Unless you are a user of Sidekick 98, the following statement is going to seem perverse.
Why does it matter if a piece of software that is more 17 years old works in 2014?
Those of us who continue to value Sidekick 98 know the answer. There is still no substitute for functional elegance that is SK98. With the move to mobiles and apps, the situation just gets worse. The original promise of the PC has been lost. It is no longer a personal computer, it is merely a client attached to a cloud, pumping out ads. Doing real work, with tools that assist instead of impose has become a thing of the past.
So back to SK98.
I have written about this software before, and continue to use it on a daily basis. I have a database of all logins to websites and accounts, which lets me maintain high security by having a different login for every account. When it is time to login, I copy/paste from Sidekick to enter the credentials.
This is so central to everyday life, that a computer becomes useless unless I can have SK running.
I copied over the directory of SK98 from my backup. The original software came on seven 3 and a half inch floppy disks. By making a directory for each floppy, the setup program is able to run. In this case, Setup ran perfectly, and SK98 appeared to be installed correctly.
There were also a number of patches released. After setup is complete, it is a matter of going to the installed directory and replacing a couple of files - sidekick.exe dated 2000-01-07 and yintl.dll dated 2000-01-11.
Since Windows XP, it is necessary to do one more step. Although it looks like SK98 is installed, no data is saved when you click the save button. The introduction of security features in Windows means that you have to locate the sidekick.exe file, right click, and then select "run as Administrator". This gives the software the required permissions.
I loaded my files, added data, changed data, saved, re-opened, printed. Everything works.
That's it. Windows 10 is a candidate for upgrade.