Windows 98 Second Edition Download Link [Legal]

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by Windows Fan, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. Windows Fan

    Windows Fan MDL Senior Member

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    Hi guys

    I cant remember where did I read this but some time ago I read somewhere that Windows 98 normal and Second Edition can be downloaded free legally as Microsoft has discontinued supporting these products since long time. There was also a website link which contains setups of Windows 98, 95, DOS, etc to download.

    Can anyone please confirm this? If its true, can someone please provide the website link which contains download links of Windows 98?
     
  2. urie

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  3. Windows Fan

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    ^^ Thanks but my av NOD32 is blocking the page. Can you please give the download link of Windows 98 Second Edition here?
     
  4. MrMagic

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    Tell NOD32 not to block the page then
     
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  6. Windows Fan

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    Thanks guys. I have added the site to NOD32 allowed list. Now I'm downloading Win 98 SE. :)
     
  7. WinDev

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    You can also download 98 SE Upgrade if you want from the same site. ;)
     
  8. kelorgo

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    Just a small (theoretical) note: this download is not legal. It's true that it's free, it works, Microsoft doesn't offer Windows 98 anymore, but these factors don't make it legal. Microsoft never chose to legally give away Windows 98.
     
  9. anarchist9027

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    Its abandonware so technically it is.
     
  10. WinDev

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    On WinWorldPC FTP, file named as Microsoft Windows 98 First Edition (Upgrade).7z doesn't contain bootable ISO. Instead this, this 7z contains contents of 98 FE Upgrade CD.

    So, I maked bootable ISO of 98 FE Upgrade. Who is interested ? I will upload ISO soon.

    Hashes of my ISO:

    MD5:
    7EFF5419FE8E5D761340354C8E3EEAB2
    SHA1:
    49290E26F5DEBF4FD9FE9EC9CCA85BE97747ABB5
    CRC-32: 2F81B6F6
     
  11. kelorgo

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    #12 kelorgo, Aug 24, 2013
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    You must be joking. There is no such thing as "legal" abandonware. Abandonware is the name people give to software that hasn't been sold or supported for a while, but there isn't even a consistent definition of what is and isn't abandonware. At any rate, just because something is labelled as abandonware, doesn't technically make it legal to download, copy or use. Copyright law does have no notion of abandonware. Copyright only expires at the (rather long) time limits set by law.

    The only times when it's legal to download or copy something is when the copyright holder actually says so. Don't confuse the ease of availability with legality.

    Don't get me wrong, I am not talking about morality here. It's just that the OP mentioned legally, and even made some misinformed statements, so I'm just pointing out that those are incorrect.
     
  12. Carlos Detweiller

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    It's a dark grey zone. While you will probably get away with it, it is not legal. The only exception is if you own a valid license. Licenses do not end with end of support. I don't like the term 'End of life' at all.
     
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  13. anarchist9027

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    So if its not legal, where is the DMCA take down smart guy?
     
  14. kelorgo

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    Does the police stop you every time you cross a red traffic light?
     
  15. EFA11

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  16. anarchist9027

    anarchist9027 MDL Expert

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    M$ is much more keen than the cops buddy. They have dedicated algorithms and people to scan the web to get their products off the web. It happens to MDL all the time....
     
  17. EFA11

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    we just need not confuse abandoned with legal. Just because someone has abandoned their software support or concern, doesn't mean it is public domain. As I said, at any time MS could enforce their will on their copyright. Unlike abandoning a child, you do not lose your right to them.
     
  18. anarchist9027

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    Yes, true but they're not going to. Its an almost 20 year old operating system
     
  19. ccrogers15

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    Technically, Yes. Legally, No.

    The word abandonware is a bit under explained imo.
    Abandonware is not "Really" legal. Its just that after 10 years and if its an unsupported piece of software/game, usually, you can download it and the publisher/developer will look the other way since its not worth complaining to your ISP over. But you need to watch it, because lately, on an abandonware site known as BetaArchive, there are some users getting warning from their ISPs, especially Comcast.