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End of support for Windows 98 and Windows Me
Effective July 11, 2006, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Me will transition to a non-supported status. After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide any incident support options or security updates. Existing support documents, however, will continue to be available through the Microsoft Support Product Solution Center Web site.

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Windows 98 Index Part II
Windows 98 -

A 32-bit patch for a 16-bit GUI shell running on top of an 8-bit operating system written for a 4-bit processor by a 2-bit company who cannot stand 1 bit of competition (but it's better than a Mac)!

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FYI: Microsoft ends support for Windows 98 and Me
For all you folks who are currently running Windows 98 or Me, Microsoft has announced that it is ending support for those operating systems. So read up on this announcement and post your concerns and questions in this thread. Maybe it is finally time to move on a newer OS.


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Problem: You're upgrading from Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition (Me) to Windows XP, and in the middle of installing, your PC stops responding.
Solution:
This article describes various troubleshooting methods to use when you encounter problems during installation.Microphone Problems on Windows
You Get the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) with the warning, "Increase MinSP in System.ini"
The Mysterious Run Command Dialog and How to Use it
System Tray Clock Loosing Time
Access Your IE Favorites From the Desktop
Find a lost Windows product key
So Bo, What the heck does the Defragmenter do anyway?
Tabs on Task Manager Not Showing
Microsoft Keyboard Commands
What is that program running at startup anyway?
When you hit Ctrl+Alt+Del
Computer wants to phone home at startup
Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows 95: Prevent a logon prompt at startup-MSKB
Another Can Not Connect To Windows Update Center Question
Windows 98: Track changes to your system files after installing software
Get the System Tray Icons fo Win98SE sharing an ADSL connection
I've Heard Microsoft No Longer is Supporting Windows 98 is this true?
This is true, but not until 2004, so there is still time.
What's the key for?
Make a launch file to connect to other documents on a burned CD
Make Windows Explorer Keyboard Shortcut, Do it Your Way
MFC42.DLL missing, linked to invalid...and more of those cryptic MS error coding....
Stop Squinting at Your Monitor and Reach the Right Resolution - from Microsoft
Miscellaneous: Replace Lost, Broken, or Missing Microsoft Software or Hardware
New Fonts Menu Not Available
Windows 98: Control graphics acceleration and other features
Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me), Windows 98: Information About Device Drivers - Microsoft
Windows 98: More than 40 Printer Troubleshooting Articles - Microsoft Articles
Make your folder settings behave
When Windows Update Center, Won't!
Windows Update Site not Working for You?
     Try this tip!
When Windows Update, Won't! Part Dou
This question is a Windows XP Pro one, but it will work for most versions of Windows.
Setting Windows Explorer to open in a desired Folder on opening
Making Folder and File Lists
Use Registry Editor to Identify an Unknown PCI Device W9x - MSKB
What Size is that Folder Anyway?
Stop Windows from caching a .dll file
Outlook Express 6.0 Can't Spell
Windows 95, 98: How to Optimize Video Playback from CD-ROM
Windows Me, 95, 98: How to Troubleshoot Wave Sound File Problems
Move over I need more space! Clear your Hard Drive of clutter.
Do You Have Double Vision In Right Click Context Menu?
Search From Quick launch bar
Low Windows System Resources - A Refresher
Keeping Time on Networked PC's
How Do I Retrieve A Deleted File?
Place a Sendto menu inside the send to context menu. No, I'm not stuttering!
Dual Booting
The Share Name Was Not Found
Win98 Boots Up in DOS
Running Scanreg Automatically
Increase Reboot Speed
Closing Windows - Popup Windows are a pain, here is a solution
You receive an "Out of Memory" Error Message
Correct Drive Path Errors
A Custom Network Neighborhood
My A:\> drive isn't being recognized.
RESURRECTING ENCODED JPG ATTACHMENTS
Eliminating Shortcut Arrows
I recently read that Windows 98 Second Edition can recognize only 128MB of RAM, and that purchasing more memory is not productive. Is this true?
Windows Quick Tip: To use a keyboard shortcut to undo the previous command,
type Ctrl+Z.
Do you allow your computer to take naps? Here is some info on Hibernation.
Make use of the numeric keypad in windows Explorer
Make better use of the Send To right context menu in Windows Explorer. Here is how
I recently had to reformat and reload my system and apps. In the process I have lost Send to any folder. Is there a way I can get this back? Sure, Click here
Cleaning up temp files..Or, it's time to take out the trash.
Internet Explorer Opens .exe Files Instead of Downloading Them
This is a Microsoft Knowledgebase Article

