Modem Drivers in Windows® 98
Are you curious to know about the role of modem drivers in Windows 98 operating system and want to install them in your computer?
Windows 98 is the successor of Windows 95 operating system. It is one of the most reliable and stable operating systems released by Microsoft ever. This is one of the potential reasons behind the popularity of Windows 98 operating system. The operating system gives you the opportunity of adding a modem to your computer and to use it properly. But, you also need an authentic and compatible modem driver to support the hardware device.
Here we will discuss in detail about the tips to install modem drivers in Windows 98 system and issues you can face during the process:
- Tips for installing modem drivers in Windows 98
- Need and role of modem drivers in Windows 98
- Common issues while installing modem drivers in Windows 98 and tips to resolve them
Tips for installing modem drivers in Windows 98
You can find the modem driver software in the CD supplied with the modem by your manufacturer. If you do not have the CD, you can also download the modem drivers from the Internet. To install the drivers from the CD, insert the driver CD. Go to: Start>Find>Files and Folders> Select the CD drive letter to look in> and then type “.inf” to search. This .inf file shows you the location of the installation settings of your modem driver. Note this location of the path. Now, stop your computer, add the modem device perfectly and start it again. Found new hardware wizard will open automatically. Here click Next>Specify a location> and then click on Browse. Here, enter the noted path of the .inf file and click ‘OK’. The installation will start. After completion, click finish and then restart your computer.
Need and role of modem drivers in Windows 98
Every device needs driver software to communicate with the operating system. In the operating systems like Windows XP or Windows 7 or Windows Vista, these drivers are preinstalled and so you do not need to install the drivers. But for Windows 98, as those drivers are not preinstalled, it is a mandatory to install the driver software to make your Windows computer operate the modem.
You can find that there is a preinstalled modem driver if you have installed the driver earlier or if you had another modem installed. So you have to uninstall the drive first to install it again. To do this, go to: Start> Settings> Control Panel> System> Device Manager tab> Modems> Remove> Ok and quit Device Manager without restarting the computer. Now right click on the Desktop> New> Folder> type ‘oldinf’ and press ‘Enter’. Go to: start> run> type “inf”> ok> edit menu> select all> edit menu> cut. Now minimize it and double click on oldinf folder created earlier on the desktop. Close and restart your computer and install the driver as described. After installation, do not reboot. Open the Oldinf Folder> Edit Menu> Select All> Edit Menu> Copy> Close. Go to: Start> Run> Type”Inf”> Ok> Edit Menu> Paste> No or No to All if prompted and then click on ‘Close’. Now reboot the computer.