Windows 7

This guide will show you how to install Windows 7 in VirtualBox.

01 – Click New in VirtualBox

02 – Provide a name, and ensure that Type: Microsoft Windows and Version: Windows 7 (64-bit)
Click Next

03 – Leave the RAM setting as is.
Click Next

04 – Make sure Create a virtual hard disk now is selected.
Click Create

05 – Make sure VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) is selected.
Click Next

06 – Make sure Dynamically allocated is selected
Click Next

07 – If required, change the location the virtual hard disk should be saved.
Click Create

08 – Select the newly created virtual machine and press Ctrl + S to open the machines settings.

Select Empty under Controller: IDE.
Then click the small disk icon on the right hand side and click Choose Virtual Optical Disk File.
Navigate to, and select the Windows 7 disk image.
Click Open

09 – Click “OK” to close the settings.

10 – Click Start

11 – The Windows Boot Manager will load.
Make sure “Windows 7 SPI 64-bit Setup” is selected.
Press Enter

12 – Windows 7 Setup will load some files.
Windows 7 Setup will load.
Select your Language, Time/Currency format and Keyboard layout.
Click “Next”

13 – Click “Install now”

14 – Select the version of Windows 7 you want to install.
Click “Next”

15 – The License Terms will load.
Tick the “I accept the license terms” checkbox.
Click “Next”

16 – Windows 7 Setup will ask you whether you would like to Upgrade or do a Custom install.
Click “Custom (advanced)”

17 – Windows 7 Setup will list the Hard Drives found in the virtual machine.
It should only show the one.
Click “Next”

18 – Windows 7 Setup will begin copying and installing the necessary files.

19 – The virtual machine will restart.
When told to “Press any key to boot from CD”, wait a few seconds.

20 – Windows 7 Setup will continue.

21 – The Virtual Machine will restart.
When told to “Press any key to boot from CD”, wait a few seconds.

22 – Windows 7 Setup will prepare the computer for first use.
Windows 7 Setup will then ask you to enter a User Name and Computer Name.
Enter a user name.
Click “Next”

23 – Windows 7 Setup will ask you to enter a password.
You can leave this blank.
Click “Next”

24 – Windows 7 Setup will ask you for your product key.
If you have one, enter it. Otherwise leave it blank.
Click “Next”

25 – Windows 7 Setup will ask you what setting you would like for Windows Update.
Click “Ask me later”

26 – You will have the chance to specify your time zone, if it isn’t already correct.
Click “Next”

27 – You will be asked to select your computers location.
Click “Home”

28 – Windows 7 Setup will configure the network settings and finalise some settings.

29 – The Virtual Machine will restart.
When told to “Press any key to boot from CD”, wait a few seconds.

30 – Windows 7 will load.
You will now be logged into Windows 7.

Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Windows 7 is now installed.

Optional
Below are the steps needed to setup;

  • Hardware Drivers
  • Web Browser Installation

Hardware Drivers

VirtualBox comes with some optional drivers which can easily be installed.

1 – Boot into Windows 7

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Insert Guest Additions CD image…”
The AutoPlay menu should appear.
Click “Run VBoxWindowsAdditions.exe”

3 – A User Account Control popup will appear.
Click “Yes”

4 – Virtual Box Guest Additions installer should launch.
Click “Next”

5 – Setup will ask for the destination to install to.
Click “Next”

6 – You will be asked to choose components to install.
Leave these as-is.
Click “Install”

7 – VirtualBox Guest Additions will start installing.

8 – A number of Windows Security popups will appear.
Click “Install”

9 – VirtualBox Guest Additions will finish.
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Make sure “Reboot now” is selected.
Click “Finish”

10 – The virtual machine will reboot and Windows 7 will load.
Right click on the Desktop background
Click “Screen resolution”

11 – Here you can change the resolution.
Change the resolution if you wish.
Click “OK”

12 – If you changed the resolution, you will be asked whether you want to keep the settings.
Click “Keep changes”

13 – The Display is now configured.

Web Browser Installation

I have included a number of different Web Browsers which you can install.

1 – Make sure you are in Windows 7

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Browsers disk image.
Click “Open”

3 – Install the browser(s) of your choice.

Once installed;
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Windows Vista

This guide will show you how to install Windows Vista in VirtualBox.

01 – Click New in VirtualBox

02 – Provide a name, and ensure that Type: Microsoft Windows and Version: Windows Vista (64-bit)
Click Next

03 – Leave the RAM setting as is.
Click Next

04 – Make sure Create a virtual hard disk now is selected.
Click Create

05 – Make sure VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) is selected.
Click Next

06 – Make sure Dynamically allocated is selected
Click Next

07 – If required, change the location the virtual hard disk should be saved.
Click Create

08 – Select the newly created virtual machine and press Ctrl + S to open the machines settings.

Select Empty under Controller: IDE.
Then click the small disk icon on the right hand side and click Choose Virtual Optical Disk File.
Navigate to, and select the Windows Vista disk image.
Click Open

09 – Click “OK” to close the settings.

10 – Click Start

11 – Windows Vista Setup will automatically load.
Select your Language, Time/Currency format and Keyboard layout.
Click “Next”

12 – The License Terms will be displayed.
Tick the “I accept the license terms” Checkbox.
Click “Next”

13 – Windows Vista Setup will list the Hard Drives found in the virtual machine.
It should only show the one.
Click “Next”

14 – Windows Vista Setup will begin copying and installing the necessary files.

15 – The virtual machine will restart.
When told to “Press any key to boot from CD”, wait a few seconds.

16 – Windows Vista Setup will make some changes and complete installation.
The Virtual Machine will restart.
When told to “Press any key to boot from CD”, wait a few seconds.

17 – Windows Vista will load.
You will be asked to enter a User Name and Password.
Enter a user name. You can leave the password field blank.
Click “Next”

18 – You will be asked to enter a computer name.
You can leave this as-is.
Click “Next”

19 – You will be asked to select a Windows Update setting.
Click “Ask me later”

20 – You will have the chance to specify your time zone, if it isn’t already correct.
Click “Next”

21 – You will be asked to select your computers location.
Click “Home”

22 – Windows Vista Setup is now complete.
Click “Start”

23 – Windows Vista will then take a couple of minutes to check the computers performance.

24 – You will now be logged into Windows Vista.

Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Windows Vista is now installed.

Optional
Below are the steps needed to setup;

  • Hardware Drivers
  • Web Browser Installation

Hardware Drivers

VirtualBox comes with some optional drivers which can easily be installed.

