Windows 98 Second Edition



  • @PinkRei said:
    When I install from the top OEM (full) I get an error message saying "the SHELL32.DLL file is linked to missing export SHLWAPI.DLL:tFileAttributesA." when I dismiss the error, Explorer says it has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down. Every solution I've found for this involves doing things in file explorer, which I cannot get to because this happens before I even get to the desktop for the first time. What the hell is causing this and how can I fix it?

    Specs? Hopefully it's not on a 2.1gHz or 1024MB RAM or greater since Windows 98 is not meant to handle those specs.

  • The 2.1 GHz limit was natively fixed in 98SE. 512 MB is the safe maximum though unless you buy a patch. You can boot with up to 1154 MB although you may need to adjust cache settings in system.ini.

    Newer processor architecture (like Ryzen) are apparently starting to struggle with 16-bit code and consequently Windows 9x. You should try using a proper emulator such as PCem on newer hardware.

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