System Utilities Tweaking Unofficial Windows 98 SE Service Pack

Unofficial Windows 98 SE Service Pack 2.1a for Windows

by Alper Coskun

Avg. Rating 4.5 (137 votes)

File Details

File Size 16.2 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows 9x
Date Added
Total Downloads 230,260
Publisher Alper Coskun
Homepage Unofficial Windows 98 SE Service Pack

Publisher's Description

Microsoft has never released a service pack for Windows 98 SE. This contains all updates from Windows Update site and more. It is a self-extracting and self-installing pack. It contains only operating system updates not Internet Explorer, DirectX, Media Player or their updates.

Latest Reviews

sidvel

sidvel reviewed v2.1a on Feb 20, 2007

goog

manu1963

manu1963 reviewed v2.1a on Oct 24, 2006

I want to know weather pen drive works or not

Frostek

Frostek reviewed v2.1a on Aug 31, 2006

"Good that this was made though , why dont you guys just use win 2000 ? it handles great with old computers."

Perhaps because they haven't got the spare cash to lay out for a Win2K licence for what's probably a spare second or even third PC. Plus it'll probably be an older machine that's only being used till something major fails and then it's getting dumped.

I hope you weren't suggesting they just download 2000 off the net or something naughty like that? ;-)

I used this for ages on my Win98SE machine till I upgraded to Ubuntu. If I need XP, I run it in a virtual machine.

The guy who made this pack certainly seems to have put a lot of work into it, enough that I used 98SE for about 7 years without needing to upgrade. Well done, dude! :-)

Nikkie

Nikkie reviewed v2.1a on Jun 27, 2006

Good that this was made

though , why dont you guys just use win 2000 ? it handles great with old computers .

1uk3

1uk3 reviewed v2.1a on Mar 6, 2006

Very good! I resurected an old pc the other day and did a fresh install of 98se. Glad I came across this pack. :)

imanino

imanino reviewed v2.1a on Dec 26, 2005

Absolutely think this program is outstanding. Incidentally, I'm not cheap..I just like 98SE. The reason..sure it's buggy..but it's fast on older machines AND WHEN it crashes, you can just put the disk in and without any major fanfare reinstall the whole OS in about 15 minutes. Take THAT XP...with XP its more stable but when it truly goes (talking about novice users here)...put the disk in and just reinstall is NOT the option unless you want your hard drive to say nighty night. Patch 98SE with this pack and add the REvolutions Pack for some XP interfaces, Kick in some ME DLL updates and folks you've got a machine that can stand up to Linux right nicely, though it cannot compete with internet safety. If anybody's interested, I'm trying to develop some software for the immediate post Microsoft 98Se support for fellow resisters (I do have all the Windows OS, so I'm not a total loss).

mynamehere

mynamehere reviewed v2.1a on Nov 30, 2005

I haven't had a chance to install this version on my son's pc yet (I'll do it on Saturday when I'm there), but if past releases are any indication, this will be great as well. It sure makes difference in stability, and the "unadvertised by MS" updates sure are nice.

@ anyone raising their flaming swords, his pc is used mainly to run educational software, and MOST of it simply will not run under XP. It has nothing to do with it being dinosaur either(Athlon XP 2000+, 512MB RAM, etc, not bad for an 8 year old). He gets my hand me downs.

@ ModderXManiac...keep us abreast of your progress, I'd love to have a dual boot with both OS's being 64 bit! (in my experience, 98 has always been much faster when gaming).

gkar

gkar reviewed v2.1a on Nov 30, 2005

The unsung hero of Windows 98/SE, Alper Coskun.

Kramy

Kramy reviewed v2.1 on Nov 29, 2005

I give this to all my cheap friends! :)

98SE works great on a slow 400mhz comp I have. It's nice having people provide you with easy to install updates, aswell. :D

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v2.1 on Nov 28, 2005

Excellent update, no issues to report. FYI for those thinking updates like for instance, DCOM are not new-- that update, even though its version number was left unchanged by MS, is way larger in size.

I'd recommend to anyone experiencing any issues to visit the msfn homepage-- as not just the author, but many there are very knowledgeable and provide workarounds such as modded system files, etc. I've yet to see any issue go unresolved-- usually it's some system setting or peripheral that gets in the way.