Stop a VBS (Visual Basic Script) attack in it's tracks with this tip
Troubleshooting Video Problems in Windows
Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) Make it work for you. Two computers, one phone line...need I say more? Interested? I thought you might be...click here.
LEARN MORE ABOUT INTERNET CONNECTION SHARING
How to use Microsoft's Extract Command to find compressed files in a *.CAB* file
General Asprin for what ails Windows 98 & 98 SE. It is a Microsoft Knowledgebase article (http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q178/7/46.asp) which explains how to reestablish thumbnails but it also restores a whole lot more. Got a problem you can't solve? Give the advise in this article a try. Some of the things this fix seems to work on are:

To resolve this issue, use either of the following methods:

regsvr32.exe /i shdocvw.dll

"Out of Memory" Error Messages with Large Amounts of RAM Installed
Have you lost a DLL file lately? Had one you suspect is corrupted? Then you need a Windows Based File Archive and here it is http://www.easy-files.com/
FIGURE OUT FILE EXTENSIONS
Run Control Panel Applets by typing a command
MAKE WINDOWS DIAL 10 DIGITS (Wind 98, 98 SE & Me)
Uninstall Problems (95,98 Me)
How to Change the Default AutoSearch Search Page
CD-ROM Problems And Windows 98
My Computer Locks Up When In Suspend!
Got That Disconnected Feeling?
No Access to Windows Update [Requires editing the System Registry]
What to do when Windows/Update.com doesn't want to work for you.
Lock Netmeeting RDS Setting
A SHORTCUT FOR THE RUN COMMAND 
PERFORM AN ANALYSIS OF YOUR PC
GET RID OF UNWANTED TOOLBARS
Computer running Win 98 acting a little flaky lately? Try the DOS version of ScanReg. Here is how
SETTING THE CLOCK TO MILITARY TIME
A SHORTCUT FOR WINDOWS EXPLORER
HOW TO GET RID OF THE SHORTCUT ARROWS
CLEARING THE WAY FOR A DRAG-AND-DROP
GETTING TO THE WINDOWS FOLDER WITH THE RUN COMMAND
PUTTING FIND ON YOUR QUICKLAUNCH TOOLBAR
OPENING THE WINDOWS ADDRESS BOOK FROM THE RUN MENU
GETTING RID OF MULTIPLE USERS
GETTING RID OF THE WINDOWS PASSWORD
I Accidentally deleted all files in Quick Launch. How do I get Quick launch bar back?
PERFORM AUTOMATIC TUNE-UPS
USING THE ESCAPE KEY TO STOP A DRAG AND DROP
Close Folders Quickly
The icons in my Quick Launch bar seem to change every now and then. Same thing happens in Windows Explorer and on the desktop. Why, and what can I do about it?
MAKING SURE WINDOWS KNOWS YOUR MONITOR
CHECKING SWAP FILE SIZE WITH THE SYSTEM MONITOR
TRACKING YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION
Trace your internet connection in DOS
TURNING OFF WINDOWS SCRIPTING HOST
Rename the Recycle Bin - Recuires Registry Edit
GETTING RID OF THE MODEM ICON
Remove the " Documents Menu from the Start | Programs | Documents" menu ~ Requires a Registry Edit
CHANGING FILE DESCRIPTIONS
CHANGING A COMPUTER'S OWNER INFORMATION
TURNING OFF WINDOW ANIMATIONS
RENAMING A FILE OR FOLDER WITH A KEYSTROKE
RIGHT-CLICKING FROM THE KEYBOARD
OPENING MY COMPUTER IN DUAL-PANE MODE
CHANGING A FILE ASSOCIATION WHEN OPENING
ADDING AN APPLICATION TO SEND TO
SPRUCING UP YOUR DESKTOP:
     USING A PATTERN INSTEAD OF WALLPAPER

