Run Windows XP/2000 application on Win98/Me with KernelEx

KernelEx is a fascinating open source project that aims to resurrect a dead operating system. KernelEx enables machines running Windows 98 and Me to run applications designed to be used on Windows XP and 2000. The software “patch” adds a compatibility layer to the older operating system that implements missing API calls used by newer applications that are absent from Windows 98 and Windows ME.



There aren’t a whole lot of Windows 98/Me users out there, but they exist. Whatever be their reasons for using it, KernelEx will make their life a lot more easier.


  • large speed improvements
  • compatibility improvements
  • minimal resource overhead
  • possibility to completely disable KernelEx extensions for selected applications
  • upgrades with single reboot
  • easy configuration through compatibility tab
  • minimal file patching
  • user-friendly installer
  • doesn’t load in safe mode
  • language neutral
  • multi-language ready

The list of compatible applications is pretty impressive:

  • Mozilla Firefox 3
  • Adobe Flash 10
  • 3.0
  • Java Developer Kit 6
  • Java Runtime Environment 6
  • Google Picasa 3
  • Foxit Reader
  • PDF-XChange Viewer
  • Doom 3
  • Quake 4
  • Prey
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted
  • and many other programs.

The KernelEx project is at least a decade late, but like they say, better late than never.

Note: KernelEx is not perfect. If you face issues, take your questions to the creator on MSFN forums.

[Thanks Aaron Tiensivu]

This Article Has 4 Comments
  1. Anonymous Reply

    Hi friends!!,
    I want to connect my nokia expressmusic 5130c2 using latest pc suite or ovi suite under OS windows 98 second edition.Can I use KernelEx to accomplish the task?

  2. Kaushik Patowary Reply

    I'm not going to ask why you are still using Windows 98, but you can try KernelEx.

  3. Anonymous Reply

    Hi.Is it possibble to run some old games here like GTA san andreas multiplayer?

  4. Anonymous Reply

    Love windows 98 the master piece

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