Some Guy: i've NEVER needed a third party boot manager NOR partition utility. As long as you install in the release dates order for MS & leave Linux(2.which MUST contain Grub, NOT Lilo boot manager!!!) Say: 1.Dos 2.Win9x 3.Win2k&later 4.Linux I recommend Ubuntu linux(but choose Gnome vs KDE desktop for your older system), its bootable install cd allows multi partition, format, assign&access any file system. Initial screen gives choice of linux or winnt, if select winnt, immediately get choice of it or win9x, select the latter & get choice of it or dos...all w/ no time wasted. Good Luck.

Avg. Rating 4.5 (137 votes)
Your Rating
sidvel

sidvel reviewed v2.1a on Feb 20, 2007

goog

manu1963

manu1963 reviewed v2.1a on Oct 24, 2006

I want to know weather pen drive works or not

Frostek

Frostek reviewed v2.1a on Aug 31, 2006

"Good that this was made though , why dont you guys just use win 2000 ? it handles great with old computers."

Perhaps because they haven't got the spare cash to lay out for a Win2K licence for what's probably a spare second or even third PC. Plus it'll probably be an older machine that's only being used till something major fails and then it's getting dumped.

I hope you weren't suggesting they just download 2000 off the net or something naughty like that? ;-)

I used this for ages on my Win98SE machine till I upgraded to Ubuntu. If I need XP, I run it in a virtual machine.

The guy who made this pack certainly seems to have put a lot of work into it, enough that I used 98SE for about 7 years without needing to upgrade. Well done, dude! :-)

Nikkie

Nikkie reviewed v2.1a on Jun 27, 2006

Good that this was made

though , why dont you guys just use win 2000 ? it handles great with old computers .

1uk3

1uk3 reviewed v2.1a on Mar 6, 2006

Very good! I resurected an old pc the other day and did a fresh install of 98se. Glad I came across this pack. :)

imanino

imanino reviewed v2.1a on Dec 26, 2005

Absolutely think this program is outstanding. Incidentally, I'm not cheap..I just like 98SE. The reason..sure it's buggy..but it's fast on older machines AND WHEN it crashes, you can just put the disk in and without any major fanfare reinstall the whole OS in about 15 minutes. Take THAT XP...with XP its more stable but when it truly goes (talking about novice users here)...put the disk in and just reinstall is NOT the option unless you want your hard drive to say nighty night. Patch 98SE with this pack and add the REvolutions Pack for some XP interfaces, Kick in some ME DLL updates and folks you've got a machine that can stand up to Linux right nicely, though it cannot compete with internet safety. If anybody's interested, I'm trying to develop some software for the immediate post Microsoft 98Se support for fellow resisters (I do have all the Windows OS, so I'm not a total loss).

mynamehere

mynamehere reviewed v2.1a on Nov 30, 2005

I haven't had a chance to install this version on my son's pc yet (I'll do it on Saturday when I'm there), but if past releases are any indication, this will be great as well. It sure makes difference in stability, and the "unadvertised by MS" updates sure are nice.

@ anyone raising their flaming swords, his pc is used mainly to run educational software, and MOST of it simply will not run under XP. It has nothing to do with it being dinosaur either(Athlon XP 2000+, 512MB RAM, etc, not bad for an 8 year old). He gets my hand me downs.

@ ModderXManiac...keep us abreast of your progress, I'd love to have a dual boot with both OS's being 64 bit! (in my experience, 98 has always been much faster when gaming).

gkar

gkar reviewed v2.1a on Nov 30, 2005

The unsung hero of Windows 98/SE, Alper Coskun.

Kramy

Kramy reviewed v2.1 on Nov 29, 2005

I give this to all my cheap friends! :)

98SE works great on a slow 400mhz comp I have. It's nice having people provide you with easy to install updates, aswell. :D

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v2.1 on Nov 28, 2005

Excellent update, no issues to report. FYI for those thinking updates like for instance, DCOM are not new-- that update, even though its version number was left unchanged by MS, is way larger in size.

I'd recommend to anyone experiencing any issues to visit the msfn homepage-- as not just the author, but many there are very knowledgeable and provide workarounds such as modded system files, etc. I've yet to see any issue go unresolved-- usually it's some system setting or peripheral that gets in the way.

