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How to reinstall Windows 98
Article ID: 250928
This article was previously published under Q250928
Important This article contains information that shows you how to help lower security settings or how to turn off security features on a computer. You can make these changes to work around a specific problem. Before you make these changes, we recommend that you evaluate the risks that are associated with implementing this workaround in your particular environment. If you implement this workaround, take any appropriate additional steps to help protect your system.
This article describes how to reinstall Windows 98 or Windows 98 Second Edition.
Warning This workaround may make your computer or your network more vulnerable to attack by malicious users or by malicious software such as viruses. We do not recommend this workaround but are providing this information so that you can implement this workaround at your own discretion. Use this workaround at your own risk.
Note An antivirus program is designed to help protect your computer from viruses. You must not download or open files from sources that you do not trust, visit Web sites that you do not trust, or open e-mail attachments when your antivirus program is disabled. For more information about computer viruses, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/129972/ )Computer viruses: description, prevention, and recovery
Before you run the Windows Setup.exe program to reinstall Windows, you may need to complete the following steps:
How to Reinstall WindowsTo reinstall Windows:
How to Troubleshoot After the Installation ProcedureAfter the installation procedure is finished, you may need to use the following steps:
For more information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/188881/ )How to install Windows 98: Helpful tips and suggestions
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/193902/ )How to install Windows 98 into a new folder
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/221829/ )How to install Windows 98 on a computer with No operating system
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/232681/ )Windows 98 Second Edition updates Setup.txt file