Windows 98 Getting Started Guide

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Getting Started introduces you to Microsoft® Windows® 98 and helps you get the operating system up and running right away. In addition to learning how to install Windows 98, you learn how to use the desktop and you find out about new features. You also get information about advanced issues, such as connecting to a network, and find answers to commonly asked questions.

How to Use Getting Started

Whether you're already familiar with or new to an operating system such as Windows 98, you can find useful information in the Getting Started book. You can navigate this book several ways: you can complete the chapters sequentially, you can use the chapter-opening outlines to find the topics you want, and you can look up terms in the index to go directly to the information you want.

The following table is a guide to using this book.

If you are


New to computers

Appendix A, "Using a Mouse"
Chapter 3, "Using Your Desktop"

New to Windows 98

Chapter 1, "Welcome"
Chapter 2, "Installing Windows 98"
Chapter 3, "Using Your Desktop"
Chapter 4, "Customizing Your Desktop"

Installing Windows 98

Chapter 2, "Installing Windows 98"

New to the Internet

Chapter 1, "Welcome"
Appendix B, "Internet Basics"

Customizing the desktop

Chapter 4, "Customizing Your Desktop"

Configuring hardware

Chapter 5, "Advanced Issues"


In Windows 98, there are usually several ways to perform a task. For example, if you want to copy a file, you can:

  • Click the Copy command on the Edit menu. 

  • Click the Copy toolbar button. 

  • Click and drag the file by using the right mouse button. 

For simplicity and consistency, this book describes the menu method of performing tasks.

Other conventions used in this book are listed in the following table.




In procedures, indicates text that you type or the name of a screen object (such as a menu or button).


Indicates a glossary term.


Refers to quickly clicking the primary mouse button (usually the left mouse button) twice. If you're using the single-click option, you should click only once when documentation tells you to double-click.


Refers to clicking the secondary mouse button (usually the right mouse button) once. Right-clicking opens a shortcut menu.

The following table identifies symbols and margin icons.





Indicates a reference to additional information.

If Windows Looks or Acts Differently

Because Windows 98 is customizable, your copy may vary slightly from illustrations in this book. You may also notice slight differences in how Windows 98 responds — for example, whether you single-click or double-click to perform tasks.