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      19.05.2009 17:54
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      Great operating system and runs most of my programs which don't run on Vista!

      For me this one of the most reliable and stable versions of Microsoft Windows. It was released in June 98 and the operating system before this was Windows 95. The operating which came after Windows 98 was Windows Me which had quite a few bugs when it was first released.

      Windows 98 came with useful tools which I know I used many times to get me out of trouble e.g. Disk Defragmenter and Msconfig which I used to speed up my system up and disable programs and services in Windows 98.

      The owner of Microsoft is Bill Gates and has made billions from these operating systems. Windows 98 allowed users to install and run many different types of software, games and many other things.

      Only 16 megabytes of RAM (Random Access Memory) was required to run this beautiful piece of software and only 210 megabytes of hard disk space for an upgrade from Windows 95.

      The Windows operating system comes which security features allowing users to log in using usernames and password and each individual account will allow individual settings e.g. your own wallpapers for your desktop and various displays and layouts of certain folders.

      Users also have a control panel which allows users to configure their PC settings, display, printer, programs and many more. this is a useful tool especially for sorting out driver issues and unistalling uneccessary programs.

      Overall I rate this as one of the best O/S out there.

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        15.03.2009 22:45
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        MS-DOS based operating system which died in the year 2006

        The first OS I get aquainted with is windows 98 SE.Like its predecessor windows 95 it is also a MS-DOS based operating system.But windows 98 is the first operating system to use the windows Driver model.98 Se is the updated version of windows 98 which came with some bug fixes and more reliable networking features.
        As I am supposed to write my experiences with this operating system as a beginner then I wasn't quite good in determining the speed graphics, reliability and also the causes of crashes in the machines.So at that time it was preety good to me.As about its other important features which were really good in running the system bug and error free were Scan Disk,Disk Defragmentor and MS configuration.The main function of this Scan Disk system utility is to maintain the file system.It had that DOS and GUI version.Now the Disk Defragmentor had the same function that it has in Xp to rearrange the files and allowing the system for fatser Booting time.MS confi was used to move out all those programs that were not required to run on the computer.while it has the networking speed upto holding the 256kbps maximum as i knew then the internet speed were not that fast as they are now.Like the XP it had another same feature called Regedit to edit the registry entries to the system.out of the 2 versions that i had used then windows 98 ME &SE for me its always been the SE holded the keys to speed processing and faster browsing.

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          03.08.2006 08:31
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          now out dated, but many people still use it

          Windows 98 is probably one of microsoft’s best operating systems, better in way than windows xp. The only problem now is the fact Microsoft no longer offers support and no updates. I personally would say not to bother buying this package as not a lot of software is compatible any more. If you have a fairly new computer, you will find that some of your hardware is not automatically detected and you will have to manual install if the drivers are available. It is true there are less security problems than windows xp.

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            09.04.2006 09:11
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            Personal Computers and the world and software world

            MICROSOFT = WINDOWS (WIN98)

            It all started with Win95, as soon a operating system maker ventured into the field of networks and internet, people started shouting wolf, wolf, the story needs approach, there are 2 sides in a conflict, my side and the wrong side (hehe) No lets make it simple.

            Microsoft Makes Operating System and did some very innovative deals with Computer Manufacturers (Apple)pre install every Computer leaving assembly line with a Operating System at the cost of (US 1 Cent) (MS Dos days) Before this event Computers were there but only for learned Engineers and (PHD) Doctors. We used to purchase a computer, hire a technician to ready the hard disk for read write operations and install (Operating System) Charges of Technician, Operating System Cost and others costs used to make computers out of reach of Home users (PC).

            Without catalyst things would not have changed, the catalyst was Microsoft and impetus to change was Windows, computers became ready, unpack, plug, and follow the screen prompts and work. This ease of use literally transformed each one of us into COMPUTER ADDICT.

            We are practicing amateur journalism on this beautiful site because of this unspoken and untalked revolution. Every hardware make, every gadget make everyone followed Windows and its trends, Windows due pre installation had the reach and most easy to use. This is my most concise dedication to the most popular operating system in this solar system. (Aliens prefer it to their own systems).

            Windows 98 is an operating system; I pay for just operating system and enjoy a browser, A Disk maintenance system, Movies, Audio Players, Chat Clients, and Games around 80 to 90 Windows useful applications are packed with it. All these are in the ease of use mode. Let’s look at the system itself from programmers point of view.

            I am no expert in programming but those who know (C Language) or (Visual C++) they know everything is a windows object on my desktop, the start menu, the tools, the tool bars, the modal dialog box, the frames, the parent application containers, the child document containers are defined by parameters, behavior defined, procedures defined, in class files and code files, they all do not become ready to use without extensive debugging and extensive bullet proofing the software, the beta versions are given to thousands of Software Analysts, they misuse it, abort it, do all their tricks with a record of every key pressed back to the manufacturers with their reports. I mean what we are using is a hard work, sweat and exhaustive knowledge application and use to complete a successful software like Disk Operating System Windows 98.

            The system files, the library files (DLL) are managing memories, screen areas, hardware devices everything connected to your computer, even cables need codes for messages to travel thru it. There are millions of messages traveling to and fro between window objects and operating systems, if you don’t believe me, then install (Spy++) and just watch all the activity visually your computer operating system is busier than the busiest crossroads. All this I am giving in plain speak to give each of us a general idea that basic bits of : 01,01,01,01 the real switches interpreted by mechanical device like HARD DISK is combining to make the fantastic screens of Windows 98 on our computers.

