Questions About Upgrading From Windows 98

by on September 28, 2007

An Into Tomorrow listener submitted the following question!

Q: I would like to know if I update my windows 98 to 2000 or later, will I lose the games, pictures, etc that I have saved or purchased over the years?

A: If your system is running Windows 98, it must be several years old and there is no guarantee that it will be able to run any of the newer versions of Windows. You should check the minimum System Requirements for the Operating System you are planning to install before making any attempt to perform an upgrade.  Microsoft no longer supports Windows 2000 because it is so old, so you may want to consider installing Windows XP. Unfortunately, this may require the purchase of an entirely new computer (which will likely come with Windows XP or Windows Vista), because the System Requirements for Windows XP are much greater than those for Windows 98. Many of the applications that ran on Windows 98 did not run on Windows 2000 or Windows XP so you should also consult the software manufacturer’s web sites to see if there are versions available for newer versions of Windows.

Before you begin an attempt to upgrade an Operating System, you should always back up all of your data to an external source (CD, DVD, Flash Drive, or External Hard Drive). This way you will not lose your data.

2 Responses to “Questions About Upgrading From Windows 98”

    thanks for your response. yes, my computer is old, haha , got it in 2000, but had the windows 98 installed, because i was afraid of the new version. kick me now, eh? oh well, i guess i will leave well enuff alone till this computer dies or me. thanks again for your help . i really appreciate it, i am 70 years old and not too brave about trying new things.
    you are very good, keep up your good work


    I completely understand about not being too brave when it comes to computers. I personally take the approach of if it is not broken don’t fix it.

    So if your computer currently does everything you need it to do then there is really no reason to upgrade except to say you are running a newer version.