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Dakusan

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Windows 98
« on: September 28, 2009, 05:30:55 AM »

Original post for Windows 98 can be found at https://www.castledragmire.com/Posts/Windows_98.
Originally posted on: 01/12/08

So I just plopped in an old Win98 CD (in this case SP2) to grab the QBasic files off of it for the Languages and Libraries page.  I started browsing through the CD, and thought to myself “OMG... win98!”, heh.  So I installed it, and wow, am I ever in super nostalgia mode.

Things I now take for granted that were major Pains in the pre-XP days (well, pre NT kernel....):
  • Getting non-modem LAN connections on the internet: Win98 expected people to connect to the internet via phone modems, as broadband was still unheard of then.  The “Windows Connection Wizard” was a pain in the butt and you had to know just the right place to go to get it to recognize a NIC as a valid connection to the internet.
  • Shutting down windows improperly: If you failed to turn off the computer through the proper “Shut Down” method, the FAT file systems did not have certain type of safe-guards that NTFS does, and the computer was be forced to do a ScanDisk on startup.  A ScanDisk is also run the first time windows starts after install, and seeing this old piece of software really gave me a warm fuzzy feeling... or was it a feeling of utter nausea?
  • RAM allocation: The DOS-line-kernel of windows never properly kept track of memory from applications, and memory leaks in applications STAYED memory leaks after the program shut down, so RAM could very quickly get eaten up.  Programs called “RAM Scrubbers” were around to fix these detected memory leaks and free them.
  • Themes: Most people don’t know that windows themes actually originated with Microsoft Plus! for Windows 95 (I could have sworn it was originally called Windows Plus!... need to find my original CD) software package, which also first introduced the ever-popular and addicting Space Cadet Pinball (check the games folder that comes installed in XP).  Most Plus! options were usually integrated straight into later Windows versions or updates.  I have included below all the Themes that came with Windows 98 SE for nostalgic value :-).  Enjoy!

    Speaking of games, it seems 98SE also included FreeCell... I wasn’t aware it was that old.  I think the “Best of Windows Entertainment Pack” (with “Chips Challenge”, “Golf”, “Rodent’s Revenge”, “Tetris”, “SkiFree”, and some other fun games) also originally came on the Plus! CDs, but am not sure of this.  I believe the Best Pack also came with the CD packs that came with new computer from Packard Bell and maybe some other manufacturer for like 2 or 3 years in the mid 90s that also included the first game of one of my most favorite game series ever, Journey Man, as well as Microsoft Encarta, Britannica, a Cook Book CD and a Do-It-Yourself Book CD.  Good times!!!
  • Calendar: The calendar only displayed 2 digits for the year instead of 4... does this mean Microsoft was expecting everyone to switch from 98 immediately when their next OS (Windows ME [heh] or 2K) came out?  See “The Old New Thing” for another interesting problem of the windows calendar of old.
Things that made me laugh:
  • The first question asked during install was “You have a drive over 512mb in size, would you like to enable large disk support?”
  • All the 3d screensavers were OpenGL.  Though DirectX was out at that point, it was still in a state of sheer-crappiness so Microsoft still used OpenGL, which it wouldn’t be caught dead using nowadays ^_^.
  • During install, there were lots of messages touting the operating systems features, including “By converging real-time 2d and 3d graphics ... *MMX is a trademark of Intel Corporation”.  It just made me smile knowing that MMX was once so new Microsoft had to put a trademark warning like that.
  • Internet Explorer (5.0) started up at MSN.com already... which immediately crashed the browser! hehe
  • The windows update website informed me as follows: “Important: End of Support for Windows 98 and Windows ME
    Effective July 11, 2006, support for Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition and Windows ME (and their related components) will end. Updates for Windows 98 and Windows ME will be limited to those updates that currently appear on the Windows Update website.”
Things that I miss:
  • The emotion behind the OS.  For some reason, Windows 98 and 95 always had... a warmness to them that 2K/XP never had.  I’m not sure why... but the newer operating systems always had such a stiff and corporate feeling to them.
  • Winipcfg!  Now I am forced to go to the darn command prompt to do it via ipconfig (which was available then also), which is a pain when you have too many NICs and it scrolls the console window or when trying to help someone get their IP Address or MAC address.
  • Restart in MS-DOS mode!  Man do I ever miss that.  Especially for playing original DOOM. Good ’ol 640k ^_^.  The 3.x/95/98 kernels were really based upon DOS so it was valid to have a DOS only mode, but there’s nothing stopping them from including it on newer computers... well, except that DOS didn’t support NTFS, I guess... so it would be confusing.  Ah well.
  • FAST load time.  If I recall, Win98 always loaded bounds faster than XP... probably has to do with drivers.


Themes: (Owned by Microsoft?)
Baseball Dangerous Creatures Inside Your Computer Jungle Leonardo da Vinci More Windows Mystery Nature Science Space Sports The 60’s USA The Golden Era Travel Underwater Windows 98 Windows Default

Baseball:
Baseball Theme


Dangerous Creatures:
Dangerous Creatures Theme


Inside Your Computer:
Inside Your Computer Theme


Jungle:
Jungle Theme


Leonardo da Vinci:
Leonardo da Vinci Theme


More Windows:
More Windows Theme


Mystery:
Mystery Theme


Nature:
Nature Theme


Science:
Science Theme


Space:
Space Theme


Sports:
Sports Theme


The 60’s USA:
The 60’s USA Theme


The Golden Era:
The Golden Era Theme


Travel:
Travel Theme


Underwater:
Underwater Theme


Windows 98:
Windows 98 Theme


Windows Default:
Windows 98 Default Theme
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Re: Windows 98
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2010, 12:00:00 AM »

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I just want to say I am exceedingly grateful to you. I have been looking  for the USA in the 60's theme for years and now I can use it. I am so  happy!!!! Thank you so much.
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Re: Windows 98
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2010, 12:00:00 AM »

[Posted by unknown user]

Thank you very much for putting these theme files up. I've been looking  for the Dangerous Creatures theme for a while now, and was about to pop  in my Win 98 to install it in VirtualBox when I found your site.
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Re: Windows 98
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2010, 03:01:13 AM »

I register to this forum, just to say thank you for uploading the themesRealy swap my mind back to the 95!The good 'ol days...* I remember when I learn java just by using Notepad + Command Prompt. No other means exist... ^^
Thanks!
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Re: Windows 98
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2010, 03:54:47 PM »

Glad everyone is enjoying these :-)
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Re: Windows 98
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2011, 12:00:00 AM »

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Wouldn't think somebody had this wonderful jungle theme on a homepage so I could show it around ;-)
Thanks for it
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Re: Windows 98
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2011, 06:19:59 AM »

Nice Information.Thanks.
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