Vintage PC Software

This section has some recommendations for working with old DOS/Windows versions. All of this software can be freely downloaded unless otherwise noted, and contained no adware/bundleware in the versions I checked.

Recommended software for Windows 98SE

  • This USB Mass Storage Device driver will help get you past the need to transfer things by floppy once you've got it installed. It might not work with every drive; a Cruzer Blade seems to work well with my machine.

For software version, I note the latest version I have tested to work, while for Windows version I note the earliest version I have tested to work. As of the current writing, I have not tested any Windows version other than 98SE.

Most DOS programs, listed further down the page, will also work on a Windows 9x system unless otherwise noted.

SoftwareSoftware VersionWindows VersionDescriptionLink
7-Zip9.2098SEExcellent compression/decompression software for .7Z, .ZIP and other archive formatsHomepage
HashCalc2.0298SECalculate file checksums, offers a wide variety of methodsSlavaSoft Homepage
HJ-Split3.098SESplit/join files (e.g. for floppy disk storage/transfer), also calculates MD5 checksumsHomepage
ICY Hexplorer2.698SEHex editor, many useful featuresSourceforge page
NoteTab Light7.298SENotepad replacement that allows loading multiple files in tabs and other useful features.Homepage
Metapad3.698SENotepad replacement, light & no-nonsense, can load big filesHomepage
GrafX22.4.203598SEPaint program with lots of nice features, DeluxePaint-ishHomepage
Wally1.55b98SEPaint program specialized for Quake texturesQuake Terminus
PakExplorer1.298SEBrowse, extract, and compile Quake .PAK filesQuake Terminus
AdQuedit1.398SEWorks with various Quake formats, insert/extract graphics etc.Quake Terminus
IrfanView4.4498SEImage viewer that supports many formatsHomepage
EasyCleaner2.0.6.38098SEA handy multi-purpose utility for cleaning out junk files, registry cruft, and duplicates. Can also chart disk space usage.Homepage
Lunar IPS1.0298SECreate and apply IPS patches for filesFuSoYa's Niche
ZipInstaller1.2198SEProvides install/uninstall functionality for ZIP-based software distributions.Homepage

Software for DOS

SoftwareSoftware VersionDescriptionLink
NE3.00bText editor made to resemble Borland IDEDownload mirrors
HexIt1.57Powerful hex editor.Homepage
uHex1.0.3Hex Editor, not many features but lightweight. Unless you need a very low-spec program HexIt's probably better.Sourceforge Page
Funky Chicken Utilities FileCRC1.00Calculate CRC32 of files.Download mirrors
VGAPaint 3861.4Deluxe Paint style graphics programHomepage
PaintPro (Cryogen)1997Design ANSI text-screen graphicsDownload mirrors