Win98 Area

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Windows 98se (Second Edition) Stuff
Vmware Workstation Note - You have to manually install the mouse driver. Just go into device manager and update the driver, it is in the vmware tools folder in \programs\vmware tools...
Windows 98 Updates & Service Packs
UNICOWS Microsoft Layer for Unicode on Windows 95, 98, and Me Systems, 1.1.3790.0 (if using KernelEX - copy to system folder)
Windows 98 SP3 v3.64 Unofficial Serive Pack 3 - adds a lot of nice fixes to Windows 98se
Windows 98 SP3 v3.56 Unofficial Serive Pack 3 - adds a lot of nice fixes to Windows 98se
Windows 98 SP3 v3.53 Unofficial Serive Pack 3 - adds a lot of nice fixes to Windows 98se
Windows 98 SP3 v3.47 Unofficial Serive Pack 3 - adds a lot of nice fixes to Windows 98se
DirectX 9.0c December 2006 release. This is the last release for Windows 98se.
MSI Installer This update lets Windows 98 install .msi files.
NUSB33e These drivers offer generic USB mass storage support for Windows 98SE.
KernelEx 4.5.2 KernelEx is an Open Source compatibility layer with an aim to allow running Windows 2000/XP-only applications on Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows Millennium operating systems.
Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 You'll want to install this if you plan to use the Revolutions Pack. You also need to install this before installing Windows 98 SP3.
Visual Basic 6.0 Sp5 VB6 runtime files. Lots of programs need these
Windows Script Control Used by various programs such as Color Selector 3.01
GTK+ 2 Runtime Environment Last version of the runtime to work with Windows 98 (Needed for GIMP)
gdiplus.dll Needed for many programs such as X-Setup Pro
ASPI Drivers Adaptec ASPI Drivers 4.71 (Needed for CDex).
MFC The Microsoft foundation class library (version 4.21.7303)
Visual C++ 6.0 Runtimes Redistributable runtimes for Visual C++ 6.0
Visual C++ 5.0 Runtimes Redistributable runtimes for Visual C++ 5.0
.NET Framework 1.1 Microsoft .NET 1.1 Framework for Windows 98 - Released April 24th, 2003
.NET Framework 2.0 Microsoft .NET 2.0 Framework for Windows 98 - Released November 7th, 2005

Driver | Video Drivers
Nvidia 81.98 Drivers Last version of NVidia drivers to support Windows 98. Works with most NVidia cards up to the Nvidia 6800 Ultra.
Nvidia 82.69 Drivers Not an official release because it was released after NVidia quit supporting Windows 98. Fixes issue with 1440x900 and 1680x1050 resolutions missing.
ATI Catalyst Suite 6.2 Display Driver and Catalyst Control Center (Feb. 9, 2005) - Works with pretty much all ATI Cards up to the Radeon 9800 Pro/XT
Drivers | Ethernet Drivers
TP-Link TL-WN610G Windows 98se/2000/xp drivers for TP-Link TL-WN610G PCMCIA Cardbus Wireless 802.11 b/g ethernet adapter (Self extracting 7zip archive)
D-Link DWL-G510 Windows 98 drivers for D-Link DWL-G510 PCI Wireless NIC
Promise FastTrak 2200 Windows 98 drivers for Promise FastTrak 2200/2300. Although these are the 2000/XP drivers from the Promise support site, they work fine for Windows 98.
Drivers | VMware Drivers
VMware Tools v8.4.6 (Pre Win2k) For early versions of Windows running under VMware Workstation or Player
Creative Ensoniq Audio PCI Drivers Use these with VMware Workstation
Creative Enqoniq 2MB Waveset Use these with the Creative Ensoniq PCI driver. Copy to windows->system folder
Creative Enqoniq 4MB Waveset Use these with the Creative Ensoniq PCI driver. Copy to windows->system folder
Creative Enqoniq 8MB Waveset Use these with the Creative Ensoniq PCI driver. Copy to windows->system folder
Drivers | Chipset Drivers
Intel INF Update This INF update is for several older chipsets, but in particular the 440 BX / LX / TX
Applications | Graphics
GIMP 2.2.10 Great open source digital photo/art/paint software. Needs GTK+ 2 runtimes available here also.
Irfanview 4.44 One of the best ever graphics viewers.
Irfanview 4.44 w/Plugins One of the best ever graphics viewers.
Applications | Miscellaneous
Adobe Reader 6.0.1 Great PDF reader back in the day
Foxit Reader 2.3 Prefered PDF reader for Windows 98.
