Subscriber Peter Dunckelmann wrote to ask about his USB flash drive:
Hi Terry Stockdale
Enjoy your newsletter and look forward to reading each issue.
I am working with an oldish but trusty computer that runs Windows98 and wish to up-/download files using a USB Memory key.
I have been advised I would not be able to save my files on to a memory key because the computer’s OS is too old and incompatible with the new memory key’s USB
Is there a way around this problem? Do I have to install a new driver? Will the new driver be
compatible with WIN98?
If you have any solution to my problem, I would be most appreciative.
Thank you, Peter Dunckelmann
The problem is that there were several different releases of Windows 98, just as in Windows XP.
The original Windows 98 did not work with USB at all. The later Win 98 SE was mostly compatible, but with USB 1.1.
Most USB 2.0 devices are backwards compatible with USB 1.1, so that’s not where the problem is.
Windows XP and Windows Me have built-in drivers for USB. In the Windows 98 world, we had to download the USB driver for that specific flash drive from its manufacturer. Often, but not always, the driver was included with the flash drive.
Unfortunately, to answer your question, the only driver that will be compatible with Windows 98 is a Windows 98 driver for that particular flash drive. Windows Me and Windows XP drivers will not be any good for you.
Try to find a flash drive that says it supports Windows 98.
Better yet, upgrade to Windows XP Home if your computer can handle it.