Posted 19 January 2014 - 05:51 PM
I realize that it is almost a year after this topic was first posted but I just decided to install Windows 98se onto a system and came across this. Since a couple of the answers are not exactly right - I thought I'd reply. (ie: I'm sticking my foot into a possibly hot water situation.)
First - there is nothing wrong with using Windows 98 (se or otherwise). It works. It CAN run on the internet. It IS compatible with any website currently on the internet BUT it may not run all of the content on those websites. It WILL run HTML up to HTML v3. HTML is now at v5. So things that were included after version three(v3) of HTML -> WILL BE IGNORED. That's right. The thing about HTML, XML, CSS, and any other part to the web specifically states that if the commands are not recognized - they must be ignored. This was done so older web browsers would not crash when they come across something they are not capable to handle. For instance - I am typing this from my Windows 98se Firefox browser. This can be verified by looking at the logs and finding where I logged in to Bleeping Computers. You will see that the OS is (or was) Windows 98se (because that information is sent to the server every time I do something).
So the first incorrect statement was that Windows 98se is "not Internet compatible". It is compatible just like Windows v3.1 is still compatible. You may not see the fancy stuff people use now - but standard HTML will still work and be displayed. Like tables, boldfacing, and even font selection.
Second - instead of downloading a 276MB file with programs that are going to try to muck up your computer - why not go to www.majorgeeks.com and download the 100MB optional updates as well as the 76MB main updates in their "All In One" area? Then you just get the updates instead of the updates AND junkware.
Third - If it was me - I would download and install Virtual PC and only install everything on the virtual hard drive. First - this is what Virtual PC was created for, and Second - you would then have virtualized CD-ROMs, floppy drives, and everything else and they are all standardized so you only have to look for that one kind of a device, download those drivers, and not worry about the fact that you have the latest whiz-bang equipment. Virtual PC translates your requests into whatever your current device uses. This is how I am using Windows 98se presently. The virtual 98se thinks it is writing to a compatible ethernet connection. In reality - I'm wireless using a Broadcom wireless interface but the Virtual 98se sees it as just an ethernet connection. One that 98se is compatible with also. So no special installs. No looking for drivers. Nothing. Standard Windows 98se CD install via an ISO image which Virtual PC converts to just looking like a CD-ROM drive. Floppies? As the man said - get WinImage and make lots of floppy drive images. If you were going to use the Apple ][+ emulator - I'd suggest CiderPress. Windows side of things - WinImage. Macintosh emulators - Disk Copy. (BTW: CiderPress is also usable by the //e, //c, //gs, and Lisa Mac emulators also.)
Just because we have moved ahead in technology doesn't mean those that are working to do so do not also take into account what has gone on in the past. It isn't even true that Windows v3.1 can not use multi-gigabyte disk drives or memory. There actually are programs out there that will allow you to either make ram drives to use the large amounts of memory you have and large disk drives can be partitioned down into smaller ones. I put a 512MB disk drive on a //gs after partitioning it into 20 separate partitions. That was really nice to be able to do that but it also meant the entire screen on the //gs was taken up with disk drive icons. The thing is - I could do it and it didn't require any kind of special program to do it even. I also have 1GB of memory on that //gs. It was a special order card but the software that accessd it came from Applied Engineering from all the way back in the 1980s. When they only dreamed of having huge memory cards. (Now - you can wonder why I would ever need such a thing and the truth is - I just wanted to know if it could really do that. So I bought the card just to try it out. :-D ) By the way - I also now am the pround owner of a card that was special made to allow the //gs to handle SD card and USB jump drives. So now I can do that also. And remember - the //gs came out a year earlier than Windows v3.1 came out. One of the first 8/16 bit systems.
So don't knock Windows 98se or v3.1 or even DOS. All of those older systems will still work with the internet just like the ][+, //e, //c, //gs, Lisa Mac and even the original Macintosh, Amiga, and Atari systems will work with the internet. You may not get all of the pretty, sparkly, whiz-bang things that are out there now - but they will work and there are even companies still producing products for them.