GRADIENT ADDS SPICE TO TITLE BAR
SAVING COLOR SCHEMES
GETTING A LOOK AT YOUR TCP/IP CONFIGURATION
CHANGING THE ICON SPACING
REMOVING THE MY DOCUMENTS FOLDER FROM THE DESKTOP
REMOVING LOG OFF USER FROM THE START MENU
DRAG AND DROP WITH THE RIGHT MOUSE BUTTON
A MORE UNIFORM WINDOWS EXPLORER
Windows Quick Search
Reverse an action you made by mistake in Windows Explorer
CREATING A MAILTO SHORTCUT
WINDOWS 98 SE SHUTDOWN PROBLEMS
Running ScanDisk from the Task Scheduler
KEYBOARD SHORTCUT FOR MINIMIZING WINDOWS
Disable Call Waiting
Sick of the Warning in the Windows Directory? Then change it. Here is how
ENABLING QUICK VIEW FOR SPECIFIC FILE TYPES
Who says you can't teach an old update a new trick?
Configure Your Modem For Better Performance
TURNING OFF THE CLOSE CONNECTION CONFIRMATION
USING THE OPEN WITH COMMAND
ADJUSTING THE PRINTER TIMEOUT
RUNNING SYSTEM FILE CHECKER
EDITING FAVORITES FROM WINDOWS EXPLORER
DECREASING DISK FRAGMENTATION
Want to shut down windows Explorer in a hurry? Press CTL+W
SPEEDING UP YOUR STARTUP
CONTROLLING THE CURSOR WITH YOUR KEYBOARD
CONFIGURING YOUR COMPUTER'S SPEAKER ARRANGEMENT
Boost Windows ScanReg utility for more backups and other features
USING THE DVORAK KEYBOARD
USING THUMBNAIL VIEW
INSTALLING A PRINTER TWICE FOR SPECIAL PRINT SETTINGS
MAPPING A DRIVE
Save a Snap Shot of a programs System Settings Before you Change Them
Roll back to a prior version of your Windows 98 Registry.
You want to change your PC's name in Windows 98
ELIMINATING THE RECYCLE BIN CONFIRMATION
ENCRYPTING BACKUP FILES WITH A PASSWORD
CAPTURING A SCREEN SHOT OF A SINGLE WINDOW
USING PHONE DIALER
RUNNING THE MODEM TROUBLESHOOTER

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Articles

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The article discusses the DOS Extract.exe command. Bo has set up a page with lots more information concerning that command line. Click here to view the article. Then print it out so you will always have it handy in case of emergencies. Click here.....
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First, you've got to tweak with what you've got. Stuck without a cable modem? Then learn how to optimize your 56K modem for a quick, reliable connection to the Internet with these tips. http://cgi.zdnet.com/slink?102268:3802671
More of the Story More parts means more speed
Do you have two phone lines in your home? How about an extra modem? If you do, you can take advantage of these extra resources by increasing your bandwidth. Learn how to speed up your Internet dial-up connection with a second phone line and a second modem. http://cgi.zdnet.com/slink?102269:3802671
More of the Story But what if I can't even get my modem running?
If you're having problems getting your modem up and running, you're not alone. It turns out that there is a modem installation bug in Windows 2000. Plug-and-play was supposed to make hardware installation easier, but with Windows 2000, you might end up experiencing a glitch. http://cgi.zdnet.com/slink?102271:3802671
More of the Story Ever install a DLL (Data Linked Library) file and discover it is an older version than the one you just installed? This Microsoft DLL database is for you then. Click here to go there.
More of the Story How to install Windows 98 on a machine with no OS (Operating System)
More of the Story How To Articles Worth a Look


More of the Story What to do Windows Explorere Won't Close
More of the Story Put the windows Send to Utility on steroids
More of the Story Want to optimize Windows's performance? Take a closer look at
these five tools:
1. ScanDisk
http://cgi.zdnet.com/slink?92029:3802671
2. Defrag
http://cgi.zdnet.com/slink?92030:3802671
3. Registry
http://cgi.zdnet.com/slink?92031:3802671
4. Startup Disk
http://cgi.zdnet.com/slink?92032:3802671
5. Device Manager
http://cgi.zdnet.com/slink?92033:3802671
More of the Story HOW TO TURN OFF WINDOWS SCRIPTING HOST
Is your system wide open to virus attacks? Find out how Windows
Scripting Host might be sending an open invitation to VBS worms.
http://cgi.zdnet.com/slink?92028:3802671

More of the Story 40 WAYS TO MAKE WINDOWS 98 FLY
By M. David Stone, Windows Sources

Keep your Windows 98 desktop in order and your system running in tip-top shape with these 40 tips.
Contents

40 ways to make Windows 98 fly
What's new and improved
Desktop
Tuning
Administrative tools

More of the Story MAKE THE WINDOWS CONTROL PANEL USER-FRIENDLY
Uncover two techniques for accessing the Control Panel and your
favorite utilities more easily.

