and FAT32 Conversion Utility
improved version of the FAT file system helps give you more hard drive
space (28% on average) by more efficiently using space on large disks.
A graphical conversion utility lets you quickly and safely convert a
hard drive to FAT32.
Windows 98 you will do less waiting. Specifically, Windows 98 can shut
down and launch applications faster than Windows 95. You can also boot
your system faster with new ACPI machines that have fast-boot BIOS
Update -- Includes the Update Manager
Windows Update Web Site, the on-line extension to Windows 98, is a
Web-based resource site. It gives registered Windows 98 users easy
access to the latest drivers and operating system files, along with
assist users in finding the latest "help" information,
Windows 98 includes an HTML-based on-line help system. In addition to
the improved "Help" information built into the Operating
System, the Help tool in Windows 98 is extensible- dynamically taking
you on-line to the latest information about the topic at hand.
Troubleshooting Wizards can help you quickly diagnose and solve
technical problems with Windows 98. Troubleshooters are scenario-based
walkthroughs that you can customize to a situation by choosing the
answer that fits your issue.
tune-up jobs to run automatically, making your PC more
self-maintainable. It helps you delete unnecessary files and makes
sure your hard disk is optimized and properly functioning. Includes
Disk Defragmenter, ScanDisk, and Disk Cleanup features.
File Checker Utility
File Checker keeps track of critical system files that make your
computer run. If these files are moved or changed, it provides an easy
way to restore these files. Once file changes are detected, it offers
you several courses of action. The System File Checker Utility allows
you to troubleshoot problems and become productive again much more
quickly and easily.
for New Generation of Hardware
can now take advantage of the recent innovations in computer hardware.
Major hardware standards supported: Universal Serial Bus (USB), IEEE
1394, Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP), Advanced Configuration and
Power Interface (ACPI), and DVD.
you can use multiple monitors and/or multiple graphics adapters on a
single PC. Displaying your work environment on multiple monitors can
let you "spread out" and interact more easily between
documents and applications.
depth to multimedia and gaming experiences by increasing the realism
and quality by providing better imaging, built-in support for
Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) and MMX technologies. Also supports
WebTV for Windows
a TV tuner card, your PC can act as a receiver of broadcast
information. You can use your PC to find and watch TV programs, view
interactive TV programs that provide supplemental information about
shows, and receive other information.
new backup applet supports SCSI tape devices and makes backing up your
data easier and faster.
Windows 98, Internet access becomes a seamless part of the user
interface. Windows 98 provides you with one utility to universally
view local, network, intranet, and Internet data, so you can get to
the information you need faster and more easily.
of Tools for Internet Communication
Outlook Express, an e-mail and news reading client; Microsoft
NetMeeting, Internet conferencing; Personal Web Server, an easy way to
publish Web pages; Windows Media Player, streaming multimedia
services, and more.
Internet Connection Wizard is designed to make a first time connection
to the Internet simple. It gives you a list of National ISPs to choose
from, then the Wizard will do all of the software configuration for
Support for the Infrared Specification
the Infrared Data Association (IrDA) standard for wireless
connectivity with a driver set that provides infrared-equipped
computers with the capability of networking, transferring files, and
printing wirelessly with compatible infrared devices.
Dial-Up Scripting that can automate the process of connecting to
bulletin boards and online services. It also includes Dial-Up
Networking user interface enhancements that simplify setting up and
using dial-up connections.
for Multilink Channel Aggregation enables you to combine available
dial-up lines to achieve higher transfer speeds when dialing into the
Internet or network. For example, you can combine two or more ISDN
lines to achieve speeds of up to 128K.
Support for Virtual Private Networking
Private Networking is new networking support for remote users to
access their corporate network via a secure connection. It utilizes
the Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP). Support for this service
is natively built-in to Windows 98.
and Multimedia Enhancements
updated versions of Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Windows Media
Player, and DirectX, your PC will deliver an even better on-line and
Windows 98 desktop contains an Online Services Folder with links to
America Online (AOL), AT&T WorldNet, CompuServe 3.0, and Prodigy.
When you click the link to an Internet Service Provider, a setup
program starts and automatically registers you.
enhancements have been made to the Windows 98 setup program in an
effort to decrease setup time and increase setup reliability. For
example, the setup interface shows you how far along you are with the
support for Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) lets you
switch on or off your PC like you would your TV set. In addition,
Windows 98 supports Advanced Power Management (APM) 1.2 extensions for
more power management improvements.
you to save time by automating actions such as creating a shortcut and
connecting to or disconnecting from a network server. This is possible
with Windows 98 support for direct script execution from the user
interface or command line.
Accessibility Configuration Wizard helps people adapt Windows' options
to their needs and preferences and the low-end screen magnifier helps
people with moderate vision impairments and those working on
for Intel MMX Processors
support for third parties to build software that takes advantage of
the Intel Pentium Multimedia Extensions (MMX) for fast audio and video
support on the next generation of Intel Pentium processor.
utility allows you to troubleshoot system configuration issues through
a process of elimination with check boxes. It also allows you to
create and restore back ups of configuration files. This utility is
the graphical replacement for Sysedit.
Drive Model (WDM)
new, unified driver model for Windows 98 and Windows NT enables new
devices to have a single driver for both operating systems. It allows
Windows 98 to maintain full legacy device driver support while adding
support for new WDM drivers.
Skip Driver Agent (ASD)
Skip Driver Agent (ASD) identifies hardware devices that fail to
respond; displays a dialog box indicating that it has detected a
failure; prompts you with the option to bypass this action on
Dr. Watson Utility
this utility is enabled, it will intercept software faults and
indicate what software has faulted and why. It also collects detailed
information about your system at the time of the fault and logs this
information for reference later.
support for dynamically changing screen resolution and color depth.
Enhancements include: full window drag, font smoothing, wallpaper
stretching, large icons, hi-color icons, and more.
PC Card32 (Cardbus)--enables notebooks to implement high-bandwidth
apps; PC Cards operating at 3.3 Volts--lets hardware manufacturers
make lower power consumption devices; and Multifunction PC Cards--two
or more functions on a single PC Card.
Component Object Model (DCOM)
software developers to create component applications. Distributed COM
(DCOM) in Windows 98 provides the infrastructure that allows DCOM
applications to communicate across networks without requiring software
developers to redevelop applications.
Support for NetWare Directory Services
Novell NetWare Directory Services (NDS) and enables you to log on to
Novell NetWare 4.x servers running NDS to access files and print
resources. Provides key features that Novell users need.