::Windows 98


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{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Refimprove |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Message box|ambox}} }} {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__|$B= {{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} }} Windows 98 (codenamed Memphis<ref name="Memphis">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> while in development) is a graphical operating system by Microsoft. It is the second major release in the Windows 9x line of operating systems and the successor to Windows 95. It was released to manufacturing on May 15, 1998 and to retail on June 25, 1998.

Like its predecessor, Windows 98 is a hybrid 16-bit/32-bit<ref name="Multitask">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> monolithic product with an MS-DOS based boot stage.<ref name="Architecture">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Windows 98 was succeeded by Windows 98 Second Edition on May 5, 1999,<ref name="Windows98SE">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> which in turn was succeeded by Windows ME on June 19, 2000.<ref name="WindowsMe">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 98 and 98SE on June 30, 2002, and extended support ended on July 11, 2006.<ref name="Support"/>

The startup sound for Windows 98 was composed by Ken Kato, who considered it to be a "tough act to follow."<ref name="SpeakHertz">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Windows 98 sections
Intro  Development  Web integration and shell enhancements  Improvements to hardware support  Networking enhancements  Improvements to the system and built-in utilities  [[Windows_98?section=Windows_98_Second_Edition_{{safesubst:#invoke:anchor|main}}|Windows 98 Second Edition {{safesubst:#invoke:anchor|main}}]]  Upgradeability  Press demonstration  Product life cycle  System requirements  References  Further reading  External links  

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