Revolutions Pack 9 Configuration

This page was created to help people install Revolutions Pack 9. Listed below is the software, needed for bringing a Windows 98 First Edition system up to modern standards. Make sure to install the files in the presented order.
     Tip: use setup.exe /p i when installing Windows 98. This ensures that all device controllers will be installed directly on the PCI bus, instead of through ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface). All modern computers use their own built-in ACPI.


These downloads are meant for Win98 ("First Edition") users and those who "Lited" their Win98 system. Win98SE or WinME users should probably not install these.
     98Lite is a product from LitePC. They specialize in removing Internet Explorer from the Windows OS. You can download their "Free Preview". It's fully functional and unlimited. You get the chubby version by default. If you pay, there's an additional "Micro" option, which reduces Win98 to USB-stick proportions.

SE Update (0.7 MB)
Minimal Windows 98 SE update:

  • user32.dll: Version 4.10.2223 of the Win32 USER32 core component. Makes Windows Explorer skinnable.
  • MFC42.DLL: Version 6.00.8047.3 of the Microsoft Foundation Classes library. Resolves compatibility issues with modern software.
  • unicows.dll: Version 1.1.3790 of Microsoft Layer for Unicode. Resolves compatibility issues. Run install.inf.

    IE5 Update (3.1 MB)
    Minimal IE 5 Windows update. Only essential files are updated. You keep your current version of Internet Explorer (if any). Taken from the official 5.0 distribution:

  • Comctl32.dll: Version 5.81 of the Common Controls Library. Makes Win98 skinnable.
  • DCOM98: OLE Automation/ActiveX upgrade.
  • Font upgrade (Comic Sans, Verdana fonts).
  • Font upgrade (Georgia, Trebuchet MS: new Windows system font).
  • thumbvw.dll: Thumbviewer Shell Extention.
    Run dcom98.exe, run install.inf.

    IE6 Update (2 MB)
    IE 6 Windows update. Taken from the official 6.0 distribution (see below). Only Windows Explorer is updated, you keep your current version of Internet Explorer (if any).

  • Shlwapi.dll, browseui.dll, shdocvw.dll: Makes Explorer skinnable, enables ClearType in the Shell
  • thumbvw.dll: Thumb Viewer update.
  • urlmon.dll: Fixes crashes when viewing modern web-sites in IE 4/5.
    Run install.inf. If you don't want to fiddle around with dll files, install IE6 (listed below).

    DirectX 8.1 (11.8 MB)
    Multimedia upgrade.
    Download from Microsoft

    MS Installer 2.0 (1.7 MB)
    For modern installation packs (.msi)

    Revolutions Pack 9

    Tihiy's wonderful Windows 98 skinning package. Learn more about it at the MSFN Developers network. There's also some documentation if you want to build custom skins.

    RP9 Updates (1.2 MB)
    Updates for running the RPConfig configuration program.
    Download from Tihiy's web-site.

    Revolutions Pack 9.6.5 (stable) (2.3 MB)
    Make your Windows 98 machine look like XP, Vista etc: 32-bit transparent icons (Alpha blending), ClearType, Menu effects
    Download the latest version from Tihiy's web-site.


    Various authors have been busy creating themes for UberSkin, the skinning engine in RP9 and LameSkin, the predecessor of UberSkin. Some of the themes don't show properly. This is because they were created during the development of Uberskin, before it went into Revolutions Pack 9.
         Every theme has 1 folder and 1 .reg file with the same name. Put these in the C:\Windows\System\Resources\Themes folder and double-click the .reg file. Now you can change to the theme using RPConfig.

    RP9 Icon Pack (8.8 MB)
    Extension of the RP9 default icons by Dandee. Provides additional icons with the typical Windows XP/Vista and Tango look (System Icons, Shell Folders, IE, Media Player, Streams, Control Panel).

    Xstyle's Theme Pack (5.9 MB)
    Theme package by Xstyle. Contains 10 themes, in various flavours: AeroClassic, AquaXP, Longhorn 4008, NovumOS, TenetXP, VistaRevolution, VistaUltimateBlack, XPEnergy. Also contains some nice wallpapers.

    Crystal Dlb (0.1 MB)
    Macintosh style by dlb. Needs some work, though.

