Windows Update thinks my PC is Mac ?

By ravisunny2
Apr 17, 2007
  1. I have Win 98SE, and have never had any problem with the windows update before.

    Now, when trying a Windows Update, I get the message :

    'Thank you for your interest in obtaining updates from our site.

    This website is designed to work with Microsoft Windows operating systems only.
    To find updates for Microsoft products that are designed for Macintosh operating systems, please visit '

    Sometimes, while browsing, I also get an warning (something to the effect):

    'Due to your current active-x setting, some items may not display correctly'.

    I have used free scans from Trendmicro & Kapersky. Also I have used registry cleaners 'Ccleaner' & 'Wise Registry cleaner'.

    I'm not sure what setting have been inadvertently been changed.

    Can someone suggest a cure please ?

  2. c_h_e

    c_h_e TS Rookie

    strange... :)
  3. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 TS Rookie Posts: 373

    I didnt think Microsoft offered updates for windows 98/98se?

    Didn't offer them anymore is what I should of said, since like I thought it was 2004 or something like that
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    GeekieNick101 is quite correct. Microsoft no longer supports Windows98. See HERE.

    Regards Howard :)
  5. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,980   +11

    Actually, Microsoft doesn't offer support anymore, but the critical updates were still available just 2 or 3 months ago.

    Anyway, they could have just said that updates are no longer available.

    Why think that my PC is a Mac ?

    Anyway, Howard, what this means is that I can't reformat my harddisk again, since the critical updates will no longer be available.

    My replacement motherboard is overdue by two months. Someone is going to get it from me tomorrow morning (it's 1:30 am here)
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,704   +397

    I imagine thats it. If you have a fresh install of XP it makes you update something before you can even use windows update. I imagine they just didn't shoot that out to 98 users, and as a result, no more updates. This has been comming for a long time, and franky I'm suprised they took this long.
  7. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,980   +11

    Thanks, SNGX1275.
  8. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 TS Rookie Posts: 373

    I guess I was wrong they stopped selling Windows 98se to system builders in 2004 but stoped providing support and updates in 2006, sorry for the unfactful information.
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,311   +617

    Actually, I just updated my old pig this week with critical security updates.

    Few and far between, but still there.
  10. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Microsoft does not provide any support for Windows 98. However, any security issues that might facilitate spread to other users are still resolved by various downloads.
    We have infrequently seen the error message you describe, depending on the software and configuration, when Window 98 or Windows Me are installed with certain video cards and certain Adobe software.
  11. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,980   +11

    The warning I get sometimes, particularly when connecting to TECHSPOT, is:

    "Your current security settings prohibit running ActiveX controls on this page. As a result, the page may not display correctly"

    I don't recall making any explicit changes in the settings.

    Any suggestions, please, to rectify this problem ?
  12. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    What browser are you using? I wish I saw a picture of that message ;) .
  13. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,980   +11

    I'm using IE 6
  14. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,311   +617

    I use Firefox for exactly this kind of stuff. I totally distain ActiveX
    and use every tool known to mankind to defeat it! (Hyberpole :) )
  15. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,980   +11

    Things are back to normal.

    I uninstalled Kapersky & some other rarely used s/w.

    My PC is now being detected correctly, and the Windows 98SE Critical Updates are available again.
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