What are Windows 98 and Windows 98SE?
Windows 98 is an upgrade to Microsoft's Windows
95 operating system. It incorporates most of the features of its predecessor
and includes some new features and additional device drivers, as well as fixing
many of the bugs in Windows 95.
Windows 98 integrates the many new interface changes introduced by Internet
Explorer 4.0, such as the Active Desktop (which allows you to use a Web
page as a desktop) and single-click access to all your files and folders.
Some of the features that are included with Windows 98 include:
- Universal Serial Bus (USB) support: USB
ports allow for true plug-and-play on your computer. You can plug a device
into the USB port (even while the machine is on), install the drivers for
the device, and use the device, without restarting and without a lengthy
installation process. Common USB devices include removable media (for
example, Zip drives), digital cameras, and game controllers.
- Power management features: These allow you to turn your
monitor and/or hard drive off after a period of inactivity, and create
different schemes for use in different situations.
- FAT32: Windows 98 also introduces the FAT32
file system. FAT32 allows for more efficient use of your hard drive, so that
less disk space is wasted. It also allows you to format and use a hard disk
drive as big as 2TB (terabytes), without creating separate partitions on the
hard drive. Previous versions of Windows allowed for only 2GB (gigabyte)
Windows 98 Second Edition, or 98SE, was released in 1999 and improves
tremendously on 98. Some of its unique features include:
- DVD-ROM support: With a DVD
drive, you can read data from a DVD and play movies on your PC. A DVD will
hold much more data than a standard CD-ROM.
- Internet Connection Sharing: This allows two computers,
both running 98SE, to share a single connection to the Internet.
- Improvements on Windows 98: These improvements include
faster startup time for running applications, better USB support, and
improved power management features.