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Windows 98 is an operational system with an easy interface based on the excpanding windows principle which which uses icons to graphically presented files and their types. Windows 98 is the enhanced version of Windows 95.

Windows 98 makes the way you and your computer interact easy. Most everyday tasks are now easier to accomplish than ever before. For example, the second mouse button has become a powerful weapon. The old Windows 3.0 Program Manager and File Manager have been replaced. The desktop tools that replace them are very like those found on a Macintosh. For example, there is a Recycle Bin that makes it easier to recover accidentally deleted files.

Your computer probably will crash and buzz less running Windows 98 than it did with Windows 3.1 and 3.0 or even DOS. Most memory related problems have been removed. Built-in networking features make it easy to reliably share files with co-workers across the room or across the world. Still you can run DOS programs and older Windows applications but most users will probably want to spent most of their time using Windows 98 applications instead.

Microsoft says that it is moving forward to the time when we’ll all think more about our data and less about the specific name-brand programs used to create them.

Windows 98 plug-and-play capability makes it easy to upgrade your computer hardware. And portable computer users will like what Microsoft has done to make their lives calmer.

A new Windows shortcuts capability makes it easy to reach frequently used files and other necessities. A new Search system helps you to locate and examine the contents of files in a flash.

Most of these is accomplished without sacrificing performance. In fact, many things (like printing) usually happen faster now, due to 32-bit support and other Windows 98 advancements.




Answer the questions

    1. What is Windows 98?
    2. What new principles are used in Windows 98?
    3. What is a Recycle Bin feature?
    4. What problems has Windows 98 solved?
    5. Is it possible to run old DOS programs under Windows 98?
    6. What is ‘plug-n-play’ capability?
    7. What is a ‘shortcut’ capability?
    8. What is a ‘Find’ feature?
    9. What is a ‘Search’ system?
    10. Why many things work faster now with Windows 95?


Are the following sentences true or false? If they are false give the right variant.


  1. An ‘icon’ is graphical image that presents file and its type.
  2. Second button is not used in Windows 98 because most people use 1-button mouse.
  3. There are no similarities between Macintosh and Windows 98 desktop tools.
  4. Windows 98 has some tools which help to communicate with other people through computer network.
  5. It’s no longer possible to use MS-DOS commands and run MS-DOSD files.
  6. Microsoft corporation is oriented to produce as many programs as needed to meet people needs and make them buy specific brand – name products.
  7. New plug-n-play capability is for those who like to play computer games 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
  8. A new shortcut feature is used to cut long programs very short to save disk space.
  9. New Find Feature helps you to locate the contents of files.
  10. It must be mentioned that all new Windows features are possible only because of the low level of performance and quality.


Explain what is




Recycle Bin

Plug-n-play capability

Shortcut feature


Translate into Russian following commands


  1. Start Windows 2000. Empty the Recycle Bin. See the free diskspace on drives C and D. See the catalogue of disk C.
  2. Resize, maximize and minimize the window. Close the window. Move it, holding the left button.
  3. Create a folder (ïàïêà) COMPUTER. Copy any 2 files into it. Rename the folder. Delete two files into the Recycle Bin, then recover them. Delete the whole folder.
  4. Create a textual file in WordPad program. Save it as Text. Rename it as MY FILE. Create a shortcut for it. Put the shortcut on the DeskTOP.
  5. Create a picture in Paintbrush program. Save it as My Picture. Create folder PICTURES.

Copy file My Picture to the PICTURES folder.

  1. Quit Windows 2000.



Questions for discussion


  1. What are the best features of Windows 98?
  2. Computer society thinks that Intel company, the most powerful CPU producer, has an agreement with Microsoft corporation that the latter will develop more and more sophisticated, large and demanding software to force users to buy new processors and upgrade their computers. Do you think this might be true? How does this suggestion correlate with the new Windows 2000 and Microsoft OFFICE 2000? Do you think that Bill Gates’ monopoly on Windows operating systems is very dangerous for the competition and price-making process?
  3. What do you think – is Windows 98 better than Windows 2000? Why and why not?




Date: 2015-01-12; view: 3311

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