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Despite Microsoft’s uncharacteristically low-key launch of its Windows 98 Upgrade, the operating system shot to the top of the CD-ROM chart, confounding media pundits and some PC users who are still trying to figure out how to install Windows 95. Meanwhile, the modest success of the much hyped X-Files flick may have helped give a boost to The X-Files Game, which debuts at lucky No. 13 on the chart. Too bad the Truth’s not in there, either.

TOP 20 CD-ROMS LAST MONTH

1 MICROSOFT WINDOWS 98 UPGRADE Microsoft, PC — 2 MICROSOFT PLUS 98 Microsoft, PC — 3 STARCRAFT Cendant Software, PC 1 4 PRINTMASTER PREMIER Learning Company, PC 7 5 UNREAL GT Interactive, PC 2 6 DEER HUNTER GT Interactive, PC 3 7 VIRUSSCAN 3 Network Associates, PC and Mac 5 8 CABELA’S BIG GAME HUNTER Head Games, PC 9 9 FINAL FANTASY VII Eidos, PC — 10 TITANIC: ADVENTURE OUT OF TIME CyberFlix, PC and Mac 4 11 ROCKY MOUNTAIN TROPHY HUNTER GT Interactive, PC — 12 MYST Broderbund, PC and Mac 6 13 THE X-FILES GAME Fox Interactive, PC and Mac — 14 NORTON ANTIVIRUS 4 Symantec, PC 16 15 QUICKEN DELUXE Intuit, PC and Mac 12 16 PRINTMASTER GOLD DELUXE Learning Company, PC 13 17 MICROSOFT WINDOWS 95 UPGRADE Microsoft, PC 10 18 DIABLO Cendant Software, PC and Mac — 19 RIVEN: THE SEQUEL TO MYST Broderbund, PC and Mac — 20 TOMB RAIDER GOLD Eidos, PC —

TOP 5 PC GAMES

1 STARCRAFT Cendant Software 1 2 UNREAL GT Interactive 2 3 DEER HUNTER GT Interactive 3 4 CABELA’S BIG GAME HUNTER Head Games 7 5 FINAL FANTASY VII Eidos —

TOP 5 MACINTOSH GAMES

1 DIABLO Cendant Software 1 2 7TH GUEST Virgin Interactive 2 3 REAL POOL GT Interactive 6 4 MACCUBE Aztech New Media 3 5 PLAY TO WIN CASINO GT Interactive 7

TOP 5 REFERENCE

1 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC COMPLETE Learning Company — 2 MICROSOFT ENCARTA ENCYCLOPEDIA Microsoft 3 3 ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA 98 STANDARD EDITION Broderbund 2 4 MICROSOFT ENCARTA REFERENCE SUITE Microsoft 4 5 MICROSOFT ENCARTA ENCYCLOPEDIA DELUXE Microsoft 5

SOURCE: PC DATA (ALL RANKINGS ARE PROJECTIONS)

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