Microsoft Kills Support for Microsoft Windows ME, Windows 98, and Windows 98SE
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If you are one of the holdouts who is still using Microsoft Windows ME, Windows 98SE (Second Edition) or even, gasp, Windows 98, well, then Microsoft won’t help you any more.

Microsoft has announced that effective July 11, 2006, it will cease providing support for any of Windows ME, Windows 98SE, or Windows 98.


According to Microsoft, “Microsoft is ending support for these products because they’re outdated, and these older operating systems can expose customers to security risks. We recommend that customers who are still running Windows 98 or Windows Me upgrade to a newer, more secure Microsoft operating system, such as Windows XP, as soon as possible.”

Me? I gave up on Windows back when they phased out 3.11.

If you are one of those who now need to upgrade to a newer version of Windows asap, you can get the Windows XP with Service Pack 2 upgrade from Amazon on sale for $69.00:

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4 thoughts on “Microsoft Kills Support for Microsoft Windows ME, Windows 98, and Windows 98SE
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  1. First there was DOS. Then WIN 3.1. Then WIN95. Then WIN98.
    Then WIN XP…. Now Vista.
    What makes you think that $Micro$oft$ is going to get it right this time? Why should I pay one cent more for buggy, bloated and crummy software?
    BTW: If I upgrade to the nest OS most likely $MS$ will cause me to buy a new computer just so that it runs fairly decently….. NOT!

  2. Hi Shannon,

    You can find out if Windows XP will be compatiable with your current Windows computer by downloading the upgrade advisor tool:

    which will inform you if any devices will not work on your computer.

    If you want to upgrade to Windows XP Home Edition, you will need Windows 98, 98 SE or Me. Windows 95 or below are not eligable, as neither are Windows NT or 2000 (although NT and 2000 can both be upgraded, along with the other three, to the Professional Edition).

    The system requirements for running Windows XP are listed here: , although in truth, (albeit slowly) Windows XP can be run on a system as low as 64MB RAM and 150Mhz processor.

    Don’t forget you can puchase Windows XP Service Pack 1 probably quite cheaply now and then simply download the free update to the newer Service Pack 2 to save money, too!

  3. So, I can upgrade for seventy bucks? Please help, I have no idea id this will work on my system.

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