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Starting Windows 98

To start Windows 98, you simply turn on your computer and monitor. As your computer boots, Windows loads the files it needs to run. You'll notice the Windows 98 logo screen and several black screens with white type.

After the operating system is loaded, you may see a password dialog box asking for your user name and your password. If you are a member of a network, you must use the exact user name and password assigned to you by your network administrator; if you are not sure what to enter in this dialog box, ask your administrator. You should use the same user name and password each time you log on to Windows so that your desktop, applications, and customization settings will always be the same. By default, Windows displays the Log On dialog box if you're on a network. If you don't see a Log On dialog box, you don't have to enter a user name or password to work in Windows.


A term used to describe a computer's starting up process, during which the operating system and configuration files are loaded into the computer's memory.
User Name and Password
Identifies you to your computer or to the network server, and protects your computer from illegal entry.
Log On
Attaching to the network so you can use its resources — files, printers, and so on.

Follow these steps to open the Windows program if you're on a network:

  1. Enter the following information:
    User Name
    The name by which you are identified to your computer or the network.
    Your personal watchword for logging in to the computer or network.
  2. Press Enter or click OK to start Windows.

Error Message!

Many different errors could occur at this point. For example, a message might appear on your screen telling you a connection could not be restored or that you're not a valid user. First, make sure you've typed your password correctly and used the appropriate case when typing. If you still have a problem connecting to the network, see your network administrator for help.

Should I Press Enter or Click OK?

Pressing Enter in a dialog or message box is the same as choosing the OK button; pressing the Escape key is the same as choosing the Cancel button.