What are Windows 98 and Windows 98SE?

Posted On 2005-11-1 by FortyPoundHead
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Windows 98

Windows 98 is an upgrade to Microsoft's Windows 95
operating system. It incorporates most of the features of its
predecessor and includes some new features and additional device
drivers, as well as fixing many of the bugs in Windows 95.

Windows 98 integrates the many new interface changes introduced by
Internet Explorer 4.0, such as the Active Desktop (which
allows you to use a Web page as a desktop) and single-click
access to all your files and folders.

Some of the features that are included with Windows 98 include:

  • Universal Serial Bus (USB) support:

    USB ports allow for true plug-and-play on your computer.
    You can plug a device into the USB port (even while the computer is
    on), install the drivers for the device, and use the device, without
    restarting and without a lengthy installation process. Common USB
    devices include removable media (e.g., Zip drives), digital cameras,
    and game controllers.

  • Power management features: These allow you to turn
    your monitor and/or hard drive off after a period of inactivity, and
    create different schemes for use in different situations.

  • FAT32: Windows 98 also introduces the
    FAT32 file system. FAT32 allows for more efficient use of
    your hard drive, so that less disk space is wasted. It also allows you
    to format and use a hard disk drive as big as 2TB (terabytes), without
    creating separate partitions on the hard drive. Previous versions of
    Windows allowed for only 2GB (gigabyte) partitions.

Windows 98SE

Windows 98 Second Edition, or 98SE, was released in 1999 and improves
tremendously on 98. Some of its unique features include:
  • DVD-ROM support: With a DVD drive, you
    can read data from a DVD and play movies on your PC. A DVD will hold
    much more data than a standard CD-ROM.

  • Internet Connection Sharing: This allows two
    computers, both running 98SE, to share a single connection to the

  • Improvements on Windows 98: These improvements
    include faster startup time for running applications, better USB
    support, and improved power management features.

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