdgx.com/drv.htm#CDR
Video + Audio:
http://www.mdgx.com/drv.htm#DRV
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#MED
Internet:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#WEB
DOS:
http://www.mdgx.com/dos.htm

* Other related web sites + forums:
98/ME web sites:
http://www.mdgx.com/newtip98.htm#98L
95/98/ME forums:
http://www.mdgx.com/newtip98.htm#98F

Enjoy.
 

Blink182

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I agree there. Although the UI is garbage, and they rely on poxy DOS, they are still good :). As a matter of fact on my second computer i have:

Windows 98 SE
512MB Ram
Intel M 1.8GHz
ATI Video Card (256MB)
And some good AV software.

It runs quicker than XP.
 
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I am not a computer collector but in the last six weeks I have been given three PCs - two running XP Pro SP2 and a new laptop running XP Home SP2. I find a lot to irritate me with XP so I mainly stick to my original PC running Win ME, which never causes me any any problems, and I have never sought assistance from MS anyway.

I guess I will go on using it and just keep the XP laptop for size convenience.

johnni
 

awergh

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oh i should mention i didnt actually write this, i soft of posted it because someone asked me to.
 
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Hi,

Even though I'm running XP I'm still very much in two minds as to whether to stay with it or go back to my 98Lite/unofficiallSP1a Win98 setup.

Why?

because I'm finding more annoyances in WinXP which yoo can't tweak in the same way you can Win98.
 
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