Revolutions Pack 9.7.2 Must have add-on for Windows 98 to really make it look good. This really is quite a nice enhancement.
Internet | Web Browsers
Firefox 3.6.28 Although this version of Firefox requires the KernelEx patch, it is by far the best browser available for Windows 98
Opera v10.61 Last version of Opera to work with Windows 98se (Includes MSIMG32.DLL FIX)
Firefox Last version of Firefox to run on standard Win 98se
Firefox 10.0.12 ESR This version of Firefox requires Windows 98 Service Pack 3 and KernelEx 4.5.2 or higher
Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 You'll want to install this if you plan to use the Revolutions Pack. You also need to install this before installing Windows 98 SP3.
Off By One v3.5d Very small, self contained browser supporting SSL.
Netscape Navigator Very popular browser back in the day.
Retrozilla 2.2 Great rehash of the Gecko engine that supports TLS 1.2 for modern SSL Sites
Internet | IRC Clients
mIRC v6.35 Last version of mIRC to work with Windows 98. Best IRC client ever written?!
Polaris SE v4.2 Polaris SE is an all around user friendly mIRC script. The scripts main objective is to easily allow users to share files among one another over the IRC medium
Internet | FTP Clients
MicroFTP 2000 v2.6 MicroFTP 2000 is a free, easy-to-use FTP Client program that will allow you to quickly transfer files to and from any FTP web site. Kind of finicky with directories.
WSFTP-32 Great little FTP client that's been rock solid for me over the years (v95.06.18)
FileZilla 2.2.22 Last version to support Windows 98 (pretty buggy, use WSFTP-32 or MicroFTP 2000)
WinSCP 4.4.0 WinSCP is a graphical interface for SCP / SFTP.
Internet | Servers
Apache2Triad 1.2.3 Basically a LAMP Stack for Windows 98
Abyss X1 Web Server v1.2.3.0 One of the best Windows 98 web servers
HFS 2.3m Outstanding HTTP file server that is a cross between FTP and HTTP (Website)
Internet | Remote Control
TightVNC 1.3.10 Remote control client / server for Windows 95/98/NT4
Putty 0.61 My favorite SSH Client. Last version to work with Windows 98SE
Internet | Miscellaneous
NetTime 3.14 Use this program if you want to keep your computers clock sync'd with an internet time server
WebTime 2000 v3.9 WebTime 2000 is a small utility program that will synchronize your PC's internal clock with one of the several atomic clocks maintained by the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology
HTML PhotoGallery v1.44 This program will create a photo album of pictures in Jpeg format. Navigation is accomplished by creating web (.Html) files. The program correctly handles folders with sub folders, creating navigation links between the subfolders. It also creates thumbnails of your .Jpg files. Finally, you can create DirInfo.txt files to add captions to your photos. The program is compatible with all versions of Windows (9x/NT/2000/ME/XP). A sample photo album has been included (Unzip file illustrating the proper use of DirInfo.txt and DoNotModify.txt files
Utilities | Compression Utilities
WinZip 9.0 SR-1 Last version of this fine compression program that work with Windows 98se
7Zip v9.20 Last version of this fine compression program that work with Windows 98se
7Zip v16.02 Latest version of 7Zip for Windows 98. It isn't an installer version. Install v9.20 then extract this over the files in that directory
WinRAR 3.80 Every Windows 98 user should install this
Utilities | Graphics
SnagIt 7.2.5 Awesome sreen capture utility. They gave away this key back in the day - YW6RC-4YMK6-SZBBD-C2MCW-Q9D96
Utilities | File Utilities
Bulk Rename Utility Version 2.7.02 (Last Win98 version). Great for file renaming
TreeSize 9x Neat program to show the file size of all your directories
Utilities | File Managers
Total Commander v8.52 One of the best all around file managers
Total Commander v9.51 One of the best all around file managers (Latest Version as of May 1st, 2020)
Xplorer2 v3.1.0.1 Alternative to Windows Explorer
Q-Dir 6.24 an amazing quad split screen file manager
EF Commander v11.11 Very nice Norton Commander clone
Notepad++ 5.9.2 Extract the .zip and use the progran in the "ansi" folder. File Dialogue doesn't work, probably useless version for Win98.
