Installing Win. 98 Upgrade

March 25, 2009 at 07:04:28
Specs: Windows 98
Ok, I am kind of a noob at installing new os, but I would like to know what exactly is on an official windows 98 upgrade disk. When I try to install it, it just goes through the setup, and nothing has changed. Is this the same as Win 98 SE? I need to upgrade to Win. 98se, so my thumb drives will work with some downloaded drivers. Please Help!

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#1
March 25, 2009 at 07:47:30
Right click on My Computer, then properties. The screen that appears should say what version of Windows you currently have. If it doesn't say Second Edition then you don't have it. The build number for SE is 4.10.2222A.

If you have a CD that is marked as an upgrade that means the disk can be used to install Win98 on a computer that already has a previous qualifying version of Windows on it.

I believe the qualifying versions were/are Win3.11, Win95.

Does the disk say Win98SE on the label? It sounds like you are currently running Win98FE and the upgrade CD is for that version.

If that is the case then you will not be able to get to Win98SE by using that disk.

I can't advise you any further without knowing some details about your computer hardware or at least a brand and model. Even if you had Win98SE if the driver you downloaded is a generic USB driver it still may not work. In many cases those generic drivers do work, but not always.

If your computer was upgraded TO Win98FE it must be pretty old. May be time to bite the bullet and get something newer.


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#2
March 25, 2009 at 09:10:10
I have a etower 300k with a 2GB HDD and 32 MB ram (sad, I know) It came with win 98 on it.

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#3
March 25, 2009 at 09:13:41
Do you know where I can get a cheap, if not free version to upgrade of SE?

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#4
March 25, 2009 at 09:15:49
I have a kingston thumb drive, and I downloaded the driver from their website, and it is only for SE

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#5
March 25, 2009 at 09:37:17
I found a link that someone posted about using a flash drive driver with Win98FE. Did you even try to install that driver?

Make sure you shut down and reboot your computer before installing to create a new registry restore point, should you need to restore for any reason.

If the driver won't install then you could Google for Win98SE. Keep in mind that if you want to keep your current installation intact you may need to get a Win98SE upgrade CD. Be sure you also get an installation key or it won't work.


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#6
March 25, 2009 at 12:04:18
There's three ways you can upgrade from 98 FE to SE. You can use a full version SE disk and do a full install over your existing version. You can use an UPDATE version or an UPGRADE version. The difference between the two is you can use an upgrade to go from win 3.x, win95 or win98 to SE. And update version requires that you're already running 98 FE. Using the full version method is a bit tricky. There's some additional info on that in this previous thread:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

You might check some used software shops, if any are in your area. Or Ebay. Make sure you get a compatible product key with the disk.


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#7
March 25, 2009 at 15:25:24
Do you Torrent?

http://tinyurl.com/cpobom


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#8
March 25, 2009 at 16:56:47
yes, I torrent

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#9
March 25, 2009 at 17:01:06
I need to know how to make the start disk after I download, the file. I have infrared recorder portable on my thumb drive, but on some computers it does not burn a iso image

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#10
March 25, 2009 at 17:05:44
Use ImgBurn to burn the ISO to a CD. You'll also need a Win98SE boot floppy.

http://www.filehippo.com/download_i...

http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm


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#11
March 26, 2009 at 07:04:45
Ok, thanks. I will have to go home and bring back the actual ISO image, because that page is blocked where I normally do all of my computer work. I will then have to bring it back and burn it to a CD at the place that I do my computer work, because I have no burners at my house.

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#12
March 30, 2009 at 08:58:33
the torrent file is not a boot image, it is a .torrent file, it is not supported with the CD burning software. I am pretty sure I need a .iso file to burn.

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#13
March 31, 2009 at 13:58:09
ok, sorry, I (like i said ) am a noob. All I did was open limewire and open the file. It has to download it, so this could take a wile, and this should work. Thank You.

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#14
April 7, 2009 at 15:28:17
Yah,

Just download a 98SE torrent and burn the .iso to a disk and you'll be rocking.

I get my torrents from www.btjunkie.org and download with utorrent.

Get an iso burner here: http://filehippo.com/download_deepb...


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#15
April 8, 2009 at 08:32:07
Ok, I Use Ares Galaxy. I have an ISO burner (infrared recorder portable). The reason why it would not work is that the cd burner was blocked at my work under a master password. I have a burner somewhere else that I can use.

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#16
April 8, 2009 at 17:45:56
Seems like a lot of trouble to go to just to save $15 - $20:

http://computers.search.ebay.com/wi...


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#17
April 13, 2009 at 14:12:08
Ok, I have a problem. I did all the things that you told me to, and it still won't work. I have win. 98FE on my computer now, when i tried to install win. 98 SE on my computer in win 98 FE, and it went into the setup, then told me it was not an upgrade cd, and I needed to have a upgraded CD. The only other problem is that in dos, when you try to install, there is an error message saying that it can not read from the CD drive. (Thank you soo much for helping me)

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#18
April 13, 2009 at 14:15:16
An update CD (sorry for the typo)

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#19
April 13, 2009 at 14:51:47
So, before you spend any more time with this issue, did you try installing the driver in Win98FE anyway, like I mentioned in #5 above.

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#20
April 13, 2009 at 14:59:02
I did not understand your post. Where is the driver for Microsoft Windows 98 FE? You mentioned a link, but did not say where the forum was.

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#21
April 13, 2009 at 17:34:45
So your torrent version was an SE upgrade and it wouldn't work? Are you sure? I know I've gone from FE to SE with an upgrade disk. I think you probably got a full version. But of course you can still upgrade using a full version as I mentioned in # 6.

As far as dos not reading the cd, assuming you loaded cdrom drivers then it might help to keep hitting R (for retry) to give the cdrom a few seconds to spin up.


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#22
April 13, 2009 at 18:34:48
Re DAVE'S last para #21.

I recall some situation way back where MS suggested opening the CD tray and rotating the CD either a quarter or half of a turn - apparently it helped.

Long shot but nothing lost trying....

some other bloke...


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#23
April 13, 2009 at 18:49:13
grgarno

I was talking about the USB flash drive driver for Win98SE. I stated someone said they got the SE driver to work on FE.


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#24
April 14, 2009 at 22:05:38
I tried installing the driver, that did not work, and that is also how I found out I needed SE. I think there is something wrong with how I burned the disk I will try to burn it again.

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#25
April 14, 2009 at 23:23:44
I kept track of this thread:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

I'm not sure if that's the one OtheHill was thinking of or if it's the one you tried but you might want to check it out.


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#26
April 19, 2009 at 05:08:08
There is a free tool for windows 98 and second edition (be sure to install the correct one) that will give you the USB stack so it will work with USB 2 devices including USB flash drives

The link to the tool is here
http://www.technical-assistance.co....


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