Windows 95 and Windows 98 were both retired long ago by Microsoft. However, both MS Windows 95 and MS Windows 98 operating systems marked major technical advances as MS operating systems evolved from DOS screens toward a graphical user interface (GUI) with integrated Internet capabilities.
Windows 95 and Windows 98 are rarely used today, but diehard fans with legacy computers can still find technical assistance and compatible products.
To understand the significance of Windows 95/98, consider the following:
1. Microsoft Windows 95 history and features.
2. Microsoft Windows 98 history and features.
3. MS Windows 95 and MS Windows 98 current status.
4. Finding technical assistance for MS Windows 95/98.
5. Locating software for MS Windows 98.
Microsoft Windows 95 history and features
In August of 1995, Windows 95 succeeded Microsoft's three existing desktop operating systems: Windows 3.1, Windows for Workgroups and MS-DOS. It integrated a 32-bit TCP/IP stack for built-in Internet support, dial-up networking and new plug-and-play capabilities to ease the installation of new hardware and software. Its most visible and talked about improvement was a new GUI and its attendant Start button, which was heralded in with the Rolling Stones song, "Start Me Up." Enhancements were also made in multimedia capabilities, mobile computing and integrated networking.
Microsoft Window 98 history and features
Designed specifically for consumers, MS Windows 98, which appeared in June of 1998, was an upgrade from MS Windows 95 that contained many ease-of-use features like support for reading DVD disks and support for USB devices. Its Active Desktop integrated the Internet Explorer web browser with the operating system. In May of 1999, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition was released, which was a new product rather than a free upgrade. In additional to many fixes, it incorporated the new Internet Explorer 5, Internet Connection Sharing, NetMeeting 3.0 and integrated support for DVD-ROM drives.
MS Windows 95/98 current status
Microsoft's extended lifecycle support for MS Windows 95 ended at the end of 2001 and for MS Windows 98 in July of 2006. Both products are seriously outdated for today's computing environment, and users are advised to upgrade to a current operating system such as Vista. Some support options, however, are still available.
Finding technical assistance for MS Windows 95/98
Technical support for MS Windows 95 and MS Windows 98 is still available from many independent technical support companies.
Windows 95/98 help at Business.com.
Locating software for MS Windows 98
Many PC software developers optimize their products for multiple operating systems, so a fair amount of Microsoft Windows 98 compatible software is still available.
- If you wish to purchase a copy of MS Windows 98, be sure to get the Second Edition, which contained numerous upgrades and improvements.
- Games, educational and other types of software are still widely available for MS Windows 98.
- While Microsoft no longer supports either MS Windows 95 or MS Windows 98, many independent technical support services do.