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Is Windows 98se still a viable operating system?

by dennisond / January 23, 2006 9:30 AM PST

I posted this on this past Friday and got 3 replies, however, none was quite the answer but all had one central theme. When I put this computer in my grandaughter's room 4 months ago, I installed AOL as this computer as well as the 2005 model with XP are both on the same phone line. I asked AOL tech support if I needed to install a separate anti-virus and firewall on it. It had sat idle for several months while I decided whether or not she was old enough to operate. They told me no as they were both on the same phone line. It worked good at first and suddenly Power DVD started acting up. I added 64 MB memory stick and it got faster for a little while and I added the McAfee anti-virus and firewall off AOL and Spyware Protection. Spyware Protection made one scan and never worked again, PowerDVD all but quit and I started getting crazy messages and freezing up. After I posted, I got rid of Aol, loaded People PC and System Mechanic Pro 6, and it got better immediately. The only problems I have now is Power DVD isn't working right and I am unable to install anything else to the desktop. I have unzipped files 867 times and no go. What next?

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Try Removing Power DVD
by the_real_martian / January 23, 2006 11:05 AM PST

If that doesn't work, run a registry cleaner (CCleaner is a good one - available @ If that doesn't work, try reinstalling 98SE, or upgrade your OS.

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spyware and all...
by reefurbb / January 23, 2006 10:33 PM PST

AdAware and Spybot Search And Destroy. AVG Antivirus 7.0.
McAfee and such eat a lot of RAM. Your 64mb may not be enough for DVD work. What is your processor speed? 333mhz may now be too slow. 500mhz should be enough.
What did you unzip and try to install 867 times?
AOL and all it's stuff can be tough to well uninstall and not have it affecting things.
See Start-Run-msconfig-startup for stuff not needed to start with Windows, and suspicions of spyware.
You also need ZoneAlarm firewall.
You might have to uninstall-reinstall Power DVD. AFTER cleanup.

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Is Windows 98se still a viable operating system?
by Bob__B / January 24, 2006 4:38 AM PST

I'd say yes.

Based upon what I have read XP has some nice features (if you can use them) but it seems you might trade off on the security side, unless you ride herd on the thing.

AOL. I've never used the product.
Some folks may love it some folks may hate it.
From what I've read it can be kind of a stinker to extract from the machine.

Do a search for "remove aol", see if you get some clues.

W98 runs quite well, this machine runs it, the trick is keep all the crud-ware off and put the number of running progs on a diet.

W98 has a small problem with the resouce thingy.

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