Windows 98 is fading away

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    Microsoft Ending Support for Windows 98

    REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. will stop offering support services next month for computer users whose machines are still running Windows 98, though the company said it might still release security patches if threats appear serious enough.

    About 20 percent of all Windows-based computers still run Windows 95 or 98, according to International Data Corp., a technology market research firm. Support for Windows 95 stopped Dec. 31, 2001.

    People whose machines run Windows 98 will not be able to call Microsoft for help after Jan. 16. Online assistance will still be available.

    Analysts said the support phase-out should not cause major problems, in part because businesses — the largest segment of the PC market — generally upgrade their computers every three to five years.

    "I don't think anybody's freaking out about it," said Jupiter Research analyst Joe Wilcox. "One, the operating systems are very old and I don't believe a large number of businesses are using (them) in critical areas. Two ... there's an ample warning that these products are end-of-life."

    Wilcox argued that consumers have better reasons to upgrade than the approaching end of support.

    "Those older operating systems, as long as they're kicking around, they're potential security problems for every company that uses them," Wilcox said. "They weren't built with encryption of data in mind. A lot of information is transmitted, passwords and things, as clear text. If you're looking for a good way to allow a virus on a network or allow it to be hacked, keep running these older operating systems."

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    Jim, I was going to post the same thing earlier, I was not sure if anyone would appreciate it.

    As stupid as it sounds I am kind of sorry to see it go. Win 98 was a milestone in the windows OS family, it was the first release that was powerful and relatively stable if treated right, and from a developers point of view, feature rich. This was also the time where the internet was feeling itself out and starting to get direction, the two together brought about a spirit of creativity.

    Just my take.
     
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    Personally, I loved win98SE. I still have two machines in the house that use it.
     
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    who cares, I just have Jim do whatever needs to be done! :D
     
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    substitute my name for Jim and you sound like my wife. :laugh:
     
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    for the last hour or so when I try to open the box for get more smileys my system freezes up?? shut down internet explorer, open home page and go to go till I try to open smiley again??? any Ideas.... liked your last reply bout subing names LMAO
     

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