1 – Boot into Windows Vista

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Insert Guest Additions CD image…”
The AutoPlay menu should appear.
Click “Run VBoxWindowsAdditions.exe”

3 – A User Account Control popup will appear.
Click “Continue”

4 – Virtual Box Guest Additions installer should launch.
Click “Next”

5 – Setup will ask for the destination to install to.
Click “Next”

6 – You will be asked to choose components to install.
Leave these as-is.
Click “Install”

7 – VirtualBox Guest Additions will start installing.

8 – A number of Windows Security popups will appear.
Click “Install”

9 – VirtualBox Guest Additions will finish.
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Make sure “Reboot now” is selected.
Click “Finish”

10 – The virtual machine will reboot and Windows Vista will load.
Right click on the Desktop background
Click “Personalize”

11 – Click “Display Settings”

12 – Here you can change the resolution.
Change the resolution if you wish.
Click “OK”

13 – If you changed the resolution, you will be asked whether you want to keep the settings.
Click “Yes”

14 – The Display is now configured.

Web Browser Installation

I have included a number of different Web Browsers which you can install.

1 – Make sure you are in Windows Vista

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Browsers disk image.
Click “Open”

3 – Install the browser(s) of your choice.

Once installed;
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Windows XP

This guide will show you how to install Windows XP in VirtualBox.

01 – Click New in VirtualBox

02 – Provide a name, and ensure that Type: Microsoft Windows and Version: Windows XP (32-bit)
Click Next

03 – Leave the RAM setting as is.
Click Next

04 – Make sure Create a virtual hard disk now is selected.
Click Create

05 – Make sure VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) is selected.
Click Next

06 – Make sure Dynamically allocated is selected
Click Next

07 – If required, change the location the virtual hard disk should be saved.
Click Create

08 – Select the newly created virtual machine and press Ctrl + S to open the machines settings.

Select Empty under Controller: IDE.
Then click the small disk icon on the right hand side and click Choose Virtual Optical Disk File.
Navigate to, and select the Windows XP disk image.
Click Open

09 – Click “OK” to close the settings.

10 – Click Start

11 – Windows XP Setup will automatically load.
Press Enter

12 – The Windows XP License Agreement will load.
Press “F8”

13 – Windows XP Setup will display the partitions detected.
It should only show the one.
Press Enter

14 – You will be asked whether to format the hard disk using the NTFS or FAT file system.
Make sure “Format the partition using the NTFS file system (Quick)” is selected.
Press Enter

15 – Setup will format the partition, examine the disk and copy some files.
The computer will then restart automatically.

16 – The virtual machine will restart.
When told to “Press any key to boot from CD”, wait a few seconds.

17 – Windows XP Setup will load, and install some devices.

18 – Windows XP Professional Setup will launch.
You will be asked to set your location and keyboard layout.
Make any necessary changes.
Click “Next”

19 – You will be asked to enter your Name and Organisation.
Click “Next”

20 – Enter the Windows XP Product Key.
Click “Next”

21 – Windows XP Setup will ask you to enter a Computer Name and Password.
You can leave these as-is.
Click “Next”

22 – Select your Time Zone.
Click “Next”

23 – Windows XP Setup will install  networking components.

24 – Windows XP Setup will ask whether you would like to use Typical or Custom settings.
Make sure “Typical settings” is selected.
Click “Next”

25 – Windows 2000 Setup will ask you whether the computer needs to be a member of a domain.
Make sure “No, this computer is not on a network, or is on a network without a domain.” is selected.
Click “Next”

26 – Windows XP Setup will install the necessary files.

27 – The virtual machine will restart.
When told to “Press any key to boot from CD”, wait a few seconds.

28 – Windows XP will load.
You will be informed that to improve the appearance of visual elements, Windows will automatically adjust your screen resolution.
Click “OK”

29 – Windows XP will change the resolution and ask you to confirm.
Click “OK”

30 – Windows XP will then make some adjustments.

31 – The Welcome to Microsoft Windows Wizard will launch.
Click “Next”

32 – You will be asked whether you want to turn on Automatic Updates.
Select “Not right now”
Click “Next”

33 – Windows XP will check for internet connectivity.
Make sure “Yes, this computer will connect through a local area network or home network” is selected.
Click “Next”

34 – You will be asked whether you would like to register with Microsoft.
Make sure “No, not at this time” is selected.
Click “Next”

35 – You will be asked to enter the name for a user account.
Enter your name.
Click “Next”

36 – Windows Setup Wizard will now complete.
Click “Finish”

37 – You will now be logged into Windows XP.

Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Windows XP is now installed.

Optional
Below are the steps needed to setup;

  • Hardware Drivers
  • Service Pack Installation
  • Web Browser Installation

Hardware Drivers

VirtualBox comes with some optional drivers which can easily be installed.

1 – Boot into Windows XP

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Insert Guest Additions CD image…”
The VirtualBox Guest Additions Installer should launch.
If not, open Windows Explorer (Win + E) and open “VBOXADDITIONS_5”
Click “Next”

3 – Setup will ask for the destination to install to.
Click “Next”

4 – You will be asked to choose components to install.
Leave these as-is.
Click “Install”

5 – VirtualBox Guest Additions will start installing.

6 – VirtualBox Guest Additions will finish.
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Make sure “Reboot now” is selected.
Click “Finish”

7 – The virtual machine will reboot and Windows XP will load.
Right click on the Desktop background
Click “Properties”

8 – Select the Settings tab.
Here you can change the resolution.
Change the resolution if you wish.
Click “OK”

9 – The resolution will be changed and Windows will ask you to confirm.
Click “Yes”

10 – The Display is now configured.
Service Pack Installation

I have included an Unofficial Service Pack which a third party has been put together.

1 – Make sure you are loaded into Windows XP.

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Service Pack disk image.
Click “Open”

3 – Open “Windows XP Service Pack 4 3.1b (Unofficial)

4 – The Service Pack will extract some files and launch setup.
Click “Next”

5 – A License Agreement will be displayed.
Select “I Agree”
Click “Next”

6 – Setup will ask whether you wish to Archive Files or not.
It is your choice what to do here.
Click “Next”

7 – Windows XP Service Pack 4 3.1b (Unofficial) will now install.

8 – Windows XP Service Pack 4 3.1b (Unofficial) will finish installing.
Click “Finish”

9 – The Virtual Machine will restart.
Windows XP will load.
You will be asked whether you would like to turn on Automatic Updates.
Select “Not right now”
Click “Next”

10 – Windows XP will finish loading.

Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Windows XP Service Pack 4 3.1b (Unofficial) is now installed.

