Windows 98 is a continuation of the Windows 95 product. The major change is an insanely heavy focus on web integration. The help system, many applications, and even the desktop are redesigned to make use of Internet Explorer. Windows 98 runs on top of the same "MS-DOS 7.1" with FAT32 support as Windows 95 OSR2, and it includes support for USB 1.x. Windows 98 had two major releases - a First Edition and a Second Edition. It was followed up by Windows ME.

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Windows 98 Second Edition is an update to the original Windows 98 that includes improved modem and sound/audio card support through the Windows Driver Model, improved USB support, Wake on LAN support, FireWire DV camcorder support, and SBP-2 Mass Storage device support. Internet Explorer 4.0 was also upgraded to 5.0 and Internet Connection Sharing made its debut. DirectX 6.1 was also included with DirectSound improvements. Windows Media Player 6.2 was also shipped replacing the old classic Windows 3.x/95 "Media Player" that originated with the Windows 3.0 MMC Extensions.

Windows 98 Second Edition can be updated with the Microsoft .NET framework version 1.0, 1,1 and 2.0. The Visual C++ 2005 runtime is the last to carry Windows 98 support. The last version of Internet Explorer that can be installed on 98 SE is 6.0. Other available upgradeable components include DirectX 9.0c, Windows Installer 2.0, GDI+ redistributable, Remote Desktop Connection (XP 5.1), and Text Services Framework. The last version of Microsoft Office capable of running on Windows 98 is Office XP.

Hardware requirements can be bypassed in the setup with the undocumented /nm setup switch. This will allow systems as old as the 80386 with 8MB of RAM to run Windows 98 (although this will be far from optimal)

Important: Only the OEM Full version is bootable.


Stats/Requirements

Category: Operating System
Platform: Windows
Release: 1999-05-04
End of Life: 2006-07-09
RAM: 16 MB
Disk Space: 250 MB
Required CPU: 486DX @ 66 MHz
Type: Graphical

Serial Keys

RW9MG-QR4G3-2WRR9-TG7BH-33GXB
RC7JH-VTKHG-RVKWJ-HBC3T-FWGBG

Downloads

Name Version Size Language Architecture Contents
Windows 98 SE Update (FE to SE)  Upgrade SE (FE to SE) 542.37 MB English x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 98 Second Edition (OEM Full)  SE (OEM Full) 544.44 MB English x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 98 Second Edition (OEM) [Czech]  SE (OEM) 480.24 MB Czech x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 98 Second Edition (Retail Full)  SE (Retail Full) 545.84 MB English x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 98 Second Edition (Retail Upgrade)  Upgrade SE (Retail Upgrade) 545.83 MB English x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 98 Second Edition (Select)  SE (Select) 544.56 MB English x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 98 Second Edition (VMWare)  SE 425.35 MB English x86-32 VMWare Image
Windows 98 Second Edition [Dutch]  SE 116.65 MB Dutch x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 98 Second Edition [German] (OEM)  SE (OEM) 516.11 MB German x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 98 Second Edition [Hungarian] (OEM)  SE (OEM) 478.77 MB Hungarian x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 98 Second Edition [Italian] (ISO)  SE 478.36 MB English x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 98 Second Edition [Japanese]  SE 165.94 MB Japanese x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 98 Second Edition [Korean]  SE 230.86 MB Korean x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 98 Second Edition [Norwegian] (OEM)  SE (OEM) 479.45 MB Norwegian x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 98 Second Edition [Polish]  SE 181.7 MB Polish x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 98 Second Edition [Portuguese]  SE 479.29 MB Portuguese x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 98 Second Edition [Russian]  SE 480.11 MB Russian x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 98 Second Edition [Slovenian]  SE 478.91 MB Slovenian x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 98 Second Edition [Spanish]  SE 505.91 MB Spanish x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 98 Second Edition [Swedish]  SE 561.42 MB Swedish x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 98 Second Edition [Swedish] (OEM)  SE (OEM) 481.87 MB Swedish x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 98 Second Edition [Swedish] (VOL)   SE (VOL) 481.16 MB Swedish x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 98 Second Edition [Trad. Chinese] (OEM) (ISO)  SE (OEM) 223.12 MB Trad. Chinese x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 98 Second Edition [Turkish]  SE 480.47 MB Turkish x86-32 CD-ROM ISO