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Microsoft Windows 98
Category: Abandoned Windows systems- client releases

On June 25, 1998, Microsoft launched the sale of Windows 98 (code name Memphis). which was widely perceived as a slightly improved Windows 95, but most often proved to be more stable and robust than its predecessor three years ago. It included new device drivers and support for the FAT32 file system, which allowed for disk partitions above 2 GB. The support for USB devices in Windows 98 also greatly exceeded the quality of the residual OEM version of Windows 95. A controversial move was the integration of Internet Explorer with the user interface and the system's file manager. which was the reason for the "United States versus Microsoft" court case to determine whether Microsoft was using its dominant position on the PC market to promote its own products of other categories.


In 1999, Microsoft released the second edition of the system, Windows 98 Second Edition, which was a transitional version, and its most important feature was the introduction of the "Internet connection sharing" solution (a trade name given by Microsoft to some form of network address translation), which allowed several computers operating in a local network to share a single Internet connection. Thanks to improved drivers, the operation of the devices was much more efficient. Microsoft also found and fixed bugs in the second edition of Windows 98. According to many sources, the second edition of Windows 98 was the most stable edition based on the kernel of the 9x series.


Quick Review:
Type of product:

OS (Operating system)

Developed by:


Release date:

25.06.1998 (First Edition)
10.06.1999 (Second Edition)

End of life support date:


Minimal system requirements:

Free space on disk: 600 MB

CPU: 66-150 MHz

RAM: from 16 to 32 MB

Type of interface:

GUI (graphical)

⦁ Additional informations about files:
BETA versions (developmental, unstable) are marked in gray,
Blue - official system editions,
Green for modifications and additions (if any)

If you have trouble choosing the right version of the system to download, please refer to the markings below:

⦁ OEM- version compatible with previously purchased devices / pre-installed system on a new computer, assigned to a PC motherboard. After damage or replacement of computer parts, your license is lost

⦁ SP- System image contains a package of fixes and updates. The higher the number, the more patches and updates contained in the system. The patches are called "Service Packs".

⦁ RTM- System version released on the day of release, straight from the production line. It does not contribute anything to the operation of the license.

⦁ Retail- sales version of the program.

⦁ [Polski]- Polish language version; [English]- English language version

⦁ x86 or 32-bit - system compatible with 32-bit processor architecture. They do not support 64-bit architecture. They can use up to 4 GB of RAM.

⦁ x64 or 64-bit - System compatible with 64-bit processor architecture. Some systems (older than Vista/7) do not support 32-bit systems

⦁ x86-64- Multi-architecture edition of the program. You can choose it if you do not know what CPU architecture your computer has.

⦁ VL/VolumeLicense- A system preinstalled on company computers, this license allows you to install the same system on multiple computers and use it simultaneously.

⦁ E- System version without Internet Explorer browser.

⦁ N- System version without media programs (Windows Media Center, Media Player)

⦁ Images called: "Home/Ultimate" are actually images that contain all editions: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate

⦁ Multi-SKU: system image with multiple edits to choose from during installation. Multi-Format system

⦁ (chk): system image checked for errors during compilation (debug)

⦁ (alt): alternative system image to be downloaded, not different from the original, it is a copy/reupload

⦁ DMF: system image saved in a floppy disk format

⦁ CD/DVD: system image saved in a format designed for compact discs and DVDs.

⦁ ESD: file from digital or commercial distribution. To use it, it must be converted to an ISO file.

⦁ File preview icon:
                      IMG- floppy disk image. You can use it in a virtual machine, or use a special program to extract files.

                  ISO/MDF- ready to burn to disk, create bootable media or use in a virtual machine. It can also be used in a program to emulate virtual drives and discs.

      7Z, ZIP, RAR- compressed archive. To access the file, use a program to compress the files, e.g: WinRAR, 7-ZIP- please use file archiver program to open it.

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Installation of these images is intended for advanced users. The following systems are published in the BETA (test) version. The installation may be problematic, the system may not work properly. Moreover, BETA versions may be unstable with drivers, programs and operation. They may have unfinished system functions. It is recommended to test the BETA version on a VM. If you have problems with the installation I recommend to consult the Beta Archive forum.

If you are looking for activation keys for Windows [Beta] installation images, click here, or use this address.

Some installation images may not start without an appropriate MS-DOS boot disk. To start the installation, use the appropriate disk, prepare the disk for installation, then run the installer from the disk.