Web Browser Installation

I have included a number of different Web Browsers which you can install.

1 – Make sure you are in Windows XP

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Browsers disk image.
Click “Open”

3 – Install the browser(s) of your choice.

Once installed;
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Windows 2000

This guide will show you how to install Windows 2000 in VirtualBox.

01 – Click New in VirtualBox

02 – Provide a name, and ensure that Type: Microsoft Windows and Version: Windows 2000
Click Next

03 – Leave the RAM setting as is.
Click Next

04 – Make sure Create a virtual hard disk now is selected.
Click Create

05 – Make sure VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) is selected.
Click Next

06 – Make sure Dynamically allocated is selected
Click Next

07 – If required, change the location the virtual hard disk should be saved.
Click Create

08 – Select the newly created virtual machine and press Ctrl + S to open the machines settings.

Select Empty under Controller: IDE.
Then click the small disk icon on the right hand side and click Choose Virtual Optical Disk File.
Navigate to, and select the Windows 2000 disk image.
Click Open

09 – Click “OK” to close the settings.

10 – Click Start

11 – Windows 2000 Setup will automatically load.
Press Enter

12 – Windows 2000 Setup will determine that the hard disk needs to be configured.
Press “C”

13 – The Windows 2000 License Agreement will load.
Press “F8”

14 – Windows 2000 Setup will display the partitions detected.
It should only show the one.
Press Enter

15 – You will be asked whether to format the hard disk using the NTFS or FAT file system.
Make sure “Format the partition using the NTFS file system” is selected.
Press Enter

16 – Setup will format the partition, examine the disk and copy some files.
The computer will then restart automatically (or press Enter to restart immediately.)

17 – The virtual machine will restart.
When told to “Press any key to boot from CD”, wait a few seconds.

18 – Windows 200 will load.

19 – The Windows 2000 Setup Wizard will load.
Click “Next”

20 – Windows 2000 Setup Wizard will detect and setup some hardware.

21 – You will be asked to set your location and keyboard layout.
Make any necessary changes.
Click “Next”

22 – You will be asked to enter your Name and Organisation.
Click “Next”

23 – Enter the Windows 2000 Product Key.
Click “Next”

24 – Windows 2000 Setup will ask you to enter a Computer Name and Password.
You can leave these as-is.
Click “Next”

25 – Select your Time Zone.
Click “Next”

26 – Windows 2000 Setup will install  networking components.

27 – Windows 2000 Setup will ask whether you would like to use Typical or Custom settings.
Make sure “Typical settings” is selected.
Click “Next”

28 – Windows 2000 Setup will ask you whether the computer needs to be a member of a domain.
Make sure “No, this computer is not on a network, or is on a network without a domain.” is selected.
Click “Next”

29 – Windows 2000 Setup will install the necessary components.
It will then set up some other parts of Windows 2000.

30 – Windows 2000 Setup will now finish.
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Click “Finish”

31 – Windows 2000 will load.
The Network Identification Wizard will launch.
Click “Next”

32 – You will be asked whether users should enter a user name and password to use the computer or to automatically login.
Make sure “Windows always assumes the following user has logged on to this computer:” is selected.
You can leave the Password fields blank.
Click “Next”

33 – The Network Identification Wizard will complete.
Click “Finish”

34 – Windows 2000 is now installed.

Optional
Below are the steps needed to setup;

  • Hardware Drivers
  • Service Pack Installation
  • Web Browser Installation

Hardware Drivers

VirtualBox comes with some optional drivers which can easily be installed.

1 – Boot into Windows 2000

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Insert Guest Additions CD image…”
The VirtualBox Guest Additions Installer should launch.
If not, open “My Computer” and open “VBOXADDITIONS_5”
Click “Next”

3 – Setup will ask for the destination to install to.
Click “Next”

4 – You will be asked to choose components to install.
Leave these as-is.
Click “Install”

5 – VirtualBox Guest Additions will start installing.

6 – You will be informed that a Digital Signature could not be found a number of times.
Click “Yes” on these prompts.

7 – VirtualBox Guest Additions will finish.
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Make sure “Reboot now” is selected.
Click “Finish”

8 – The virtual machine will reboot and Windows 2000 will load.
You should notice the wallpaper colour has changed.

Right click on the Desktop background
Click “Properties”

9 – Select the Settings tab.
Here you can change the resolution.
Change the resolution if you wish.
Click “OK”

10 – If you have changed the resolution, Windows will inform you the settings will be applied.
Click “OK”

11 – The resolution will be changed and Windows will ask you to confirm.
Click “Yes”

12 – The Display is now configured.

Service Pack Installation

I have included an Unofficial Service Pack which a third party has been put together.

1 – Make sure you are loaded into Windows 2000.

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Service Pack disk image.
Click “Open”

3 – Open “My Computer”
Open “SERVICE PACK (D:)”
Note: A file may open in Internet Explorer with some information on the Service Pack. You can close this.

4 – Open “w2ksp51”
The Service Pack will extract some files and launch setup.
Click “Next”

5 – A License Agreement will be displayed.
Select “I Agree”
Click “Next”

6 – Setup will ask whether you wish to Archive Files or not.
It is your choice what to do here.
Click “Next”

7 – Windows 2000 Service Pack 5.1 (Unofficial) will now install.

8 – Windows 2000 Service Pack 5.1 (Unofficial) will finish installing.
Click “Finish”

9 – The Virtual Machine will restart.
Windows 2000 will load.

Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Windows 2000 Service Pack 5.1 (Unofficial) is now installed.

Web Browser Installation

I have included a number of different Web Browsers which you can install.

1 – Make sure you are in Windows 2000

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Browsers disk image.
Click “Open”

3 – Open “My Computer”
Open “Browsers (G:)”
Install the browser(s) of your choice.

Once installed;
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Windows ME

This guide will show you how to install Windows ME in VirtualBox.

01 – Click New in VirtualBox

02 – Provide a name, and ensure that Type: Microsoft Windows and Version: Windows ME
Click Next

03 – Leave the RAM setting as is.
Click Next

04 – Make sure Create a virtual hard disk now is selected.
Click Create

05 – Make sure VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) is selected.
Click Next

06 – Make sure Dynamically allocated is selected
Click Next

07 – If required, change the location the virtual hard disk should be saved.
Click Create

08 – Select the newly created virtual machine and press Ctrl + S to open the machines settings.

Select Storage in the left hand column, and then select Empty under Controller: Floppy then click the small disk icon on the right hand side and click “Choose virtual Floppy Disk File”
Navigate to, and select the “Windows ME Bootdisk” image.
Click Open
Select Empty under Controller: IDE.
Then click the small disk icon on the right hand side and click Choose Virtual Optical Disk File.
Navigate to, and select the Windows ME disk image.
Click Open

09 – Click “OK” to close the settings.

