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A More Efficient Setup

User input during setup is reduced and all requests for input have been moved to the beginning of setup. After all user input has been made, the user can leave the system and come back to a ready machine. If setup is launched from inside Windows 95 then setup uses the existing configuration as a reference for component installation.

Enumeration of First Boot

Enumeration of Plug n' Play hardware has been moved to the 1st boot portion of setup. This was done to eliminate the setup failures that occur during detection in Windows 95. It was moved to occur before detection to reduce hardware detection problems.

Legacy Detection

Windows 98 uses current configuration information (The Registry) for identifying the legacy components. Legacy hardware detection is no longer performed during installation from inside Windows 95.
Exception: Setup verifies legacy hardware by searching a known setting and if correct, (it) keeps the device. If setup cannot verify the setting or the setting is incorrect, (then) Windows 98 will launch full hardware detection.
When setup is started from MS-DOS or Window 3.x, legacy hardware detection is performed after the first restart and after enumeration.

Version Conflicts

During Windows 95 setup, if a file on the computer was newer than the one being copied, setup displayed a message identifying the file. You then determined to keep the existing file or copy the older one from setup. The dialog box, as shown below in Windows 95, will never appear in Windows 98 Setup.
Windows 98 now includes a Version Conflict Manager (VCM). The VCM acts the same as clicking the "No" to keep the existing file button. No dialog is displayed to notify the end user, but the newer files are stored in the Windows\VCM folder.