The popular operating system, Windows has, over time, seen numerous updates, which have been developed to improve the performance, usability and compatibility of these operating systems with a variety of different software, hardware and peripherals.
It was also the 8th version of Windows. As with previous versions, this release was codenamed, as "Whistler", after the Northwest town of the same name. This was the last Windows release to use the MS-DOS name "DOS" in its title. The Windows logo and the DOS prompt appeared only on the initial "boot" screen, and for the rest of the install, this screen appeared as a grey overlay behind Windows. In addition to the standard system requirements for previous operating systems, Windows 98 included the Intel 80386 or higher processors with at least 8 MB of RAM or at least 64 MB of RAM, and the CD-ROM drive.
A new feature in this release was the start button, also known as the Windows button, which allowed users to switch between programs or open the Start menu. Unlike the MS-DOS start menu, the Windows start menu was arranged vertically and contained submenus which included the My Computer, My Documents, my, Run, and my Favorites menus. Windows 98 included the My Computer and My Documents programs, as well as the Program Manager.
Windows 98 introduced the Hot Corners feature, which allowed users to assign a number of functions to the corner of the screen which could be activated by double-clicking a mouse button on that corner.
Windows 98 was the first version of Windows to support 64-bit computing, which allowed applications to be compiled for more than 4 GB of RAM, and which allowed software to be "Paged" to the virtual memory (which meant that an application did not have to constantly move pages from the hard disk to the virtual memory when using more than 4 GB of RAM).
A significant change to the user interface was the inclusion of the Quick Launch bar at the bottom of the screen, which displayed a list of items organized by folder and which could be rearranged by double-clicking an icon in that list. Windows 98 also included the 0b46394aab