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Introduction to Windows 98

Most well accepted operating system used by the computer users world wide was Disk Operating System or DOS. Over the years, lots of features were added to DOS, which was initially introduced to be used with PC with Intel's 8088 chip set. However, recent introduction of Windows operating system with Graphical User Interface build into it, a computer user need not remember all the operating sys-tem commands by heart. This has been possible with the introduction of windows Operating system by Microsoft, which provides major improvements such as graphical operating environment, net-working of computers, in build multimedia capabilities and performance enhancement to DOS. Most of the personal computers you see today comes with Microsoft Windows operating system. It is an operating system meant for IBM compatible PCs.


The following are the main features of Windows98 operating system.

• Creates the link between the user, and the computer by providing an interface in which the user can communicate with the computer

• Serves as the base software on which a variety of programs can operate. Examples include MS Word, MS Excel, MS Power Point, and MS Access

• Handles internal functions, such as managing the computer memory, input and output operations

• Provides a series of utilities - specialized programs to manage your system - and commands that you can use to manage your files, folders, and disks

• A Graphical User Interface (GUI), which uses pictures, symbols, windows, and words on your screen that you control with the mouse

• Built-in programs, or accessoires like, WordPad, Notepad, Calculator, Paint program etc. • The ability to display several documents and run a number of programs in their own windows, all at the same time. • The World Wide Web (WWW) is easily accessible from anywhere in windows. You can communicate over the Internet. Using Internet tools included with windows, you can send e-mail, chat, and view news. • Supports DVD and digital audio, so that you can play high quality digital movies and audio on your computer. You can also watch TV.

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