Utilities | Backup
Cobian Backup v7 Really great backup program
Utilities | Web Design
CheckWeb v1.2 Check HTML Links - run from DOS prompt with format - "checkweb"
Utilities | Miscellaeous
WinImage 8.1 WinImage is a fully-fledged disk-imaging suite for easy creation, reading and editing of many image formats and fileystems, including DMF, VHD, FAT, ISO, NTFS and Linux.
TCP Optimizer v3.08 Must have for Windows 98. Optimizes TCP/IP Stack and makes a HUGE difference in download speeds
DVD Decrypter Make backup copies of your DVD's by ripping and decrypting them
Daemon Tool 3.47 great utility for mounting ISO images as a drive.
VirtualCloneDrive great utility for mounting ISO and other images as a drive.
CGterm 1.7b2 Best color graphics telnet terminal program for calling Commodore 64 telnet BBSes
QuickPar 0.9.1 if you don't know what this is for, you don't need it
CrapCleaner v2.29 Handy utility for cleaning up crap other programs leave behind
TweakUI 1.33 Microsoft utility to tweak Windows 98 settings
mTail 1.4.20 Great utility for tailing text files like logs
Faber Toys V2.6 Build 52 Faber Toys is a system utility, mainly developed for power users who want to know what's going on in their Personal Computer. It may also be used by programmers as a tool for tracking their applications
Process View PrcView is a process viewer utility that displays detailed information about processes running under Windows
X-Setup Pro 9.2.100 S/N - XSA092-11TA9R-8K12YT | ultimate system "tweaking" tool for Win 9x
Icon Spy 1.3 Find and extract icons from system files
CDex v1.51 Rip music to MP3 - needs UNICOWS and ASPI Drivers
CacheMan 5.5.0 Cache Manger for Windows 98
IOmegaWare v2.2 Just what you need if you have a ZIP or Jaz drive.
Utilities | Anti-Virus
Process Explorer 8.5.2 If you want to know what is running on your Win98 box, this is the tool. Also has a nice CPU Utilitization task tray mode
ClamWin 0.99 Up to date antivirus for Win 9x and others
TZ Data Editor Lets you edit Windows timezone data because the goverment keeps screwing with Daylight Savings Time
Utilities | CD / DVD Burning & Ripping
ImgBurn Really good CD/DVD burning software
ImgBurn Newest version of ImgBurn to work on Win 98se
Text Edit Utilities
MAX's HTML Beauty++ 2004 MAX's HTML Beauty++ 2004 is advanced HTML editor that can edit as many files at a time as you want, plus it has advanced customizable syntax highlighting, undo / redo, drag & drop editing, right-click tag editing, extended find & replace, template support, project management, auto updating code snippets, code library, tag case changing capability, spelling & grammar check and more... There are also 28 Tag Designers for almost every HTML tag, a Power Toolbar that contains almost all HTML tags, Built-In Image Browser / Viewer with GIF Optimize function and ability to convert images to WBMP image format which is used by WAP-compatible mobile phones, Built-In JavaScript Beauty Scripts (rollovers, slideshows, etc.), Built-In Support for HTML TIDY, Internal Preview using Internet Explorer and Mozilla and much more...
Notepad++ 5.9.2 Extract the .zip and use the progran in the "ansi" folder
Utilities | Developement
Color Selector 3.01 Nice utility for converting colors to various numeric equivalents
Just Color Picker 4.4 Neat utility to get the color values for anything under the cursor
Multimedia | Audio Players
1by1 v1.75(ANSI) 1 by 1 v1.75 - Last Windows 98 compatible version
WinAMP WinAMP 5.35 - Best MP3 player ever made
MP3Gain v1.2.5 Program to normalize the sound level on MP3's
Trout Player v1.06 Nice MP3 (plus others) player
Foobar 2000 v0.8.3 Very popular MP3 player
WMP9 Windows Media Player 9
WinAMP 5.33 last version of WinAMP to support Windows 98 AND CD Burning
Multimedia | Sound Editing
GoldWave 5.25 Really nice Sound Editor for Windows 98
Multimedia | Video
Vidomi .469 This was one of the best DVD to DiVX conveters I ever used on Windows 98
K-Lite Codecs 3.4.5f Codecs for various video compression. You'll need this to view things like DiVX / XViD. FFDSHOW errors out on low power machines.
VLC 0.8.6i Video LAN player for watching DiVX, XViD, etc... (Needs specific UNICOWS from the updates section above)
DVD Shrink 3.2 Nice program for converting DVD9 movies to fit on a DVD5 Disc
Commodore 64 Emulators
WinVICE 2.4 x86 Best ever Commodore emulator!