Windows 98

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Windows 98

(operating system)
Microsoft's 1998 update to Windows 95 that adds:

* Hardware support for Universal Serial Bus (USB).

* Internet Connection Sharing (IGC) - multiple PCs share a single connection to the Internet.

* Microsoft WebTV for Windows - watch TV on your PC.

* Support for new graphic, sound, and multimedia formats.

* Internet Explorer release 5.

* Windows 98 Service Pack - year 2000 updates.

Windows 98 was followed logically by Windows ME but chronologically by Windows 2000 Professional Edition.
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Windows 98

A major upgrade to Windows 95. Introduced in June 1998, it included numerous bug fixes, performance enhancements and support for more hardware, including USB and two monitors. Tightly integrating Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser into the desktop, Windows Second Edition and Windows ME were two upgrades to Windows 98. See Windows, Windows Second Edition and Windows ME.
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To get Win98, hold CTRL while it boots up, then select the third option.
* 64 MB of RAM for Win95 or Win98; 128 MB of RAM for Windows 2000
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A problem with Win98 registration meant customers were divulging the identifying number to Microsoft even when they had explicitly elected not to do so.
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But other areas, such as support for USB, imaging, Universal Plug and Play, power management, OnNow and ACPI, would go beyond Win98, he said.
The changes from Win95 to Win98 are a lot more subtle than from Win3.x to Win95, but that`s because this upgrade is more about consolidating the existing user base than making any bold new statements.