10 – Click Start

11 – The “Microsoft Windows millennium Startup Menu” will appear.
Select “Start computer with CD-ROM support.”
Press Enter

12 – The CD drivers will be loaded and you will end up at the Command Prompt.
Type “fdisk”
Press Enter

13 – You will be asked if you wish to enable large disk support.
Leave it set to “Y”
Press Enter

14 – On the FDISK Options Screen, make sure “1” is entered.
Press Enter

15 – On the following screen, make sure “1” is entered.
Press Enter

16 – You will be asked whether you wish to use the maximum available size for a Primary DOS Partition.
Make sure “Y” is entered.
Press Enter

17 – FDISK will create the partition and inform you that the computer must be restarted.
Press Esc

18 – You will be returned to the Command Prompt.
Click “Machine”
Click “Reset”

19 – The “Microsoft Windows millennium Startup Menu” will appear.
Select “Start computer with CD-ROM support.”
Press Enter

20 – The CD drivers will be loaded and you will end up at the Command Prompt.
Enter “format c:”
Press Enter

21 – You will be asked if you wish to proceed with the format.
Enter “Y”
Press Enter

22 – The drive will be formatted and you will be asked to enter a volume label.
Press Enter

23 – You will be returned to the Command Prompt.
Enter “E:” (or whatever letter is assigned to the CD-ROM – You will have been informed of this after booting from the Boot Disk).
Press Enter
Enter “setup”
Press Enter

24 – Setup will inform you that it is going to perform a routine check.
Press Enter

25 – Microsoft ScanDisk will check the system.
Select “Exit”
Press “Enter”

26 – Windows Millennium Setup will prepare and launch.
Click “Next”

27 – The License Agreement screen will load.
Select “I accept the Agreement”
Click “Next”

28 – Enter the Windows Millennium product key.
Click “Next”

29 – Setup will ask where you want to install Windows.
Click “Next”

30 – Setup will run a quick check.
You will then be asked what kind of setup you would like.
Click “Next”

31 – You will be asked to enter User Information.
Enter your name.
Click “Next”

32 – Make sure “Install the most common components (Recommended)” is selected.
Click “Next”

33 – You will have the opportunity to enter Network Identification.
You can leave this as-is.
Click “Next”

34 – Select your Country/Region.
Click “Next”

35 – Select your Time Zone.
Click “Next”

36 – Windows Setup will ask you to label and insert a Disk.
It is attempting to create a startup disk which is unnecessary.
Click “Cancel”

37 – Windows Setup will ask you to remove the disk.
Click “Devices”
Click “Floppy Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Click “OK”

38 – Windows Setup will inform you that it is ready to begin copying files.
Click “Finish”

39 – Windows Setup will start copying files.

40 – Windows Setup will inform you that it is now ready to restart the computer and to remove all disks from floppy disk drives.
As there is no floppy disk image mounted, ignore this.
Click “OK”

41 – Setup will tell you that it needs to restart the computer. It will then restart automatically (or click “Restart Now” to restart immediately.)

42 – The virtual machine will then reset and WIndows Millennium setup will load.
It will automatically setup some hardware.

43 – Setup will then inform you that the computer needs to restart.
It will then restart automatically (or click “Restart Now” to restart immediately.)

44 – Windows Millennium setup will then load.
It will automatically run through some tasks.

45 – Setup will tell you that it needs to restart the computer. It will then restart automatically (or click “Restart Now” to restart immediately.)

46 – Windows Millennium will then load and take you to the Login screen.
You can leave the password field empty.
Click “OK”

47 – Setup will update some settings.
Then you will be taken to the Windows Millennium Desktop.

Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Windows Millennium is now installed.

Optional
Below are the steps needed to setup;

  • Display Installation
  • Service Pack Installation
  • Web Browser Installation

Display Installation

1 – Boot into Windows ME

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Display Driver disk image.
Click “Open”

3 – Right click “My Computer”
Click “Properties”
Select the “Device Manager” tab.

4 – Expand the “Display adapters” item.
Select “Standard PCI Graphics Adapter (VGA)”
Click “Properties”

5 – Select the “Driver” tab
Click “Update Driver…”

6 – The Update Device Driver Wizard will launch.
Make sure “Automatic search for a better driver (Recommended)”
Click “Next”

7 – Update Device Driver Wizard will search various locations.
You should be presented with a list of 4 options.
Keep the top item selected.
Click “OK”

8 – Update Device Driver Wizard will inform you that the driver is installed.
Click “Finish”

9 – You will be informed that the computer needs to be restarted.
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Click “Yes”

10 – Windows 98 will load.
Login. you should notice the wallpaper colour has changed.

Right click on the Desktop background
Click “Properties”

11 – Select the Settings tab.
Here you can change the Colour depth and resolution.
Under “Color palette” Select “True Color (32 bit)”
You will find that the performance of a Windows Virtual Machine will be much improved when the operating system is running in a 32-bit colour depth.
Change the resolution if you wish.
Click “OK”

12 – You will be asked whether to restart the computer with the new settings, or to apply the new settings without restarting.

Select “Apply the new color settings without restarting?”
Click “OK”

13 – If you have changed the resolution, Windows will inform you that it will now resize the desktop.
Click “OK”

14 – Windows will ask if you would like to keep the new settings.
Click “Yes”

15 – The Display Driver is now configured.

Service Pack Installation

I have included an Unofficial Service Pack which a third party has been put together.

1 – Make sure you are loaded into Windows ME.

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Service Pack disk image.
Click “Open”

3 – Open “My Computer”
Open “SERVICE PACK (D:)”

4 – Open “Windows ME SP1 (Unofficial)”
Click “Yes”

5 – You will be asked which components you would like to install.
For this case, I will just be installing “Main Updates”.
Click “OK”

6 – The Service Pack Setup will copy the necessary files.
You will be informed that Installation is now complete.
Click “OK”
You will be told that the computer must be restarted.
Click “Yes”

7 – The Virtual Machine will restart.
Windows ME will load.
Login to Windows ME
Some settings will be updated.

Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Windows ME Service Pack 1 (Unofficial) is now installed.

Web Browser Installation

I have included a number of different Web Browsers which you can install.

1 – Make sure you are in Windows ME

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Browsers disk image.
Click “Open”

3 – Open “My Computer”
Open “Browsers (G:)”
Install the browser(s) of your choice.

