June 30, 2006 will bring a close to Extended Support for Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Me as part of the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy. Microsoft will retire public and technical support, including security updates, by this date.
Existing support documents and content, however, will continue to be available through the Microsoft Support Product Solution Center Web site. This Web site will continue to host a wealth of previous How-to, Troubleshooting, and Configuration content for anyone who may need self-service.
Microsoft is retiring support for these products because they are outdated and can expose customers to security risks. We recommend that customers who are still running Windows 98 or Windows Me upgrade to a newer, more secure Microsoft operating system, such as Windows XP, as soon as possible.
Customers who upgrade to Windows XP report improved security, richer functionality, and increased productivity.
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Information Regarding Older Computers and Operating Systems:
- Keeping Old Computers Alive – http://www.techsoup.org/howto/articles/hardware/page1339.cfm
- National Recycling Coalition’s Electronics Recycling Initiative – http://www.nrc-recycle.org/resources/electronics/
- Connecting a Computer to the Internet – http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial86.html
- Switching from Internet Explorer to Firefox – http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial79.html
- Resources for Older Computers – http://www.coyotecom.com/tech/old.html
Software for older computers:
- Eudora (E-mail) – http://www.eudora.com/
- Firefox (Web Browser) – http://www.getfirefox.com/
- Opera (Web Browser) – http://www.opera.com/
- Mozilla Suite (Web Browser, E-mail, etc.) – http://www.mozilla.org/products/mozilla1.x/
- AVG Free Edition (AntiVirus) – http://free.grisoft.com/
- ZoneAlarm (Firewall) – http://www.zonelabs.com/