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Best way to upgrade Win 98 to Win 98SE

#1 Post by cadillacmike68 » Fri May 22, 2020 1:03 pm

Hi, I'm getting a few older ThinkPads from a former admin here (he's an "admin emeritus") including a 600 which I think will come with some sort of win 98. I want to update it to 98SE if it does not already have it.

What's the best way of doing this? I'm pretty sure I have some original win98SE discs hanging around. By discs in mean CDs. I would not want to do this with the 78 floppies. I also have what should be working copies of 98SE on some other Thinkpads. I read somewhere that if you took a DOS or 95 system (or perhaps a non 98SE 98 system) system and copied the entire windows directory onto the computer you would have it, but one would have to have the CD and other devices already in autoexec,bat and config.sys.

Is this doable, or can you run the w98 setup off the CD on a working 98 (non-SE) system and have it update all the files?

Or will I have to wipe out the windows directory and install from scratch from the CD.

Or will I have to run some recovery discs on it, which may, again, only be the original 98, not 98SE?
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Re: Best way to upgrade Win 98 to Win 98SE

#2 Post by dr_st » Fri May 22, 2020 2:58 pm

You may be able to run SETUP from the 98SE CD while inside Win98, to do an in-place upgrade, as described here:
https://www.pctechguide.com/how-to-do-a ... to-win98se
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