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Alvis 10-02-01 09:08 PM

Will Windows 98 run on a 486?
 
I'm trying to set it up on a Packard Bell that currently has Windows 3.11 on it. This is just a computer for my in-laws to check e-mail with but I am running into problems.

Cardiff Giant11 10-02-01 09:14 PM

not sure about 98, but I know 95 runs decent on a 486 as long as it's not a super slow 486(like an SX 25mhz) and as long as you have around 16mb of ram. Don't know about 98 though.

Scarecrow 10-03-01 12:02 AM

It will run, but not well. Try WIN95 and strip it down as far as you can.

4KRG 10-03-01 12:23 AM

From MS

Before you purchase Windows 98, make sure that your computer meets the minimum hardware requirements for running Windows 98. The minimum hardware requirements include:

486DX 66 megahertz (MHz) or faster processor (Pentium recommended)


16 megabytes (MBs) of memory (24 MB recommended)


120 MB of free hard disk space (typical installation requires approximately 195 MB of free hard disk space, but the required space may vary from 120 MB to 295 MB, depending on your computer's configuration and the options that you choose to install)


CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive


3.5-inch high-density floppy disk drive


Video adapter and monitor that support video graphics adapter (VGA) or higher resolution


Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
But in my experience, a Pentium I 166mhz with 64MB of ram, was WAY TOO SLOW to use with Win 98, but perfectly fine with Win 95

Jepthah 10-03-01 01:10 AM

If you've got a BUTTLOAD of RAM maybe, otherwise forget it.

Trigger 10-03-01 03:21 AM

Yes and No.

Yes - it will run if you really want.

No - I would not recommend it because you should use the OS that your PC hardware was built for. Upgrading your OS is for suckers. :) j/k. Well your 486 would be much better off with a less-robust OS like Win95osr2.1 which was the last version of Windows 95 to come out before Win98. It's got many features that Win98 has, but it isn't going to choke your system. Plus - I've found Win95 sr2.1 to be more stable than any subsequent Windows OS (except for 2000).

namja 10-03-01 04:04 AM

depends on your definition of "run" ...

if taking 5 minutes to start up, taking 30 seconds for the mouse click to respond, freezing every other time you turn on the computer counts as "running" then yes.

otherwise no.

try Windows 95. it's much better on slower computers.

Scarecrow 10-03-01 10:47 PM

A bit OT, but one of my old clients put Win 2K on a Pentium 120 with 16MB of RAM. Now that was one slooooooooow machine.

X 10-03-01 10:59 PM


Originally posted by Scarecrow
A bit OT, but one of my old clients put Win 2K on a Pentium 120 with 16MB of RAM. Now that was one slooooooooow machine.
Hell, I put it on a 75MHz notebook with 24MB. Not very impressive performance, but then I used to run NT4 server along with SQL Server on it.

joe liquor 10-03-01 11:11 PM

I tried to put it on my 486 SX a few years ago and it didn't work. The fact that the SX lacked the math co-processor is what caused my problem if I remember right. So if you are setting it up on 486 SX that may be your problem. I put an older version of 95 on mine and it worked out fine.

Real Boba Fett 10-03-01 11:29 PM

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Originally posted by 4KRG
From MS


But in my experience, a Pentium I 166mhz with 64MB of ram, was WAY TOO SLOW to use with Win 98, but perfectly fine with Win 95

I have/had (I gave it to my syster) a Pentium 166 with 64 megs of RAM running Win98 and had no problems. Well configured it is about the same speed as win95 (which I was running with 32 megs of RAM, at that time Pentium200 was the fastest you could get...). The P166 65 megs RAM is now running WinME without problems (with crappy stuff like system restore disabled).

I won't install WinXP on it tho :D

4KRG 10-04-01 12:27 AM


Originally posted by Real Boba Fett
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I have/had (I gave it to my syster) a Pentium 166 with 64 megs of RAM running Win98 and had no problems. Well configured it is about the same speed as win95 (which I was running with 32 megs of RAM, at that time Pentium200 was the fastest you could get...). The P166 65 megs RAM is now running WinME without problems (with crappy stuff like system restore disabled).

I won't install WinXP on it tho :D



Some people tolerate slow better than others ;)

I would rather not use a computer than use a p166 with 64mb of ram and win98.


Now the same computer with 128mb of ram and windows NT is much faster....

Real Boba Fett 10-04-01 02:22 AM


Originally posted by 4KRG




Some people tolerate slow better than others ;)

I would rather not use a computer than use a p166 with 64mb of ram and win98.


Now the same computer with 128mb of ram and windows NT is much faster....


He he he :D

I have to agree with you, that is why I gave it to my sister and got an Athlon :)

But I would have to say that I didn't really see a speed decrease from the P166 32 megs of RAM running Win95 (that system cost me an arm at the time, it was about the best you could get) and the same P166 with 64 megs of RAM running Win98.

Last summer, I worked (summer job, I am a student) for Bell Canada and I had a P166 32 megs of RAM running NT4... now that is slow, a real pain! They were replacing their older P166-P2 300 with newer computers... but of course this was after I left!

I am just glad to be back at university and use nice Athlon 1.3 Ghz with 22' Samsung Flat screen monitor... ahhhh :D

DivxGuy 10-04-01 09:47 PM

I gave someone a 486-133 with 16mb of RAM , and it worked OK. It was slow, but she couldn't argue with the price. :) More RAM would speed such a machine up a lot .

I found a P133 in the garbage a while back. Just for my own curiosity, I upgraded it to modern components (AGP mobo, ATA/66 HD, 128mb RAM) to see how well it would work with WinME and W2K. The answer proved to be, suprisingly well. I would suspect the main bottlenecks with these machines is the lack of RAM.

RD


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