How to Get Microsoft Office Word 98 Installed for Free

By Meaghan Ellis

Microsoft Office Word 98 is one of the first enhanced desktop publishing software suites, introduced by the Microsoft Corporation. This software suite enables individuals to produce quality documentation that exhibits strong professional quality. Microsoft Office Word 98 is also easy to install, user-friendly, and functional for even those with minimal computer skills. This software suite can also be installed for free, with full functional quality and components.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet Explorer
  • Internet Connection

Step 1

Access the Microsoft Downloads Page, that can be found on your Internet browser. Open your Internet Explorer by double-clicking on it's icon, located on your computer's desktop screen. Clear the search bar data form, that can be found on the top of your browser. Type the URL address "" in the search bar data form. Your browser will redirect you to the official Microsoft product download Website.

Step 2

Click on the Office 97/98 link, located on the left side of the "Downloads" screen, under the "Search By Version" section. You will then see a list of programs and products that are associated with the Microsoft Office 98 software suite. Click "Office 97" link will be the last link listed at the bottom of the list. Information regarding Office 97 will appear on the next screen. Click on the "Download" link to begin the installation. The File Download window will appear and prompt you to choose whether you'd like to run the setup application or save it's file components to your computer's hard drive. Your main screen will redirect you to a Microsoft product key for your program. Write this product key down for your own reference.

Step 3

Click "Save" on the "File Download-Internet Security" window to store the file's setup application on your computer's hard drive. You will then be prompted to run the setup application to install the program's file components to your computer. Click "Next" to begin the installation process. Your Microsoft Office installation portal will now open and the Microsoft User License agreement will appear. You must click "I Agree" to agree to the terms of usage before proceeding to the next step in the installation process. The file location directory will appear on the next screen.

Step 4

Click "Next" to use the default file location that has been designated for the program. The program's components will now begin loading onto your hard drive. When the installation is complete, you will receive a notification screen. Click "Finish" to conclude the installation process. When the installation portal closes, click on the new Microsoft Word icon that you'll see on your computer's desktop screen.

Step 5

Type the product key you obtained online into the empty data form provided when the program opens. This process may take approximately one minute to complete, because the product key you entered has to be registered through the Microsoft online server. When the key has been accepted, you should see a green check appear next to the product key. The software will now run and function properly.

Step 6

Update the program to Microsoft Word 98. The updates will allow you to update your newly installed software free of charge. Click on the "Prepare" or "Options" button on your navigation menu bar. In it's drop box menu, click on the "Run Compatibility" option. The program will begin checking the compatibility of the software to your operating system. You will be prompted to update your Microsoft Office Word program to a later edition of the program. When the later edition program options appear, click on the "Microsoft Office Word 98" option. The program will then update to Microsoft Office Word 98 free of charge.

Tips & Warnings

  • Microsoft Word 98 is a rather large software suite. Make sure you have enough space on your hard drive to store the program. You should also ensure that your computer has enough memory for the program to be functional.Close any non-essential programs and/or windows you currently have open to ensure your installation process will run properly.
  • Make sure another version of the software suite is not currently installed on your computer. This will cause functionality problems with Microsoft Office Word 98 and some of its components may not function properly.