Backing up critical windows 98 updates on CD-R for after 6/30/06, and backing up critical files need

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by John2005, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. John2005

    John2005 Guest

    Hi everyone,

    I have an older Windows 98 (4.10.1998) computer and I want to keep the
    computer running as well as possible, and as secure as possible, even
    after getting an XP machine.

    As I understand it, after 6/30/06 Microsoft will no longer be providing
    critical updates (even existing critical updates) for Windows 98, at
    the following site...

    http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/en/default.asp

    This is the site that scans your computer and tells you what updates
    are needed. I want to back up all critical updates to date, on CD-R, in
    case I ever need to reformat my hard drive or just in case I need them
    after 6/30/06.

    I found the following two links that list critical updates for Windows
    98...

    http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/catalog/en/default.asp

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows98/downloads/corporate.asp

    When the page at first link loads, it looks like the same webpage that
    scans your computer, but it is not, it actually provides a catalog of
    critical updates for almost all windows OS.

    At the links above, I downloaded about 69 MB from the first link, I did
    not download all of the foreign languages versions for Net framework,
    and I did not download anything for internet explorer prior to version
    6, because I expected security updates for all prior versions of IE to
    be included in version 6. Likewise, I did not download anything for
    versions of directX before 9.0 since I expect security fixes for all
    prior versions of directX to be included in directX 9.

    I also did not download any Microsoft Java Virtual Machine updates,
    since I now use Sun Java 1.5.

    Using the method above, it took the download down from about 250 MB to
    69 MB, which helps on a 56K dial up connection.

    I downloaded everything from the second link.

    I don't understand why Microsoft cannot just keep the windows update
    site working for "existing updates" relevant to windows 98. That way,
    if someone needs to reformat their hard drive after 6/30/06, it would
    be easy to get the needed updates. Likewise, I don't understand why at
    the very least they cannot just simply archive all the existing
    updates, so that windows 98 users can get them if needed.

    I have my original Windows 98 CD, My original system restore CD, and
    the original floppy universal boot disk.

    In addition to the critical updates listed above, should I check out
    any other Microsoft links or back up any other security updates ?

    Aside from critical and security updates, should I back anything else
    up on the CD in case I ever need to reformat ?

    Thanks for your help.
    John
     
    John2005, Jan 8, 2006
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  2. John2005

    John2005 Guest

    When I Posted this message it did not seem like it went through, so I
    posted again. Now I see the original post did go through and now there
    are two posts. I did not intend for this to happen. There seemed to be
    a problem with all my posts on Sunday Jan. 8 / 06

    John
     
    John2005, Jan 9, 2006
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