Windows 98 Second Edition

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. 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.

Installation instructions

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.

Product type
OS
Release date
Tue May 04 1999
End of life date
Sun Jul 09 2006
Minimum CPU
486DX @ 66 MHz
Minimum RAM
16MB
Minimum free disk space
250MB
User interface
GUI
Platform
Windows
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Downloads

Download Name Version Language CPU File type File size
Windows 98 SE Update (FE to SE) SE (FE to SE) Upgrade English x86-32 CD 542.37MB
Windows 98 Second Edition (OEM Full) SE (OEM Full) English x86-32 CD 544.44MB
Windows 98 Second Edition (Retail Full) SE (Retail Full) English x86-32 CD 545.84MB
Windows 98 Second Edition (Retail Upgrade) SE (Retail Upgrade) Upgrade English x86-32 CD 545.83MB
Windows 98 Second Edition (Select) SE (Select) English x86-32 CD 544.56MB
Windows 98 Second Edition (VMWare) SE English x86-32 VMware 425.35MB
Windows 98 Second Edition [Czech] (OEM) SE (OEM) Czech x86-32 CD 480.24MB
Windows 98 Second Edition [Dutch] (OEM) SE (OEM) Dutch x86-32 CD 478.8MB
Windows 98 Second Edition [Finnish] (OEM) (ISO) SE (OEM) Finnish x86-32 CD 478.28MB
Windows 98 Second Edition [German] (OEM) SE (OEM) German x86-32 CD 516.11MB
Windows 98 Second Edition [Greek] (OEM) (ISO) SE (OEM) Greek x86-32 CD 566.8MB
Windows 98 Second Edition [Hungarian] (OEM) SE (OEM) Hungarian x86-32 CD 478.77MB
Windows 98 Second Edition [Italian] (ISO) SE English x86-32 CD 478.36MB
Windows 98 Second Edition [Japanese] (Retail) SE Japanese x86-32 CD 389.12MB
Windows 98 Second Edition [Korean] SE Korean x86-32 CD 230.86MB
Windows 98 Second Edition [Norwegian] (OEM) SE (OEM) Norwegian x86-32 CD 479.45MB
Windows 98 Second Edition [Polish] SE Polish x86-32 CD 181.7MB
Windows 98 Second Edition [Portuguese] SE Portuguese x86-32 CD 479.29MB
Windows 98 Second Edition [Russian] SE Russian x86-32 CD 480.11MB
Windows 98 Second Edition [Slovenian] SE Slovenian x86-32 CD 478.91MB
Windows 98 Second Edition [Spanish] SE Spanish x86-32 CD 505.91MB
Windows 98 Second Edition [Swedish] SE Swedish x86-32 CD 561.42MB
Windows 98 Second Edition [Swedish] (OEM) SE (OEM) Swedish x86-32 CD 481.87MB
Windows 98 Second Edition [Swedish] (VOL) SE (VOL) Swedish x86-32 CD 481.16MB
Windows 98 Second Edition [Trad. Chinese] (OEM) (ISO) SE (OEM) Trad. Chinese x86-32 CD 223.12MB
Windows 98 Second Edition [Turkish] SE Turkish x86-32 CD 480.47MB

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