            I cannot speak about windows without a eye on the big picture, what windows has done to our computers, we don’t even have patience to realize it, this system has single handedly made chip makers smart, hardware devices smart, encryptions smart, downloads smart, ftp's smart, servers smart, browsers smart, videos smart, audio smart, cards smart and with this all made the world all over smart, specially everyone below the age of 19 years. We each of us owe our smartness to windows operating systems in a way.

            No computer manufacturer ever bothered to look at or think about home user (PC) market, they were busy making super computers and high cost computers, acquiring governments as clients and corporate houses as clients was a race among computer manufacturers, we knew about computers only thru newspaper reports, we never had the privilege to lay eyes on a real live computer except the exclusive learned club.

            The Windows operating system brought home the computers (PC) if it did not do then it is the prime mover of this whole computer industry. Nobody can deny this, its very evident, back to programming structure of window objects, lets say code writers often times, simply refer in their code for active window in focus as (ME) the programmer do not even know who are the 3rd.party software manufacturers, he only knows his own code and how to make it work seamlessly and properly without bugs, he makes procedures and commands in anticipation of his users and their use needs this is the perspective his code is written.

            If the 3rd.(Third) party software has their (ME) code or some such thing and the Windows Operating System do not respond properly to it, then is he guilty of monopolizing his software? That is really absurd and narrow, you cannot quote all these code statements in lawyerly terms or business law regulations, and it is simply welding frog’s leg to a chicken. This is not done in real practical terms. What is the fault of MICROSOFT if the codes are what they are? They followed all the standard coding practices prescribed by the world body of programmers. How can they monopolize their code if they are not aware of the code of other software manufacturers, there is only guilt of interpretation here. The real guilt is of intent.

            Now Lawyers, Judges, Journalists, Competitors want to break MICROSOFT into small parts the maker of windows 98, they are the father of (PC) This intended break up will result in suffering by the Personal Computer users (PC USERS) We will have to buy each bit of windows applications separately and very costly, as overheads will bloat its rates. Be sure about this prediction.

            MICROSOFT deserve a better deal, this company bought to China, India, Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh, Philippines, Srilanka, Tibet, Bhutan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia etc., the power to go to CYBERCAFE and use computers under WINDOWS 98. We could never have achieved that, my kid in India is in 6 classes, he has computer lessons every week. He is learning to use Windows 98, these lessons will become costly in future, and I will have to go without it. Who can afford costly software in this world anyway? The prime mover of this industry MICROSOFT and Mr. Bill Gates has made it possible for me to teach my kid computers.

            Please break down TAJ MAHAL into small bits and pieces, this building has monopolized beauty of architecture all for itself, the other engineers are angry because nobody is praising their hard work because of TAJ MAHAL, this is false logic and leads to self destruct.

            A miscarried verdict can be corrected, please do not deprive us all of OFFICE 2006 and future of Windows XP and after. Make some laws to protect the majority consumers not the minority wealthy few. What about the handwork of MICROSOFT programmers, if this company is broken into bits and pieces, who will inherit the (CLASS FILES) they are in millions, where will they be used, how can be break into pieces some (CLASS FILES) which were helping, Windows, Office and other multi platforms, what will become of those files. If this company is curtailed in their operations what will happen to those files.

            I am sure we computer users will pay a big price if MICROSOFT is broken. Soon software will cost twice the price of a COMPUTER. If MICROSOFT just threaten to supply all those (CLASS FILES) free for download over the internet, like Mr. Tim Berners Lee (Internet Inventor) it will disturb the whole software industry for 100 years to come, all the kings men will not be able to put Humpty Dumpy together again.

            Yo world building is difficult destroying is very easy!!!!!

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              02.04.2006 10:53
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              Every one should try Windows 98

              I used all versions of windows starting from Windows 3.1 then Windows 95, Windows 97, Windows 98AE, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows XP all versions till now.

              I found that Windows is the best of all the above operating systems, Windows XP is also working very good but some old programs will not install on windows XP, but in Windows 98 most programs work perfect, In Windows XP many things are complicated but in Windows 98 every is simple and easy to use, i am using Windows 98 and XP together because some of my programs not work in windows xp and some my fax modem and sound card drivers not available for Windows XP but work perfect in Windows 98

