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"Windows 98 + ME *still* alive" campaign

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by awergh, Jul 14, 2006.

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  1. awergh

    awergh Thread Starter

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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.
     
  2. 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.
     
  3. johnni

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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
     
  4. Blink182

    Blink182 Banned

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    (o.0)
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    ok.
     
  5. awergh

    awergh Thread Starter

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

    waywyrd

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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.
     
  7. Fredledingue

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    This thread is still alive. (y)
     
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