How do I reset my windows 98 to factory settings?

April 14, 2013 at 05:58:57
Specs: Windows 98, 128MB
How do I reset my windows 98 to factory settings?
I don't have the reset floppy and can't download things from internet.
Can I reset it with commands?

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#1
April 14, 2013 at 07:02:02
The only way you might be able to reinstall Win98 would be if you have an OEM system (Dell, HP, Gateway, etc) & its recovery partition is still intact after 15 yrs, in which case, we'd need to know the make/model to explain the recovery procedure. If you have a custom built system, you'd have no choice but to reinstall Windows from the Win98 CD. If you don't have a disc, you can download "Windows 98SE Bootable ISO" from the torrents, then burn it to a CD using ImgBurn.

What is it that you're trying to fix?


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#2
April 14, 2013 at 07:05:19
You can't reset it unless you have a factory recovery CD, or unless there is a recovery partition on the hard drive. For a more complete answer you need to post the make and model.

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#3
April 14, 2013 at 17:01:12
Perhaps you could tell us more about your issue in the hope that we can help you fix it rather than re-installing Windows. Doing the latter loses all updates and I doubt you will find them around anymore.

What exactly happens when you try to download things and is that the only issue?

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#4
May 26, 2013 at 10:38:31
When I go to google or anything else, internet explorer wants to send or don't send information...

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#5
May 26, 2013 at 14:39:33
Go to IE > Tools > Internet Options > Advanced. Not sure if this applies to old IE versions but see if there is a Reset button. If so give it a whirl.

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#6
May 27, 2013 at 21:59:33
It sounds like to me that Internet Explorer is crashing due to some Flash content that it can't process (or?) and is popping up the 'inform Microsoft of your troubles' box where you choose to send or not send in a report to MS about the recent IE crash. They aren't listening anymore, so don't bother sending them anything BTW. The fix is run a different browser, but you still need to be able to process those Java and Flash instructions that are meant for Pentium 4 or later processors or you will still crash. In other words if your machine isn't a Pentium 4 or better, the only thing you can do reliably on the Internet anymore is get your email.

So what is your machine? Maybe you can't even get there from here?

Lee


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#7
May 28, 2013 at 08:28:45
No current browser will run on W98. The most recent one is Opera version 10.10 and you can get it here:
http://www.oldapps.com/opera.php?sy...

Opera is not so widely used as other browsers so that makes it less subject to attack IMO. You have to go back much further to find a Firefox version that runs on W98.

By the way, to the best of my knowledge Avast 4 still runs on W98 so it is worth a check if you want an Anti-virus. I've just put my old W98 away in the loft but only a couple of months ago you could still get database updates (even if you did so manually). You can get it here:
http://www.oldapps.com/avast_antivi...

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#8
May 29, 2013 at 23:25:53
Being a recent victim of the $300 moneypak FBI virus while running XP (sister's) and firefox with outdated Java that 98 can't even install brought it all home to me. You are NOT safe on the internet with 98 no matter what you can do.

To be fair though, a virus like that on 98 would be causing IE to crash as it tried to infect the system and can't find a hole to do that through and never really gets it done due to the crashes. So you ARE safe, you just be crashing all the time and I finally got tired of it. I got a Pent 4 box for $60 at the used computer store and put XP on it and am back on the internet running the latest definitions possible. So is my sister.

But when I want to do some work, I fire up the same old 98 box I always have and go to town, it's so much better than XP as to opening folders and a hundred other little things. I have a home network with my XP and 98 boxes and they read/write files back and forth sweet like - I don't need internet on 98 anymore.

Lee


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#9
May 30, 2013 at 07:28:41
Just to add that although Win 98 was good for its time it was rather inclined to crash every now and then and needed all manner of tweaks to reduce this.

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