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                I think that everyone at one time or another has heard of windows 98, either thinking it to be some sort of double glazing company or a very stable and yet unreliable operating system from Microsoft. Yet this one proves to one of the most basic operating systems made by Microsoft, and one of the best in many ways. Even in places like schools, that still use Windows 98, even though the computers are supporting windows xp, windows 98 is all they run, and the very few computers that run windows xp are avoided. For constant us of a computer windows 98 is for you. Some people say that their software is not working because they have used it too much, but that?s not true, computers only do what you tell them to do, so the things that you put on a pc will only do the things they are meant to do. People Use computers all the time, it?s the knowledgeable people whose computers are less likely to crash since they know how to use it properly and know what to do when confronted with an error. The amount of times that I have had to reinstall and format my windows 98 partition is countless, well who doesn?t format their computer constantly, apart from me? But the thing is, with windows 98, the operating system acts as an operating system, not some operating system filled to the brink (cough, cough, windows xp) with useless software that can be installed when you NEED it, not when you don?t. Windows 98 runs on the dos kernel, so you have that little disadvantage and advantage when it comes to dos based games, programs and other things. But, because windows 98 is not built on the NT engine, you still have some little things that Microsoft had never ironed out, like windows xp for example, full of bugs it is. Windows 98 can be brought, on more modern media, such as the cd or can be brought on the floppy disk, I know its amazing, who would really sit there and slot all the disks in, on by one. It is still priced at around £49.99, in som
                e online shops. When I first received my cd, this is years back but I can remember perfectly from installing the damn thing constantly! Well, anyway, I inserted the cd into the drive, lalala, working fine as usual, scandisk, and registry check and so on and so forth. The main setup process, considering how big the operating system actually is, (around 300-600mb for a normal installation, depending on the options that you choose), the install process takes around 45-55 minutes on most normal computers. The quickest that I managed to install windows 98 was only twenty minutes. First it asks for some info, such as install location, whether you want to create a backup of you current files and settings, incase you want to uninstall windows 98. You then go on to the installation of all the files and where the files will go. This is the bit that takes the longest, and usually the other parts take but five mins max each. When you have installed all of the files, you are already halfway through the setup process. When it successfully restarts into the main windows operating system, you configure all the hardware on your system, control panel settings, time and the rest. You then have the not so annoying older version of the product key entry form, this one, luckily, does not need online activation, so I could reinstall 98 as many times as I wanted. When you restart next, windows actually loads into its main GUI State, and you have the choice of making users and just having one local user. When you successfully logon to windows, you are presented with the desktop, very plain, but encouraging you clearly to use the internet by having links to just about every out of date ISP In the country that is not yours. The new Welcome box comes up on the start-up, the one that says welcome to windows 98 and plays the funny music, the chimes and stuff. You have to stop is from coming at start-up else you end up getting ver
                y annoyed. You can get straight on with internet connection or set up your hardware so that you can setup you connection. Windows 98 is very good for networking, and has very good support for later operating systems, and older also. There are a limited amount of tools and programs already installed in windows 98; they are good for a starting point so that you can get on with installing all the software that you need. Windows 98 comes with internet explorer 5.5, so it is very good to begin with for using the internet straight away. Windows update comes with windows 98, so you need to update as soon as possible. Windows 98 supports just about any program that you can think of, apart from newer software, such as office 2003, which only works with windows XP and 2K. Software runs fine in windows 98, with crashes occurring not frequently, but I do get annoyed, and I?m sure others do, with that annoying little illegal operation box that shows up ever five milliseconds. I would only use Windows 98SE if I had to use it at all, since, this comes with massive updates and the service pack and is compatible with more software that original windows 98. Windows 98 will run on a computer with the requirements of about a Pentium one and maybe less, I?m not really sure what the requirements are since I haven?t checked the computer specs I just install it and it works fine. Windows 98 has a few large bugs including one to do with RAM on the system; it will stop counting the RAM at 512, and still thinks it?s using 512 even though sometimes more is installed. You can buy windows 98 new and second-hand, on cd or floppy (cd more commonly), from nay good hardware/software shops near you or on the internet. Windows 98 is good if you desperately need good operating systems that is table and fast and has good support for just about every program that there is. I would recommend anyone to buy this operating system, al
                though I would also recommend windows XP just as equally as they are about the same on all different levels, so they cancel each other out.

