Updating directx in windows 98
Windows 98 System Requirements 486DX/66 MHz or Higher processor 16 MB of RAM Approximately 195 MB; can take up to 295 MB of hard drive space CD-ROM or Floppy Standard sound card for sound capability.
VGA or higher-resolution 100% compatible Microsoft keyboard and Mouse Windows 3.x, 3.1x or Windows 95 to upgrade Includes Direct X 5.0 Windows 98 SE System Requirements 486DX/66 MHz or Higher processor 16 MB of RAM Approximately 205 MB; can take up to 315 MB CD-ROM and DVD Standard sound card for sound capability.
The thing is - I could do it and it didn't require any kind of special program to do it even. It was a special order card but the software that accessd it came from Applied Engineering from all the way back in the 1980s.
When they only dreamed of having huge memory cards. All of those older systems will still work with the internet just like the ][ , //e, //c, //gs, Lisa Mac and even the original Macintosh, Amiga, and Atari systems will work with the internet.
It is compatible just like Windows v3.1 is still compatible.
You may not see the fancy stuff people use now - but standard HTML will still work and be displayed. Second - instead of downloading a 276MB file with programs that are going to try to muck up your computer - why not go to download the 100MB optional updates as well as the 76MB main updates in their "All In One" area?
I just formatted a Windows 98 computer and reinstalled Windows 98 SE and it runs worse than it did when ran with all the junk from the guy who threw the computer out on it!!!
Then you just get the updates instead of the updates AND junkware.
Third - If it was me - I would download and install Virtual PC and only install everything on the virtual hard drive. Standard Windows 98se CD install via an ISO image which Virtual PC converts to just looking like a CD-ROM drive. As the man said - get Win Image and make lots of floppy drive images. (BTW: Cider Press is also usable by the //e, //c, //gs, and Lisa Mac emulators also.) Just because we have moved ahead in technology doesn't mean those that are working to do so do not also take into account what has gone on in the past.
First - this is what Virtual PC was created for, and Second - you would then have virtualized CD-ROMs, floppy drives, and everything else and they are all standardized so you only have to look for that one kind of a device, download those drivers, and not worry about the fact that you have the latest whiz-bang equipment. If you were going to use the Apple ][ emulator - I'd suggest Cider Press. It isn't even true that Windows v3.1 can not use multi-gigabyte disk drives or memory.
Virtual PC translates your requests into whatever your current device uses. The virtual 98se thinks it is writing to a compatible ethernet connection. There actually are programs out there that will allow you to either make ram drives to use the large amounts of memory you have and large disk drives can be partitioned down into smaller ones.