Windows 98 build 1593
|Build of Windows 98|
|Timebomb||1998-01-31 (+131 days)|
Windows 98 build 1593 is a build of Windows 98 belonging to the Beta 2/2.1/3 branch. It was scene leaked by a warez group in late September 1997. Its highlights include a change in its branding and several updated applications.
New features and changes
- This build features a major overhaul of the Windows 98 branding. Most 'Beta 2' references are now replaced with 'Beta 3', and it features an early version of the Beta 3 bootscreen with thinner lines, a different background and a 'With Microsoft Internet Explorer' tag. This was replaced by the more common version of the Beta 3 boot screen in 1629 when Windows 98 switched back to the 'Beta 3' branding.
- The 'Welcome To Windows 98' application is completely different from the versions found in 1581 and earlier. It features the Windows 98 logo sliding in with the left pane before the links in it are displayed. After that, the text on the right is displayed, and the application becomes interactive. When closing it, you get an option to automatically start it on the next startup.
- Internet Explorer and Outlook Express have been updated from versions 4.72.0103 to 4.72.0118. There are no major changes to either of them in this build.
Quirks and bugs
- There have been differing opinions on whether this build is a Beta 2, Beta 2.1 or Beta 3 build, due to its unique branding, and the fact that three later builds refer to themselves as Beta 2.1 builds.
- The Setup program throws up a lot of errors during system configuration, most of them having something to do with Internet Explorer. You will have to ignore them to continue. Emulators like 86Box will run through the system configuration without error.
- Several items have wrong icons in this build. This was fixed in 1602.
- The default Active Desktop wallpaper remains broken in this build should you encounter errors in the system configuration. Again, this was fixed in 1602.
- If you create a new user in the build, the default login client will automatically switch to the 'Microsoft Family Logon' client, even if the new user in the only one in the system. This was changed in later builds, where you had to install it manually and have two or more users in the system for it to work properly.
This build is a relatively easy build to install, and you can do it in most hypervisors and emulators (86Box is recommended), provided that you follow these guidelines:
- In VirtualBox, you have to disable the USB port to avoid a BSOD during installation.
- Disable APM and ACPI in all hypervisors/emulators that support it, as its APM and ACPI support is buggy and cause crashes.
- In VMware, you will get a BSOD during the hardware detection and installation stage of setup. Once it comes up, reset the VM to get past this.
- If you get a Windows Protection Error from CONFIGMG, boot into safe mode and remove the ACPI and the APM system driver.
If you want a better display driver in VirtualBox or VMware, you can use the 2010-06-01 version of the VBEMP 9x driver, or the Scitech Display Doctor 7 driver, as they are the latest VESA drivers that work well with this build. 86Box should correctly install all drivers on first boot and have working sound.