Getting your USB flash drive to work on Windows 98

Flash Drive Being the village nerd, I quickly realized that there are still many windows 98 users out there. Personally I’m a Mac lover, but I don’t discriminate against any other OS’s. I own many PCs running, Windows 2000, XP, Ubuntu and of course OSX (my favorite).

Although all current systems are plug’n’play when it comes to USB flash drives, but windows 98 requires you to jump through a few hoops… Just a few years ago, thumb drive manufacturers bundled a win98 driver, with their flash drive, the last two USB keys I bought did not (no worries, right?), unless your like me (can you fix my computer? "guy").

Being "that guy" you’re bound to run into someone still running windows 98.

What your gonna need is a “USB mass storage device” for win98 driver, which you can download at

And follow these three simple steps:

  1. control panel > system > “delete any usb key devices that failed to install” and “unknown devices”
  2. install downloaded driver
  3. reboot your system

you should be set to use most flash drives out there.

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