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How to install Visual Studio.NET Professional in Windows 98 SE?

I am trying to install Visual Studio.NET in Windows 98 SE, but I am having trouble understanding the installation instructions. Some of the instructions are circular with reference to Win98SE. They package comes with six CDs, CD1 - 4 plus Windows Components and one other. I don't know which one to start with.

Please forgive me for my ignorance on this, what's a Windows Installer? I don't remember using one, when I installed VB6 or any other programs for that matter. A lot of the installation references are made about remote operation. I thought the Professional version supposed to be on a workstation?

I called Microsoft's reps. but they never return my call as promised.

Could you please tell me how to install Visual Studio.NET Professional in Windows 98 SE?

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The following are the minimum and recommended system requirements for installing Visual Studio. You must meet these requirements to install and run the IDE. Windows 98 is not supported. You can develop applications that will run on 98, but you must have Win2k, XP or NT 4 to run the IDE.

System requirements for installing all Visual Studio .NET versions:

Processor PC with a Pentium II-class processor, 450 MHz
(recommended: Pentium III-class, 600MHz)

RAM
Windows NT 4.0 Workstation - 64 MB, Windows NT 4.0 Server - 160 MB (recommended: 96 MB for Workstation, 192 MB for Server)

Windows 2000 Professional - 96 MB; Windows 2000 Server - 192 MB (recommended: 128 MB for Professional, 256 MB for Server)

Windows XP Professional - 160 MB (recommended: 192 MB)

Windows XP Home - 96 MB (recommended: 160 MB)

Available hard disk space
600 MB on system drive, 3 GB installation drive

Operating system
Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows NT 4.0

CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive required
Video 800 x 600, 256 colors (recommended: high color 16-bit)
Mouse Microsoft mouse or compatible pointing device

This was first published in July 2002

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