Once installed;
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Windows 98

This guide will show you how to install Windows 98 in VirtualBox.

01 – Click New in VirtualBox

02 – Provide a name, and ensure that Type: Microsoft Windows and Version: Windows 98
Click Next

03 – Leave the RAM setting as is.
Click Next

04 – Make sure Create a virtual hard disk now is selected.
Click Create

05 – Make sure VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) is selected.
Click Next

06 – Make sure Dynamically allocated is selected
Click Next

07 – If required, change the location the virtual hard disk should be saved.
Click Create

08 – Select the newly created virtual machine and press Ctrl + S to open the machines settings. Select System in the left hand column, and then select the Acceleration tab.
Uncheck “Enable VT-x/AMD-V”

09 – Select Storage in the left hand column, and then select Empty under Controller: IDE.
Then click the small disk icon on the right hand side and click Choose Virtual Optical Disk File.
Navigate to, and select the Windows 98 Disk Image.
Click Open

Note: Depending on the version of Windows 98 that you have, it may or may not be a bootable disk image in which case you will need to create a Boot Disk Image and use that in order to start setup.

You can view my tutorial on creating Boot Disk Images <INSERT LINK>.

10 – Select Network in the left hand column, and untick “Enable Network Adapter”.
An optional section at the end of this guide covers setting up the network but it’s more reliable to do so once Windows 98 has been fully installed.

11 – Click “OK” to close the settings.

12 – Click Start

13 – The Windows 98 Boot Screen will appear.
Select “Boot from CD-ROM”
Press Enter

14 – Make sure “Start Windows 98 Setup from CD-ROM.” is selected.
Press Enter

15 – Windows 98 Setup should start
Press Enter

16 – Make sure “Configure unallocated disk space (recommended).” is selected
Press Enter

17 – Make sure “Yes, enable large disk support” is selected
Press Enter

18 – Setup will inform you that your computer will be restarted.
Press Enter

19 – Setup will restart your computer.
As before, select “Boot from CD-ROM”
Press Enter

20 – As before, select “Start Windows 98 Setup from CD-ROM”
Press Enter

21 – Setup will format the hard disk and then inform you that Setup will perform a routine check on the system.
Press Enter

22 – Setup will perform the check and Windows 98 setup will launch.
Click Continue

23 – Windows 98 Setup Wizard will launch and ask where you would like to install Windows.
Click “Next”

24 – Windows Setup will perform some checks and then ask you which kind of Setup you prefer.
Click “Next”

25 – Make sure “Install the most common components (Recommended).” is selected.
Click “Next”

26 – You will be asked to enter a Computer name and Workgroup.
Click “Next”

27 – Select your Country or Region from the list.
Click “Next”

28 – Windows 98 Setup Wizard will inform you that it is ready to start copying files.
Click “Next”

29 – Windows 98 Setup will start copying files.
It will then restart automatically (or click “Restart Now” to restart immediately.

30 – When you reach the Windows 98 Boot Menu, make sure “Boot from Hard Disk” is selected.
Press Enter

31 – Windows 98 will load and the Windows 98 Setup Wizard will launch.
Enter your name.
Click “Next”

32 – Windows 98 Setup Wizard will display the License Agreement.
Select “I accept the Agreement”
Click “Next”

33 – Enter your Windows 98 Product Key.
Click “Next”

34 – Windows 98 Setup Wizard will complete.
Click “Finish”

35 – Windows Setup will now start the hardware installation phase.

36 – Windows will then restart automatically (or click “Restart Now” to restart immediately.

37 – When you reach the Windows 98 Boot Menu, make sure “Boot from Hard Disk” is selected.
Press Enter

38 – Windows Setup will load and continue with the hardware phase.

39 – The Date/Time Properties window will appear.
Select your time zone.
Click “Close”

40 – Windows 98 Setup will then setup some other items.

41 – Windows will then restart automatically (or click “Restart Now” to restart immediately.

42 – When you reach the Windows 98 Boot Menu, make sure “Boot from Hard Disk” is selected.
Press Enter

43 – Windows 98 will load.
You will be asked to enter a name and password.
You can leave the password blank.

44 – Windows 98 will detect and install some hardware and update some settings.

45 – Windows 98 will finish loading.
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Windows 98 is now installed.

Optional
Below are the steps needed to setup;

  • Network Installation
  • Display Installation
  • Service Pack Installation
  • Web Browser Installation

Network Installation

1 – Make sure that the Windows 98 Virtual Machine is shut down.

2 – Click Settings
Select the Network option in the left column.
Check the “Enable Network Adapter” option.
Click “OK”

3 – Click Start
Windows 98 will load and detect the Network Adapter and then the Add New Hardware Wizard will launch.
Click Next

4 – Make sure “Search for the best driver for your device. (Recommended)” is selected.
Click “Next”

5 – Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Windows 98 disk image.
Click “Open”

Make sure “CD-ROM drive” is checked.
Click “Next”

6 – Make sure “The updated driver (Recommended) AMD PCNET Family Ethernet Adapter (PCI-ISA)” is selected.
Click “Next”

7 – Windows will confirm that it is ready to install the driver.
Click “Next”

8 – Windows will copy the necessary files.
Click “Finish”

9 – Windows will inform you that you must restart the computer.
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Click “Yes”

10 – Windows 98 will load.
Click “Start”
Click “Settings”
Click “Control Panel”
Open “Internet Options”

11 – Select the “Connections” tab.
Click “Setup”

12 – The Internet Connection Wizard will launch.
Make sure “I want to setup my Internet Connection manually, or I want to connect through a local area network (LAN).”
Click “Next”

13 – Make sure “I connect through a local area network (LAN)” is selected.
Click “Next”

14 – Leave the settings on the next screen as-is.
Click “Next”

15 – Select “No”
Click “Next”

16 – Make sure the “To connect to the Internet immediately, select this box and then click Finish” checkbox is ticked.
Click “Finish”

17 – Internet Explorer will now launch.
Windows 98 is now connected to the Internet.

Display Installation

1 – Boot into Windows 98

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Display Driver disk image.
Click “Open”

3 – Right click “My Computer”
Click “Properties”
Select the “Device Manager” tab.

4 – Expand the “Display adapters” item.
Select “Standard PCI Graphics Adapter (VGA)”
Click “Properties”

5 – Select the “Driver” tab
Click “Update Driver…”

6 – The Update Device Driver Wizard will launch.
Click “Next”

7 – Make sure “Search for a better driver than the one your device is using now. (Recommended)”
Click “Next”

8 – Untick the “Floppy disk drives” and “Microsoft Windows Update” checkboxes.
Tick the “Specify a location:” checkbox.
Type “D:\064MB” in the textfield
Click “Next”

9 – Windows will locate the new driver.
Click “Next”

10 – Windows will copy the necessary files.
Click “Finish”

11 – Setup will tell you that the computer must be restarted.
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Click “Yes”

12 – Windows 98 will load.
You should notice the wallpaper colour has changed.

