So there’s moaning and hand-wringing about the coming demise of Windows XP. And we read about all the people who have tried out Windows 8 and pine for the good old days of Windows 7. (Don’t hear much pining for Vista, though.)
What about good old Windows 98SE? I still have a machine running that, although it’s getting old and a little flakey.
If I bought a brand-spanking-new PC with the latest umpty-gigahertz CPU and umpty-gazillion-gigabyte disk drive and whatever else is new, could I still load and run Windows 98SE on it? (I’m pretty sure I still have the installation CD’s around somewhere.)
I’m guessing there might be problems with drivers. The existing Win98 drivers would probably not run the latest printers, network cards, and other modern stuff, and the newer hardware probably doesn’t have drivers written for them that will run in Win98. I’m almost willing to work around various devices that don’t work, as long as I can get the basic things running.
Windows 98 was the nicest of the whole Windoes series of operating systems, as far as I’m concerned. And furthermore, I’m still working with some old legacy applications (one in particular) that I think worked best in Windows 98, and has never worked as well with any of the newer systems. I want to continue running that app on a Windows 98SE machine.
One detail I really would need to deal with: I will need a good old fashioned Centronics parallel printer port with a Windows 98SE driver, as this app requires a dongle connected to it to run. So it has to be able to work with that.