Microsoft stops driver certification for Win98
As early as July 1st, Microsoft stopped all hardware and software tests for Windows 98 SE so that future drivers from other manufacturers can no longer receive 'WHQL certification'. This means that they may no longer be provided with the 'Designed for Windows' logo.
This logo may be used only adorn those products that have passed Microsoft's test department, the 'Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL)', without complaints and passed the 'Hardware Compatibility Test'. This could soon make some hardware manufacturers difficult to explain, as products without this logo are difficult to sell on the market. For example, complete PCs will not be allowed to have a logo with 'Designed for Windows' in the future if not all components have been awarded the WHQL certificate from Microsoft. In recent years, however, it has become more and more popular among customers, especially for graphics cards, to forego the versions that have passed the WHQL test, as they are often deprived of some functions, some of which have an impact on performance. However, if you do not want to forego the WHQL certification for your driver for Windows 98 in the future, you will in some cases have to fall back on Windows ME drivers, which in most cases also work without problems under Windows 98. But since Microsoft only grants every desktop operating system a lifespan of three to four years, the time will come here when the WHQL certification will no longer apply. Microsoft has not been accepting any products for testing for Windows NT 4.0 since July 1st.