Some Guy: i've NEVER needed a third party boot manager NOR partition utility. As long as you install in the release dates order for MS & leave Linux(2.which MUST contain Grub, NOT Lilo boot manager!!!) Say: 1.Dos 2.Win9x 3.Win2k&later 4.Linux I recommend Ubuntu linux(but choose Gnome vs KDE desktop for your older system), its bootable install cd allows multi partition, format, assign&access any file system. Initial screen gives choice of linux or winnt, if select winnt, immediately get choice of it or win9x, select the latter & get choice of it or dos...all w/ no time wasted. Good Luck.

some guy

some guy reviewed v2.1 on Nov 28, 2005

great job, think I will put 98se back in my 200mhz laptop, xp is really dam slow in it.

clasys
could you give me more info on the dual boot sys,

I would like to put another os on my desktop,
what software did you use to choose the os boot at start up?
nacho3232@hotmail.com

ModderXManiac

ModderXManiac reviewed v2.1 on Nov 28, 2005

Awesome, goodie goodie, much needed, if only msvbm60.dll were included so I didnt always need to install it...

And as for the "negative" Windows 98 comments, put your money where your mouth is, Windows 98 beats the living crap out of Windows XP in performance, and now with native NTFS isntallation abilities, it will be usable for several more years to come. You just have no know what your doing, I dont care how much "easier" Windows XP is, it's a bloated OS. And software developers oughtta be ashamed for dropping support given the potential that open-source has brought out of Win 98.

BTW, I have started a developers team working on full 64 bit hardware and software compatibility on this platform. The software pack is still in alpha stage, but it's pretty eciting seeing it all come together. I'm talking support for up to 64 gigs of ram, dual-core/ multi processors, SATA, terabyte of storage, the works.

GimieGimieGimie

GimieGimieGimie reviewed v2.1 on Nov 28, 2005

What an idiotic review, people, please ignore the bad reviews that are based on people who are against older operating systems, it's so childish.

This program does exactly what it says and has worked flawlessly on 5 Windows 98 computers i have install it on, it's a update problem, it keeps things up to date and doesn't cause any side effects, it's that simple.

Instead of attacking the program/author for what program he or she decides to program, we should be praising them instead, for taking the time & effort in replacing the whole Microsoft team (who have abandoned their work for profit) and continue to bring us these "very important" updates for a peice of software that is still VERY USEFUL!

No matter how far along we come in technology, older technology will still be around, and be around forever, thus we need the software that the hardware was built & optimized around to be updated for as long as possible too.

As long as the software allows you to do what you need, then it doesn't matter how old it is, Windows 98 is still up to the job of performing MANY of today's tasks.

For example, i still use my PII 266mhz laptop (which is about 8 years old) for playing movies & watching IT training videos which can actually get you a good job to earn the income to be able to invest into buying a new laptop.

Not bad for a relic peice of hardware/software NOW is it? ;)

roj

roj reviewed v2.1 on Nov 28, 2005

If you're stuck on dinosaur hardware and either don't have the means (feasible, albeit unfortunate), are too cheap to upgrade said hardware, or even if you have some hoary old application that you absolutely need and the only thing it runs on is 9x (yes, those do actually exist), then this has limited value.

Other than that, it's right up there with flogging a (thankfully LONG) dead horse. Of course you'll get the myth of "98 has better performance" which can never be substantiated by any benchmarks other than "it boots faster" and on and on and on, but those are essentially comments from those who either are uneducated about the OS or have chosen to be. To prop up an aging and decrepit OS is one thing but to intentionally mislead and misinform people by claiming that "It is simply the most robust operating system created by Micro$oft" and to laud this as a magic bullet for that OS is just plain stupidity. The security "reasoning" outlined by the aforementioned afficionado is even more hysterically funny - 98 is widely known to have absolutely no security whatsoever.

Three stars for a crutch for an old OS which has long been mercifully retired.

SEForever

SEForever reviewed v2.0.2 on Aug 30, 2005

This is possibly one of the best things to happen to computing since the invention of the transistor... Ok, maybe not QUITE that strong, but...

I write this because I am definitely a very avid user of Win98SE and of 8 machines I personally own, I have SE installed on 6 of them. It is simply the most robust operating system created by Micro$oft (heh, sorry)... I have been using the 1.5 release of the service pack for a while now and have just recently started using the 2.0.2 release. I am going to keep running 98 until the planet falls apart, because, as stated, NT based systems just are too vulnerable to the crap that is out there now. I fix these damn things on a regular basis, and have found that 98 is simply not nearly as compromised as ANY NT based system is. I only have one fear; I'm sure someone else has thought the same - What happens when software can no longer be installed on 98 at all.. Is there something in the works with the 'service packs' that will 'trick' any (maybe every?) app into thinking it is being installed on a NT based system? Keep up the good work guys, and BTW - Love the XP ripoff for the splash! ;) Nice touch.

Steve

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