I recently bought an old PC at a yard sale, an old Gateway 2000 (today just called Gateway) “Family PC” with about 2 GB of hard drive memory, and 64 MB of RAM… and that’s after the original owner gave the computer a memory upgrade. On the 2 GB harddrive, comes a version of Windows 98 Second Edition, with the professional edition of Office 2000.
It really brings me back to some of my early days with computers, back when I used the Meade Starfinder v1 software, Microsoft Flight Simulator 95 and Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator II. Windows 98, for me, was like a workhorse. Sure, by today’s standards, it wasn’t pretty, but back then, no operating system really looked great. It never gave me any trouble, and it also was quick to respond. It also never gave me the “Blue Screen of Death.” In my mind, it was the best system that Microsoft produced. Sure, XP and Vista are not bad, but Windows 98 was a reliable and quick system that got the job done. Windows 2000 was hopelessly insecure and hardly an update, Windows XP was insecure and slow, and Vista is a little more secure, an update, but expensive and slow. Welcome back Windows 98!