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                  27.11.2003 18:50
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                  WINDOWS 98 The reason that I am writing this opinion is because there is a lot of controversy at the moment about whether to stay with Windows 98 or whether to move on, take in progress, and use Windows XP. Like many other users of computers, I am inexperienced with technology, and although I realise that Microsoft are unpopular, I also realise that unpopularity happens when one particular firm seem to dominate the market. But why do they dominate the market ? Because they know what the average person needs in the way of a computer system, and have catered for people who, like me, know very little about technology. WINDOWS 98 overview Windows 98 is user friendly. Everything that a person could want to find on their computer is easily accessible. You have an opening screen with Icons (or shortcuts to programs), and many people that use this system will be happy with their computer experience because Microsoft have thought out all the pitfalls that happen when a person is new to computing. I started my computer experience with Windows 98, and I find that most programs function correctly with this system. From the start menu button at the bottom of the screen, you can go into many areas of the computer with ease and confidence that you are doing the right thing. There is a RUN Button which takes you into anything that you want to run from a CD Rom including music CDs and program CDs, although this run button does more than this. From here, you can access your Register and change things that you do not like, although this is more for the experienced user, and there are simpler ways for the less experienced user. Next you have a HELP section which I have used time and time again, because I want to learn. This button has been invaluable, and helps me find my way around the computer. It is like a manual of how Windows 98 works. You can browse through all the subjects and find answers. For me, this is simple.
                  The SETTINGS button takes you into the control panel which is really easy to use, as all parts of your computer are listed in the control panel and you can access each one of them and look at the settings and see if you are happy with them. Also there is an ADD/REMOVE programs icon, and from here all additions and deletions can be made, and you can be confident that they have been properly removed. Next there is a DOCUMENT button. This one is where all your own files are kept, and has been split into different sections, like My Music, My Photos, etc. You can add other folders, and rename folders, and move files from folder to folder by dragging them, and this feature is so easy, so that all your documents can be kept in order. I like this. I am an untidy person, although the dragging facility allows me to be tidy with minimal effort. The next button that you find is FAVOURITES. This lists all the sites on the Internet that you have chosen and put into your Favourite list, making them easily accessible from the opening screen. I like this and use it a lot. After this comes PROGRAMS, and this is where Windows 98 takes you into all your programs and into all the accessories to help you to keep your computer in trim. What I like about this is that you can access by pressing ACCESSORIES, then SYSTEM TOOLS, all the tools that you need to keep your computer clean, i.e. Disc Cleanup, Disk Defrag (which puts files back where they should be), maintenance wizard and system information. The ease of use is what I like, and the simplicity of performing tasks that I would otherwise struggle with. By going into System Information, you can change the amount of programs that start when you fire up your computer, simply by pressing tools and then unticking boxes of the programs that automatically start and slow up the computer. It is not always necessary to have all these programs running, and simple actions like this can speed up your computer.
                  There are accessories that I do not use, although being a curious creature I have at one time been in to each of them to see what they are and how they function. All are simply explained, although some do not apply to me, like address book, word pad, etc. , which have all been superceded at some time by my own programs, such as Word and Outlook Express. Going back to the main Start button, when you press this, you also have a section that is called WINDOWS UPDATE. Technology is evolving at an alarming rate and of course Microsoft have to update programs with the evolution of technology. Updating is simply a matter of pressing a button, and Microsoft give you a choice of files, some essential, some not so essential, but they leave you with the choice of which files you download. I am comfortable with WINDOWS 98 and I am not comfortable with WINDOWS XP, and at the end of the day, people can chose a system that they are comfortable with, and for me WINDOWS 98 is it. No-one can assume that we are all technical wizards, and Windows 98 is easier to use than XP. I have used both systems, and I do not like the layout of XP, which seems to assume that you have experience on a computer, whereas 98 does not. SUMMING UP Too many people give too much advice on new technology without backing their advice up. Yes, you should have this system, or you should try this system. Many come to mind, although no-one can convince me to go forward at this time because WINDOWS 98 does all the things that I want it to. I use the computer a lot. I depend upon it for my work, and for my play, and I swear by the system I have come to know and love. People are quick to blame WINDOWS 98 for technical problems, although I am aware that most of my technical problems are not caused by Windows, but caused by my lack of experience, and silly mistakes that I make like deleting things in an incorrect manner, and using too many programs at one time.
                  I am a multi tasker. I admit it, although WINDOWS 98 never lets me down, and is a solid base for me. The only disadvantage with WINDOWS 98 is that they do not have a program for turning back in time, thus undoing errors that you make. XP do, although on the basis of just this one program, I would not change, because I have covered this in another way and have a program that allows me to go back in time to before an error occurred. If you have WINDOWS 98 and you are trying to decide whether to upgrade, ask yourself whether WINDOWS 98 does everything that you need it to do. I am sure that the answer will be a resounding YES. I love it. Thankyou for reading. RACHEL

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                    15.05.2002 18:48
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                    I suspect I'll be on the recieving end of a few flames from anti-Micro$ofties for writing this. But in all honesty, my opinion is that Win98 is still the best option for the vast majority of home users. That judgement isn't baseless. I spend a large amount of time at both home and university using Windows' main competitor, Linux. Yet, despite all the trumpeting about this supposedly superior operating system (OS), I always find myself coming back to Windows. Why is this? Basically, at the end of the day, computing is more about applications than the underlying system. Does it really matter what system you're using - be it a Mac, a Windows PC or a BeOS PC - if you can type your report and print it out? If you want to play a game, do you go for the system that supports 99% of the market, or the one with the 1% share? It seems a pretty obvious choice. Windows 98's main advantage lies therein: it is really the only option for users who want to run the most popular software. I don't like Microsoft's domination of the market any more than all the Linux devotees, but it doesn't bother me enough to stop me using Word and moving over to StarOffice on Linux. A lot of computer-people have an inflated sense of self-importance in the industry, when to be honest, with so many new users, the computing market is ignorant to the underlying technology. All that matters now is being able to run the major apps. Windows 98 is a lot like a comfy old jumper - you can wrap yourself up in it every time you use it, and it feels familiar and secure. You know where everything is, what everything does, and it hides the techy stuff from you. 90% of Windows users aren't interested in cluster sizes or partitioning -they just want to type and play, as I've mentioned earlier. Windows makes tasks like these so easy, there really is no sensible reason to switch to any other OS. Looking specifically at W
                    indows 98, it can be compared quite closely to it's predecessor, Windows 95. The basic look and feel is almost identical, with a few minor tweaks and enhancements here and there to justify the £70 price tag. New users would struggle to tell the difference between the two, at least on a superficial level, although once you begin to delve a little deeper, the changes are more apparent. Driver support is much improved upon Win95, a very handy addition for those using post-95 technology e.g. TV cards, newer models of scanners, and so on. The inbuilt Windows Driver Database contains the drivers for many of the most popular peripherals, often making installation of new hardware a simple task even for the novice user. Tweaks to the user interface are numerous. Items in the Start Menu now have their own context menu, activated by right-clicks, and can be dragged around the menu or desktop with ease. Also, the Windows NT file explorer is included, which is a much better option than the rather simplistic My Computer route. Support comes included for modem sharing, useful addition for those on small home networks wishing to share an internet connection. Network support in general has also been boosted. There are, of course, downfalls to Windows. The well-ducumented instability problems are notorious and always a problem, although in my experience I only encounter them while using unstable technology such as my TV card (which causes many problems with DirectDraw and memory access, which unfortunately are two of Windows' weaker points). Win98 must never be considered stable, because the potential is always there for a poorly-written program to go haywire and bring your entire system down. The FAT32 file system employed by Win98 isn't the best, and can be corrupted all too easily (I have the tales of woe to back this up). Make sure you have a good backup regime in place if you care at all about your data. Unlike it'
                    ;s big brothers, NT and 2000, Windows 98 also shields the user from the real workings of the system, so don't buy it if you're looking for real control over your computer. Is Windows 98 the best option for the home user? With the advent of Windows ME, it's hard to say. Reports suggest that ME is still fairly buggy, even more so than 98. It also includes many features, such as Media Player 7, which if anything are backward steps. If you have the option to choose your OS, I would go for the relative stability of Win98 and wait for Microsoft's next major home operating system release, which will hopefully be the stable system they have been promising for years. You may, however, have no choice if ME is bundled with a new PC system. Overall, the best consumer OS currently on the market, despite it's stability problems. Treat it like a naughty child, and you should be OK.

