Installing Windows® 98

Suggestions for installing Windows® 98.

The first step before installing Windows® 98 on your computer is to find out the compatibility of the hardware you have and the minimum hardware requirements for installing the program. If your computer is an older version then you may require an updated BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) or device driver. Compatibility of any specific hardware can be sourced through the manufacturer. The hardware compatibility list allows you to find out which peripherals and computer systems have been tested for running Windows® applications. Installing Windows® 98 can be done in two ways. One is to upgrade from another version already running in your computer and the other is to install the non-upgrade version from the start –up disk included with the software. The minimum hardware requirements for installing the program include 486DX 66 MHz, 16 megabytes of memory, 120 MB of free space on the hard disk, a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, a floppy disk drive and a Microsoft® mouse or compatible pointing device. A video adapter and monitor that support high resolution video graphics are also required. There may be issues that crop up at installation. An existing operating system on your computer will have to be uninstalled before trying to install Windows® 98 unless upgrading is an option. Other error messages that can crop up during installation are ‘Invalid System Disk’ and the OEM Product ID not being recognized. A few pointers to keep in mind when installing Windows® 98 are as follows:

  • Read the 'Setup.txt' file

  • Ensure that the computer is virus free

  • Disable automatic programs

  • Uninstall utilities or tools

  • Back up all data on your hard disk

Read the 'Setup.txt' file

It is important to read the Setup.txt file carefully as it will guide you through the pre-installation steps required. It can be accessed on the Microsoft® website.

Ensure that the computer is virus free

Your computer should be certified as virus free before you can install Windows® 98. An antivirus program will help you to do this by running the latest virus signatures and removing any viruses that are found.

Disable automatic programs

If your computer has any programs that run automatically such as screen savers, antivirus programs and system utilities they have to be disabled. They can be easily restored after the setup is finished.

Uninstall utilities or tools

You have to uninstall any tools or utilities that encrypt the Master Boot Record or the partition table. These have to be checked out with the software manufacturers if you want them reinstalled as there may be compatibility issues with Windows® 98.

Back up all data on your hard disk

However unlikely it is that you will encounter problems as you install the new software it is best to back up all data on the hard disk. Even when you are upgrading from another version an error can easily prevent you from accessing the data on the hard disk. This is sometimes temporary and at others permanent.

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