how to install windows 98 alongside Windows 10?


  1. Posts : 19
    Windows 10 pro 64bit
       #1

    how to install windows 98 alongside Windows 10?


    no vmware,just alongside Windows 10
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  2. Posts : 1,250
    Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    There are a variety of reasons why that would be difficult to almost impossible. A big one being device drivers. Any computer that supports Windows 10 would likely not have drivers available for Windows 98.

    Using a virtual machine is going to be MUCH easier.
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  3. Posts : 17,371
    Windows 11 Pro
       #3

    I think you will have to use legacy boot mode. I don't think Windows 98 supports EFI booting.
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  4. Posts : 1,366
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #4

    This is exactly the reason virtualization became the way to go as opposed to trying to get a decades old OS shoehorned onto a modern PC.

    I'm curious as to why you wouldn't want to virtualize.
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  5. Posts : 44
    Windows 7 , 8.1 and Mint
       #5

    Windows 98 is so limited that it will crash if system RAM is more than 1 GB.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/304943

    With many workarounds and third party patches like How To Install USB Mass Storage Device on Windows 98 • Raymond.CC, you may be able to make Win98 up and running on a modern PC. However i would recommend buying an old refurbished Pentium 4 machine which has out of box support for legacy OS like Win98.
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  6. Posts : 1,366
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #6

    That's another benefit of virtualization...you can limit the amount of memory available to the system. You could easily run a VM with 512 MB of memory.
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  7. Posts : 9
    Win10 x64bit Home
       #7

    Win 98/ 98SE only works on a FAT32 filesystem and as stated the ram limitations, ACHI, drivers and compatibility for newer hardware let alone Antivirus and firewall compatibility.
    I take it you ask due to the possibility of trying out: this
    As per previous VM is the way to go with that, or an old PC/ laptop

    Tried this a few years ago and all worked with 256mb Ram but, was too apprehensive to connect to the internet as I could not find an antivirus/ firewall.
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