Working with a Legacy Windows 98 System

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

This week, I had two systems that run Windows 98 and are linked together as a POS for a store. They are ten years old and are starting to show signs of their age. They have never been connected to the internet for security reasons, so they also have never seen an update.

They needed imaging, but the CD drives were not working.  And they were so old that, while they had USB ports, they would not recognize my external drive.

I ended up taking the drives from the machines and using an IDE combo reader to ghost the drives and then put them back in.  Then, I had trouble getting the systems to recognize the drives again and ended up using a win98 boot floppy to fix them.  This was fun in itself, looking around the office thinking, "Do we even have any?" 

All in all, it was a frustrating yet fun time, and serves to remind me where we are now after only ten years.  And, how lucky our kids are to not have to deal with this stuff; just plug it in and it works!!!

Have a great weekend!