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                      01.02.2002 18:31
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                      Most people know Windows is an Operating System or OS, but not everyone releases why operating systems are so important what they do, and what alternatives there are to using Windows and Microsoft. An OS manages and schedules the resources of the computer, providing services to the application programs, without an operating system every application would have to have code to allow it to read in characters from a keyboard, access files from disks etc. This would make every application program bigger in terms of memory and slow the computer considerably; also every application would need to know immediately how the hardware on your computer works and to change applications you would have to reboot the whole system. To me this demonstrates how important an operating system is. The usual computer firms provide the most common Operating Systems; Microsoft  DOS, Windows 3.x, MS Windows 95, 98, NT, ME, 2000, Windows CE UNIX  BSD, Solaris, Linux, AIX IBM  OS/2 Warp Apple  MacOS The OS provides services for the user like executing program files, storing, retrieving and manipulating files, providing security and maintaining integrity of data, allowing the user to communicate with other users and share data on a multi-user system, allowing the user to view system status of resources, access I/O (input, output) services e.g. printer spooling and providing the illusion that the user has direct access to the hardware. The OS has many different uses and is, in my opinion, the most important pieces of software on a computer. Therefore it is good make a conscious choice of which system to choose rather than just sticking with Windows because that is what happened to be on the computer when you bought it. The first computer ever owned by my family was bought when I was 11 years old, it had Windows 3.11 on it and it was the first compu
                      ter I has ever really seen or played with. To me Windows was just there I didn’t know what it did or why it was there, I didn’t even know there were alternatives to having Windows. I quickly became very familiar with Windows 3.11; I learnt where everything was. Windows 3.11 was designed so that everything was visible at once in like blocks as a back drop, minimised items fell to the bottom of the grid, and when the computer was closed down it exited back to DOS, so when I first saw Windows 95 everything was different, you had to go through menus and lists to find programs you were looking for, I liked Windows 3.11 and it seemed to be the best OS in the world to me, the truth is that I was familiar with it, everyone prefers what they are familiar with. It’s like the saying “It’s only easy if you know how”. I managed to avoid Windows 95 completely but then I bought a computer with Windows 98 on it and realised what a massive improvement it was on the old system. I am a great fan of Windows 98, and this is not just because this is what I am familiar with. Loads of little spotty teenage boys will tell you that if you know anything about computers UNIX systems like Linux are a lot better, but I disagree. For the usual running of a computer Windows is perfectly OK, unless you really do want to be messing around things that will change the way your computer works forever. If you do feel the need to cock up your computer in this way, Windows is capable of it, you just have to look for ways to do it…this is a lot safer to me, because there is less chance of you messing things up by accident. Windows does everything you would want it to; it never claimed to be an advanced system for advanced users, it is mainly for the everyday type of person, people who use computers for word processing, DTP, databases and spread sheets rather than programmers. Windows is a simply OS to run the system rather than change to much an
                      d doesn’t allow the user as much control of their computer, as Linux does, in lots of cases this is good because it stops people making changes they didn’t really mean to make, but stops advanced uses having the freedom they would like. Windows uses the start button control menus of applications, programs and files that are on the machine, occasionally it becomes difficult to find programs if there are hundreds stored on a single matching but everything is logically categorised for example to find a game like minesweeper you would have to go through a few menus Start Programs Accessories  Games  Minesweeper As long as you know what it is you are looking for it is easy enough to find! It is also possible to move things around so that commonly used programs be on the first page of the menu, or simply on the desktop so it can be opened without even using the start button at all. There are alternative ways to find programs, folders and files too, the simplest if the menus fail is to use the Find option, this is found on the first menu after the start button is pressed. You type the name of the thing you are looking for and hit return it will match all the different matches of the name typed. Windows works as a GUI, a graphical user interface, it is designed for inexperienced users, but is not unbearable for advanced users either. As well as allowing simple things to be changed like backgrounds, screen savers and colour schemes, most commands used in Linux also carry across to DOS, which can be accessed from Windows. The WIMP, windows, icons, mouse and pointers make the whole system easy to use, icons give an idea of what type of program or file things are, most things are explained if the mouse is held over them. When a window is minimised it is still visible along the tool bar (the strip at the bottom with little icons on it and can be maximised with a single click. Hotke
                      ys and short cuts are also useful for example holding the alt and indent key simultaneously will swap the front window with the other. Several programs, files etc can be left open at once and all can be retrieved from the toolbar at any time. Instead of using this toolbar and windows system Linux uses virtual desk tops, meaning that you can have different things open in different desktops and they are not visible in any of the other unless made sticky…this is a really nice feature but makes it a lot more easy to lose things around your computer!!! 98 is no longer the latest version of Windows, 2000 and ME are also around although in computing circles I have heard that ME is not an improvement at all, many say it crashes frequently and is especially not good if put onto a network. Basically I am saying Windows runs all the unseen tasks as well as any other OS, but in my opinion is the best for inexperienced users or those who have no need to mess around with the insides of their computers or change their software for specialised tasks. The sort of people who favour Linux will no doubt take no notice of what I have said, and that is fine they can go off and down load Linux or UNIX or whatever and they will be happy with it, my point is that if you need help deciding on an OS then you probably don’t know much about the insides of computers and therefore Windows would be the safest bet. Other than Linux I would not recommend other OSs for none-expert users because when at work or swapping to a different computer, even if just in a library or at a friends house, you will no doubt come up against Windows somewhere. It is the most widely used OS in the world and so would have the most advantages in learning how to use it. Also with Windows being Microsoft with will interact with other MS packages and will make file interchange easier and learning to use all MS products will become similar as they all have similar icons, a
                      nd shortcut keys making it easier to find your way around other programs and packages. See teenage girls can be computer geeks too…go on criticise tell me I am all wrong and Bill Gates should be shot, you’re only saying that because it is fashionable to say it. Bill Gates to me is a hero, an icon and someone to idolise! I like Microsoft as a whole but not for everything either. You’re only jealous because he is disgustingly rich and you aren’t!!

