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Upgrading to Windows 98SE

By skylark4 ·
A client with a notebook computer wants to upgrade from Windows 98 to Windows 98SE. The only available version is the Windows 98SE OSR. Can you install SE over Windows 98 by deleting the win.com file? If not, how can this task be done without having to delete Windows 98 and starting over? They do not want it deleted.

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by TheChas In reply to Upgrading to Windows 98SE

Their were 4 versions of W98SE produced.
Upgrade for users of 98.
Upgrade from 95 or 98.
Retail full.
OEM full.

I recommend either upgrade version, or a clean install.
Since they have likely had 98 on the machine for 4 years, a fresh installis heartily recomended.

This will improve system performance greatly.
It gets rid of the registry bloat that has built up over time.

You may be able to find either upgrade version on e-bay, or at www.bigclearance.com

Chas

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by SyscoKid In reply to Upgrading to Windows 98SE

Don't delete, just rename win,com to win.old.

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by mdelyea In reply to Upgrading to Windows 98SE

Its always better to do a fresh install than to upgrade. If a fresh install is not an option than use a boot floppy to rename c:\windows\win.com to c:\windows\oldwin.com. During the setup process you will be asked what directory you want to install windows in and setup will suggest windows.000. Do not accept that folder but rather select 'other folder' and make sure it is 'windows'. This will preserve your software and settings from the previous windows.

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