It is "better" than the original 98 release. It has some minor improvements and less buggy. They had more time after the "time crunch" to release the Win98. Second Edition is also OEM. It was never for sale as a full retail version.
Actually, W98SE was sold as an Upgrade, and Update, and retail, as well as OEM. I have the end user Upgrade, and the Update CD for W98 users here. I've also seen W98SE in retail boxes as recently as last year in several local computer stores.
I have a relative that bought the upgrade but it wouldn't load (probably his fault). He called Microsoft and they gave him a different Key and it was able to install as the Retail version. Never heard of that before.
There are many Microsoft packages, as well as other makers stuff, that the only difference is the key. I noticed that when I install Nero from one of the many CD's I've gotten with CD-RW drives, it's Nero Burning Rom. However, if I enter my key from my retail version, it magically becomes Nero Enterprise Edition. I don't even know what the difference is, since any version does what I need to do, burn CD's.
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