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                        04.01.2002 01:50
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                        I was using my friends computer which had Windows 95 which made me realise just how good and fast Windows 98 is in comparison with Windows 95. I definitely think that Microsoft are the bench mark in computer software. Windows 98 is evident of that. You can get Windows 98 for £75 or if you buy a new computer you can have it already installed. The good thing is that if you have a new printer, mouse etc. Instead of having to use extra discs to install them you can simple ‘Add’ new software. Generally with Windows 98 there is much more colour and animations like Desktop themes and you are given much more control the ‘Settings’ include everything you would want. You get all the accessories that came with Windows 95 like Notepad, calculator, the four basic games that were on Win95 they are on here. The Media player is better than it was on Win95 and allows you to play MP3 files. Windows 98 is faster but maybe that’s because my Win95 was on a 32mb ram which is much slower. There’s also the System Monitor whereby you can link to other computers and get the same info on that computer. I have tried this but since my second computer is slower then I did find it slow. With features like Disc clean up not available on Win95 I do think windows 98 is much better. Also I do find it useful if the computer crashes scan disk automatically finctions to fix the problem. It is easy to install if you want to install it on your computer that hasn’t got Windows 98. I have had very little problem with Windows 98 and any problems are easily fixed. I did find Windows 95 did crash much more and would be constantly going through Scan disk. Windows 98 has retained the good features of Windows 95 and has improved the package. It looks different and better and works faster. So if you haven't got Windows 98 then do so because the difference is a lot in terms of
                        speed and quality of features.

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                          26.10.2001 07:29
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                          Ok now you all know that windows 98 is the best OS that they could ever build but why didn't windows make a 3rd edition before going to 2000? Or why didn't he make a windows 99? The world may never know but for what I've known is that microsoft has erased the MS DOS usage after windows 98 and that's a bad thing for modifying, programming and playing games on ms dos. MS DOS is the key OS of windows and it is no longer available. That was what kept windows stable too. I think that microsoft needs to make a 3rd edition for the windows 98 fans out there! For my opinion I think that they should really reconsider on moving on and forgetting about windows 98 cause from what I see. Windows 95 and 98 were brothers and sisters and now they don't even belong into the MS industry and what I don't know about is why did bill ever removed the ms dos command into the computer and why is it more difficult to customize windows? The reason is mono pole. Hey we paid for it. Why can't we modify it at our advantages huh? Who's with me and think that Microsoft should make a 3rd edition of windows 98? Funk Man