Contents
Making The Windows Control Panel More User-Friendly
Technique 1: Listing the entire Control Panel on the Start Menu
Technique 2: Putting select Control Panel utilities on the Start Menu
Enhancing the second technique
Conclusion

More of the Story When Windows crashes
By Greg Shultz, The Windows Wizard, Help & How-To

Use these common troubleshooting fixes when your Windows operating system crashes.
Contents

When Windows crashes
Don't always blame the operating system
Drivers can be at fault
When to blame the operating system
Using a local reboot to recover
When a local reboot won't work
Documenting crashes

More of the Story The Essential Guide to Installing Win98
Want to clean install Win98 without reformatting your drive? No problem. We show you how, step by step.
More of the Story Get the Most from Windows 98
Here's how to fix, locate, simplify and demystify what's broken, hard to find, difficult or confusing in Win98.
More of the Story Quick Fixes, Common Problems
Jan. 22, 2001 - We got your fix right heah! Our fast fixes solve common but vexing problems.
More of the Story Windows Reinstallations Revisited
HOT FIXES: There's more than one way to fix a wayward Windows setup,
so pick the right fix for the job.

Free Backup Software
Feb. 26, 2001 - Forget Microsoft Backup, there's a better program already on your hard disk.
When USB Doesn't Work
Jan. 16, 2001 - USB should be a mature technology, but it still isn't acting its age.
Getting The Most Out Of Your 56K Modem Connection
By Greg Shultz, The Windows Wizard, Help & How-To
The power of association and Windows Explorer
Reverse the Windows boot-up slowdown
Take control of your Microsoft Windows files
The CD environment variable in Windows
Getting back the boot menu in Windows
Disable Set As Wallpaper in Internet Explorer 5.5
Cleaning up Internet Explorer 5's menus
How do I use Windows' Print Screen button?
Reverse the Windows boot-up slowdown
Handy Keyboard Shortcuts That Go Beyond CTL+V, CTL+X, and CTL+C.
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10 Ways to make Windows 98 Run Better~Windows Magazine Article
Performance Parasites
May 19, 2000 - Invisible programs are sucking away your PC's performance and resources.
Below are some useful articles from ZdNet.com

A faster -- or slower -- Start Menu
Directory Printing in Windows
Saving Your View 
Set the view you want for all file management and folder exploring tasks.
Deleting a File in Use by Windows
 You want to get rid of a pesky file, but Windows says it's in use. Here's the workaround.
Dual Booting 
Installing Windows and Linux on a single machine is much easier than it used to be, but it's not quite a no-brainer yet.
The Mouseless Maneuver-Using the Mouse Keys in Windows 98
Check out these articles from ZdNet

Multipal File Associations in Windows
How to Kille the Cookies Index.dat File
NetBIOS a hackers key to your computer's backdoor.
How to tell which updates you have installed via Windows Update
Capitalizing on the strong feature rich Windows Explorer
Poisonous Scraps in Windows
Document scraps look innocent but can invoke malicious commands easily. This article from PC/Magazine shows you how to identify and defuse them
Also check out this article
Scrap Files Can Tear You Up
Why Does Windows Freeze?
By Alfred Poor, Computer Shopper
Find out how to extract and install new copies of the Windows Control Panel files to remedy this situation.
How to Use Multiple E-mail Accounts for Multiple Users in Outlook Express
Replacing the Motherboard in Windows 98
Installing the Windows 98 reskit tool
Windows Winalign tool file
How do you re-install Windows 98 without keyboard access?
Utilize the Show Desktop Button in Windows 98
ILOVEYOU? Don't Think So
May 5, 2000 - Prevent the heartbreak of the ILOVEYOU virus with this Microsoft patch.
Windows Slow Startup
Stop the endless wait for your PC to boot. In most cases it really is possible to cut your system startup time.
Windows Startup Problems
Some days your PC boots fine, sometimes it doesn't. Here's what to do on the bad days.
Windows Shutdown Problems
Advice on what to do when it's not safe to turn off your computer.
Update on Windows Update
The Windows Update site makes it easier than ever to get patches and fixes--when you can get it to work. If you're having problems reaching Windows Update, here's some advice on how to get the site working again.

Hot Fixes Classics
     * Solutions to 15 Common PC Problems
     * Ten Ways to Make Win98 Run Better
     * Win98 Privacy Bug Fix
     * Conquer Video Problems

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