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Advice on how to update/upgrade Win98SE

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TimV

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I'm installing Win98SE on a Pentium I (200MHz, 64MB RAM, 4MB ATI 3D Rage II)

It seems there are many update/upgrade packs available and some of them partly overlap. (Auto-Patcher, wupg98en-AFL, 98SE2ME, U98SESP3, etc)

 

Could anyone here recommend which patches/packs to install and in which order?

 

Some info on my plans/wishes:

- Change SYS files to create dual boot option to pure DOS (for DOS gaming)

- Install some Windows 98 games as well (DirectX needed, probably not 9.0c, but that would be fine)

- Use Windows to download some game patches/system software (simple website browsing+download)

- Use Windows to read USB flash drives (mass storage support would be useful)

- I don't know if I really need KernelEx stuff. However, if it will add support for a browser that will run on this hardware, that would be nice.

 

 




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Your system isn't exactly good for browsing, maybe go with an old Opera, or K-Meleon. No need for KernelEx for those.
There is no need to install any Unofficial Service Packs, if it runs fine. Just install all the drivers and these stuff:
- Win98SE Shutdown Supplement (which is kinda of a must) https://support.micr...en-us/kb/239887
- USB Mass Drivers from here http://www.technical...kb/usbmsd98.php
- DX 8.0 should be fine for most games from 98 era http://www.falconfly.de/directx.htm
- You could also update some system files from WinME, like msimg32.dll, or the defrag/scanfisk stuff. Someone can add some more tips.

The rest of the updates are mostly no-more-important vulnerability patches (who is going to attack 98se computers in today's websites in 2015?)
or hotfixes which are not for every system.
Some of them even are BROKEN (like the SYSDM.CPL update, which removes the CPU info in the Summary tab if you install it)

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I'd install 4.0.950 (95B if HDD size>2 GB) on this. You won't use 98 only apps/games - 3D Rage II is compatible with DirectX 5 only, web browsing is impossible on that and 95 has lower req than 98.


Edited by oscareczek, 02 May 2015 - 12:15 PM.


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Thanks for the suggestions!

That is a very good point, oscareczek. I've checked the games I intend to install and yes, they all should work fine in Win95, and they require DirectX 5 (which matches the video card).

 

I don't intend to do much browsing, but I would like to use an internet connection to download some utilities from websites such as http://www.mdgx.com. I.e. websites designed for old browsers, perhaps not even using CSS, only plain HTML. So I guess even IE5.5 on Win95 would work. :-)

 

What about the USB mass storage support though? I guess I need Win95B osr2.1 or Win95C for any kind of USB support. But then I would need an alternative to MrMateczko's link. - http://www.technical...kb/usbmsd98.php



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Hmm, maybe this: http://toastytech.co...ruzerwin95.html

Ah, and the USB supplement can be installed on the original Win95B as well.


Edited by TimV, 02 May 2015 - 03:32 PM.


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Hmm, maybe this: http://toastytech.co...ruzerwin95.html

Ah, and the USB supplement can be installed on the original Win95B as well.

 

This has been superseded by a more complete package. ;)



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R. Loew also has USB Mass Storage drivers for Win95 (they are free): RLUSB.ZIP
Don't know how they work, but it's good to have more options :)

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I don't intend to do much browsing, but I would like to use an internet connection to download some utilities from websites such as http://www.mdgx.com. I.e. websites designed for old browsers, perhaps not even using CSS, only plain HTML. So I guess even IE5.5 on Win95 would work. :-)

:w00t:

 

http://offbyone.com/offbyone/

 

'nough said ;).

 

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R. Loew also has USB Mass Storage drivers for Win95 (they are free): RLUSB.ZIP
Don't know how they work, but it's good to have more options :)

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R. Loew also has USB Mass Storage drivers for Win95 (they are free): RLUSB.ZIP
Don't know how they work, but it's good to have more options :)

 
And those are already part of the complete XUSBSUPP package I linked to. :P

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Fixed! :)




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