Virtual Win98

Has anybody had any luck running Windows 98 as a VM on a Windows 10 machine?

I have not had luck getting a working install on VMware Workstation Pro 15.x

Or Oracle VM Virtual Box.

The install falls apart after setting the date.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

  • I think I have......I'm not currently near my machine to check if it is win98 or Win95 or WinXp, but I do run Lightmanager versions 1.5 and up just fine and I think Im running Win98.  Getting A drive access and access to Win10 took some fiddling. I never tried connecting to a CMEi to see if network works.  When I'm by my machine I will look at how I set up the VM.  I believe I did tweak memory sizes around for it to work.

    I'm using the free version of VM Box with my own copy of Win98 (if it is actually 98 and not 95 or XP) install CD & key (good thing I kept them from my Win98 ((or 95 or XP)) machine when I had it...)

    So not really a HOW_TO more of a YOU_CAN_DO_IT! response but I will get details soon

  • OK it is in fact WinXP I have running with Lightmanager.    I also have a DOS6.22 running for Colortran configs.

  • Thanks!

    I really need the Win98 environment. I use Win 7 32bit on VMware for all my Light Manager needs. I need to go back to the DOS/Windows combination to deal with SLTA/2 (Requires both DOS AND some old-ass windows. I'm not even sure it will work, but I would like to retire a very old Dell laptop that I use for Sensor classic configs.

  • I would like to share my experience, how I installed Windows 98SE on a relatively modern PC.
    The configuration of my PC, on which I achieved a positive result: Core i7-4770 processor, B85 motherboard with PCI slot via PCI bridge, 16GB RAM, GeForce 960 video card, 16G SSD. I will not give detailed instructions for installing Windows 98SE - only key points.
    There are 2 other SSDs on my PC under Windows XP and 7, so I have SATA configured in BIOS in AHCI mode (not IDE). Surprisingly, Windows 98SE installed in AHCI mode without any problems, as if on an old IDE HDD, but Windows XP/2003 will never install in AHCI mode without a special driver. But on the other hand, Windows 98SE will not just install if the PC has more than 512 MB of RAM installed, so after the first installation stage, after the first reboot, you need to boot in command mode (I have Norton Commander launched in autoexec.bat) and replace the HIMEM memory manager with the patched one .SYS, VCACHE.VXD and VMM.VXD. The patch is called "Patch_win98se_for_full_memory_access.Multi (rus)". I always have a blue screen pop up during hardware diagnostics 1 time, but after a reboot, the installation continues to the end without any problems.
    After installation, I first installed the KernelEx-4.5.2 kernel patch, and then went to the Add Device Manager and decided to try adding a PCI bus.
    Immediately after that, various PCI-to-PCI Bridges began to be detected, Asus Xonar DGX, which was in the PCI slot, and other devices were discovered:
    Next, you need to configure the video card. I bought a GeForce 7300 on a PCI-e slot - everything worked fine despite many reports that Windows 98 does not work with video cards on a PCI-e slot (but you can just install the VBEMP 9x Project driver - universal for any video cards.

  • davidrons,

    You sir are a dedicated systems tweaker. It blows me away that Win98SE is installed on a drive in AHCI mode!

    I am hoping for a VM solution here as I already have a dedicated win98 laptop. (Dual boot with Windows 2000)

    The goal is to have a single field service laptop that can deal with legacy systems, including Sensor Classic.

    Thanks for sharing. Keep on rocking!

  • Not for nothing, but I feel like ETC IT department might have some insight on this. Unless the factory techs are running dedicated laptops for legacy OS products.

  • For the specific instances where Windows 98 (and only Win98) is required, we do still use dedicated, really old, laptops. Otherwise, we use VMware and Windows 7 32-bit for most virtual needs.