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...

    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

    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.
    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

    John2005, Jan 9, 2006
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