Win98 RIP(at last) :-( [well, death throes anyway]

  Diodorus Siculus 08:09 15 Dec 2003

Microsoft has twice granted stays of execution to Win98/98SE, but this time, it looks like the end is truly near. Microsoft now bluntly says "After January 16, 2004, [Windows 98] will be obsolete..."

From click here

Fred (above) suggests that users of Win98 save all Win98 locally so that if necessary they can be reinstalled. click here to see how his simple guide.

  Diodorus Siculus 12:09 15 Dec 2003

dadyassa - the other option is to go to click here and download all the relevant updates.

It can be a time consuming operation, even with broadband.

  Diodorus Siculus 17:43 15 Dec 2003

Refresh for the evening crew... don't say you weren't warned!

  powerless 20:08 15 Dec 2003

There is a beta test of an update CD from MS for 98/SE.

  gold 47 21:10 15 Dec 2003

Like parting with an old friend but W98 will still
still going for some time even Windows 3.1 is still running bless.

  gold 47 21:11 15 Dec 2003

Sorry should read still keep.

  PurplePenny 21:36 15 Dec 2003

I'm being lazy - care to post a link to where we can get the CD?

Ta muchly,


  mammak 21:49 15 Dec 2003

Got to agree with malgall, win xp for me couldnt
go back to 98se if i was paid to, saying that doing up a very old 95 for the little un for christmas, now that,s a job and a half let me tell you.

  Forum Editor 23:41 15 Dec 2003

and gave millions of people their first taste of computing. Its arrival coincided with an explosive increase in the number of homes getting a computer and going online and by and large it served them well.

I don't doubt that in three or four years time there'll still be many machines humming along quite happily on Win98SE,but the end is definitely in sight. I for one will mourn the passing of an operating system that really opened up the possibilities for home computer users in a way that hadn't happened before, and will probably not happen in quite the same way again.

  LastChip 23:57 15 Dec 2003

Whilst I appreciate the thrust of the thread has merit, it is only Microsoft that is trying to kill off 98.

Interesting, a recent survey suggested as many as 60%+ of companies are still using either '98 or even '95, and have no plans to change. Many more use Win2K.

When you ask users how stable the machine is, mostly they are agreed that it's very stable indeed, and I think this is due to business machines having limited software loaded that has had the bugs ironed out.

I think most would agree, '98 was a significant improvement over '95, and in business with capital expenditure being so tight, this Christmas motto seems to be, "if it 'aint broke, don't fix it".

Keep in mind, for machines not accessing the internet, security vulnerabilities are resticted to internal problems, for example disgruntled employees screwing a machine or stealing company data. No amount of patches will resolve those issues! Even those that do have access are normally protected by a decent (often hardware) firewall, so Microsoft's decision, is based on selling more software, not necessarily on the merits of the operating system. Yes, one can argue XP is more stable, but I could argue, no more so than Win2K, of which it is an obvious derivative.

So far from being in it's death throes, I suspect you will see it around for many more years to come!

  powerless 01:04 16 Dec 2003

click here

click here

What has happened since i do not know.

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