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Install Win98SE over Win 98


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basils57

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Hi I'm trying to install a network adapter on a m/c with 98, but apparently it needs 98SE. I have a Win98SE install CD, so could someone please advise how best to install this over the current OS without having to reload everything?

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The original Windows 98 is version 4.10.1998 while Windows 98SE is 4.10.2222 or 4.10.2222A. The A version indicates some updates made after the original SE was released.

If it does, in fact, start to install a complete updated version of Win98 make sure you select to install to the same directory and choose "Yes" to save existing system files. Before you start, just in case it is a full upgrade, make sure you make an emergency startup disk and shut down all programs you have running including any anti-virus or anti-crash programs. Win 98SE does have improved drivers and provides support that Win 98 doesn't. Good luck.

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Edited by Major Payne, 27 February 2007 - 01:51 PM.

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There is no upgrade route to Win98SE from the original Windows 98. When this was released originally in 1999, Microsoft came in for a lot of flak over this as Win98SE is a lot better than the first Windows 98. Therefore the next upgrade avenue is Windows ME, which has its own set of flaws, but is only slightly better than Win98 First Edition.
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This isn't an upgrade as far as I know. I did the same thing when I wanted better drivers and just installed Win 98SE in same folder. Then I checked Win ver after install and it was correct. Of course, later I did go to Win ME which at the time was an upgrade version and not a full version.

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If it's not an upgrade CD, and despite your misgivings about having to re-install all your applications, I would always recommend a format and "clean" install (after backing up all your own files, of course).

A format and clean install will almost always result in a more stable system compared to installing over an existing version. get's rid of all the junk, orphan files and redundant registry keys you've accumulated, any of which could cause problems later on.

Edited by pip22, 28 February 2007 - 07:37 AM.

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Thanks for the advice folks.
In the end I decided it was safer to save, reformat and re-install.
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There is no upgrade route to Win98SE from the original Windows 98. When this was released originally in 1999, Microsoft came in for a lot of flak over this as Win98SE is a lot better than the first Windows 98. Therefore the next upgrade avenue is Windows ME, which has its own set of flaws, but is only slightly better than Win98 First Edition.



that is not true I have a disk from microsoft for that exact purpose. it upgrades 98 ( and only 98 ) to 98se.
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There is no upgrade route to Win98SE from the original Windows 98. When this was released originally in 1999, Microsoft came in for a lot of flak over this as Win98SE is a lot better than the first Windows 98. Therefore the next upgrade avenue is Windows ME, which has its own set of flaws, but is only slightly better than Win98 First Edition.



that is not true I have a disk from microsoft for that exact purpose. it upgrades 98 ( and only 98 ) to 98se.

Correct. That's what I said in my post. It was only an upgrade in the sense that Win 98SE provided drivers, etc., that Win 98 didn't originally have. Installation right over original Win 98 always went smoothly. Kinda a Win 98 on steroids. Thanks for backup.

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gotcha, misunderstood your meaning I guess.
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