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Drawbacks of Windows 95/98


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#1 scope

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 12:45 AM

Draw backs


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#2 SpywareDoctor

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 01:14 PM

Draw back #2: Few care anymore :)



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 08:54 PM

It's fine for everything I ever had to do at the time that I used it regularly with a slow dial up modem. As it sits now, on it's side with the covers off, other hard disks plugged in, a CDRW drive that I hooked up when the soundblaster drive didn't work anymore works for reading but not writing (drivers) , the wireless network card that that particular version of Win 95 (that I've had to load by 15 or so floppy disks more than once) doesn't have any drivers available for it, the USB card that doesn't have any drivers available for it and the modem which either from the number of OS installs I've done or just old age doesn't work anymore. I only keep it around because it has a lot of history and photos and things on it. Right now the only way to rescue anything is by floppies. I guess I could hardwire network it but that's beyond the scope of anything I have the space or the time for so it sits but it's not forgotten.



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 09:53 AM

Depending on if you like games or not...... older games are becoming more popular, and a dependable, working Win98 machine can play them. Many folks use DOSbox or other emulation proggies, and lots have problems with those, parts of the games don't work, sound problems, unexplained crashes, etc.



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Posted 06 February 2014 - 06:34 AM

Draw back #2: Few care anymore :)


Which is Sad since they are both excellent :)

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 09:32 AM

An obvious one:

Not much modern-software is compatible anymore.. There are also problems booting Win98 with too much RAM..  :mellow:


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#7 SpywareDoctor

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 09:42 AM

 

Draw back #2: Few care anymore :)


Which is Sad since they are both excellent :)

 

And back in its day, so was Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11.



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Posted 06 February 2014 - 08:28 PM

Yea I havent ever used that so I didnt see..

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 08:57 PM

There are also problems booting Win98 with too much RAM..  :mellow:

There is a way around that  :)  .   I have a laptop with 1.5 Gig of RAM triple booting Win98Se, Puppy Linux and XP Pro SP3.   All it took was a few minor tweaks to get Win98 to run although it only reports 1.1 Gig of RAM :)  .


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Posted 07 February 2014 - 08:58 AM

Microsoft.com > Computer May Reboot Continuously with More Than 1.5 GB of RAM

Windows Me and Windows 98 are not designed to handle more than 1 GB of RAM. More than 1 GB can lead to potential system instability.



Microsoft.com > "Out of Memory" Error Messages with Large Amounts of RAM Installed

 



#11 daveydoom

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 09:37 AM

 

Windows Me and Windows 98 are not designed to handle more than 1 GB of RAM. More than 1 GB can lead to potential system instability.



 

 

As mentioned, there is a way around this supposed limitation and system stability does not appear to be affected from what I have seen myself and from what I have read.  

 

However, it's probably not something the average user would consider trying :)   .


Edited by daveydoom, 07 February 2014 - 09:37 AM.

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#12 SpywareDoctor

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 10:33 AM

Yes, the second link describes some of the steps that can be taken.






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