Only one week after its arrival, Windows 98 is already causing users headaches - with registry problems poised at the top of the list of complaints.
A first look at Windows 98 by VNU European Labs' independent testers has thrown up difficulties in installation, and further problems when modifying hardware specifications.
VNU European Labs' Ian Robson said Windows 98 had a long list of hardware drivers, which boosted its plug and play capabilities beyond those of Windows 95. But this was also the root cause of some of the difficulties facing users, he said.
"If you install new hardware it will attempt to force you to accept certain preferences. If it doesn't recognise the driver you're trying to install, it will search through the list it has and default to a known driver," he said.
Windows 98 users will also need more memory to maximise their systems. Robson said this was as much to do with the sorts of applications being used as the operating system's use of resources.
"Windows 98 has been integrated closely with the Internet - this is a Ram-hungry application," he said.
Sukh Rayat, general manager of Slough, UK based chip distributor Flashpoint said the currently low price of Ram was good news for users. "It sounds like everyone will need more memory, but with Ram currently priced at around #10 for 16Mbytes, this shouldn't be a problem," he said.
Last week, retail chain PC World opened its stores at midnight to herald the arrival of Windows 98. A store representative said the retailer sold 1,000 copies of Windows 98 between midnight and 1am throughout its network of 17 stores in the UK. A further 4,000 copies were sold during normal trading hours the following day.
Sean Fleming is a reporter on Computing. Additional reporting by Gavin Clarke and Ian Stobie.
Some parts of Atacama have not received rainfall for 500 years - but a sudden deluge of water upset the Desert's delicate biological balance
Spitzer Space Telescope could not spot Oumuamua, suggesting that it is actually pretty small
Greenland crater one of the 25 largest impact craters on Earth
This long-sought progenitor star was identified in an image captured by Hubble in 2007