Windows 98

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This is the OS-tan for Windows 98, for her OS-kun counterpart, see 98-kun and 98SE-kun.

Windows 98-tan
Character information
Common name Windows 98-tan
Also known as Hacchan, Memphis, 98 First Edition
First appearance unknown
Height *none officially listed
Hair color navy blue
Eye color blue
Faction Windows Family
Lineage DOS/Win9x
Technical information
System personified Windows 98 (first edition)
Developer(s) Microsoft Corporation
Debut v.4.10.1998 (25 Jun 1998)
Latest release unknown

Character Details

This character represents the first edition of Windows 98. She is represented as a shy and small pre-teen girl with short navy blue hair with a clip shaped like 98, the Windows logo as part of a necktie and a schoolgirl outfit with a sleeveless white blouse, blue skirt, dark-colored shoes, long socks and gloves.

She is usually seen with 98SE-tan, is sometimes depicted as a futanari (hermaphrodite) and is said to fancy Homeo.

Two early designs that continue to be used alongside the 98 an 98SE-tans are a pair of stick-limbed snack-boxes with a face and version number drawn in crayon, based on the Vulcan 300 toy that appeared in the anime series Konjiki no Gash Bell!!/Zatch Bell!.

This is a holdover from the very early days before the designs of the primary OS-tans had settled. Generic stick-limbed boxes were often used as placeholders; there had been instances of small DOS and Windows 3.11 boxes before other designs gained popularity.

Both girls now make regular use of these as mechanical suits. The mech-box used by 98 is blue in colour, and likewise the 98SE mech-box has a green theme. The mechs are sometimes shown as guardians or friends to the 98-tans, otherwise the two girls can be seated inside them as pilots. The box sizes can vary, ranging from doll-like when carried by the girls to taller than an adult when they ride inside them. While usually used as toys or weapons, they can serve other purposes, such as a clubhouse, a shelter, or a place to hide. (The boxes also appear to be less stable than the girls themselves; When a non-DOS based OS-tan enters the box, it has a tendency to fall apart.)

Other roles

In the comic that created 95 OSR 2.5-tan, 98-tan could be considered the main character. 95 OSR 2.5-tan sees her as a rival, but the rivalry isn't mutual, and 98-tan sees her as a well-meaning friend.