Windows 98 dies today

Written by Wil Harris

July 11, 2006 | 10:35

Tags: #2003 #security #support #virus #windows-98 #windows-xp

Companies: #microsoft

Microsoft is switching off support for Windows 98 today.

The operating system has been going for 8 years now, and Microsoft is encouraging anyone still running it to switch to Windows XP! Of course, if your machine isn't quite fast enough for XP, you're a bit stuck.

The switch-off means no more telephone support, and no security fixes - meaning that the internet is about to become a very dangerous place for Windows 98 users. With no updates for the numerous security issues and viruses that arrive each week, a box is sure to be hosed before long.

The switch-off was originally due to happen in 2003, but Microsoft delayed it because a number of developing countries are still using Windows 98.

Microsoft said that "These older operating systems can expose customers to security risks." How about their newer operating systems, eh?

Are you still using Windows 98 anywhere? Let us know your thoughts over in the forums.
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