Can Windows 98SE run on an Intel I7 with SATA hard drives?

Liam Proven lproven at
Thu Feb 4 08:25:41 CST 2016

On 4 February 2016 at 15:17, Dale H. Cook <radiotest at> wrote:
> It is unusable in one important way. This thread began as a discussion of running serial port terminal emulators on a PC. At work I still use some MS-DOS programs (admittedly not terminal emulators) over serial ports. For my purposes (setting up a variety of vintage specialized hardware over RS-232) NT-based operating systems are sometimes unusable because they present the application program with a virtual serial port, and MS-DOS programs running under those operating systems cannot read from or write to the UART registers. Some of the setup programs for that vintage hardware were written before the mid-1990s and access the UART registers, so I have to run those under Win98 or earlier. I have a portable MS-DOS 3.3 machine that I use to set up that vintage hardware.

A fair point, but then, one is not going to use MS-DOS to browse the
Web in 2016, right? Even the handful of ancient DOS web browsers can't
handle the modern Web.

There's a big difference between a "daily driver" and a specialist tool.

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