Windows 98 Resources

This isn’t comprehensive per se, but it should suit most people’s tastes.

This page is a work-in-progress!
Last updated 25 January 2022, 16:15 EST

Software & drivers

Selected period-accurate (i.e. ≈2002) programs and the like for Windows 98. Some larger pieces of software (namely office suites) are contained on somewhat large ISO files and necessitate something like Daemon Tools to be mounted/read.

Compatibility & bugfixes

File Description Download
Microsoft Layer for Unicode Adds Unicode support to a lot of stuff. [1] [2] {3}
KernelEx 4.5.2 Compatibility layer for Windows 2000/XP programs. [1] {2}
Windows Installer Enable execution of Windows Installer (MSI) files. [1] {2}
EZ-Drive 8.01W Enable Logical Block Addressing, i.e. allow accessing disk drives over 503 MiB on BIOSes without direct support for said drives. [1] {2}

Drivers

Following are some rather generic drivers applicable to a wide range of and/or particularly common hardware. Keeping a respectable nonexhaustive list of Win98-era/-compatible drivers would fill up my server, though I do have some rather specific drivers over on my Compaq Presario 4112 page that might apply to you.

File Description Download
Maximus Decim v3.60 Unofficial native USB 1.0 drivers, namely for mass file storage. {1} {2}
USB20DRV Unofficial USB 2.0 drivers. Requires the above NUSB. [1] {2}
Sound Blaster Live! Driver Pack Drivers for the titular sound card. [1] {2}

Internet access

File Description Download
Internet Explorer 6 SP1 The last version of IE to run on Win98. Still horribly outdated, but required for some newer software and for the unofficial SP3. [1] {2}
Netscape Navigator 4.80 Final Communicator-based release of the once-titan web browser. {1}
America Online 7.0 Shockingly still signs on via TCP/IP if you have an AOL account (I’ve kept mine for fifteen years and counting). {1}
AOL Instant Messenger 5.1 Long-dead via official channels, but usable via Phoenix servers, though its employment is morally ambiguous given the rampant misinformation propagated by the development team using said service. [1] {2}
RetroZilla 2.2 Modern Gecko 1.8.1 fork with TLS 1.2 support, enabling connection to modern HTTPS sites. Still has the rendering capability of Firefox 3, however. [1] {2}

Document readers, word processors & office suites

File Description Download
Microsoft Office XP Latest version of Microsoft Office suite to work on Win98. Still period-accurate, however (2001). [1] {2}
Corel WordPerfect Suite 8 Selected version of Corel WordPerfect that I grew up using, though v9 works as well. [1] [2] {3}
Microsoft Works 7.0 2002 edition of Microsoft Works, a scaled-down office suite offered as a cheaper alternative to Office. [1] {2}
Acrobat Reader 5.0.5 Period-accurate version of Adobe Acrobat for reading PDF files. {1}

Utilities

File Description Download
Daemon Tools Enable mounting of ISO images. [1] {2}
TCP Optimizer Period-accurate program for bringing download speeds into the twenty-first century. [1] {2}
TweakUI Fine-tune a bunch of little things about the Windows UI. [1] {2}
NetTime 3.14 Keep your computer synchronised with an Internet time server. [1] {2}

Multimedia

File Description Download
RealPlayer 6 Plays Real Media files and streams Internet radio (if that’s even a thing any more). {1}
QuickTime Player 5.05 Plays QuickTime files and is seemingly necessary for every non-Flash Y2K-era online game. {1}
Macromedia Flash 5.5 Good ol’ Flash Player. {1}

Screen savers & other novelties

File Description Download
After Dark 4.0 Deluxe A rather popular screen saver compilation by Berkley. [1] [2] {3}
Microsoft Plus! 98 A bunch of multimedia themes, power toys and other goodies straight from Microsoft. [1] {2}

Stuff for my own nostalgic purposes

File Description Download
Post-it Software Notes (Lite) I had a floppy of this once upon a time, but it seems to have been entirely lost. But yeah, it’s just proto-Sticky Notes. [1] {2}
Rand McNally Route Planner 1.1 Pretty decent atlas of the United States. I loved playing around on this as a kid, for some reason. [1] {2}

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