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                            This program has performed an illegal operation in sector FF0F9283192:023859572717182 as part of WHY-THE-CRAP.DLL. Please throw this out of the Windows. Seen that enough? I'm sure I have!! I have got to the point with all the various versions of Windows where they have become unusable for most tasks. I can't even get to the stage of loading up a word processor and typing something simple and printing it without a problem, crash, illegal operation, big blue screen, or miscellaneous mistake. It may just be me, but I don't want to be a computer engineer just to load up a word processor and typing something out. That's why me and hundreds of other people are jumping over to 'alternative' OS'es like the Mac OS, Mac OS X and the rather technical -but still an improvement over Windows- Linux and BSD based 'Unix-a-like' systems. And however complicated they are, they have to be an improvement on DLL's, VXD's, and other errors. To give you an example on how annoying Windows is, I'm going to give you an example... My mother (bless her!) recentely bought a system to link her sewing machine up to her PC and transfer new stitch designs between the two. Unfortunately due to the connection it used (a 'COM' port whatever one of them is...) we had to buy a PS2 mouse and install it. That was £3 (at trade price from work... heh heh!). The trouble started here. We thought, plug it in, shove the software on, and it should all work. I thought that? And it related to a Wintel box? Why did I do that? I later spent 4, yes FOUR hours installing, plugging in, reinstalling, checking the plug, reinstalling, fiddling about with drivers and bits and bobs. And this was a mouse?! Eventually, we had to take it to the PC repair shop and basically it cost us £50 to have a new PCI card installed and fiddled about with so that it all worked. And we had to buy a new mouse. And another £20 consult
                            ation charge. So all in all... £70 to install a mouse! Now, Apple mice may be expensive at £39 each, but you just plug them in and turn them on. Also at the local educational hell-hole (sorry, sixth form school) where I am studying, I am doing a course in ICT. Now, whenever I have a class, there is always, I repeat, always a problem. Some of the workstations don't boot up, or printers don't print, or mice have had their balls stolen, damaged, or smashed about with. Or monitors have been disconnected, or the servers lost work. Add to that Windows 98, one of the most aggravating, work-losing, blue-screen-instating, buggy pieces of $H1T, and Word 97 and it's helpful 'features' and you have got a machine spawned from the devil incarnate. It's true. Windows 98 also gives you the great option to have Internet Explorer 'integrated' in to your computer. But, please excuse me. I would rather make an informed choice over what browser I use, and hopefully (with Mac OS X) I'll be using OmniWeb, a freeware browser that fits on a floppy! And Windows ME and XP are shoving in MSN Messanger and all sorts of other stuff to lever M$'s monopoly. And there not getting split up? Please can somebody explain that to me... I also, exclusively, present the current Windows feature list... I hope you like it * Start Menu - aka. Apple Menu * Windows Explorer / My Computer - aka. Finder * Recycle Bin - aka. Trash * Windows 'Find' Command - aka. Sherlock * Windows Media Player - aka. Apple's QuickTime and Apple's iTunes * Internet Explorer - aka. Opera, Netscape Navigator, Mosaic (believe me, Mosaic is an improvement on MSIE5!!) * Outlook Express - aka. Eudora * MSN Messanger - aka. ICQ, AIM, Yahoo messanger * Windows Movie Maker - aka. Adobe Premiere, Apple iMovie. Can you see just a number of 'tributes' to our friends at Apple? The phrase 'imi
                            tation is the sincerest form of flattery' comes to mind. Apple are -SO- flattered I expect. Not to mention Netscape and ICQ!! Save yourself next time. Buy a Mac or Linux machine. You'll notice the difference when you can get a mice that works, or a word processor that doesn't incite swearing, vomiting, self-harm or suicide. Since buying a Macintosh, I haven't had to make daily trips to get bug fixes and patches to stop the daily stream of viruses, bugs, mistakes, screwups and other other 'computer nasties'. Even IE5 works fairly well on the Mac (apart from it's extrenous memory demands!). As the saying goes: "Apple may have made mistakes in the past, but at least they remembered the year 2000." Actually, come to think about it a ZX81 is an improvement on Windows 98. Or a 'Pong' machine. Come on dooyoo, it's times like this we need a '0' star option! Just remember, Windows machines are cheaper to buy, but to maintain cost hundreds of thousands more. Windows 3.1 users, think yourself lucky, your not missing a great deal. Join my campaign: Make your next PC a Mac!

