Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows 98, Windows Me, and Windows XP Service Pack 1
End of support for Windows 98 and Windows Me
July 11, 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Microsoft is retiring support for these products because they are outdated and can expose customers to security risks.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.
If you can't afford a new machine to run the Microsoft bloatware, please consider using Linux. It IS
a viable alternative for the common computer user. Consider using SuSE
, or Mandriva
And although Linspire says you have to pay for it, it is Linux and is therefore free of cost. You'll have to do some digging on their site and probably register, but you can get it for free... but then you don't have tech support or documentation.