Hasnt anyone listened when hes said he doesn't have Windows XP? :P
Anyhow though, after doing a scan on the apple website (since you need Itunes for IPOD to talk to a Windows PC) it does say Recommended system is Windows 2000 or XP which may become a problem if you have tried to install it before and got a fault.
See? Apple just don't think about earlier versions...grr, its annoying I know.
I have seen this on the web though. A petition for Windows 98 and ME users to sign to get them to release an Itunes version:
I'm afraid that means then, that it probably has a chance not to work.
If you can install Itunes though from the site fine, and it opens and runs, then if you do get an Ipod, you can be sure it'll be okay:
I hope this helps.