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                              29.08.2001 21:57
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                              Micro$oft have been abusing their market position for absolutely ages - even in the days of DOS, they were still using their dirty tactics of releasing information of software that they never actually planned to release, purely to stop people buying rival software. Back in the present day, many still use Windows 98 - oh, the suffering. Use this 'operating' system for any length of time, and you'll see just how disgusting M$' evil plans to get as much money out of you as quickly as possible are... Many claim that it's not the OS itself, it's just the mountainload of rubbish that many users dump on its shoulders. So how, pray tell, have I got illegal operations BEFORE installing anything on it? It also gave me an error message because I tried to delete two items off the desktop at the same time (shock horror). Of course, everyone will put software on it, and it'll fall over stupidly quickly. Games? Forget it: put games on the thing and you'll be getting blue screens, illegal operations and misc. random crashes all over the place. And then of course, when you reboot due to it crashing, you are confronted by a message telling you always to shut down from Start > Shut Down... as if M$ have never realised that their software is buggy rubbish that should never have made it past the beta testing stage - a more apt error message would be 'Due to Win 98 being a badly coded cash in, your computer crashed. To avoid seeing this message again, download and install Linux'. If you stear clear of games then you may as well go for Linux, as you can find good, and often free, alternative programs for practically anything on Windows, or if you must stick to M$, then Windows NT. The only benefit of Windows 98 is that it is highly compatible. Make use of that, and your system will become nigh-on unusably unstable. Aside from Windows 98's absolutely pathetic 'stability', it's absolutely full to the brim with other b
                              ugs and stupid mistakes. Take the password protection at the front end. Why is there a cancel button that will bypass it? Then there's the help files, which have the minor problem of presuming everything is working fine and it is the user's stupidity that is the problem. 'Make sure it's plugged in', and so on. Not once does help actually help. Then there's the error messages. Did nobody think of having error messages that tell you, and this might seem crazy to M$, WHAT has gone wrong, and even how to solve the problem? Instead, you get general protection faults, ie. general Windows screwups which tell you nothing. When you get an illegal operation, it tells you to contact the program vendour if the problem persists, however, more often than not, it is NOTHING to do with the program, just the stupid OS. Then there's other stupid things such as the drive compressing program, which will give you more hard drive space in exchange for making it unusable for most programs and making your system even more unstable, which will let you compress your floppy disks, claiming to up their capacity to 2.56MB, when this is a total lie. Right now, Windows 98 has decided I have two W: drives. Windows 98's usage of RAM is disgusting - you'll end up needing to reboot every now and again simply because it gets steadily eaten up as you use the OS. Infact, the OS has this strange habit of sucking equally badly on all machines, taking more resources the more you have. I've got a P90 and a PIII 550, and both take about as long to load Windows. My Windows 98 installations on the P90 have been roughly 100MB typically, whereas Windows 98 on this PIII 550 often grow to a Gigabyte. Yes, grow: the OS grows in size, chewing away at your hard drive. The old machine has 24MB EDO RAM, this has 128MB SD RAM, and yet it still crashes as often. Also, Windows will claim your hard drive is full when it isn't. It's claimed to me that I have
                              no space left when I had 700MB+, and wouldn't let me download a 2.88MB file to it. This is all almost certainly because they want you to buy a new machine, because 99% of new machines are sold with a M$ operating system. And they have the nerve to boast that it's more stable than Windows 95. They're right, it is more stable than the early versions, but it's still beta-quality rubbish. Did I mention Internet Explorer? Oh, somehow I forgot. Well, Windows 98 comes illegally installed with it whether you like it or not and no, there's no uninstaller, as it's integrated into the OS. Yes, it's a pretty good browser, but I'd like to have the choice, thank you very much. The final nail in the coffin is the downright hilarious pricing.

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                                15.07.2001 01:44
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                                If you are a user of Windows 98 then a visit to this website should be considered a- must ! Windows 98 Annoyances is the most complete collection of information I have found so-far, which has been compiled by, and dedicated to actual users of Windows 98. I use Win98 and by and large I am very happy with it, but having read through some of the other opinions in this category, have noticed some very mixed reactions to users of this operating system. Some of you appear to be running into the same problems,time after time, and others appear to be encountering some odd and very interesting problems indeed. Well, the answer is to visit this extremely comprehensive site, which is dedicated to troubleshooting Windows 98 problems, and so much more besides. On-site you will find many categories to explore, all neatly laid out and carefully organised. There are Hints and tips on how to Reduce Clutter & Other Annoyances, How to Customise Win 98, and a special section on Performance & Troubleshooting which deals with such items as, Identifying the programs that Windows runs at boot, Dealing with Windows 98's Advanced Power Management, Things that slow down system boot-up, Dealing with Bad Memory (RAM), Restoring Windows 98 After a Crash and How to Speed up the Start Menu. Note - these are just a few of the items dealt with in this section. All up, there are approximately, 50 detailed items in this one section alone. There are also other dedicated categories, including How to’s and tips on Internetworking, Networking Third-Party Annoyances, Frequently Asked Questions, Upgrading to Windows 98, Registry Tips and Dial-Up Networking, all of which go into each and every subject in fine detail and in plain language that even the ‘novice’ can easily understand. Have you ever wished that you and your kids, or partner could both be on-line at the same time readi
                                ng and rating dooyoos ?? - well now you can at fairly low cost and you can find out how in the ( ICS ) Internet Connection Sharing section on site, which gives you detailed, step by step instructions on how to set this up, once you have connected your computers together to form a small home or office network. Also on site you will find links, whereby you can order up the Win98 Annoyances book, a good Glossary of terms for future reference and links to other Windows 98 resources on the web. I recommend that you add this site to your favourites on each of your computers (if you have more than one) because the time you will need it most is about 3 nanoseconds after you peruse ‘the dreaded blue screen of death’, - At that instant in time you will be thinking - what was the name of yon site that auldmac recommended, - as you reach for the bottle of neverending solace :-) http://www.annoyances.org/win98/ auldmac

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                                  10.07.2001 01:25
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                                  Windows Ninety Eight is quite possibly one of the best Windows of all time. It is so very much simpler to use than Windows Ninety Five, Windows Ninty Eight First Edition and Windows Two Thousand, also known as Windows Millenium Edition. It is simpler because it is easier to access all your programs and such, and it is also easier to put on a MS-DOS password. Of course, people would say that Windows Ninety Five, Windows Ninty Eight First Edition, Windows Ninety Eight Second Edition and Windows Two Thousand, also known as Windows Millenium Edition would be getting better in order as they go along because Microsoft just keep implroving it, but I think that Windows Ninety Five, Windows Ninty Eight First Edition, Windows Ninety Eight Second Edition and Windows Two Thousand, also known as Windows Millenium Edition do not get better in order, it is acctually Windows Ninety Eight Second Edition which remains at the top of my list. So, out of the several Windows programs known as Windows Ninety Five, Windows Ninty Eight First Edition, Windows Ninety Eight Second Edition and Windows Two Thousand, also known as Windows Millenium Edition, this one is the one to get.

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