Windows 98 SE bugs!

Posted on 2000-02-14
Last Modified: 2013-12-28
Are there any major (or minor) problems with Windows 98 Second edition?, and can I load it without formatting my hard drive?
I currently have Windows 98 4.10.1998.
Question by:pelco
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Expert Comment

ID: 2518332
Yep, you can load it right over the top of win98 (first version).  With the inclusion of Internat Explorer 5.0, I've had problems  where having 2 or 3 copies of the browser open causes IE5 to crash pretty bad

Expert Comment

ID: 2519914
Hi Pelco.

I had problems installing W98 SE on system with Pentium 200 MMX and mainboard with intel TX chipset. I don't know why, but it wasn't possible to install W98 SE on such PC. I tried installing it over first version and also full install, but I had to use W98 first edition.


Author Comment

ID: 2521777
Thanks thekruk for your answer.I am using netscape as my browser but would like too know
if there are any (bugs!!) in Windows98 SE. Do you Know of any?
Also thanks to Mirec for your comment, but I am using a Celeron 400 With BX chipset motherboard.
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Author Comment

ID: 2521779
Thanks thekruk for your answer.I am using netscape as my browser but would like too know
if there are any (bugs!!) in Windows98 SE. Do you Know of any?
Also thanks to Mirec for your comment, but I am using a Celeron 400 With BX chipset motherboard.

Accepted Solution

TheGMan143 earned 50 total points
ID: 2530070
Are there 'bugs' in 98SE...of course.  One of the major ones is the 98 shutdown problem.  Your system will not shut stalls at the 'Windows is shutting down...' screen (if you have an ATX system, the system also doesn't power-off).  This is a known error, and can be fixed by downloading Microsoft's 98 shutdown patch, which is readily available and free from Microsoft, and several software sites.  There are some known, and probably yet-to-be discovered issues with the networking system in win98, but most of these are isolated problems, and really shouldn't concern the home or small-business user.  98 Rev1 has some minor plug-n-pray problems, which I believe were repaired or patched in SE.  I also heard there was some kind of problem with the Rev1 FAT32 conversion on larger <10GB drives, but I have never encountered it.  As with any software package, there are probably issues that no one has encountered yet, and may never encounter, and there will always be the oddball case that produces a problem that 99.9% of users have not, and will not encounter.  It seems that most of the really blatant goofs were taken care of before the release.  As for related support software and programs...there were some small problems with IExplore5 and Outlook, but nothing to worry about.  We have also noted program conflicts with 98 and certain releases of AOLv4 and v5(and v5 is fruity even without win98), that are taken care of easily.  If you use AOL, when you load Win98, use the installation for the included version of AOL4, instead of one of those disks they send out.  USB support was a small issue too, but more, I think, from other companies more than Microsoft...a lot of USB devices like scanners and digcams REQUIRE win98, and some don't work correctly with the Rev1 version, but are OK with the SE version.

As for loading SE over Rev1, I wouldn't recommend it.  There is a Second Edition upgrade service pack available that converts Rev1 to SE that works rather nicely.

Hope this helps you out.  If you want more info, Microsoft has a FAQ section, and a newsgroup you can subscribe to...check out thier site for details.

Author Comment

ID: 2533007
Thanks TheGMan143 for your very informative comment.It was just what I was looking for.Thanks again.

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