Installing Creative Nomad on Windows 98 First Edition

Nomad Jukebox – Installing Original Windows 98 Support

The Creative’s Nomad Jukebox Zen NX and Xtra supposedly only support 98SE/ME/2000/XP, but it’s still possible to transfer files to your Nomad with Windows 98 First Edition.

The Solution

The solution is shockingly simple. If you try to install Creative Media Source, it’ll tell you your version of Windows is too old. But it’s OK, all is not lost – we don’t need Creative Media Source. All you need is:

  1. The latest Creative Nomad Zen Drivers
  2. Creative Nomad Explorer

Install these, reboot. And you can begin dragging and dropping files to the Nomad Explorer Icon (Or window) which shows on My Computer. A lot of features from Media Source are obviously missing, but to be honest, all most people care about is moving their files onto the Player, and this is a good temporary solution

By Phil Wiffen

Phil is an IT Professional working in Cambridge, England. He generally blogs about useful solutions that he comes across in his work/play.

2 replies on “Installing Creative Nomad on Windows 98 First Edition”

I have an old laptop with 98. I’m trying to install netgear 54 Mbps Wireless PC card WG511 v2 which requires at least 98se. How can I install at least 98se or later??? Please advise!!!

Hey Ralph,

You’d need to buy an old copy of 98SE and re-install the OS. I’d imagine eBay has a few people selling old copies they no longer need.

The alternative is to install a Linux distribution such as Ubuntu. If it’s just a basic laptop which will access web / email and maybe a little bit of word-processing, Ubuntu is a fantastic alternative to Windows, and very easy to use.

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