Right click on the Desktop background
Click “Properties”

13 – Select the “Settings” tab.

14 – Here you can change the Colour depth and resolution.
Under “Color palette” Select “True Color (32 bit)”
You will find that the performance of a Windows Virtual Machine will be much improved when the operating system is running in a 32-bit colour depth.
Change the resolution if you wish.
Click “OK”

15 – You will be asked whether to restart the computer with the new settings, or to apply the new settings without restarting.

Select “Apply the new color settings without restarting?”
Click “OK”

16 – If you have changed the resolution, Windows will inform you that it will now resize the desktop.
Click “OK”

17 – Windows will ask if you would like to keep the new settings.
Click “Yes”

18 – The Display Driver is now configured.

Service Pack Installation

I have included an Unofficial Service Pack which a third party has been put together.

1 – Make sure you are loaded into Windows 98.

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Service Pack disk image.
Click “Open”

3 – Open “My Computer”
Open “Service pack (D:)”

4 – Open “Windows 98 SP1.5 (Unofficial)”
Click “Yes”

5 – The Service Pack Setup will copy the necessary files.
You will be told that the computer must be restarted.
Click “Yes”

6 – The Virtual Machine will restart.
Windows 98 will load and some settings will be updated.

Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Windows 98 Service Pack 1.5 (Unofficial) is now installed.

Web Browser Installation

I have included a number of different Web Browsers which you can install.

1 – Make sure you are in Windows 98

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Browsers disk image.
Click “Open”

3 – Open “My Computer”
Open “Browsers (G:)”
Install the browser(s) of your choice.

Once installed;
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Note: To update Internet Explorer, copy and paste the “Internet Explorer 6.0” file to the desktop. Then run the application and it will extract the files and create a folder on your desktop called “IE 6.0 Full”.
Within this folder, launch “Ie6setup.exe” to start the installation.
After installing Internet Explorer 6.0, you will need to restart the Virtual Machine.

 

Windows 95

This guide will show you how to install Windows 95 in VirtualBox.

01 – Click New in VirtualBox

02 – Provide a name, and ensure that Type: Microsoft Windows and Version: Windows 95
Click Next

03 – Leave the RAM setting as is.
Click Next

04 – Make sure Create a virtual hard disk now is selected.
Click Create

05 – Make sure VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) is selected.
Click Next

06 – Make sure Dynamically allocated is selected
Click Next

07 – If required, change the location the virtual hard disk should be saved.
Click Create

08 – Select the newly created virtual machine and press Ctrl + S to open the machines settings. Select System in the left hand column, and then select the Acceleration tab.
Uncheck “Enable VT-x/AMD-V”

09 – Select Storage in the left hand column, and then select Empty under Controller: IDE.
Then click the small disk icon on the right hand side and click Choose Virtual Optical Disk File.
Navigate to, and select the Windows 95 Disk Image.
Click Open

Note: Depending on the version of Windows 95 that you have, it may or may not be a bootable disk image in which case you will need to create a Boot Disk Image and use that in order to start setup.

You can view my tutorial on creating Boot Disk Images <INSERT LINK>.

10 – Select Network in the left hand column, and untick “Enable Network Adapter”.
An optional section at the end of this guide covers setting up the network but it’s more reliable to do so once Windows 95 has been fully installed.

11 – Click “OK” to close the settings.

12 – Click Start

13 – Windows 95 Setup should start
Press Enter

14 – Make sure “Configure unallocated disk space (recommended).” is selected
Press Enter

15 – Make sure “Yes, enable large disk support” is selected
Press Enter

16 – Setup will inform you that your computer will be restarted.
Press Enter

17 – Setup will format the hard disk and then restart the computer, informing you that Setup will perform a routine check on the system.
Press Enter

18 – Setup will perform the check and Windows 95 setup will launch.
Click Continue

19 – Setup will prepare and then display the Software License Agreement.
Click “Yes”

20 – The Windows 95 Setup Wizard will launch.
Click “Next”

21 – You will be asked to select the directory where Windows 95 should be installed.
Click “Next”

22 – You will be asked to select the kind of setup you would like.
Click “Next”

23 – Enter your Windows 95 Product Key
Click “Next”

24 – Enter the User Information
Click “Next”

25 – Leave “Network Adapter” Unchecked
Check “Sound, Midi, or Video Capture Card”
Click “Next”

26 – Windows Setup will analyze the system configuration and detect hardware.
This may take a minute or two.
On the following screen, make sure “Install the most common components (recommended)” is selected.
Click “Next”

27 – Setup will ask whether you would like to create a Startup Disk.
Select “No, I do not want a startup disk.”
Click “Next”

28 – Setup will inform you that it will start copying files.
Click “Next”

29 – Setup will install Windows 95.

30 – Setup will complete and inform you that the computer will be restarted.
Click “Finish”

31 – Setup will inform you that it has detected a disk in the floppy disk drive.
You can ignore this.
You do however need to unmount the Windows 95 Installation Disk.
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”
Click “OK”

32 – Windows 95 will load and search for Plug and Play devices.
Following that, Windows Setup will perform some final stages.

33 – The Date/Time Properties window will open.
Select your timezone.
Click “OK”

Note: If the correct timezone is already selected, click “Close”

34 – The Add Printer Wizard will open.
Click “Cancel”

35 – Setup will inform you that Setup has finished configuring your system.
A restart is required.
Click “OK”

36 – Windows 95 is now Installed.

Optional
Below are the steps needed to setup;

  • Network Installation
  • Display Installation
  • Service Pack Installation
  • Web Browser Installation

Network Installation

1 – Make sure that the Windows 95 Virtual Machine is shut down.

