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WIN98II requires update

First, I apologize if this has been answered, I looked and couldn't find it.

I am trying to install a wireless USB adapter which is asking for WIN98SE. I tried to install WIN98SE but the computer is stating that it needs WIN98 update instead. I have scoured online not finding a file specifically (yet vaguely) named "WIN98 update". IT seems there are SO MANY update does one know which one to use?

I even tried going to the vendor's site to download the software to accommodate my OS...but their file was corrupt or missing some nuts and bolts.

Please advise before I pull out what's left of my hair...

Thank you so very much!!!


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Last shot.
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"Last shot"

Thank you...I will try to find the answer there. I did email the vendor and got a reply...they gave me the same link on their site where the corrupted file came from. And I downloaded from a different machine. Thanks a lot for your answer. I will post the result.

*My only "fuzzy spot" was not (and still not) knowing exactly "which" update file the comp didn't specify.


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Update or Upgrade?

"I tried to install WIN98SE but the computer is stating that it needs WIN98 update"

When I read that, I wondered if that last word was incorrect. The links cover how to deal with this issue.

Sorry, let's be clear I know of no one that downloaded any UPDATE to fix the wifi issue you are attempting to fix. All have to UPGRADE to 98SE or go find some other adapter.

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Update or Upgrade...


You read correctly. I tried to install Encore wireless USB adapter that asked for WIN98 SE to be installed. I tried to install WIN98 SE and my machine said it couldn't install that then asked for the WIN98 update instead.

And since I can't seem to locate that mysterious file I then emailed the vendor. They think that their site download is error free.

And in the specs for the product I found that the product works on WIN98 SE but the box itself just says WIN98...

And people ask me why I say Murphy ('s Law) is my evil twin...

Thanks for your help Bob!


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If you are trying to install Windows 98SE

The fix for that message for years has been to rename that file.

Sorry I can't make it clearer than that.

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A Solution

For the future benefit of anyone who happens across this thread, and is as baffled by it as I initially was...

When Windows 98 Second Edition was released, Microsoft issued both upgrade and update versions of it. The update one only worked if you had Win98 First Edition installed. The upgrade one worked if you had ANY Windows versions earlier than Win98 Second Edition installed (i.e. whether you had First Edition, or Windows 95, or Windows 3.1).

In both those cases, you ended up with Windows 98 Second Edition.

So if you're currently upgrading from Win98 first edition, there are two safe ways to do it: you can safely use either the upgrade CD or the update CD.

However, the upgrade CD was not intended to be an upgrade from Win 98 first edition, only from Windows 3.1 or Windows 95. If you have 98 first edition, you have to rename the file WIN.COM (which is all that the installation program looks for), thus fooling it into thinking that you've actually got Windows 95 installed.

So boot into DOS, and rename the file WIN.COM (in the directory C:\WINDOWS), before you start. It doesn't matter what you name it to (try naming it WIN.OLD as most people used to do).

If you buy the full install CD, which is the third product Microsoft used in launching Win98 Second Edition, that version deletes your existing Windows installation (the folder C:\Windows and everything in it), and installs the new version: thereby deleting all your customized settings, instead of preserving them.

This is how you get a clean install (which you might want if you have a badly corrupted or damaged installation of Win98 first edition). Once again, because you already have a version of Windows installed, you fool the installation program into thinking you have NO existing version of Windows, by renaming the file WIN.COM (as above), which is the only file the installation program looks for.

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