    Luna Homestead & Metallic (0.1 MB)
    Port of the original Windows XP metallic theme by Zoinkity.

    Ubuntu Human (0.1 MB)
    Very stylish port of the Ubuntu GNU/Linux flavour by marxo. The scrollbars are missing.
    The installer creates its folder in the "Resources", instead of the "Themes" folder.

    Windows 3.1 (0.01 MB)
    Retro-port of the original 3.11 version by Chozo4. Looks cool with the Tango icons.

    Aqua XP (0.1 MB)
    Another great theme by Xstyle

    Windows Vista (0.1 MB)
    Original RP 9.1.0 Theme by Tihiy


    These are additional softwares which are not required for RP9 but might come in handy. Personally, I like FireFox 2.0 because it is the last fully Win98 compatible browser capable of outclassing Internet Explorer 6 and even 7 in displaying the newest web-sites properly.

    Internet Explorer 6 UK (20 MB, full version)
    Contains the essential Comctl32.dll, Shlwapi.dll, user32.dll libraries. Makes the Windows Explorer look even prettier with RP9.
    Download from Microsoft (via downloader)

    FireFox 2.0 US (5.7 MB)
    The last Win98 stable version. Safe browsing, sites still render as well as in IE7. Shows flash movies (YouTube) like it should be.
    Be sure to install the Flash player also.

    Flash Player 9.0.47 (1.1 MB)
    View Flash movies, etc. for all browsers, except Internet Explorer.

    Flash Player 9 ActiveX (1.5 MB)
    Flash plug-in for Internet Explorer

    Google Toolbar 3.0 plugin FF (1.1 MB)
    Google toolbar for FireFox. Adds specific search tools, like "Search This Site".
    Open the .xpi file in FF. WARNING: Disable the updates feature in the options dialog (Advanced/Update). FireFox will try to update to version The Google toolbar will stop functioning in that version.

    Google Toolbar 3.0 plugin IE (0.6 MB)
    Google toolbar for Internet Explorer. Adds specific search tools, like "Search This Site".
    Run install.bat.

    Native USB 3.2 (1 MB)
    Generic driver for USB mass storage devices by Maximus Decim. Recognizes most USB sticks without needing to install the driver. Probably not needed for SE or ME systems.
    Just remember to point the dialog to C:\Windows\System in case the stick is not detected immediately. For more info about supported Win98 versions, check out the download page at Technical Assistance.

    MSN Messenger 5.0 (2.5 MB)
    The last Win98 compatible version for MSN chat. Still has all the features, but without the excessive advertising :-).

    FileZilla 2.2 (1.7 MB)
    The coolest FTP program on the Web.

    WinVNC 3.3 (1 MB)
    Remote desktop for Windows 98 by AT&T Research Labs.

    Terminal Server Client 5.1 (3.5 MB)
    Open a desktop connection to an XP machine or Terminal Server.
    Will be installed as a communications tool (Start Menu/Programs/Accessiories/Communication).

    SeaMonkey 1.1 US (13 MB)
    FireFox's little sister. Based on the same source code, but faster. Needless to say that both are off-spring from the infamous Netscape browser.
    Be sure to install the Flash player also.

    The Gimp 1.2.5 (6 MB)
    Professional image editing software.
    You also need to install the GTK Libraries (1.8 MB).

    VLC Player 0.8.6i (9.2 MB)
    The last Win98 stable version of VideoLAN's movie player. Plays all formats of movie-files.

    Real Player 10.5 (10.2 MB)
    The last Win98 compatible version of the Real Media player. Plays RealAudio (.RA, .RM) and RealVideo (.RV, .RM, .RMVB) files. Also contains the plug-ins for your browser.

    MS Media Player 7.1 (10.2 MB)
    The last Win98 compatible version of the Windows Media player. Still plays old and new .AVI, .WMV, ASF movie-files. Adds the new Windows Media 9 codec (wmv9vcm [WM3]) to your system. Updates the plug-ins in your browser.

    NTFS for DOS (1.4 MB)
    Datapol/Avira's NTFS4DOS Personal. Access NTFS formatted disk-drives on the Win98 commmand line.

    UNIX Tab Completion (0.14 MB)
    Enable unix-style file name completion on the Win98 commmand line.