2 – Click Settings
Select the Network option in the left column.
Check the “Enable Network Adapter” option.
Click “OK”

3 – Click Start
Windows 95 will load.
It will detect the Network Adapter, and tell you that you need to provide Computer and Workgroup names.
Click “OK”

4 – Enter a Computer name, or leave as-is.
Enter “WORKGROUP” under Workgroup

5 – Click the “Configuration” Tab

6 – Click “Add”
Select “Protocol”
Click “Add”

7 – Select “Microsoft”
Select “TCP/IP”
Click “OK”

8 – Click “Close”

9 – You will be asked to insert Windows 95 Disk 1
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Windows 95 Disk Image
Click “Open”
Click “OK”

10 – You will be told that the file “netapi.dll” could not be found.
In the “Copy files from:” field, enter “D:\WIN95”
Click “OK”

11 – Windows will copy the necessary files and then prompt you to restart your computer.
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Click “Yes”

12 – Windows will load and present you with a login screen.
Enter a username.
You can leave the password blank.
Click “OK”

You will be asked to confirm your password.
Do so (or leave blank).
Click “OK”

13 – Once at the Windows 95 Desktop, open “The Internet”

14 – The Internet Connection Wizard will launch.
Click “Next”

15 – Select “Manual”
Click “Next”

16 – The Internet Setup Wizard will launch.
Click “Next”

17 – Select “Connect using my Local Area Network”
Click “Next”

18 – Select “No, I don’t want to use Windows Messaging”
Click “Next”

19 – Leave “Use Proxy Server” unchecked.
Click “Next”

20 – Click “Finish”

21 – Open “The Internet”
You can now browse the internet in Windows 95.

Display Installation

1 – Boot into Windows 95

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Display Driver image.
Click “Open”

3 – Right click “My Computer”
Click “Properties”
Select the “Device Manager” tab.

4 – Expand the “Display adapters” item.
Select “Standard PCI Graphics Adapter (VGA)”
Click “Properties”

5 – Select the “Driver” tab
Click “Update Driver…”

6 – The Update Device Driver Wizard will launch.
Select “Yes (Recommended)” is selected.
Click “Next”

7 – Update Device Driver Wizard will inform you that Windows was unable to locate an updated driver.
Click “Other Locations…”

8 – Click “Browse”

9 – Expand “Display (D:)”
Select “064mb”
Click “OK”

10 – Click “OK”

11 – Click “Finish”

12 – You will be asked to insert the Windows 9x VBEMP Driver Disk
Click “OK”

13 – You will be told that the file “vbe.vxd” could not be found.
In the “Copy files from:” field, enter “D:\064mb”
Click “OK”

14 – You will be told that you must restart your computer.
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Click “Yes”

15 – Log in to Windows 95
You should notice the wallpaper colour has changed.

Right click on the Desktop background
Click “Properties”

16 – Select the “Settings” tab.

17 – Here you can change the Colour depth and resolution.
Under “Color palette” Select “True Color (32 bit)”
You will find that the performance of a Windows Virtual Machine will be much improved when the operating system is running in a 32-bit colour depth.
Change the resolution if you wish.
Click “OK”

18 – You will be told that you have not specified a monitor.
Click “No”

19 – Windows will tell you that the computer needs to be restarted.
Click “Yes”

20 – Windows will load.
Login.
The Display Driver is now configured.

Service Pack Installation

I have included an Unofficial Service Pack which a third party has been put together.

1 – Make sure you are loaded into Windows 95.

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Service Pack disk image.
Click “Open”

3 – Open “My Computer”
Open “Service pac (D:)”

4 – Open “Windows 95 SP1.05 (Unofficial)”
Click “Yes”

5 – The service pack will extract the necessary files.
What you install from this is entirely optional.
For this purpose, I will just installed the Main Updates.
Click “OK”

6 – The selected updates will be installed.
This might take a couple of minutes.
You will be notified once installation has completed.
Click “OK”

7 – You will be told that the computer needs restarting.
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Click “Yes”

8 – The Virtual Machine will restart.
Login to Windows.
Windows 95 Service Pack 1.05 (Unofficial) is now installed.

Web Browser Installation

I have included a number of different Web Browsers which you can install.

1 – Make sure you are in Windows 95

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Browsers disk image.
Click “Open”

3 – Open “My Computer”
Open “Browsers (G:)”
Install the browser(s) of your choice.

Once installed;
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Note: To update Internet Explorer, copy and paste the “Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2” file to the desktop. Then run the application and it will extract the files and create a folder on your desktop called “IE 5.5 SP2 Full”.
Within this folder, launch “ie5setup.exe” to start the installation.
After installing Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2, you will need to restart the Virtual Machine.

 

Windows 2.03

This guide will show you how to install Windows 2.03 in VirtualBox.

01 – Click New in VirtualBox

02 – Provide a name, and ensure that Type: Windows and Version: Windows 3.1
Click Next

03 – Leave the RAM setting as is.
Click Next

04 – Make sure Create a virtual hard disk now is selected.
Click Create

05 – Make sure VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) is selected.
Click Next

06 – Make sure Dynamically allocated is selected
Click Next

07 – If required, change the location the virtual hard disk should be saved.
Set the size to 500mb
Click Create

08 – You will need to install DOS 3.31 before continuing.
You can follow my tutorial for this <INSERT LINK>

09 – You should now be at the Command Prompt.

10 – Click Devices in the Toolbar
Click Floppy Drives
Click Choose disk image…

Select the first Windows 2.03 Disk Image
Click Open
Press Enter

11 – Type “A:”
Press Enter

12 – Type “setup”
Press Enter

13 – Windows 2.03 Setup will launch.
Press Enter to continue

14 – Confirm where Windows should be installed.
Press Enter

15 – You will be asked to select a computer model.
Select “IBM Personal System/2 Model 25 or 30”
Press Enter

16 – You will be asked to select a graphics adapter.
Select “IBM (or 100% compatible) EGA (> 64K) with Enhanced Color Display”
Press Enter

17 – You will be asked to select your Keyboard layout.
Select your keyboard layout
Press Enter

18 – You will be asked to select your pointing device (Mouse)
Select “Microsoft Mouse connected to PS/2 Mouse Port”
Press Enter

19 – You will be shown an overview of your settings.
Select “No Change”
Press Enter

20 – Click Devices in the Toolbar
Click Floppy Drives
Click Choose disk image…

Select the second Windows 2.03 Disk Image
Click Open
Press Enter

21 – You will be asked whether you want to install a Printer.
Press “C” to continue and skip this step.

22 – You will be asked to select your country.
Select your country
Press Enter

23 – Click Devices in the Toolbar
Click Floppy Drives
Click Choose disk image…

Select the fourth Windows 2.03 Disk Image
Click Open
Press Enter

24 – Click Devices in the Toolbar
Click Floppy Drives
Click Choose disk image…

Select the fifth Windows 2.03 Disk Image
Click Open
Press Enter

25 – Setup will complete.
Press “F”

26 – You will be informed that Windows is now installed.
You will now be at the Command Prompt.

