Service Pack For Windows 98SE – Elf Knows It [ARCHIVED]

I was having a quick look at my traffics stats for this site and I noticed I still get quite a few Windows 98 users. Many of you know Microsoft never released a service pack for 98. Which is a shame because at the time I taught it was a brilliant OS, I still do, in fact I used it on one of my machines until 2003, then finally upgraded to XP on that, I still have a copy of it on my VirtualBox for old times sake.

But back to what I was saying, for all of my 98′ readers, I have found a service pack for Windows 98, It’s not official but it’s good.

So what’s in it?
Here’s a quick run-down of the update log:

Features of 2.1a:

# 120+ updates and hotfixes (Detailed list will be prepared soon).
# Solves 512 MB of RAM problem.
# 256-color tray icons.
# Better Notepad: MetaPad 3.5 (Optional).
# Optimized swap file usage (Optional).
# Better WDM and USB support.
# Adaptec ASPI 4.60.1021 drivers (Optional).
# Windows Scripting Host 5.6.
# DCOM98 1.3.
# OLE Automation Libraries 2.40.4522.
# Dial-Up Networking 1.4.
# Microsoft Installer 2.0.
# HTML Help 5.0.
# TweakUI (Optional).
# Command Prompt Here (Optional).
# New Animated Boot and Shutdown Logo (Optional).
# Microsoft Layer for Unicode.
# Visual Basic 5.0 SP2 runtime library.
# Visual Basic 6.0 SP6 runtime library.
# Visual C++ 6.0 SP6 runtime libraries.
# Updates JET 3.5 files to JET 3.5 SP3.
# Supports 98lite 4.7.
# Windows 2000/ME desktop icons.
# Windows 2000 color scheme (Optional).
# Supports custom "Program Files" directory.
# Shows attributes column in details view on the Windows Explorer.
# Semi-slipstreaming support.
# Some tweaks (Optional).

Changes in 2.1a:

* Corrected timestamps of some files (2.1a).
* Corrected SCR56.INF version information (2.1a).
* Added COMPOBJ.DLL from DCOM98 (2.1a).
* Added COMCAT.DLL from DCOM98.
* Added Q212265 (JPEGIM32.FLT).
* Added Q240896 (OPENGL32.DLL).
* Added Q258765 (REG).
* Added Q269604 (DSOUND.DLL).
* Added Q285895 (CIMWIN32.DLL) and Q282949 (WBEMPROX.DLL).
* Added Q323708 (NSCIRDA.SYS).
* Added Q327517 (REG).
* Added Q885836 (MSWRD632.WPC).
* Added Q887617 (HTML32.CNV, MSCONV97.DLL, MSWRD832.CNV).
* Added Q903235 (REG).
* Added a fix for VS2005 issue (REG).
* Added "No Channel Logging" registry tweak.
* Updated Q891711 (to U891711).
* Updated NWPP32.DLL (to Q250876-v2).
* Updated HTML Help (to Q896358).
* Removed DELINFS.INF.
* Corrected MOUHID.VXD and DISPEX.DLL files.
* Cleaned up some code.

What really caught my eye is how it makes the OS look, it brings it from the old hard grey look to a more 2000 style.


Show how do you get it?
Head over to this guys website and at the bottom there is a range of download links for different languages and servers. The best part is the download file is one just over 16MB!

Do you still use Windows 98SE? If you do let me know what you just love about it with a comment, and if you tried this let me know!

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