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Windows 98 SE Hangs When Trying to Shut Down or Suspend – Part I
Select Start and Run, type msconfig and click OK. In the resulting dialog, go to the General tab, and click the Advanced button. Find the checkbox labeled Disable Fast Shutdown, put a checkmark in it and click OK twice. You probably will have to reboot once before this change takes effect.

Windows 98 SE Hangs When Trying to Shut Down or Suspend – Part II
Go to Start/Run, type msconfig and click OK. In the resulting dialog, go to the System.ini tab. Find the folder labeled [386Enh] and click the + sign next to it to expand it. If you see a line PagingFile=, highlight it and click the Edit button. Change the drive letter from lowercase to uppercase, e.g. c:\ to C:\. Then click OK. You will be prompted to restart, click Yes to do so. Read more about this issue in this Microsoft Knowledgebase article.

Windows 98 SE Hangs When Trying to Shut Down or Suspend – Part III
Microsoft has put together a guide on how to troubleshoot Windows 98 SE shutdown problems in this Knowledge Base article.

Windows 98 SE Hangs When Trying to Shut Down or Suspend – Part IV
Microsoft has issued a patch for the Windows 98 SE shutdown problem. Download it here.

Windows 98 SE Hangs When Trying to Shut Down or Suspend – Part V
Update July 28, 2000: Microsoft has issued yet another patch for the Windows 98 SE shutdown problem. Download the Win98 Second Edition Mapped Drives Shutdown Update.

Windows 98 SE Won’t Shut Down or Restart in MS-DOS Mode
This confirmed problem can be due to your video card requiring an IRQ in DOS mode, but your BIOS won’t assign one. Read this Microsoft Knowledge Base article for some suggestions on how to correct this issue.

Upgrading to Windows 98 SE Did Not Upgrade My Existing Version of IE5 to The Most Recent One 5.00.2614.3500
If you install Windows 98 SE over Windows 98 that already has IE5 installed, it will not update IE5. You should uninstall IE5 before installing Windows 98 SE.

Alternatively, you can do this: Rename the iemigrat.dll file in the C:\Windows\System folder to iemigrat.old. Back up your Registry, then delete the IE System Migration value from the following Registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Setup\ Migration\ 100

Now run the Windows 98 SE upgrade again. It should now upgrade IE5 to the most recent version.

I Installed Internet Connection Sharing But Still Have No Sharing Button
This is probably because you already had IE5 installed before upgrading to Windows 98 SE and the upgrade did not update your version of IE5 as explained in the fix listed immediately above. You can correct this by extracting the Inetcpl.cpl and Inetcplc.dll files from the Windows 98 SE CD using System File Checker. Click Start and Run, type SFC and click OK. In the resulting dialog, select Extract one File from Installation Disk, type in the name of the file you wish to extract, insert your Windows 98 SE CD, and click Start.

After Installing Windows 98 SE, The System File Checker Reports a Corrupted Setupx.dll File
To be safe, you should extract a fresh copy of the file from the Windows 98 SE CD using the System File Checker.

The Internet Explorer Repair Option is Not Available in Windows 98 SE
Since IE5 is fully integrated into the operating system in Windows 98 SE, this is no longer an option. You should use System File Checker to repair any system files.

I Receive an Invalid Product Key Error Message During Setup
The most likely cause for this problem is that your Anti-Virus software is running during the upgrade setup. Abort the setup, turn off any Anti-Virus protection (in Windows, DOS and BIOS if applicable) and start setup again.

I Am Having Problems Installing Windows 98 From The CD ROM
Try installing from the hard drive instead. Make sure you have enough hard drive space for this operation, though. Make sure you have at the very least 350MB free space before you start (better if you have one GB or more though).

  • Create a new folder on your hard drive in which to store the setup files called C:\WinSetup. If you’re doing this from within Windows 95, use Explorer to create the folder and transfer the files in the normal manner. In DOS, type MD WinSetup at the C:\ prompt to create the new folder.
  • Copy the contents of the Win98 folder from the CD into the new folder on your hard drive. As mentioned above, this is an easy drag-and-drop operation in Win95. If you’re working in DOS:
    • Switch to the Win98 folder on the CD by typing X:\ (where X is the letter for your CD ROM drive) and hit hit Enter.
    • Next type CD Win98 and hit Enter, then type Copy *.* C:\WinSetup.
  • Now do a clean boot, either from a Windows boot disk, or by pushing F8 at the Starting Windows 95 line and selecting Safe Mode Command Prompt Only.
  • Change to the setup folder by typing CD WinSetup and type Setup to begin the installation.

I Want To Use My Windows 98 Upgrade CD To Install On a Clean Hard Drive
While this technique calls for you to reinstall all your programs, the final result is a faster and more stable installation. So dig out your old Win95 CD along with your new Win98 upgrade disk and get ready to rock. This is how to do it:

  • Make sure you have a boot floppy with CD ROM support. If you need help with that, click here.
  • Use this disk to boot to a Command prompt so that you can run FDISK and then FORMAT your hard drive.
  • Insert your Windows 98 upgrade CD and type in the drive letter for your CD ROM drive to switch to the CD. Note that if you boot with a Windows 98 Boot Disk, your CD drive letter will be shifted down by one letter. So if your CD drive is normally D:, it will now be E:. This is because the boot disk creates a virtual drive (called a RAM drive) which results in a drive letter shift. Don’t worry though, everything will work normally, just be aware of the shift so you don’t think you’ve “lost” your CD drive.
  • Type Setup and hit Enter to start the Windows 98 setup. After the initial checks and dialogs, Windows setup will tell you that it cannot verify your qualification for an upgrade. Here’s the trick to get around this: Take out the Windows 98 upgrade CD and insert the Windows 95 CD for verification purposes only. Use the Browse button to point to that CD. After a minute or so of verifying some files on the CD, you will be prompted to re-insert your Windows 98 upgrade CD and you can happily continue now with the setup. You can also use Windows 3.1 floppies with this procedure.
  • Note: This procedure does NOT work with the Windows 98 SE update CD that is available for $20 from Microsoft as it does not contain the entire OS, just the updates.
  • Enjoy!

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