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Windows 98, Installing

By: Arie Slob

Windows 98 can be installed from DOS, or can be upgraded from either Windows 3.x or Windows 95. While the first will leave you with a totally new installation, the two latter options will convert all your current settings to the new environment. If you have Windows 3.x or Windows 95, Microsoft recommends installing Windows 98 from within these OS'ses. Installation will take between 30 to 60 minutes, depending on your hardware and installation type (I recommend a Clean Install).

The installation wizard that guides you through the installation process has undergone significant changes. Now you can follow what the installation is doing from the new progress and other info, displayed on the left side of the screen. On the right hand side you will see the familiar "what's new" screens as used in Windows 95.

The Installation requires approximately 120MB free hard disk space. This varies between 110MB - 289MB, depending on components already installed and the cluster size of the target drive. Of this, about 45MB is temporary space used during setup, and about 45MB is components that are installed to the hard disk.

Note: This doesn't include the optional uninstall file (Winundo.dat) which can be up to 65MB. This file can be located on a seperate drive/partition - if available.

We have prepared a simple procedure for you if you want to have a crude way to Dual-Boot between Windows 95 & Windows 98.

We also have a guide for upgrading to Windows 98.