Click “Devices”
Click “Floppy Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

27 – Type “win”
Press Enter

28 – Installation is complete. You are now in Windows 2.03

29 – Now we will make the necessary changes in order to have Windows 2.03 load automatically on boot.

Launch NOTEPAD.EXE

30 – Enter “CD WINDOWS”
Enter “WIN”

31 – Click “File”
Click “Save”
Type “C:\AUTOEXEC.BAT”
Click “OK”

32 – Close Notepad (File, Exit)
Windows 1.04 will now load automatically on boot.
You can Exit windows by clicking “Special”, Clicking “End Session” and clicking “OK”

Windows 1.04

This guide will show you how to install Windows 1.04 in VirtualBox.

01 – Click New in VirtualBox

02 – Provide a name, and ensure that Type: Windows and Version: Windows 3.1
Click Next

03 – Leave the RAM setting as is.
Click Next

04 – Make sure Create a virtual hard disk now is selected.
Click Create

05 – Make sure VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) is selected.
Click Next

06 – Make sure Dynamically allocated is selected
Click Next

07 – If required, change the location the virtual hard disk should be saved.
Set the size to 500mb
Click Create

08 – You will need to install DOS 3.31 before continuing.
You can follow my tutorial for this <INSERT LINK>

09 – You should now be at the Command Prompt.

10 – Click Devices in the Toolbar
Click Floppy Drives
Click Choose disk image…

Select the first Windows 1.04 Disk Image
Click Open
Press Enter

11 – Type “A:”
Press Enter

12 – Type “setup”
Press Enter

13 – Windows 1.04 Setup will launch.
Press “C” to continue

14 – Confirm where Windows should be installed.
Press Enter

15 – The next screen is just an overview.
Press “C” to continue.

16 – Enter the number corresponding to the Keyboard layout you would like.
Press Enter

17 – Windows 1.04 does not support PS/2 mice (which is what VirtualBox emulates). There are some guides you can find online where you copy the mouse drivers from Windows 2.x disks to the Windows 1.04 installation disk however this solution doesn’t always work (depending on the specific versions of Windows 1.x you are installing) so I have decided not to include this step.

Enter “1” for “No pointing device”
Press Enter

18 – Next you will be asked to select a graphics adapter.
Enter “6” for “EGA (more than 64K) with Enhanced Color Display”
Press Enter

19 – Click Devices in the Toolbar
Click Floppy Drives
Click Choose disk image…

Select the second Windows 1.04 Disk Image
Click Open
Press Enter

 

20 – Click Devices in the Toolbar
Click Floppy Drives
Click Choose disk image…

Select the third Windows 1.04 Disk Image
Click Open
Press Enter

21 – You will be asked if you would like to setup a printer.
Press “N”

22 – Click Devices in the Toolbar
Click Floppy Drives
Click Choose disk image…

Select the fourth Windows 1.04 Disk Image
Click Open
Press Enter

23 – Click Devices in the Toolbar
Click Floppy Drives
Click Choose disk image…

Select the fifth Windows 1.04 Disk Image
Click Open
Press Enter

24 – Click Devices in the Toolbar
Click Floppy Drives
Click Choose disk image…

Select the sixth Windows 1.04 Disk Image
Click Open
Press Enter

25 – Setup will now complete and return you to the Command Prompt.

26 – Click “Devices”
Click “Floppy Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Type “win”
Press Enter

27 – Installation is complete. You are now in Windows 1.04
Without a working mouse, navigation is controlled purely using the keyboard.

You can open options on the menu bar with Alt + F – You can then navigate left, right, up and down using the numbers on the Numpad. The same applies for navigating the file structure. For some reason (at least for me), the Arrow keys don’t work.

28 – Now we will make the necessary changes in order to have Windows 1.04 load automatically on boot.

Highlight NOTEPAD.EXE
Press Enter

29 – Enter “CD WINDOWS”
Enter “WIN”

30 – Press Alt + F
Highlight Save
Press Enter
Type “C:\AUTOEXEC.BAT”
Press Enter

31 – Press Alt + F
Press the Left Arrow (Numpad 4)
Highlight Close
Press Enter

32 – Windows 1.04 will now load automatically on boot.
You can Exit windows by pressing Alt + F, navigating to the “Special” menu, highlighting “End Session” and pressing Enter, Enter.

MS-DOS 3.31

This guide will show you how to install MS-DOS 3.31 in VirtualBox.

01 – Click New in VirtualBox

02 – Provide a name, and ensure that Type: Other and Version: DOS
Click Next

03 – Leave the RAM setting as is.
Click Next

04 – Make sure Create a virtual hard disk now is selected.
Click Create

05 – Make sure VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) is selected.
Click Next

06 – Make sure Dynamically allocated is selected
Click Next

07 – If required, change the location the virtual hard disk should be saved.
Click Create

08 – Select the newly created virtual machine and press Ctrl + S to open the machines settings. Select Storage in the left hand column, and then select Empty under Controller: Floppy.
Then click the small disk icon on the right hand side and click Choose Virtual Floppy Disk File.
Navigate to, and select the DOS 3.31 Disk Image.
Click Open

09 – Click OK to close the settings.

10 – Click Start

11 – DOS should boot
You will be asked to enter a new date.
You can ignore this and press enter.

12 – You will be asked to enter a new time.
You can ignore this and press enter.

13 – You should now be at the Command Prompt.

14 – Now we will prepare the Hard Disk for use.
Type “fdisk”
Press Enter

15 – Type “1” to select “Create DOS partition”
Press Enter

16 – Type “1” to select “Create Primary DOS partition”
Press Enter

17 – Type “Y” to confirm that you would like to use the maximum size for the partition.
Press Enter

18 – Type “Y” to continue.
Press Enter

19 – You will be informed that the system will now restart.
Press Any Key

20 – The system will restart.
You will be asked to set the date and time.
As before, Press Enter twice to confirm.
You will then be at the Command Prompt.

21 – Now the hard drive will need to be formatted.
Type “format c:”
Press Enter

22 – Confirm that you want to continue.
Type “Y”
Press Enter

23 – Begin the Format
Press Enter

24 – After a few seconds, the format will complete and you will be returned to the Command Prompt.

25 – Type “sys C:”
Press Enter

26 – Now to copy the DOS files to the hard drive.
Type “copy *.* c:”
Press Enter

27 – The files should copy successfully.
You will be returned to the Command Prompt.

28 – Click “Devices”
Click “Floppy Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Click “Machine”
Click “Reset”

29 – You will be asked to set the date and time.
As before, Press Enter twice to confirm.
You will then be at the Command Prompt.

MS-DOS 3.31 is now installed!