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I am curious about a WIN98SE CD I have.

by DChrisL / December 21, 2012 6:29 AM PST

The original is in another computer and I intentually sent the registration number to another person who had a need for it. I don't know if it can be installed in a WIN7 Home Premium w/o a registration number.
I had really done an good upate on it, bought another 4 GB RAM, removed the 80 GB hard drive and replaced it with a 160 GB hard Drive. It was given freely to me but the giver had a professor who needed a computer. Besides, I don't need of 2 computers. Darrell

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I'm going with no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 21, 2012 6:43 AM PST

To run Windows 7 well you have more ram than 98se can run with. There are articles about that issue so I'll stop here. Not only that but drivers are rare today.

What's fun to do is use it to install in Virtual Box.
Bob

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You got me!!
by DChrisL / December 22, 2012 8:09 AM PST
In reply to: I'm going with no.
Wat in tarnation is a " Virtual Box"? Also, all but two items in on the WIN98SE CD work. every other winzip folder works except two. I had winzip 16.5 Pro and it was useless and backed it up to winzip 14.5 Pro. WinZip sent two 17's one a 32bit and a 64bit, the only one that worked was the 64bit. Since I bought this in 05/3112 as a /winzip and winzip courier 3.5 Combo Pack, the only one that works is courier. I will not be buying anything from WinZip forever. I just downloaded the 2 free 7-Zip 32/64 bit. I also have Peazip.
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(NT) Too bold for me.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 22, 2012 10:37 AM PST
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Will leave out the bold, Bob
by DChrisL / December 22, 2012 8:02 PM PST
In reply to: You got me!!

what is a Virtual Box?? Darrell

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It's found with Google
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 23, 2012 2:00 AM PST

And what I use to run an old OS that can't boot and run on today's gear in a Window or full screen.
Bob

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If I had Win 98 anything, I'd toss it.
by wpgwpg / December 21, 2012 6:47 AM PST

Windows 98 has been unsupported for too long. If you did get it to work, it might be good for running any ancient software as long as you didn't go on the internet. I saw a guy the other day who bought a complete 10 year old Dell computer with Windows on it. He paid $23. If he tries to get on the Internet with it, he'll get infected with malware so fast it would make your head spin. You'd have somewhere between an extremely difficult and impossible time getting drivers to work with a modern computer.
Not even the original XP install discs will work with modern computers because of SATA incompatibilities. You can hook and crook and sometimes get XP to work, but Windows 98? And if you did, it wouldn't be good for anything but trouble.

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On that notion of SATA incompatibility
by DChrisL / December 22, 2012 7:52 AM PST
It could be sidestepped using the How To above with an externaal hard drive that is not SATA and counnects to 2 USB hubs inside an aluminium case. Darrell
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by Jimmy Greystone / December 23, 2012 3:27 AM PST

No. Only Windows 8 has any real ability to work on external drives. For that matter, not sure that Windows 8 has any concept of USB 2.0 without special support software, and USB 3.0 would be completely out of the question.

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