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Windows 98 does not close well

By makumbamumba ·
I have a home PC running Win98. It does not show "it is now safe to switch off your PC"; but does show when closing down in safe mode. I need help

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May be embedded network card

by PCMeng In reply to Windows 98 does not close ...

One thing that may cause a frozen shutdown is a network card in your computer that is not connected to anything. Some computers come with an embedded network card. If you don't need to ever use the network card, you can just disable it in "Device Manager". If you try to delete it, it will just reinstall itself again.
If you need to keep it, you can do 2 things. One, you can try find a network card terminator. I don't know the correct name for it. So, people may look at you a little weird when you ask for this. Basically, it is a RJ-45 connector, a little wider than a modem connector that you plug into the network card. It has a short cable on it that is around 1/2" long that does not connect to anything. All it does is terminateany signal coming out of the computer. This may be extremely hard to find.
The second thing that you can do, is create a second hardware profile, and disable the network card in it. If you do create second hardware profile, you must always select a profile when booting up the computer. This may get annoying after a while. If you need any help, send me an E-mail at

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Shutdown patch

by D'anno In reply to Windows 98 does not close ...

If you're running Win98SE, there is a known shutdown bug and free patch available at Microsoft's site.

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