Maximum memory with Windows 98 is 1GB (with problems).

Email I wrote to the team I was working with, back in December 2003:

Pilgrims,

Undoubtedly with the new standard desktop having 512MB RAM, some bunny will try for 1GB.

Memory >512MB requires some entries to be placed into SYSTEM.INI.

From Microsoft:
Windows Me and Windows 98 are not designed to handle more than 1 GB of RAM. More than 1 GB can lead to potential system instability.

References:
Computer May Reboot Continuously with More Than 1.5 GB of RAM (304943)
"Out of Memory" Error Messages with Large Amounts of RAM Installed (253912)
  System.ini
  [VCache]
  MinFileCache=51200
  MaxFileCache=524000

Error Message: Insufficient Memory to Initialize Windows (184447)
  System.ini
  [386Enh]
  MaxPhysPage=30000

Specifying Amount of RAM Available to Windows Using MaxPhysPage (181862)

And yes, we did see a bunny in the field try it, and the answer was “you were warned, we told you it wasn’t supported”.

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Windows 95 – We still have customers running it.

win95bboot A Windows 95 bootscreen. (A Windows 95B boot screen to be precise.)

Now I rarely get to touch customer PCs these days, as I’m not in an “”operational”” support area.

But we still have tight arses customers who still run Windows 95, so I get a support question from one of our people (who should know better).

Queue theme music: Entrance of the Gladiators. <- click for the music. “The PC is stopping with an error when the logon script runs”, from our customer support engineer, Fred Nuckle. Time to diagnose problem: 1 hour.

Cause:

  • F. Nuckle was mapping a network drive (let’s say U:).
  • Running U:\foolish.exe,
  • and while foolish.exe was executing, unmapping the network drive.
  • So foolish.exe was going “what da fruitcake??” and causing an error.

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